Donny Gay is an American former professional rodeo cowboy who specialized in bull riding. He won eight Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) bull riding world championships, which remains the record as of 2022. Gay was born and raised in Mesquite, Texas, and began his career as a rodeo cowboy at age six. He credits his father, Neal Gay, with introducing him to the sport and instilling in him a work ethic that was unique to him and would help propel him to success.
While competing in rodeo, Gay became a household name thanks to his aggressive ride style and flamboyant personality. He is known for his high scores on the toughest bulls in the sport, including a 95-point ride on Red One at the 1976 National Finals Rodeo and a 97-point ride on Oscar at the 1977 Grand National Rodeo. He is a twelve-time NFR qualifier and holds the record for most total earnings in a season.
Gay retired from competition a decade later but has since remained involved in the sport as a color commentator with ESPN and Fox Sports Net Southwest. He also serves as general manager of the Frontier Rodeo Company, which provides livestock to professional rodeos and bull riding events throughout the United States.
Gay has two daughters, Megan and Summer, who share his love of rodeo. He and his family continue to live in Mesquite, where he is still active in the sport. MTN Sports caught up with him earlier this year in Billings, Montana, to discuss his career and passion for the sport.