Inducted in 1997
A six-time World All-Around Champion cowboy, Tom Ferguson is one of the greatest cowboys to ever compete in Ellensburg. Ferguson was an Ellensburg Rodeo crowd-pleaser and timed-event champion throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s.
Born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Ferguson moved to San Martin, California, as a child with his parents, Maxine and Ira. As soon as he was old enough, Tom became an adept arena-trained calf roper and bulldogger and competed in youth and high school rodeos. During his college days he became a Cal Poly State star.
In 1972, Ferguson turned professional and joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association. From that point on Ferguson swept the rodeo circuit, winning six consecutive World All-Around Titles (one shared with Leo Camarillo in 1979).
Tom Ferguson competed in Ellensburg at the height of his career, and today expresses profound respect for and good memories of the Ellensburg Rodeo and his time here.
During his many visits to Ellensburg Ferguson garnered three calf roping buckles (‘79, ‘80, ‘82) and two bulldogging championships (‘74 and ‘82), all the while winning an amazing six Ellensburg All-Around titles in ‘76, ‘77, ‘78, ‘79, ‘81, and ‘82. Tom Ferguson is thus one of the greatest cowboys to ever compete in the Ellensburg Rodeo.