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Tim O'Connell

Events: Bareback Riding
Born: 10/24/1991 Dubuque, Iowa
Joined PRCA: 2013
PRCA Career Earnings: $771,272.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 3 (2014-16)
Current Residence: Zwingle, Iowa

2016 world standings place: 1st
2016 WNFR standings place: 1st     
2016 WNFR earnings: $ 195,308
2016 earnings: $374,272
Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (2016)
RNCFR qualifications: 3 (2013, 2015-16)
Education: Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge) and Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.)

2016 Highlights

• Won the world champion title and the Wrangler NFR average by splitting the top spot in Round 2 and placing in seven rounds. O'Connell set a bareback riding record and claimed the biggest single-season total in any event with $347,272 earned. 
• Won the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.)
• Won the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.)
• Won the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up
• Won the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas)
• Won the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.)
• Won the Dodge City, (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo
• Won the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo
• Won the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo
• Won the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.)
• Won the Will Rogers Stampede (Claremore, Okla.)
• Won the 101 Wild West Rodeo (Ponca City, Okla.)
• Won the Edgewood (Iowa) Days PRCA Rodeo
• Won the 40th Annual Isanti (Minn.) Firefighters Rodeo
• Won the Gerry (N.Y.) Volunteer Firemen's Rodeo
• Won the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo
• Won the Pioneer City Rodeo (Palestine, Ill.)
• Won the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo
• Co-champion at the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.)
• Co-champion at the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.)
Career Highlights
• 2015: Won or split the win in two rounds and placed in four others at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa), the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo, the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.), the Homestead (Fla.) Championship Rodeo, the Okeechobee (Fla.) Cattlemen's Spring Rodeo, the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (Vinita, Okla.), the Franklin (Tenn.) Rodeo, the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo, the Licking (Mo.) PRCA Rodeo, the West Texas Fair & Rodeo (Abilene) and the Harrison (Ark.) PRCA Rodeo. Co-champion at the Inter-State Rodeo (Coffeyville, Kan.), the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Scottsdale, Ariz.), the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Logandale, Nev.) and the Edgewood (Iowa) Days PRCA Rodeo
• 2014: Tied Bobby Mote for the win in Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and finished third in Round 7. Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale (Omaha, Neb.); the RAM Great Lakes Circuit Finals Rodeo (Louisville, Ky.); the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Amarillo, Texas), the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo, the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair & Rodeo, the Cherokee (Iowa) Chamber PRCA Rodeo and the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo. Co-champion at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo, the Franklin (Tenn.) Rodeo, the Jackson County ProRodeo (Bellevue, Iowa) and the Pioneer City Rodeo (Palestine, Ill.). Finished eighth in world standings with $131,240. Finished 4th in the world standings with $217,917
• 2013: Won the second round of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo (Denver) and finished sixth in the average. Won the Lyon County Fair PRCA Rodeo (Marshall, Minn.), the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo and the Crossett (Ark.) Riding Club PRCA Rodeo. Co-champion at Iowa Championship Rodeo (Sidney). Finished 21st in the world standings with $47,843
• 2012: Won the Oregon Trail Rodeo (Hastings, Neb.), the National Cattle Congress Rodeo (Waterloo, Iowa), the Western Fest Stampede Rodeo (Granite Falls, Minn.); the Wahoo (Neb.) Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo, the Green County Fair Pro Rodeo (Monroe, Wis.), the Upper Peninsula Championships (Iron River, Mich.), the Lyon County Fair PRCA Rodeo (Marshall, Minn.), the Tomah (Wis.) PRCA Rodeo and the Wapello (Iowa) PRCA Rodeo. Finished first in the Great Lakes Circuit year-end standings and earned $20,242 on his permit
• 2011: Won the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo and the Rock County Fair Pro Rodeo (Janesville, Wis.); co-champion at the Horse Days Rodeo (Belvidere, Ill.)

PRCA Resistol Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year, 2013; PRCA Bareback Riding Permit Holder of the Year, 2012

Wisconsin high school bull riding champion in 2010 and a four-time qualifier for the National High School Finals Rodeo (2007-10). Qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2011-12

5-7, 145 … wife, Sami (married October 2015) … Father, Ray, is a PRCA pickup man; mother, Joann; brother, Will, is a PRCA bullfighter, who was a bull rider who qualified for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo from the First Frontier Circuit … Graduated from Maquoketa (Iowa) High School, which is about 10 miles from the Wisconsin border and received a waiver to compete in the Wisconsin state rodeo championships and represent that state in the National High School Finals Rodeo … Also competed in high school wrestling … Travels with Jared Keylon, Winn Ratliff and Kyle Brennecke … Credits his rapid rise in the sport to Three Hills Rodeo’s Free Ride Program, which provides expert instruction at its Bernard, Iowa, facility, then pays permit dues and entry fees for all rodeos produced by Three Hills … Favorite rodeo is the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa, “the biggest rodeo closest to my hometown” … Enjoys hunting … Favorite movie is the Will Ferrell basketball comedy Semi-Pro … Favorite food is sushi … Nine-time World Champion Ty Murray is his rodeo idol … Dream livestock draw is Dirty Jacket of the Carr Pro Rodeo string
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