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Matthew Smith


Events: Bareback Riding
Born: 8/24/1987 Hattiesburg, Mo.
Joined PRCA: 2010
PRCA Career Earnings: $64,598.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 0
Current Residence: Leesville, La.

2016 world standings place: 77th
2016 earnings: $5,827
RNCFR qualifications: 1 (2011)
Education: Panola College (Carthage, Texas) and the University of Tennessee-Martin, exercise science and wellness

Professional
2017 Highlights
• Won the Clay County Cattleman s PRCA Rodeo (Green Grove Springs, Fla.)
• Won the 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.)
• Won the Davie (Fla.) Pro Rodeo
• Won the Chas. B. Davis Memorial (Ringgold, Ga.)

Career Highlights
• 2016: Won the Fort Myers Pro Rodeo (North Fort Myers, Fla.), the Neshoba County Fair & Rodeo (Philadelphia, Miss.) and the Ocala (FIa.) Shrine Rodeo
• 2015: Won the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo (Bonifay), the Fort Myers ProRodeo (North Fort Myers, Fla.) and the Cotton Blossom Roundup (Nashville, Ga.). Finished 103rd in the world standings with $3,908
• 2014: Won the Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo (Bonifay, Fla.); the State Fair of Louisiana Pro Rodeo (Shreveport, La.); the Volunteer Fire Department ProRodeo (Marshall, N.C.) and the Rose City Roundup (Tyler, Texas). Co-champion at the NE Arkansas Championship PRCA Rodeo (Jonesboro). Finished 72nd in the world standings with $10,604
• 2013: Won the Rotary Classic Rodeo (Starkville, Miss.); the Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo (Hattiesburg, Miss.); the Waller County Fair & Rodeo (Hempstead, Texas); the Semi-Annual Ralph Morgan Rodeo (Lauderdale, Miss.); the Kiwanis Club of Clarksville (Tenn.) Rodeo; the Asheville ProRodeo (Fletcher, N.C.) and the Crowley's Ridge Saddle Club Charity Rodeo (Forrest City, Ark.). Co-champion at the Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days and the Stanley (Wis.) Rodeo. Finished 32nd in the world standings with $29,362
• 2012: Won the Ram Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo (Davie, Fla.); the Pasco County Fair Championship Rodeo (Dade City, Fla.); the Northwest Florida Championships (Bonifay, Fla.); the Georgia National Junior Livestock Show & Rodeo (Perry, Ga.); the Okeechobee (Fla.) Cattlemen’s Springs Rodeo; the Ocala (Fla.) Shrine Rodeo; the 3 Bar A Rodeo (Muscle Shoals, Ala.); the Indiantown (Fla.) Rodeo; the Shelby County Sheriff's Posse PRCA Rodeo and the North Carolina Mountain State Fair PRCA Rodeo (Fletcher, N.C.), Sept. 12. Co-champion at the Goliad County Fair PRCA Rodeo (Goliad, Texas); the Southeastern ProRodeo (Ocala, Fla.) and The Topeka (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo. Finished 39th in the world standings with $21,548
• 2011: Won the Greater Gulf State Fair Pro Rodeo (Mobile, Ala.); the N.E. Arkansas District Fair & Rodeo (Jonesboro); the Harris County Cattlemen’s Association Rodeo (Hamilton, Ga.) and the Williston (Fla.) Pro Rodeo. Finished 85th in the world standings with $5,094
• 2010: Won the Dodge Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo (Davie, Fla.); the N.E. Mississippi Championships (Tupelo); the Crowley’s Ridge Saddle Club Rodeo (Forrest City, Ark.) and the Buckin’ on the River Rodeo (Savannah, Tenn.); co-champion at the Harrison (Ark.) PRCA Rodeo. Finished 79th in the world standings and ninth in the PRCA rookie standings with $7,204
• 2009: Won the Buckin’ on the River Rodeo (Savannah, Tenn.) and the Harrison (Ark.) PRCA Rodeo; earned $5,215 on his permit
Amateur
Qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo in 2003-05 and won the bareback riding championship in 2005. Qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.) in 2006-07 for Panola College and in 2008-09 for Tennessee-Martin, finishing second to Kaycee Feild in 2008
Personal
5-8, 170 … Wife, Sarah (married Jan. 29, 2012), has a master's degree in medical science … Father, Donald (deceased), and mother, Vanessa; brother, Lee Holifield; sister, Tiffany … Brother rode bulls at the amateur level … Hobbies include fishing and hunting; he makes fishing lures with his friend Thomas Bridges under the name Redneck Lures … Didn’t start bareback riding until he was 16 years old … Graduated from Union Academy in Georgetown, Miss. Competed in baseball (pitcher) and basketball (point guard); had a scholarship offer in baseball from the University of the South (Mobile, Ala.) … Travels alone … Favorite rodeos are the All-Florida Championships (Arcadia) and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.) … Favorite movies are The Shawshank Redemption and Barbershop. Favorite book is the Bible … Favorite food is his paternal grandmother's chicken and dumplings
 
 
 
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