This real life cowboy is one of America's leading stunt riders. Gibson has expanded the complex and potentially dangerous skill of horseback riding to new dimensions.
Raised on a Quarter Horse ranch on the outskirts of Louisville, Gibson was given his first pony when he was 4-years-old. His mother, Beverly Sue, was a professional trick rider and his father, George Robert, rode bucking horses, bulls, and was a professional rodeo cowboy. When he was very young his parents toured with Cherokee Hammond's "Wild West Show.”
When Gibson was eight, his mother taught him trick riding. That same year he began competing in Junior rodeo events. He furthered his training by studying ballet, tap, and ballroom dancing for seven years. His agility, body control, coordination, and fearlessness were evidenced by his increasing collection of ribbons and trophies horse-shows and High School and amateur rodeos throughout the Midwest.
After High School Gibson became a professional rodeo rider for two years. He then studied business administration at Murray State University in Kentucky, which he attended on a rodeo scholarship. While there, he was a Regional Intercollegiate Bull-riding and Saddle Bronc-riding Champion..
He was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and a Founding member of the Delta Pi Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau at Murray State. He was President and Vice President of the Murray State Rodeo Club which was responsible for hosting two college rodeos a year and raising thousands of dollars of travel and scholarship money for the men’s and ladies rodeo team. In 1997, he was voted an Outstanding Young Man of America.
A sense of humor and an appreciation of drama are important aspects in Gibson's life. On a lark Gibson and several other rodeo cowboys went to Mississippi to work on the mini-series North and South, Part 2. He was spotted and was asked to come to Los Angeles to work on the rest of the film.
Encouraged by his success, Gibson loaded his trick horse, saddle, and gear and arrived in Hollywood in 1985. Although he started out as an extra, reputation of his talents spread. Within a few years, he was a featured stunt rider in major productions.
Gibson stunt doubled for Lou Diamond Phillips in Young Guns I, Young Guns II, Renegades, and Three Kings. In Glory, he assisted in the choreography of the period weapons used in the battle scenes and doubled Matthew Broderick. In Alamo, The Price of Freedom, he was stunt coordinator and doubled for Don Swayze.
His stunt skills besides riding horses and bulls, included driving, firework, sword fighting, and period combat. He used many of these skills while being the White Knight and fight choreographer on the Award Winning Marine Corps Chess Theatre commercial that was on air for 15 years.
While working in the movie business he met his wife Heather, a stuntwoman. They were married in 1997 and a year later they started Gibson Ranch. In 1999, their son Reid was born.
In 1997, Gibson retired from riding bulls in his own fashion. While stunt doubling an actor on the cable series Arlis at a Professional Bull Riders event at the Anaheim Pond, he rode his bull twice, stepped off after the second take and started working on a new sport in Team Roping.
Dale has been chairman and host of the “Ride For A Cure” event the past seven years. The event raised money for Parkinson Disease Research and Cancer Care and several other Charities. Becoming involved in neighborhood council and local politics opened the door to becoming involved with the Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee.
In 2009 Councilwoman, Wendy Gruel appointed Dale to the newly formed Los Angeles Equine Advisory Committee. He is on his 3rd term as President. He has successfully worked to keep mountain bikes off hiking and horse trails and worked several years with the DWP to get Reclaimed water use on ranches legal in the State of California.
Working with Los Angeles City Council last year he has worked to add street crossings for Equestrians and pedestrians in Los Angeles and has successfully worked with City Building and Safety to stop construction that infringes on Equestrian Properties. In 2019, Dale successfully, stopped the banning of Rodeo in the City of Los Angeles.
“I am happy to be a part of the greater Sunland area. It’s nice to be able to walk around in a cowboy hat and feel at home.”
1980-1985 MSU Rodeo Team
Kentucky HS Rodeo 3x Goat Tying Champion, Team Roping Champion
Reserve Champion National HS Breakaway Roping
3x Ozark Region Breakaway Roping Champion
CNFR 3rd in Breakaway Roping
4 time CNFR Qualifier.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Sissy began riding as a small child and working rodeos; trick riding at the age of eight. Always enjoying the competitive end of rodeo, Sissy began competing in high school rodeo in goat tying, breakaway and team roping. Sissy Barnes quickly became a state champion in team roping (heeler) and three time goat tying champion. She also received National Reserve champion in breakaway.
While attending Murray State University, she was three time Ozark Region Champion Breakaway roping champion and finished third at the nation at College National Finals. While competing in breakaway roping as a champion, she finished third at the nation at College National Finals.
After graduating from Murray with a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, Sissy continued to trick ride and Roman ride, as well as team rope. When not working rodeos, she worked at the track galloping race horses. After retiring from trick riding due to neck surgery, she now trains horses and gives roping lessons.
Sissy Barnes is married to Mike Barnes, a PRCA Steer Wrestler, and had two children. Their son,Clay Barnes, works at her husband’s feed store as well as performs in a band in the states and Europe playing Spanish love songs. Their daughter, Cassidy Barnes, carried on the family tradition, competing in junior rodeos and qualifying for junior high and high school nationals. Cassidy Barns is a three time qualifier to the CNFR in goat tying and will be graduating from Calpoly University in San Lois Obisbo, California, in December with a degree in Agricultural communication.
David grew up in Jonesboro, GA, and began riding bulls as a junior in high school. He went on to win the 1988 GHSRA bull riding title and qualified for the NHSRA Finals in the same year. After high school David attended Floyd College in Rome, GA, where he competed in local rodeos and won the 1989 ACA Rookie of the Year. Shortly after a quick visit with Dr. Eldon Heathcott, he decided to accept an offer to transfer to Murray State and compete under Coach David Winings. During David’s junior year, he was introduced to Dave Wilcox and became the first recipient of the Betsy Ross Wilcox Memorial Scholarship. In 1992 David won the bull riding title in the Ozark Region and went on to Bozeman, MT to compete in the CFR where he finished 10th.
While being the rodeo team President, he spent spring break of his senior year with locals, supporters and club members to save the rodeo program due to concerns with catastrophic injuries to students participating in rodeo. With the support of Dr. Heathcott, The Tuck Family, Dave Wilcox, Dean Akridge, Dr. Driskoll and a host of faithful students rallying the past alumni, the MSU program lives and thrives.
After college, David ended up spending time in Paris, TN with Allegro Fine Foods working for Dave Wilcox and John Fuqua. David credits much of his life success to Dr. Heathcott, Mr. Wilcox, Mr. Fuqua and his time spent in Murray and Paris, learning from real life experiences and his mentors. In 2005, with two other friends, David founded Diversified Sales Team where they manage and develop specialty food brands in the grocery retail industry. During this same time as a rodeo announcer and producer of live rodeo and bull riding events, David won several honors as announcer of the year in the ACA and US Cowboy Tour. Eventually, these roles led to employment with Host Communication then on to Winnercomm, Inc. in Tulsa, OK who produced the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) for ESPN. Under the Winnercomm tenure he became the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour producer for 9 years.
As a result of declining TV viewers with delayed programing on cable and dish, David and his team began testing a new live streaming concept with ESPN 360 and on beta sites across the tour. After validating this new live streaming, direct-to-consumer concept, David and his partners at US Cowboy/Blue Million created, in partnership with Wrangler Jeans, what is known today as the Wrangler Network. Since 2014 Wrangler Network has streamed and covered most major rodeo and country music events in North America like the WNFR, IFR, Calgary, Pendleton, San Antonio, the CMA’s, PBR, Miss Rodeo America and many others. Today, David is still involved in rodeo through the PRCA, IPRA, WPRA, Wrangler Network and Vaquero Media; he spends most of his time with his family in Dalton, GA where he lives with his wife Natalie and two kids Marlee and McKade.
With most summaries about life, only the high points make the list; however, the journey, the valley and the adversity are where David was most developed and can now see God’s hand upon every step. He is deeply grateful to his family for their undying support, but knows without redemption and restoration from God none of this is possible.
Hall of Fame Recipients
Kenneth & Luna Greer
Gina Brown Cates
Tom & Theo Tuck
Dr. Eldon E. "Doc" Heathcott
Robert "Chip" Cook
Dr. Dwayne Driskill
Dr. Jim "Doc" Davis
Trish & Bill Barton
William "Bill" Cherry
Marne Plowman Loosenort
Mary Kay Kirks
The 2020 recipients will be announced at the MSU Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon at the Cherry Expo Center classroom.
If you have nominations for this year or in the future, please contact JD Van Hooser.