The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Ty Murray
Top Hand Award Utah sculptor and former rodeo cowboy Jeff Wolf was selected for the Ty Murray Top Hand Award, based on his winning design, which featured spurs from a point of view not often seen. The spurs stand on the narrow ends of their bands, the shanks pointing skyward as if reaching for greater heights, topping out with the spinning rowels flaring like twin suns. The straps, too, are integral to the design, providing horizontal balance for the upward reaching spurs as they fan out in opposite directions, reflecting the bands and building a strong, stable foundation for the sculpture. This annual award will grace the homes of the greatest Western athletes who ever lived.
Bronze sculptor Jeff Wolf has been commissioned to create everything from football players to angels, but his true love is sculpting subjects he is most familiar with: ranching, rodeo, wildlife, and First Peoples. Growing up on a ranch in west central Utah, Wolf honed his skills by observing the world around him. His talent grew with each experience, life’s trail exposing his work to a multitude of interests. With this breadth of experience has come numerous commissioned and award-winning works.
“I didn’t know Jeff at all, but his design for a bronze sculpture really stood out. You could tell he put a lot of work into it
and really cared.”
The Doing What It Takes Award
The “Doing What It Takes” Award, featuring Ty Murray’s historic ride on Red Wolf, will be presented to the outstanding individual performance of the PBR Ty Murray Invitational, March 25-27, 2022 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1993 World Champion Bareback Rider Deb Greenough
The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that recognizes and enshrines Montana Pro Rodeo Legends and is the nation’s leading scholarship program for young high school men and women rodeo athletes. The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame has awarded over $650,000 over the past 16 years in scholarships to these young student athletes. One avenue of scholarship fundraising is the Hall of Fame Bronze series. This is a series of twelve individual bronzes in total, which represent Montana Rodeo Legends, such as Shawn Davis, Bill Linderman, Dan Mortensen, and Deb Greenough. Jeff Wolf has created the second bronze in the series of World Champion Bareback Rider Deb Greenough. This bronze will be brought to market in the summer of 2022.
“The Legends of Rodeo” The Cotton Rosser Bronze Monument Project
Cotton Rosser is legendary in the professional rodeo world and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1995. He is equally legendary in his hometown of Marysville as an entrepreneur and owner of the Flying U rodeo livestock contracting firm and Cotton’s Cowboy Corral (Western wear store). In 2021, a group of community leaders came together and began planning for the Cotton Rosser Bronze Monument Project. The goal is to create a bronze statue of Cotton on horseback doffing his hat to an admiring crowd as he enters the rodeo arena. The statue is to be one-and-one-quarter times larger than life-size, and will require about seven tons of bronze atop a concrete and brick base. The monument will be placed in Plaza Park on First Street in Marysville, where the annual cattle drive ends each year. Jeff Wolf was selected to create the momentous sculpture. Jeff was a rodeo competitor in high school and had a ten-year pro career before taking up art full time. He has known Cotton for decades and had his first and last pro rodeo bull rides on Flying U bulls.
Working with Jeff was one of the best experiences I have had. Jeff is the consummate professional and pays attention to the most minute details. As Mayor of Payson City, I look forward to working with Jeff as we work toward the possibility of a future Equestrian Park, which will undoubtedly include life-sized monuments and other works of art.”
– Bill Wright, Mayor of Payson City, Utah
Six-Time World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild
After Jeff Wolf created a statue honoring Kaycee & Lewis Feild, and Wes Silcox — Payson City, Utah’s rodeo World Champions — Jeff was then commissioned to create a statue honoring Kaycee Feild. The piece turned out beautifully and was presented as a surprise for Kaycee at an event in his honor. The statue, which features Kaycee on a bareback horse, left the six-time bareback champion speechless.
To learn more about Jeff Wolf and his work, please visit him at: jeffwolfstudios.com or look him up on Facebook: Jeff Wolf or Jeff Wolf Studios