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Sonny Murphy

Events: Bull Riding
Born: 6/16/1986 Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined PRCA: 2005
PRCA Career Earnings: $252,708.00
World Titles Won: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 1 (2006)
Current Residence: Tremonton, Utah

2013 world standings place: 114th
2013 earnings: $9,010
Tour Finale titles: 1
 Summer: 2006
Tour Finale qualifications: 5
    Winter: 2006
    Summer: 2005-06
    Championship: 2005-06
DNCFR titles: 1 (2006)
DNCFR qualifications: 2 (2006, 2009)
Education: Western Texas College (Snyder)

2014 Highlights
• Won the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of '76 Rodeo
• Won the Silver State Stampede (Elko, Nev.)
Career Highlights
• 2013: Won the Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, Utah). Co-champion at the Desertview ProRodeo (Castle Dale, Utah)
• 2012: Finished 60th in the world standings with $18,519
• 2011: Won the Red Desert Roundup (Rock Springs, Wyo.); co-champion at the Sanders County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Plains, Mont.); co-champion at  the Poway (Calif.) Rodeo; won the Desertview ProRodeo (Castle Dale, Utah); the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho). Finished 44th in the world standings with $24,721
• 2010: Won the Deseret Peak PRCA Stampede (Tooele, Utah); the Daniel Dopps Memorial PRCA Dodge Rodeo (Mountain Home, Idaho); finished 103rd in the world standings with $10,360
• 2009: Finished 129th in the final world standings with $7,811
• 2007: Co-champion at That Famous Preston (Idaho) Night Rodeo
• 2006: Qualified for his first Wrangler NFR, but he suffered a fractured C-6 vertebra in his neck on the event’s opening night Nov. 30 after being thrown to the ground following his 80.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Crooked Tooth. Murphy had to withdraw from competition, and following the Wrangler NFR, he underwent surgery to repair the break and missed most of the 2007 season; won his event title at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho) and ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale (Omaha, Neb.); won bull riding titles at the NILE Pro Rodeo (Billings, Mont.), Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, Utah), Gooding (Idaho) County Pro Rodeo and Western Stampede (West Jordan, Utah); claimed Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston, Ore.) and Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.); finished 7th in the final world standings with a career-high $129,169
• 2005: Won the Lions Dixie Roundup (St. George, Utah) with a 92-point ride, won the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.) and the Woodlake Lions Club PRCA Rodeo (Woodlake, Calif.); was co-champion in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo. Finished rookie season 25th in the world with $49,971

High School State champion in Utah and reserve National High School Rodeo Association champion, 2005; Reserve state champion, 2004 and Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association (IMPRA) champion bull rider, 2003-04

5-7, 140…Got involved in rodeo through his father, Dewayne, and started when he was 9 years old. Father works as a salesman and mother, Madeleine, works at a car dealership. Has one brother, Michael…Graduated from Riverton (Utah) High School…Type of riding style – staying on…Favorite food is spaghetti and favorite music is rap…Enjoys team roping and enters several local jackpots…Dream livestock to draw would be Mossy Oak Mudslinger…Rodeo idol is Justin McBride


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