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J.R. Vezain


Events: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding
Born: 2/22/1992
Joined PRCA: 2011
PRCA Career Earnings: $636,852.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 4 (2012-14, 2016)
Current Residence: Cowley, Wyo.

2016 world standings place: 8th
2016 WNFR standings place: T-2nd
2016 WNFR earnings: $85,308
2016 earnings: $159,508
Tour Finale qualifications: 3 (2012-14)
RNCFR qualifications: 2 (2011, 2016)
Education: Vernon (Texas) College, Casper (Wyo.) College

Professional
2017 Highlights

• Won the K-Days Rodeo (Edmonton, Alberta)
• Won the Last Chance Stampede (Helena, Mont.)
• Won the Eastern Montana (Miles City) Fair Rodeo
• Won the Gem State Stampede (Coeur D Alene, Idaho)

• Co-champion at the Wainwright (Alberta) Stampede
• Co-champion at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo (Merritt, British Columbia)
Career Highlights
• 2016: Placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR to tie for second place in the average. Won the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo, the Bruce (Alberta) Stampede, the Wyoming (Douglas) State Fair & Rodeo and the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo (Merritt, British Columbia)
• 2015: Finished 61st in the world standings with 11,484 
• 2014: Won the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.), the Yellowstone River Round-up (Billings, Mont.), the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.), the Arcadia (Fla.) All-Florida Championship Rodeo, at A Tribute to the Great American Cowboy (Casper, Wyo.) and the Maah Daah Hey Stampede (Grassy Butte, N.D.). Co-champion at the Okotoks (Alberta) ProRodeo. Finished 15th in the world standings with $70,208
• 2013: Placed in five rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on his way to finishing third in the average and seventh in the world standings with $143,924. Won the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo, the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, the Yellowstone River Round-Up (Billings, Mont.), the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah), the Buc Days ProRodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas) and the Pincher Creek (Alberta) ProRodeo. Co-champion at the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo
• 2012: Won Round 10 with an 86.5-point ride on Lancaster & Pickett Pro Rodeo's Top Flight and placed in five other rounds at his first Wrangler NFR to finish fourth in the world standings with $199,304. Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede; the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.); the Atlantic City (N.J.) Boardwalk Rodeo, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, the Wild Rogue ProRodeo (Central Point, Ore.), the Pincher Creek (Alberta) ProRodeo and the Whoop-Up Days (Lethbridge, Alberta)
• 2011: Finished 20th in the world standings with $47,845. Won the bareback riding at the Bowman (N.D.) County ProRodeo. Won the all-around and bareback riding at the Pikuni ProRodeo (Browning, Mont.). Won the bull riding and the all-around at the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fair PRCA Rodeo
• 2010: Won the year-end all-around title in the Montana Circuit, becoming the first roughstock cowboy to do so since Bob Schall in 1993. Won the all-around at the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fair PRCA Rodeo and the Belt (Mont.) Rodeo. Won the bareback riding at the Chisholm Trail Stampede (Duncan, Okla.), the Drummond (Mont.) PRCA Rodeo, the Energy Town Pro Rodeo (Gillette, Wyo.), the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo (Baker, Mont.), the Mo Betta Stampede and Native American Heritage Days (Anadarko, Okla.) and the Chouteau County Fair & Rodeo (Fort Benton, Mont.). Co-champion at the Yellowstone Stampede Pro Rodeo (Billings, Mont.) and the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene). Won the bull riding at the Dawson County Fair & Rodeo (Glendive, Mont.), the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fair PRCA Rodeo and the Chouteau County Fair & Rodeo (Fort Benton, Mont.). Earned $23,614 while competing on his permit

Amateur 
National High School Rodeo Bareback Riding Champion, 2009; finished third in NHSR all-around and sixth in the bareback riding, 2010. College National Finals Rodeo all-around champion, 2011
 
Awards 
Resistol Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year, 2011
 
Personal 
5-8, 140 … married, Shelby … Mother, Shilo Christman; father, Justin Jarrett (a former bareback rider) … His given name is Greg Duncan Vezain, but he has always gone by J.R. because an aunt took to calling him “Junior” – even before he was born … J.R. learned to ride from his maternal uncle, Duncan Vezain, during summers spent in Bridger, Mont. … A two-time Wyoming high school wrestling champion at Rocky Mountain High School (Byron, Wyo.); he says the sport prepared him for rodeo “because it taught me a lot of mental toughness (and the training produced) a lot of strength” … Attended Kelly Timberman’s rodeo school as a 16-year-old and credits the 2004 world champion with teaching him to ride bareback horses the right way … Transferred from Vernon (Texas) College to Casper (Wyo.) College in 2011 and is working toward an associate degree in business; he would like to one day run his own business making saddles and other leather products. He started working with leather at 9 years old while in a 4-H program

 
 
 
 
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