In 1983 Cody Snyder made history by becoming the first Canadian to be crowned the PRCA’S World Champion Bull Rider. Snyder qualified for the NFR three additional times and was the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association champion in 1986. Cody Snyder Bullbustin’ Inc. is one of North America’s premier bull riding event organizations, featuring athletes from across the world. These world-class events have been aired on TSN2, Versus, NBC, CBS and Fox.
Born and raised in Redcliff, Alberta, Snyder grew up in a world where bull riding quickly became second nature to the World Champion. Snyder’s first official rodeo experience occurred at the age of five, when he rode a calf in a local competition. Running past a barrel, knocking him off; Snyder got up, dusted himself off, and never looked back. Snyder started riding junior steers in rodeo competitions when he was only eight years old. By the age of twelve, he finally rode his first bull. By the age of fifteen, Cody was the Canadian Amateur Bull Rider Champion. Through 1980 and 1981, Cody gained the experience he needed to lead the Canadian Professional Rodeo bull riding standings in 1982, at the young age of nineteen.
Willie Nelson Wranglers, 1986
In 1983, at the age of 20, and a virtual unknown on the professional rodeo circuit; Cody beat the odds to capture the world bull riding championship in Oklahoma City, as the first Canadian to ever win the title. He returned home to Alberta to a hero's welcome. Cody also won the Canadian Bull Riding Championship in 1996, and was named Cowboy of the Year by his peers in 1994. Ten years later, Cody retired as one of Canada’s top rodeo competitors of all time. Snyder still holds the highest scored ride in Canadian rodeo history of 95 points occurring in 1983. Snyder was a four-time National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier. During his career he suffered a string of injuries including broken ribs, punctured lungs, broken collar bone, torn groin muscles, dislocated shoulders and a career ending wrist injury. Upon his retirement in 1993, Cody never left the bull riding business. Along with his wife and business partner Rhonda Snyder, Cody created a bull riding production company called Cody Snyder Bullbustin’ Inc. To date, Bullbustin’ Inc. has produced over 400 events across North America. Bullbustin has produced various events such as the PBR Canadian National Finals, charity events, private events, PRCA “Xtreme” events and many more. Over two million dollars has been raised for various charities across Canada since Bullbustin’ came to life 25 years ago. Snyder has been and dominant force in the growth and awareness of professional bull riding across the country, dedicating his time mentoring and developing the next generation of young bull riders who are shaping the sport.
Butch Knowles & Cody Snyder, 2015
Cody was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, the Canadian Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a recipient of the prestigious Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Ring of Honor in 2006. Cody has travelled across that globe as he was selected as team Canada’s coach for the PBR World Cup in 2007 (Gold Coast, Australia), 2008 (Chiahuahua, Mexico) and 2009 (Barretos, Brazil).
You can catch Cody at celebrity autograph signings or as a color-commentator on OLN, ESPN, Rogers Sportsnet, TSN or CBC as the voice of experience bringing you coverage of the world's best rodeo and bull riding events. Cody was chosen as the colour commentator for the exclusive 11 event PRCA pro-rodeo winter tour on OLN in 2003 and 2004, as well as being the voice of the Calgary Stampede television coverage since 1997. He also produced and stared in his own half hour show called "I'll tell you what" with Cody Snyder following each performance of the Calgary Stampede.