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J.W. Harris

Events: Bull Riding
Born: 7/14/1986 Coleman, Texas
Joined PRCA: 2005
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,981,311.00
World Titles Won: 4 (2008-10, 2013)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 9 (2006-14)
Current Residence: Mullin, Texas

2019 world standings place: 29th
2019 earnings: $48,821
Wrangler NFR average titles: 2 (2008, 2010)
Tour Finale titles: 3
RNCFR titles: 2 (2009-10)

Career Highlights
• 2019: Won the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo. Co-champion at the Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) 
• 2018: Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.), the 41st George Paul Memorial Extreme  Bull Riding Division 1, (Del Rio, Texas) and the Comel County Fair & Rodeo Xtreme Bulls (New Braunfels, Texas). Finished 16th in the world standings with $93,769
• 2017: Did not compete
• 2016: Finished 244th in the world standings with $262
• 2015: Finished 107th in the world standings with $9,731
• 2014: Placed in four rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo before injuries forced him to sit out Round 10. Finished ninth in the world standings with $109,182. Won the Rapid City (S.D.) Xtreme Bulls Tour event, the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo, the Riata Roundup Rodeo (Lometa, Texas), the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.), the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.), the Crossett (Ark.) Riding Club PRCA Rodeo and the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (Vinita, Okla.). Co-champion at the Bull's Night Out Division 2 Qualifying Event Xtreme Bulls (Fort Worth, Texas) 
• 2013: Won Round 4 of the Wrangler NFR with 88.5-point ride on Medicine Show of Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo, tied for the win in Round 9 and placed in four other rounds en route to his fourth gold buckle with earnings of $252,829. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Amarillo, Texas); the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.); the All American ProRodeo Finals (Waco, Texas); the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo; the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.); the XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Dalhart, Texas); the 130th Silver Spurs Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.); the Goliad (Texas) County Fair PRCA Rodeo; the Jasper (Texas) Lions Benefit Rodeo and Rodeo Killeen (Texas)
• 2012: Won Round 1 of the Wrangler NFR with a 90.5-point ride on Four Star Rodeo's Stink Eye and placed in two other rounds to finish second in the world standings ($152,629). Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.); the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo Xtreme Bulls; the Bremerton (Wash.) Xtreme Bulls Tour Division 2; the Lewiston (Idaho) Xtreme Bulls Tour Division 2; the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo; the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo (Rosenberg, Texas); the 15th annual Canton (Texas) Stampede Rodeo and the Parker County Frontier Days Pro Rodeo (Weatherford, Texas). Co-champion at the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo
• 2011: Won Rounds 4, 5 and 8 of the Wrangler NFR, including a 90.5-point ride in Round 5 on Burch Rodeo's Zombie Zoo, and placed in one other round. Finished second in the world standings with $209,361. Won the Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale (Ellensburg, Wash.); the Seminole Hard Rock Xtreme Bulls (Reno, Nev.); the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho); the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.); Nebraska's Big Rodeo (Burwell, Neb.); the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.); the Fort Bend County Fair & Rodeo (Rosenberg, Texas); the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo; the Mid-Winter Fair & Rodeo (Lafayette, La.); the Cowboy Capital ProRodeo (Bandera, Texas); the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo
• 2010: Tied a Wrangler NFR record for bull riding with four round wins (2, 5, 6 and 7); he placed in eight rounds overall, never lower than fourth and won his second average title in three years on his way to a third consecutive gold buckle, a feat that hadn't been accomplished since Don Gay (1979-81). Set an NFR single-event record with $158,738, and finished first in the world standings with $246,541. Repeated as the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo champion and helped Texas end the Wilderness Circuit's three-year reign as team champion. Won Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo; the 101 Wild West Rodeo (Ponca City, Okla.); the Inter-State Rodeo (Coffeyville, Kan.); Kansas' Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg); the Ski-Hi Stampede (Monte Vista, Colo.); the Cody (Wyo.) Yellowstone Seminole Hard Rocks Xtreme Bulls Tour stop; the Austin, Texas, Division 2 Xtreme Bull Riding Tour event and the Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series-July 9-10 
• 2009: Broke his right (riding) hand in the second round of the Wrangler NFR and failed to earn a check, but had a big enough lead from the regular season that he was still able to claim the world championship. It made him the first bull rider since Blue Stone in 2001-02 to win back-to-back gold buckles with season earnings of $219,275. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo; the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup; the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; the World's Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.); the Fourth of July Celebration (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco); the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of '76 Rodeo; the West of the Pecos Rodeo (Pecos, Texas); the Bell County PRCA Rodeo (Belton, Texas); the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo; the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo; the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo (Mercedes, Texas); the Leesville (La.) Lions Club Rodeo; the Lehi (Utah) Round-Up and the Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo-Aug. 8. Co-champion at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo
• 2008: Won the Wrangler NFR average title with 507 points on six head, placing in all six of those rounds. Harris' results in Las Vegas carried him from fourth in the world standings to his first gold buckle with earnings of $208,437. Won the  Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo; the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo (Amarillo, Texas); the Walker County Fair & Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas); the Los Fresnos (Texas) PRCA Rodeo; the Arkansas State Fair & Rodeo (Little Rock); the Eastland County Rodeo (Ranger, Texas); the Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo (Bandera, Texas) and the Cowboy Capital of the World Pro Rodeo (Stephenville, Texas)
• 2007: Won Round 1 at the Wrangler NFR with an 89-point ride on Growney Brothers’ Lights Out and Round 4 with 85 points on Flying U Rodeo’s High Waters. Won the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals (Waco); the Buc Days Pro Rodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas) ; the Jasper (Texas) Days Benefit Rodeo and Rodeo Killeen (Texas). Co-champion at the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo and the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo (Silver City, N.M.). Finished sixth in the world standings with $153,743
• 2006: Placed in three of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, setting an arena record with a 95-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s Fire Bird. Won the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.); the Rowell Ranch Rodeo (Hayward (Calif.) and the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo. Co-champion at the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede. Won the Dodge Xtreme Bulls stop in Reno, Nev., and set an Xtreme Bulls record with a 96 point ride on Flying Five Rodeo’s Werewolf; shared the San Antonio Xtreme Bulls semifinal round title with 88-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Jumbo. Won first round of the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho) with 90 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Fire Water and was rodeo’s two-head average leader (172) and top money winner ($11,444). Finished ninth in the world standings with $116,318
• 2005: Won short-round at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo and finished second in the average. Finished the year ranked 32nd in the world with $35,192

5-10, 160 … Wife, Jackie (married Oct. 3, 2009), was Miss Rodeo Arkansas in 2004; daughter, Aubrey (born Nov. 30, 2010 in Las Vegas two days before the start of the Wrangler NFR); son, Dillon Cash (born Aug. 4, 2012) ... Hobbies include raising bucking bulls; he owns 350 head of cattle … Full name is James William Harris, from roughstock rider James Garlick and William, his great-grandfather … Became interested in rodeo through his father, Mark, who was the Texas Circuit Rookie of the Year in 1989 … Grew up in Peaster, Texas, where his father worked on a ranch, but moved to tiny May (pop. 500) when J.W. was 15 …Graduated from May High School with 18 classmates … Had almost run out of money and was ready to head back to Texas to work before his short-round win and $10,000 windfall in Cheyenne, Wyo., in 2005 … Has invested most of his winnings in mutual funds …Has a younger brother, Cody, who plays high school football and also fights bulls ... Harris became the second world champion bull rider to wear a helmet, following B.J. Schumacher (2006); Harris suffered five concussions during the 2008 season ... Bull riders he most admires are Don Gay and George Paul ... Favorite movie is Lonesome Dove and favorite book is Where the Red Fern Grows
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