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Matthew Smith

Events: Bareback Riding
Born: 8/24/1987 Hattiesburg, Mo.
Joined PRCA: 2010
PRCA Career Earnings: $135,823.00
World Titles Won: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 0
Current Residence: Leesville, La.

2019 world standings place: 63rd
2019 earnings: $16,149
Education: Panola College (Carthage, Texas) and the University of Tennessee-Martin, exercise science and wellness

Career Highlights

• 2019: Won the First Frontier Circuit Rodeo (Harrisburg, Pa.) and the Bill Hoy Kiwanis Rodeo (Clarksville, Tenn.)
• 2018: Won the Chas. B. Davis Memeorial (Ringgold, Ga.), the Goshen (Conn.) Stampede, June 16, the Goshen (Conn.) Stampede, June 17, the Cowtown Rodeo (Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.), June 23 and the Cowtown Rodeo (Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J.), June 30. Finished 57th in the world standings with $16,184
• 2017: Won the Clay County Cattleman s PRCA Rodeo (Green Grove Springs, Fla.), the 139th Silver Spurs Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.), the Davie (Fla.) Pro Rodeo, the Chas. B. Davis Memorial (Ringgold, Ga.), the Deep South PRCA Rodeo (Winnsboro, La.), the Ralph Morgan Semi-Annual Rodeo (Lauderdale, Miss.), the NE Arkansas (Jonesboro) Pro Rodeo and the Imboden (Ark.) PRCA Rodeo. Finished 50th in the world standings with $19,110
• 2016: Won the Fort Myers Pro Rodeo (North Fort Myers, Fla.), the Neshoba County Fair & Rodeo (Philadelphia, Miss.) and the Ocala (FIa.) Shrine Rodeo. Finished 77th in the world standings with $5,827
• 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

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

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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