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Matt Bright


Events: Bareback Riding
Born: 7/16/1983 Knoxville, Tenn.
Joined PRCA: 2006
PRCA Career Earnings: $411,891.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 3 (2010-12)
Current Residence: Stafford, Texas

2015 world standings place: 30th
2015 earnings: $35,387
Tour Finale qualifications: 2 (2011-12)
RNCFR qualifications: 4 (2007-09, 2015)
Education: University of Tennessee-Martin, degree in agricultural business

Professional
2015 Highlights
• Won the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo
• Co-champion at the Austin Co. Fair & Rodeo (Bellville, Texas)
Career Highlights
• 2014: Won the Bell County PRCA Rodeo (Belton, Texas) and the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo. Finished 76th in the world standings with $9,946
• 2013: Underwent elbow surgery and missed much of the season; finished 74th in the world standings with $7,657
• 2012: Placed in four rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including a second-place finish in Round 9. Won the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.). Co-champion at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo. Finished 12th in the world standings with $98,148
• 2011: Placed in one round of the Wrangler NFR, competing with an injured ankle, and finished 14th in the world standings with $75,665. Won the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; the Gladewater (Texas) Round-up Rodeo; the Livingston (Mont.) Round-Up; the Flint Hills Rodeo Association (Strong City, Kan.); the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.); the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and the State Fair of Louisiana Pro Rodeo (Shreveport)
• 2010: Placed in one round of the Wrangler NFR before suffering a fracture of the lumbar spine in Round 8 that forced him to withdraw; sidelined for three months. Finished 14th in the world standings with $81,489. Won the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas); the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo; the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo; the Butterfield Stage Days (Bridgeport, Texas); the Abdallah Shrine Rodeo (Tonganoxie, Kan.) and the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo (Stephenville, Texas). Co-champion at the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days; the Cache County Fair & Rodeo (Logan, Utah) and the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo
• 2009: Won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo; the Abdallah Shrine Rodeo (Tonganoxie, Kan.) and the Dodge Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.). Finished 18th in the world standings with $44,300
• 2008: Won the Dodge Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo (Okeechobee, Fla.); the Four States Fair & Rodeo (Texarkana, Ark.); the Greater Gulf State Fair & Rodeo (Mobile, Ala.); the Ralph Morgan Semi-Annual Rodeo (Lauderdale, Miss.); Crowley’s Ridge Saddle Club & Lions Club PRCA Rodeo (Forrest City, Ark.); the Tate FFA Alumni Foundation Rodeo (Pensacola, Fla.) and the Okeechobee (Fla.) Cattlemen’s Spring Rodeo. Co-champion at the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.); the Will Rogers Stampede (Claremore, Okla.); the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo (Bonifay, Fla.) and the Brighton Field Day & PRCA Rodeo (Okeechobee, Fla.). Finished 35th in the world standings with $30,064
• 2007: Won the Dodge Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo (Brighton, Fla.) and the Rodeo on the Ridge (Lafe, Ark.); co-champion at the Okeechobee County (Fla.) Cattlemen’s Rodeo
• 2006: Won the Southeastern Livestock Show & Rodeo (Montgomery, Ala.) and the Ocala (Fla.) Shrine Rodeo

Amateur
Four-time qualifier for the College National Finals Rodeo, 2004-07; qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo, 2001

Personal
5-11, 183 … Wife, Devra (married Nov. 2, 2013); son, Weston (Nov. 20, 2014) … Father, R.A. Bright, is retired and mother, Yvonne, is a dental hygienist; has one brother, Jacob … His dad competed in bareback riding and bull riding for many years … Plays the guitar and sings … Enjoys playing golf and video games … Favorite sports team is the University of Tennessee Volunteers … Favorite rodeo is the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, because “it has great stock, great crowds and great hospitality” … Names his dad, Marvin Garrett and Bobby Mote as his rodeo idols … Favorite book is the Bible, favorite movie is Tombstone and favorite type of music is rock …Graduated from Lenoir City (Tenn.) High School in 2001 and completed his degree in agricultural business at the University of Tennessee-Martin in 2007 … Maintains a workout regime that includes riding a bike, running, jumping rope and light weights
 
 
 
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