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February 14, 2014

RODEO INSIDER: Beaver reaches milestone in earnings

FORT WORTH — After finishing fifth in the team roping title race at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo, Joe Beaver of Huntsville became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s fifth athlete to surpass $3 million in career earnings.

Beaver, 48, a header, reached the milestone when he and his heeling partner, Reno Gonzales, each earned $3,315 after competing in the rodeo’s final round on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

According to the PRCA, Beaver was $1,514 short of reaching the $3 million mark when he entered the Fort Worth rodeo. After reaching the milestone, Beaver joins the exclusive club of Trevor Brazile, Cody Ohl, Fred Whitfield and Billy Etbauer as the only men to earn $3 million in PRCA history. Brazile is the only athlete who has surpassed both the $4 million and $5 million marks in the PRCA.

“That’s a pretty elite group right there,” Beaver said in an interview with prorodeo.com. “That is what makes this so cool, that I join those guys. I’m pretty much done rodeoing, but I still go with Reno, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I would’ve reached this mark.”

Beaver, an eight-time world champion, earned $2,191,749, and won five world titles, in tie-down roping, according to PRCA statistics released on Feb. 10. Beaver also has taken in $338,898 in team roping and $34,247 in steer roping.

But he said to not look for him to make a run at $4 million.

“Oh man, no way,” Beaver said with a laugh. “I’m good where I’m at, and I still run rodeo clinics. The TV (commentary) is more my deal nowadays.”

Like father, like son.

When the saddle bronc riding title was at stake at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo finals, it was a showdown between two-time world champion Cody Wright, 36, and his 18-year-old son, Rusty.

The younger Wright was the first to ride and he turned in a score of 83 aboard a bronc named War Admiral (owned by the Rafter G Rodeo Co). A few minutes later, the elder Wright, who is from Milford, Utah, posted an 81 aboard a nasty, uneven jumping, bucking horse named Shady Cat (J Bar J) during a sold-out performance on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

But at this renowned Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show, the title is decided by an aggregate score. When the dust settled, Cody Wright, who entered the finals ranked No. l, finished as the champion with a three-ride tally of 243. Rusty Wright was the runner-up with a 240.

Shelly Anzick of Livingston, Mont., clinched the barrel racing at title Fort Worth rodeo after turning in a swift finals time of 16.53. She pocketed $15,126, the highest of all contestants.

Other winners at the $597,986 Fort Worth rodeo were bareback rider, Steven Peebles (328 points on three head),  steer wrestler Seth Brockman (12.6 seconds on three head), team ropers Drew Horner and Buddy Hawkins II (15.9 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Cody Wright (243 points on three head), bull rider Joe Frost (234 points on three head).

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