As a western sports athlete, Lyle Sankey is one of only four men to qualify for the NFR in bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. In bull riding, he twice won the average at NFR, riding nine bulls in each of his victories. Throughout Sankey’s competitive career, and now as a coach and mentor via his Sankey Rodeo Schools, he has helped countless athletes in the western sports world. Sankey Rodeo Schools is the first full-time rodeo school in the U.S., holding classes nationwide for the last 33 years. Since retiring, Sankey has also established himself as an author, lecturer, businessman and motivational speaker, notably being featured in Joe White’s 2007 “Promise Keepers” messages, furthering his impact on the community. Sankey has also spoken to city Chamber of Commerce groups, sports banquets, sports team meetings, and the Billy Graham Crusade in Boise, Idaho and Cheyenne, Wyoming. He will be inducted into the Ring of Honor at the 2017 PBR World Finals alongside Ricky Bolin.