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Wade Sundell

Events: Saddle Bronc Riding
Born: 2/10/1985 Boxholm, Iowa
Joined PRCA: 2007
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,757,611.00
World Titles Won: 1 (2018)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 8 (2009-15, 2018)
Current Residence: Coleman, Okla.

2018 world standings place: 1st
2018 earnings: $280,636
Tour Finale qualifications: 6
   Championship: 2010-15
Heartland ProRodeo Championships: 1 (2009)
RNCFR titles: 2 (2009, 2018)
RNCFR qualifications: 4 (2009-10, 2015, 2018)

2019 Highlights

• Won the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo
• Won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo
• Won the Buffalo (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo
• Won the Jackson County Pro Rodeo (Bellevue, Iowa)
• Won the Home On The Range Championship Ride (Sentinel Butte, N.D.)
• Won the Casey Tibbs Match of Champions Xtreme Broncs Ride (Fort Pierre, S.D.)
Career Highlights

• 2018: Won Round 5 and tied for first in Round 7 while placing in eight rounds of the 2018 Wrangler NFR. He placed second in the average with 783.5 on nine head and won the 2018 world title by winning $177,327 in Las Vegas and $280,636 for the season. Won  the Ram Great Lakes Circuit Finals (Louisville, Ky.); the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo; the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede; Mandan (N.D.) Rodeo Days; the Parker County Sheriff's Posse Frontier Days And PRCA Rodeo (Weatherford, Texas); the Trinity Valley Exposition Fair & Rodeo (Liberty, Texas); and the Jackson County Pro Rodeo (Bellevue, Iowa). Co-champion at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.); the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); and Pro Rodeo Oklahoma (Chickasha).
• 2017: Won the Edgewood (Iowa) Days PRCA Rodeo, the Mandan (N.D.) Rodeo Days, the Wapello (Iowa) PRCA Rodeo, the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.) and the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.). Co-champion at the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa). Ranked 33rd in the world standings with $32,952.

• 2016: Did not compete
• 2015: Won Rounds 1 and 10 and placed in four other rounds at the Wrangler NFR and finished as reserve world champion for the second time in his career. Won the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of '76 Rodeo, the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo, the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.), the Moose Mountain Pro Rodeo (Kennedy, Saskatchewan), the Parker County Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo (Weatherford, Texas) and the Williams Lake (British Columbia) Stampede. Co-champion at the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.) and the Home on the Range Champions Ride (Sentinel Butte, N.D.)
• 2014: Won Rounds 3, 5 and 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and placed in four others to finish fifth in the average standings and rise from sixth to third in the final world standings with $180,726. Won the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo; the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days; the Las Vegas (Nev.) Helldorado Days; the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo; the Bennington (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo; the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.); the Rodeo of the Ozarks (Springdale, Ark.); the Ken Lance Memorial (Ada, Okla.); the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo; the 101 Wild West Rodeo (Ponca City, Okla.); the Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, Utah); the Dayton (Iowa) Championship Rodeo; the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (Vinita, Okla.) and the Pine City (Minn.) Championship PRCA Rodeo. Co-champion at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.); the Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.); the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo (Oakley City, Utah); the Santa Rosa Roundup (Vernon, Texas); the Flint Hills Rodeo (Strong City, Kan.) and the American Royal ProRodeo (Kansas City, Mo.)
• 2013: Won Round 3 of the Wrangler NFR with an 86-point ride on Big Stone, Moreno & Growney's Big Muddy, won Round 6 with an 87.5-point ride on Burch Rodeo's Lunatic Fringe and placed in four other rounds; finished sixth in the world standings with $164,345. Won the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.); the Rodeo of the Ozarks (Springdale, Ark.); the Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.); the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo; the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo; the Will Rogers Stampede (Claremore, Okla.); the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show (Union, Ore.); the Licking (Mo.) PRCA Rodeo and the Crockett (Texas) Lions Club PRCA Rodeo. Co-champion at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days; the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo and the Livermore (Calif.) Rodeo
• 2012: Split the win in Rounds 2 and 6 of the Wrangler NFR and placed in two other rounds to finish third in the average. Won the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days; the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo; the Western Frontier ProRodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); the La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.); the 52nd Annual Belt (Mont.) Rodeo and the YMBL Championship Rodeo (Beaumont, Texas). Co-champion at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede; the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho); the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo; the Guy Weadick Days (High River, Alberta) and the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.). Finished fourth in the world standings with $193,494
• 2011: Won Round 1 of the Wrangler NFR with an 85.5-point ride on Stace Smith ProRodeos' Goin' South and placed in seven other rounds en route to finishing third in the world standings with $223,974. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede; the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo (Albuquerque, N.M.); the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa); the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho); Iowa's Championship Rodeo (Sidney, Iowa); the Silver Spurs Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.); the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.) and the Livermore (Calif.) Rodeo. Co-champion at California Rodeo Salinas (Calif.); the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.) and the Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo (High River, Alberta)
• 2010: Placed in eight rounds in the Wrangler NFR to finish second in the average and take his world championship battle with Cody Wright down to the last ride of the season before finishing second with $224,673. Won the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and with the win, he moved into first place in the PRCA regular-season world standings for the first time in his career with $78,323. Won Rodeo Austin (Texas); the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; the Magic Valley Stampede (Filer, Idaho); the Airdrie (Alberta) Pro Rodeo; the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.); the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo; the Rotary Classic Rodeo (Starkville, Miss.) and the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days, setting an arena record with an 86-point ride on Western Rodeo's Pine Ridge. Co-champion at the Cherokee (Iowa) Chamber PRCA Rodeo; the North Central Rodeo (Medford, Wis.) and the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo. Sustained a right elbow injury at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, Sept. 6, and did not compete in the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., the following week. However, he did return for the Justin Boots Championships, Sept. 23-25
• 2009: Won Round 6 of the Wrangler NFR with an 85-point ride on Bar T Rodeo's Round Robin and placed in three other rounds. Won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up; La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.); the Heartland ProRodeo Championships (Waco, Texas); the Dodge Great Lakes Circuit Finals year-end title; the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo, the Othello (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo; the Jackson County Pro Rodeo (Bellevue, Iowa); Iowa's Championship Rodeo (Sidney, Iowa) and the Juneau County Fair Pro Rodeo (Mauston, Wis.); co-champion at the Helldorado Days Rodeo (Las Vegas) and the Licking (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce Rodeo. Finished eighth in the world standings with $129,538
• 2008: Finished first in the Great Lakes Circuit year-end standings and 26th in the world standings with earnings of $36,891. Won the Oregon Trail Rodeo (Hastings, Neb.); the Minnesota Horse Exposition Rodeo (St. Paul); the Bossier County PRCA Rodeo (Fairfield, Texas); the San Augustine County (Texas) Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo; the Show Me Stampede (California, Mo.); the Stanley (Wis.) Rodeo Days; the Hamel (Minn.) Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza; the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo and the Lorain County Fair & Rodeo (Wellington, Ohio). Co-champion at the Buffalo (Minn.) PRCA Rodeo; the New England Wild West Fest (Marshfield, Mass.) and the Brown County Rodeo (De Pere, Wis.)
• 2007: Won the Red Horse Ranch PRCA Rodeo (Fergus Falls, Minn.); the Stephenson County Fair & Rodeo (Freeport, Ill.) and the Cattlemen Days Rodeo (Ashland, Mo.); co-champion at the Minnesota State Fair PRCA Rodeo (St. Paul)


5-8, 150…Single…Father, Doug Sundell, is an electrician and plumber. Mother, Laura Grieser, works in an administrative position with Boone County (Iowa). He has one brother, Jesse; a half-brother, Colby; and four stepbrothers, D.J., Tony, Adam and Tyler...Dad rode saddle broncs as a PRCA member…Enjoys bow hunting, fishing and team roping …Grew up on a small farm in Boxholm, Iowa. …Graduated from Ogden (Iowa) High School, in a class of 60 in 2003…Wrestled in high school and was a three-time qualifier for the state tournament, placing twice…His brother, Jesse, was a four-time Iowa high school champion and competed at Iowa State…Favorite rodeo is the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa…Returned to saddle bronc riding in 2007 after a four-year hiatus during which he concentrated on bull riding...Dedicated his 2009 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo victory to his grandfather, Cloyd Sundell Jr., who died the week before the RNCFR at age 77

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