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Jeff Willert


Events: Saddle Bronc Riding
Born: 1/18/1982 Philip, S.D.
Joined PRCA: 2002
PRCA Career Earnings: $897,478.00
World Titles Won: 1 (2005)
WNFR Qualifications: 6 (2003-2007, 2010)
Current Residence: Belvidere, S.D.

2014 world standings place: 29th
2014 earnings: $30,261
Tour Finale qualifications: 8
   Winter: 2003, 2005
   Summer: 2003, 2005
   Championship: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
RNCFR qualifications: 2 (2003, 2015)
Education: Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell)

Professional
2015 Highlights
• Won the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.)
Career Highlights
• 2014: Won the Coors Pro Rodeo (Gillette, Wyo.); the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo (Baker, Mont.); the Western Stampede (West Jordan, Utah); the Crystal Springs Rodeo (Clear Lake, S.D.) and the Scotts Bluff County Fair & Rodeo (Mitchell, Neb.). Co-champion at the Range Days Rodeo (Rapid, City, S.D.) and the Cattlemen's Days (Gunnison, Colo.)
• 2013: Won the Red Horse Ranch PRCA Rodeo (Fergus Falls, Minn.); finished 158th in the world standings with $1,965 
• 2012: Won the Ashley (N.D.) Rodeo. Co-champion at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.) and the Pikuni ProRodeo (Browning, Mont.). Finished 21st in the world standings with $39,927
• 2011: Won the Horse Heaven Round-up (Kennewick, Wash.). Co-champion at the Bowman (N.D.) County ProRodeo. Finished 26th in the world standings with $31,378
• 2010: Tied for second place in Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; finished 12th in the world standings with $87,357. Won La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.) and the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede
• 2009: Finished 41st in the world standings with $22,816
• 2008: Won the NILE Pro Rodeo (Billings, Mont.) and the First Chance Bonanza (Brookings, S.D.); co-champion at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede. Finished 27th in the world standings with $31,400
• 2007: Placed in first two rounds of the Wrangler NFR before an injury forced him to miss the rest of the competition. Won the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo (Odessa, Texas); the North Central Rodeo (Medford, Wis.) and was co-champion at the Airdrie (Alberta) Pro Rodeo. Finished 13th in world standings with $91,980
• 2006: Placed in five of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, winning the first round with an 86-point ride on Burch Rodeo’s Tokyo Massage and the eighth round with an 86 on Sankey Rodeo’s Blazing Saddle. Won the Kern County Fair Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.); the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa); the Evanston (Wyo.) Cowboy Days; the Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah) and the Red River Rodeo (Wichita Falls, Texas). Co-champion at the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo and the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede. Broke his wrist in March and was out of competition until the first part of June. Finished ninth in the world standings with $115,676
• 2005: Won world title and set a PRCA saddle bronc riding single-season earnings record with $278,169. Won three rounds and placed in five others. Won Round 1 with an 87.5-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Domino Theory, Round 4 with an 89 on Frontier Rodeo’s Linda Lou and Round 6 with an 85.5 on Rafter G Rodeo’s Rawhide. Won the NILE ProRodeo (Billings, Mont.); the Spokane (Wash.) Interstate Fair and Rodeo; the Magic Valley Stampede (Filer, Idaho); the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo; the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.); the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo; the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo; the Fourth of July Youth Celebration (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and the North Central Rodeo (Medford, Wis.). Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up
• 2004: Finished 17th in the world with $66,465 and was 14th in the Wrangler NFR as an injury replacement for Dan Mortensen, winning $11,322. Won Fourth of July Celebration (Window Rock, Ariz.); competed at the Wrangler NFR after Dan Mortensen was forced to withdraw due to a broken ankle suffered at the Tour Championships (Dallas) in mid-November
• 2003: Won the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.); the Buc Days Pro Rodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas); the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo and the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.); finished ninth in the world standings with $86,209
• 2002: Won the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene) and the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo

Amateur
Qualified for College National Finals Rodeo, 2002; qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo, 1999-2000; won the National Little Britches Association’s saddle bronc riding  world championshp, 2000

Personal
5-6, 135 ... Enjoys breaking colts...Travels with Chad Ferley and Chet Johnson...In 2001, he got hung up on a horse and broke his ankle, and in 2002 he broke his toes after a horse ran him up against a gate. Then in 2003, he was kicked in the head by a horse after being bucked off at Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and suffered nerve damage that cost him the sight in his left eye ... His father also rode saddle broncs ... Started competing in rodeo in 1990 ... He is right-handed, but competes left-handed ... A graduate of Kadoka (S.D.) High School ... After he won the 2005 world championship, Kadoka, S.D., held a Jeff Willert Day … Rodeo idol is Billy Etbauer
 
 
 
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