Jerry Nelson is a success story in both the rodeo and basketball arenas.
His two-time world champion saddle bronc, Medicine Woman, is on the cover of the latest issue of ProRodeo Sports News as the result of helping defending world champion Spencer Wright turn in a score of 92 in Arcadia, Fla. The 92 is the highest saddle bronc riding score of the 2015 regular season on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.
Nelson’s renowned Frontier Rodeo Co., which is based in the southeast Texas community of Winnie, owns the former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bronc Show Stomper, which helped Taylor Price clinch the bareback riding title at RFD-TV’s The American on March 1 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium. Price pocketed $600,000 after clinching the title.
Nelson also is the owner of the American Basketball Association’s top team, the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks. During the past weekend, the Mavericks clinched a fourth ABA title.
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The Mavericks won the championship after defeating the Miami Midnites 116-91 on Sunday night at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport. The team has an amazing 92-game winning streak, which dates to 2010.
Nelson said he strives to produce high quality entertainment in both sports.
“When I go somewhere to work in the rodeo business, I make sure that I put a product on the floor that’s the best product that people can see in the country,” Nelson said. “We’ve approached it the same way in the basketball business. We think we’re the best guys in the world.”
Nelson entered the rodeo stock contracting world in 1993 in the amateur ranks. He began producing PRCA events in 2000. In 2013, the Nelson-owned horse Full Baggage won the PRCA’s bareback Horse of the Year title.
Nelson also has been a notable bull owner on the Professional Bull Riders circuit. In 2005, the Nelson-owned bull Big Bucks was the PBR’s top bovine.
Within Nelson’s rodeo company, eight-time world champion Don Gay of Mesquite serves as general manager. Within Nelson’s ABA franchise, former National Finals steer wrestling qualifier Gary Green, a former Lewisville resident, serves as operations manager.
Meanwhile, Green’s wife, Debra, serves as the general manager and marketing director for the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks. She is the daughter of standout rodeo stock contractor James Harper.
“We have many hats,” Gary Green said. “We do everything but coach the game.”
Both Gary and Debra Green also help Nelson with rodeo promotions.
“We do basketball, we do rodeo, we do monster trucks, we do bull riding — whatever Jerry is involved in,” Gary Green said. “It’s very rewarding that we can be together and work together.”
On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Joao Ricardo Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 in the world standings after finishing third at last weekend’s tour stop in Nampa, Idaho.
Vieira has earned 2,505 points, and Matt Triplett is ranked No. 2 with 2,210.
Guilherme Marchi, the 2008 world champion, won the title in Nampa. He’s ranked No. 5 in the world standings with 1,710 points.
High school update
On the North Texas High School Rodeo Association circuit, Ashleigh Young of Timberview is ranked No. 1 in the girl’s all-around standings with 3,280 points. Madisen Goforth, a North Hills Private School student, is ranked No. 2 with 3,183.
The NTHSRA has three rodeos remaining within the 2014-2015 regular season. The Finals are scheduled for May 15-17 at Will Rogers Coliseum.