Tim 'Wild Thang' Lepard is a 50 year old rodeo entertainer. Born in Memphis, TN, he now hangs his hat in Tupelo, MS. Tim has been involved with rodeo for over 35 years. He began his career riding bulls which evolved into bull fighting. He has been a member of the PRCA since 2004. In 1988, Tim was crowned the Mesquite Champion Bullfighter. While fighting bulls at Mesquite, mentor, Jimmy Anderson told me "You can go to a rodeo and find twenty macho guys that think they're bullfighters, but you're only going to find one funny man and that's you".
After nine major surgeries incurred due to fighting bulls, Tim began putting together the dog and monkey act that concentrated on comedy. Finally an act with 3 dogs and 3 monkeys evolved into Team Ghost Riders. Working with and training animals involves a lot of hard work. Traveling across the United States with the animals requires even more dedication and responsibility. The animals are like a family and require round the clock care to ensure their well being. Just seeing the crowd smiling and hearing their laughter makes it all worthwhile.
Tim has performed at the International Finals Rodeo
, been a 3 time winner for "Comedy Act of the Year"
, 3 time winner "Dress Act of the Year"
, and 1 time winner of "Barrel man of the Year"
. Tim boasts that he is the only showman to perform in all three coliseums in Oklahoma City at the IFR and is the only entertainer to win all 3 awards in the same year. At the IFR showcase, he won "Comedy & Dress Act"
a total of 6 times. He has participated in the Columbus Ohio Pet Expo and was featured on America's Funniest Home Videos
, FHM Magazine
, Sports Illustrated
, and had a scheduled appearances on the Jay Leno Show
and Steve Harvey's "Big Show"
. Tim confesses that his greatest and most rewarding accomplishment was participating in the Make a Wish Foundation
. Nothing can compare to making a little girl's wish come true. It hits you in the heart when a child can wish for anything and she wishes to meet you and your animals. It was my pleasure to grant her wish and also present her with my 2002 Dress Act of the Year buckle. That experience left me with a feeling I will never forget.
Tim is a great supporter of the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" campaign that the PRCA has become involved in. Breast Cancer is a disease that affects many of our families, friends, and fans. We need to do what we can to help find a cure. Participating in the "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" campaign is a great program that benefits many local chapters of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and raise awareness. "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" day is always a special day at the rodeo, so that is why at the Ellensburg WA rodeo I chose to do something I had never done before. I performed with four dogs and four monkeys for the first time ever and we were all sporting "Pink" in support of the Tough Enough Campaign.