When J.B. Mauney received the coveted $1 million bonus for clinching the Professional Bull Riders’ 2015 world title Sunday in Las Vegas, he became the first competitor in a rodeo or bull riding association to surpass $6 million in career earnings.
The 28-year-old Mauney, a 10-year PBR member from Mooresville, N.C., has earned $6,708,479 at PBR shows, according to pbr.com.
“Six million dollars. I don’t know where it all went,” Mauney joked when he met with reporters Sunday at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
Mauney also received the $1 million bonus in 2013. The PBR has awarded the prize to its world champion since 2003.
Brazilian Silvano Alves, a three-time world champion who lives in Decatur, is second on the PBR’s career earnings list with $5,585,689. He’s a seven-year PBR rider.
Trevor Brazile, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association kingpin who lives in Decatur, has pocketed about $5.75 million in the past two decades. Brazile conceivably can move past the $6 million mark this season.
Phil Rapp of Weatherford is the top money earner in western horse shows. In about three decades, Rapp has earned more than $8.5 million on the National Cutting Horse Association circuit, according to nchacutting.com.
A winning coach
Craig Wisehart is Tarleton State’s assistant rodeo coach, but he’s also a prize-winning bronc rider on the PRCA circuit.
Wisehart, who grew up in Colorado, clinched the bareback riding title last weekend at the RAM Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo.
Wisehart finished second in the first round with a 79, won the second round with a 79, and turned in a solid 76 in the third, pushing his aggregate score to a competition-high 233.
Wisehart will advance to the April 7-10 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla.
Wisehart also won the RNCFR title in 2009.
Wishart has coached at Tarleton for four years. Last year, he helped the Texans clinch the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association men’s team title. This year, Tarleton is No. 1 in the NIRA’s Southwest Region.
Merger with Mexico
The PRCA announced Monday that it has signed an agreement with the Mexican Rodeo Federation to co-sanction events in 2016.
According to the PRCA, about 15 events are tentatively scheduled. PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman and Mexican Rodeo Federation President Guillermo “Memo” Herrera signed the contract in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Cowboy to watch
Bryce Barrios of Bluff Dale won the PRCA’s Bull Riding Rookie of the Year Award by a huge margin.
Barrios earned $48,145 during the regular season.