Inducted in 2008
When Texas team- and steer-roping champion Tee Woolman dubbed Guy Allen “The Legend,” he was not exaggerating, just stating a fact. Guy Allen’s professional steer-roping career, from 1976 to present, is highlighted by thirty-one National Steer Roping Finals qualifications, eighteen world championship titles, and career earnings totaling $1,547,824. Indeed, in the world of professional rodeo, Guy Allen is a “legend” in his own time and all time—the greatest steer roper in the history of professional rodeo.
Guy Allen was born September 15, 1958 in Chousatta, Louisiana, to ranchers James and Ann Allen. He has two brothers and a sister. Three Allen men—James, Gip, and Guy—took their ranching skills into the rodeo arena. Guy hit the rodeo trail at age 7, accompanying his roper dad. After graduation from Santa Anna High School (in a senior class numbering twenty-six), Guy attended Ranger College in Texas. He soon transferred to compete for the famed rodeo team of Sul Ross State College in Alpine, Texas. In 1976, Allen joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), competing in tandem with his team roping dad and individually in steer roping.
Steer roping differs markedly from the more familiar calf-, or “tie-down” roping. Steer ropers rope full-grown cattle, casting a loop around the horns and placing the slack under the right hip of the steer. Then the horse sharply turns left, “tripping” the steer to the ground. The roper dismounts from the still moving horse, which is trained to stop after the steer is “logged” until the roper can get his “pigging string” on a front leg and tie three legs together. Then he signals “time.” The flagger drops his flag and checks that the steer remains properly tied for six seconds after the roper remounts and gives slack in the rope. Like saddle bronc riding and calf- and team-roping, steer roping is a ranch-related event that requires, and thus preserves, skills identical to those of historic nineteenth century Plains cowboys and contemporary ranch cowboys.
In 1977, Guy Allen became the PRCA’s youngest steer roping champion, and he was just getting started. He won the steer roping and timed-event money in many of North America’s greatest rodeos—Pendleton (OR), Huntsville (TX), Sheridan (WYO), Dodge City (KS), Deadwood (SD), Kileen (TX), and of course Ellensburg; he has won multiple Texas and Prairie Circuit Finals steer roping and All-Around titles. In 1983, James, Guy, and Gip all qualified for the National Finals Rodeo, the first and only family trio ever to do so.
During a thirty two-year career, 6’ 2”, 205 lb., Guy Allen has qualified for the National Finals Steer Roping thirty-one times (1977-2007). As noted, he has dominated the steer roping event, winning eighteen world titles (1977, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1989, 1991-2001, 2003-04); he lost the 2005 world title to Scott Snedecor by $1.67! Those eighteen world titles are the most in the history of PRCA (bettering bullrider Jim Shoulders’ 16 titles). In addition, Guy Allen at present (2007) holds the world’s record for the fastest steer roping (in 2000 in Dunmore, Oklahoma at 7.9 seconds).
“Guy Allen has perfected the art of steer roping into an exact science,” states Hall of Fame board member and longtime Ellensburg Rodeo arena director Dr. Ken MacRae. “He has refined his horsemanship and his methods of handling the slack and gathering the steer’s legs and tying them into a technique that has become the standard all other steer ropers try to copy.”
Like all timed-event competitors, Guy Allen’s teammate is his horse, or in Guy’s case, two horses. He is quick to credit much of his success to his acclaimed horses nineteen year-old Jeremiah and sixteen year-old Floppy. Jeremiah’s registered name is Two D Ole Man.
In Ellensburg, Guy Allen has won the steer roping four times (’90, ’93, ’05, and ’06) and held the arena record (9.6 in ’96) for nearly a decade. “We have been very proud to have had Guy and all the other top steer ropers compete at Ellensburg,” Dr. MacRae said. “Guy Allen’s success in this arena over the years only adds to the legend. We have witnessed the greatest steer roper of all time in action.”
When he is not rodeoing, Guy Allen ranches near family and friends in Santa Anna, Texas. He has two daughters, Cigi and Sadie, and enjoys playing golf and watching his favorite NFL team, the Kansas City Chiefs.