Mark Carl Kuhn

Modern-Era Rodeo

Inducted 2022

Mark was born on December 16, 1960, to John M. and Martha Kuhn. He has 6 siblings – John, Luke, Carmey, Concetta, Matt, and Suzanne.

Mark was raised on the family farm in Lefor, ND. He went to school in Richardton, ND. He has records that he holds in track and football. In his younger years, he started riding cows and rode in 4-H showdeos. He started riding in NDHSRA in 1977. He placed 2nd at the National High School Rodeo in 1979. That same year, he won the NDHSRA Bull riding, Bareback riding, and the all- around title.

Mark then started to compete in the NDRA rodeo. He won the state NDRA bull riding in 1979 and 1980. He rode in College Rodeo for Dawson Community College. He was 4th at the College National Finals in 1981, and their men’s team won their 1st National Intercollegiate Championship.

He started the PRCA Badlands Circuit in 1980, winning 4th in the Circuit. He won Badlands Circuit Rookie of the Year in 1981, and won bull riding titles for Badlands Circuit eight times – 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1997, 1998, and 1999. He won the most bull riding titles, the most consecutive titles, and the longest span of titles in the Badlands Circuit. He took time off between 1988 and 1997 due to a fractured pelvis, which happened while bull riding. During the time off from rodeo he worked for Berger Cattle Company.

Mark did start riding again and won his last 3 consecutive titles. He competed in the Dodge Circuit National Finals multiple times and, in 1999 at Pocatello, Idaho, he fractured the head of the femur.

Mark married Kim Berger on June 7, 1985. They have 2 children including Tye Ryder Kuhn born January 27, 1987, and Sascha Jo Kuhn born June 28, 1988. Mark is a co-owner in Skinner’s Roll-Off and scrap metal business.