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Lee Graves


Events: Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping
Born: 5/14/1971 Chilliwack, British Columbia
Joined PRCA: 1994
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,548,587.00
World Titles Won: 2 (2005, 2009)
WNFR Qualifications: 10 (1997-99, 2001-02, 2004-07, 2009)
Current Residence: Calgary, Alberta

2012 earnings: Did not compete
Wrangler NFR average titles: 2 (2005, 2009)
Tour Finale qualifications: 6
        Winter:  2006
        Summer:  2001-02, 2005
        Championship:  2005, 2009
Education:  Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton, Ore.), Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford)

Professional
2013 Highlights
• Won the Stavely (Alberta) Indoor ProRodeo
• Won the Leduc (Alberta) Black Gold Rodeo
Career Highlights
• 2012: Did not compete
• 2011: Won the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); finished 26th in the world standings with $38,178
• 2010: Missed much of the year with a torn biceps, torn rib cartilage and a broken ankle; finished 57th in the world standings with $17,145
• 2009:  Won Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.5 seconds and Round 5 in 3.4 seconds; placed in six additional rounds en route to winning the NFR average in 45.1 seconds and his second world championship. Broke steer wrestling earnings records for both the NFR ($130,458) and a single season ($251,031). Won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo; the NILE Pro Rodeo (Billings, Mont.); Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Sundre (Alberta) Pro Rodeo; the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo (El Paso, Texas); the Grand Prairie (Alberta) Stompede and the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.). Co-champion at the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.) and the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo (Coeur d'Alene)
• 2008: Suffered a torn patella tendon in his right knee at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.) and was sidelined for  eight months; finished 65th in world standings with $17,565
• 2007: Won Round 5 of the Wrangler NFR with a time of 3.4 seconds and shared the Round 4 title after stopping the clock in 3.7 seconds. Placed in seven of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR and finished the year second in the world standings with $164,703. Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede; the Big Sky Pro Rodeo (Great Falls, Mont.); the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo and the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo
• 2006: Finished sixth in the world with $122,121 and was 10th in the Wrangler NFR average race, earning $47,717; placed in six of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, winning the eighth round with a time of 3.5 seconds. Won the Kamloops (British Columbia) Outdoor Pro Rodeo; the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo and the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; co-champion at the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup and the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
•  2005: Won his first PRCA world title and set a PRCA single-season earnings record with $206,415. He also set a Wrangler NFR earnings record for steer wrestling after winning $126,412 during the 10-day championship event. He placed in nine consecutive rounds, tying a record for steer wrestlers. He tied for the win in the fifth round with a run of 3.4 seconds and won the sixth round with a time of 3.6 seconds. Won his fifth Canadian title, a record; won the Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede and the Bonnyville (Alberta) Pro Rodeo; co-champion in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston, Ore.); co-champion at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede; became the first ProRodeo cowboy to be named the Male Athlete of the Year by the Calgary Booster Club. Finished the year ranked second in the all-around world standings with $211,696
• 2004: Placed in six of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, winning Round 6 with a time of 3.2 seconds. Finished 11th in the world with $88,965 and was 15th in the Wrangler NFR average race, picking up $30,429. Won the Walker County Fair and Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas); the Frontier Days Pro Rodeo (Swift Current, Saskatchewan) and the Colorado State Fair (Pueblo); co-champion at Rodeo Royal (Calgary, Alberta)
• 2003: Won the Rodeo Royal (Calgary, Alberta). Finished 25th in the world standings in steer wrestling with $32,515 and 28th in the all-around with $36,820
•  2002: Won the silver medallion in steer wrestling at the Olympic Command Performance (Farmington, Utah) and was Canadian team captain. Won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days; co-champion at the Rodeo Royal (Calgary, Alberta)
• 2001: Won the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
• 2000: Won the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede
• 1999: Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo; the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo (Albuquerque) and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.)
•  1998: Won the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede; La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.) and the Heritage Days Rodeo (Strathmore, Alberta)
•  1997: Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s steer wrestling champion; won the all-around title at Calgary (Alberta) Stampede and the steer wrestling title at California Rodeo Salinas
•  1996: Canadian Professional Rodeo Association steer wrestling champion
•  1995: All-around champion at the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede

Awards
In 2006, Graves was recognized as the Male Athlete of the Year by the Calgary Booster Club, the first ProRodeo cowboy to be acknowledged with the award. Graves’ horse, Rocks Eye Opener “Jessie,” won the AQHA/PRCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year Award in 2007 and 2009; tied for third in 2006

Personal
6-2, 230 ... Single ... Hobbies include skiing, horse training and horseshoeing … Favorite sports team is the NHL's Calgary Flames …Travels with Shawn Greenfield and Beau Franzen
 
 
 
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