COAHOMA, Texas – Longtime rodeo clown Quail Dobbs passed away Wednesday at his home in Coahoma, Texas. He was 72.
Dobbs was a familiar face on the rodeo circuit, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where he performed at 15 shows.
Dobbs started out as a rodeo cowboy in the 1950s, riding bulls and bareback horses.
In 1962, he volunteered to fill in as a barrel man and a star was born.
Dobbs is one of only three men to work the National Finals Rodeo as both bullfighter and barrel man.
Dobbs was named PRCA Clown of the Year in 1978 and 1988. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame.
He retired in 1998 to become a Justice of the Peace in Howard County. Health issues forced him to step down from his JP job last year.