Don "Donnie" Gay is an eight-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion bullrider. Born in 1953 to Neal Gay and Evelyn "Cookie" Foster, he was only a year old when his mother died of leukemia. Neal then married Kay Gay, who raised Don and his brother Pete as her own. Don grew up in Mesquite, Texas, and started rodeo at age 6. His father, Neal Gay, was a well-known rodeo competitor and rodeo producer. Don was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979; his father was inducted in 1993, becoming the only father and son to receive that honor. Don retired from professional rodeo in 1989.
Gay now does television rodeo commentary for PRCA events on Fox Sports and Great American Country. He was also a commentator for Professional Bull Riders big-league events on TNN from 1994-2001, as well as a commentator for Championship Bull Riding big-league events on Great American Country from 2009-10. In 1997 he received the PBR's Ring of Honor.
In 2007 Gay was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame along with his brothers Pete and Jim.
Don started riding calves at age 6. His father ran the famed Mesquite Rodeo which still operates today. He used Mesquite to perfect his skills on both bulls and broncs. He got his PRCA permit just out of high school and hit the road. He soon got his pilot's license and began flying himself to rodeo events in a private plane. Don Gay won almost every major rodeo in the country at some point during his career. He won the first of 8 world titles in 1974. He would go on to win in 1975, 1976,and 1977. His next four titles came in 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1984. The record of 8 world titles in bull riding still stands to this day.
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