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Billy Etbauer


Events: Saddle Bronc Riding
Born: 1/15/1963 Huron, S.D.
Joined PRCA: 1988
PRCA Career Earnings: $3,015,377.00
World Titles Won: 5 (1992, 1996, 1999-2000, 2004)
WNFR Qualifications: 21 (1989-2009)
Current Residence: Edmond, Okla.

2011 World standings place: 91st
2011 earnings: $7,325
Wrangler NFR average titles: 2 (1992, 1996)
Wrangler NFR round wins: 51
Tour Finale titles: 2
    Summer: 2005
   Championship: 2008
Tour Finale qualifications: 16
    Winter: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006
    Summer: 2002-06
    Championship: 2003-09
DNCFR titles: 1 (1992)
DNCFR qualifications: 4 (1989, 1992-94)

Professional
Career Highlights
• 2011: Won the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.)
• 2010: Won the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo (Burley, Idaho) and surpassed $3 million in career earnings, becoming just the second cowboy to cross the milestone, joining roper Trevor Brazile. Won the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, held Aug. 27-28, and became the only cowboy to surpass the $3 million career mark in a single event. The $1,495 he earned in Lynden, plus another $1,141 check for finishing fourth in the Horse Heaven Round-Up in Kennewick, Wash., put him over the mark. Won the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.) and the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo; finished 36th in the world standings with $26,578
• 2009: Won Round 7 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a 90-point ride on Bar T Rodeo's Son of Sadie and Round 10 with an 89-point ride on Three Hills Rodeo's Aces Full to extend his NFR record for round wins in a career to 51; placed in three other rounds. Also extended his Wrangler NFR record to 21 consecutive qualifications in the saddle bronc riding. Won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo; the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede; the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.); the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup; the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo; the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo and the Fourth of July Celebration (Window Rock, Ariz.); co-champion at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo (Abilene, Kan.). Finished fifth in the world standings with $148,918
• 2008: Won Round 3 of the Wrangler NFR with an 89.5-point ride on Franklin Rodeo's Blue Too and Round 6 with an 88-point ride on Burns Rodeo's Fu Man Chu to bring his total of round wins at the NFR to 49 in a record 20 appearances. Finished second in the world standings to Cody Wright. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship (Dallas); RodeoHouston in ride-off with Rod Hay, earning $55,000; La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.); the Rodeo of the Ozarks (Springdale, Ark.) and the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo; co-champion at the Fourth of July Youth Celebration & PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo; the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.) and the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo (Amarillo, Texas)
• 2007: Broke saddle bronc riding record he shared with Tom Reeves by qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a 19th time, despite missing a month of competition due to an ankle injury suffered at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Won Rounds 8 and 10 and placed in Round 1 at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede and the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.). Finished ninth in the world standings with $106,695
• 2006: Placed in six of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR; was co-champion at the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.); won Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup and National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver); finished season ranked seventh in the final world standings with $144,004
• 2005: Broke his own saddle bronc riding earnings record for the Wrangler NFR with $120,775. He broke the record he had set in 2004 with $117,745. He won or shared the victory in five of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR. He won the third round with a 90-point ride on Sankey Rodeo’s Skitso, tied for the win in the seventh round with an 86.5 on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Wasp, won the eighth round with an 87.5 on Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Coffee Break and tied for the win in rounds nine and 10 with scores of 87 and 90 on Frankin Rodeo’s No Name and Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Big Jet, respectively. Won the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.); the 101 Wild West Rodeo (Ponca City, Okla.); the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo (Idaho Falls, Idaho); Iowa’s Championship Rodeo (Sidney, Iowa) and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.). Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average title at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo, and won the Wrangler Tour Round and was co-champion at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.); co-champion in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo. Finished third in the world standings with $209,449
• 2004: Won his fifth world title with $222,592 in total earnings. Finished second in the Wrangler NFR average race and set the Wrangler NFR earnings record in saddle bronc riding with $117,745. Tied for the win in Round 2 with a score of 86 points on Franklin Rodeo’s Limited Edition; won Round 5 with a score of 84 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Snuff Sundance; Round 8 with an 89.5-point ride aboard Western Rodeo’s Painted Feathers and Round 10 with a 93-point ride on Kesler Rodeo’s Cool Alley, tying the arena record he previously set on the same horse in 2003. He placed in four additional rounds. Co-winner of the Tour Round at the National Western Rodeo (Denver) and co-champion at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo. Won the average and Tour Round titles at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.); the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo. Won the Buc Days ProRodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas); the Kitsap County Fair and Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.); the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo and the Oakley (Utah) Independence Stampede. Was a semifinalist at the Winter Tour Finale (Las Vegas) and Tour Championships (Dallas). Became the sixth PRCA member to cross the $2 million mark in career earnings
• 2003: Set a Wrangler NFR arena record with a 93-point ride on Kesler Rodeo’s Cool Alley to win Round 5; tied for the win in Round 7 with an 85.5-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Sara Jane Smokeless and Round 9 with an 86.5-point ride on Burch Rodeo’s Smokeless Blood Brother. Won the Navajo Nation Fourth of July Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.); the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo and the Horse Heaven Roundup (Kennewick, Wash.). Finished seventh in the world standings with $123,861
• 2002: Finished 11th in the world; injured during fourth round at Wrangler NFR and had to withdraw from competition. Won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo; the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo; the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas); the Oakley (Utah) Independence Day Rodeo; the Sheridan (Wyo.) Rodeo; California Rodeo Salinas; the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo) and the Lewiston (Idaho) Round-Up; co-champion at the Old Fort Days (Fort Smith, Ark.) Rodeo
• 2001: Won the State Fair of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City); the NILE ProRodeo (Billings, Mont.) and the Farm-City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston, Ore.)
• 2000: Winter Tour points leader; won the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco); the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo; RodeoHouston and the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver)
• 1999: Won the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho); the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas) and the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of '76 Rodeo
• 1998: Won the Dodge City (Kan.) Round-Up
• 1996: Won the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas); the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo; RodeoHouston; La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.) and the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede. Won the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede $50,000 bonus round; co-champion at the Omak (Wash.) Stampede
• 1992: Set an NFR single-event earnings record with $101,531 and won his first world championship with total earnings of $184,675
• Won NFR saddle bronc riding average title in 1992 and 1996

Personal
5-5, 140 ... Wife, Hollie (married April 2, 1994) was a scholarship track and field athlete at Oklahoma State University and now competes in barrel racing; sons, Kord (born 1997) and Treg (2002); daughter, Jacie (1999) ... Hollie home-schools all of their children ... Enjoys raising and riding horses. The family breeding program began in the fall of 1995 with the purchase of No Whistle, a sorrel stallion ... Competed with his brothers Robert and Dan. When they started they shared a bank account. When one won money, they would share so that they could compete at the next rodeo. Billy says this was nice because it kept them on the rodeo road, and he knew he could always trust his brothers to help him out. He said they were the best traveling partners he ever had … His nephew, Trell Etbauer(Robert's son), won the Linderman Award from 2008-10 ... Appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman on Dec. 2, 2005, to talk about the Wrangler NFR
 
 
 
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