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Dru Melvin

Events: Steer Wrestling
Born: 8/26/1982 Tryon, Neb.
Joined PRCA: 2003
PRCA Career Earnings: $535,963.00
World Titles Won: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 2 (2006, 2014)
Current Residence: Hebron, Neb.

2019 world standings place: 122nd
2019 earnings: $9,650
Education: Pratt (Kan.) Community College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford), bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management

Career Highlights 
• 2019: Won the Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions
• 2018: Co-champion at the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. Finished 43rd in the world standings with $34,544
• 2017: Won the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede. Finished 93rd in the world standings with $12,683

• 2016: Won the Elk City, (Okla.) Rodeo of Champions. Finished 79th in the world standings with $14,490
• 2015: Won the Linn County Fair & Rodeo (Mound City, Kan.). Finished 70th in the world standings with $17,269
• 2014: Won Round 10 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.4 seconds and placed in four other rounds. Won California Rodeo Salinas, the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede and the Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede. Co-champion at the Dawson Creek (British Columbia) Stampede. Finished 9th in the world standings with $39,537
• 2013: Co-champion at the Spanish Forks (Utah) Fiesta Days; finished 25th in the world standings with $41,329
• 2012: Won the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo (Oakley City, Utah) and the Chisholm Trail Stampede PRCA Rodeo (Duncan, Okla.). Was co-champion at the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo. Finished 39th in the world standings with $27,508
• 2011: Won the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.); A Tribute to Chris LeDoux Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.); the Western Frontier Pro Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and the Ken Lance Memorial PRCA Rodeo (Ada, Okla.). Finished 19th in the world standings with 47,969
• 2010: Won the all-around and the steer wrestling at the Shootout (Mesquite, Texas), May 21-22; won the steer wrestling at the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene, Texas); finished 88th in the world standings with $11,332
• 2009: Won the Inter-State Rodeo (Coffeyville, Kan.); finished 104th in the world standings with $9,163
• 2008: Won the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.); finished 23rd in the world standings with $40,039
• 2007: Missed the first five months of the season while rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder, returning with a fourth-place finish at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days; co-champion at the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah) and the Sheridan WYO Rodeo; earned $25,636 to finish 44th in the world standings
• 2006: Finished 15th in the world standings with $82,426; placed in three of 10 rounds in his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo despite competing in a shoulder brace. He dislocated his right shoulder nine times during the season and underwent surgery on Dec. 14 at the Kansas Orthopedic Center (Wichita) to completely reconstruct the anterior ligament in his shoulder, which had tears in three places. Won the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.) and co-champion at Rodeo Austin (Texas). Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and was co-champion in the average at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver)

6-1, 250 … Wife, Brittany; son, Jaxson, born Sept. 15, 2013; twins Chase (son) and Raney (daughter), born Sept. 10, 2015 … Got involved in rodeo through his family at the age of 5. His parents, Wayne (deceased) and Claudia, were ranchers. Wayne competed as a PRCA permit holder … Dru has two sisters, Elke and Meka and one brother, Ty … Travels with Casey Martin, Bray Armes and Sean Mulligan ... Graduated from McPherson County High School in Tyron, Neb., with nine students … Participated in football, basketball and track in high school … Favorite sport to watch is college football and favorite types of movies are action and comedies. Enjoys all types of music and food … Rodeo idols are Todd Suhn and Sean Mulligan
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