Cotton Rosser is a stock contractor and rodeo event producer. He owns the Flying U Ranch, which operates a successful bucking horse breeding program and has produced bulls such as Reindeer Dippin', the sire of Bushwacker, Whitewater Skoal, Werewolf, Hawaiian Ivory, Bring It, and Curve Ball. He has also supplied bulls to the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. during its entire history.
Rosser was awarded the Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in April 2015. In 1995, he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He was also named Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Stock Contractor of the Year.
He was born on August 5, 1928, in Long Beach, California. He studied animal science at Cal Poly and competed on the rodeo team. In the inaugural Intercollegiate Rodeo Finals in 1949, he won second place in the all around then won the all around and National Saddle Bronc Riding championships the following year. He won the all-around championship at the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco in 1951. As a licensed pilot, he flew his team to rodeo competitions across the country. He completed his studies in 1952 and was looking forward to a promising professional rodeo career, but after he broke both of his legs in a ranch accident, he redirected his passion for rodeo. In 1956, he purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company and began producing rodeos. He produces on average fifty rodeos a year. He was instrumental in bringing high school rodeo to California. The Board of Trustees of the California State University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo conferred upon Rosser the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 2014.
Rosser, whose wife, Karin, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined the Church in 2004. One of his fondest memories occurred when he had the opportunity to meet Thomas S. Monson and Dieter F. Uchtdorf at a Days of ’47 Rodeo. The Rossers have five children.