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Jason Thomas


Events: Steer Wrestling
Born: 5/29/1990 Little Rock, Ark.
Joined PRCA: 2013
PRCA Career Earnings: $413,555.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 1 (2016)
Current Residence: Benton, Ark.

2017 world standings place: 19th
2017 earnings: $67,294
RNCFR qualifications: 1 (2012)
Education: Panola College (Carthage, Texas) and McNesse State University (Lake Charles, La.)

Professional
2017 Highlights
• Won the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede
• Won the Stampede at the Ike (West Monroe, La.)
• Co-champion at the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo
• Co-champion at the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede
• Co-champion at the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days

Career Highlights

• 2016: Won Round 2 and placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR to rank second in the average. Finished fifth in the world standings $114,500. Won the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, the Parker County Sheriff's Posse Frontier Days and Rodeo (Weatherford, Texas), the Wrangler Champion Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Redding, Calif.), the Crossett (Ark.) Riding Club 68th Annual PRCA Rodeo, the State Fair of Louisiana (Shreveport) Pro Rodeo, the Red Desert Roundup (Rock Springs, Wyo.) and the Gem State Stampede (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho). Co-champion at the Sundre (Alberta) Pro Rodeo
• 2015: Won the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days, the State Fair of Louisiana Pro Rodeo (Shreveport), the Spokane (Wash.) Interstate Rodeo and the Panola County Cattlemen’s Rodeo (Carthage, Texas). Finished 25th in the world standings with $44,334
• 2014: Won the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas), the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.), the Lions Club Rodeo (Leesville, La.) and the Panola County Cattlemen’s Rodeo (Carthage, Texas). Finished 31st in the world standings with $34,713
• 2013: Won the Rusk County PRCA Rodeo (Henderson, Texas), the Leesville (La.) Lions Club Rodeo and the Sanders County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Plains, Mont.). Finished 29th in the world standings with $34,953
• 2012: Won the NE Arkansas District Fair & Rodeo (Jonesboro), the Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo (Alexandria, La.), the Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series on July 13 and won the second round of the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.5 seconds. Earned $14,773 on his permit
• 2011: Won the RAM Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo (Davie, Fla.), the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.) with a time of 7.3 seconds on two head, the YMBL Championship Rodeo (Beaumont, Texas) and the SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo (Lake Charles, La.). Co-champion at the Marshall (Texas) Pro Rodeo. Finished as the Southeastern Circuit year-end champion. Earned $18,520 on his permit
• 2010: Competed in just two PRCA rodeos before being diagnosed with mononucleosis (commonly known as Mono)
• 2009: Won the Phil Gardenhire PRCA Rodeo (Poteau, Okla.) in his first year on a PRCA permit; earned $836

Amateur
Arkansas state high school steer wrestling champion, 2005-08; finished fourth in the National High School Finals Rodeo, 2008. Qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo, 2009-11, winning the three-head average in 2011 while competing for McNeese State with a time of 19.1 seconds
 
Personal 
6-2, 205 … Single … 2013 PRCA/Resistol Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year … Father, Jim, owns an insurance and real estate business; mom, Leann, is a stay-at-home mom who gives riding and goat-tying lessons; older brother, Sean. His dad, brother, grandfather, Leon Bates, and uncles, Jeff Bates and Allen Bates, have all been instrumental in helping his career progress … Likes to play basketball, hunt and play horseshoes … Graduated from Benton/Harmony Grove High School (Haskell, Ark.) … Favorite rodeo is the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.) … Favorite movies are “Transformers,” “The Hangover” and “pretty much everything with John Wayne” … Favorite meal on the road is Whataburger
 
 
 
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