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Blake Knowles

Events: Steer Wrestling
Born: 9/11/1982 Walla Walla, Wash.
Joined PRCA: 2002
PRCA Career Earnings: $906,474.00
World Titles Won: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 4 (2009, 2011, 2015, 2018)
Current Residence: Heppner, Ore.

2019 world standings place: 28th
2019 earnings: $48,671
Education: University of Montana (Missoula), Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, Montana State University (Bozeman) and Eastern Oregon University (La Grande); Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, marketing

2020 Highlights

• Won the Columbia River Circuit Finals (Yakima, Wash.)
Career Highlights
• 2019: Won the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo (Mercedes, Texas) and the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo. Co-champion at the Pile 'O Bones (Regina, Saskatchewan)
• 2018: Placed in two rounds at the Wrangler NFR with a best finish of second in Round 1. Finished ninth in the world standings with $162,669 and was fifth in the Wrangler NFR average with a 68.2-second time on 10 head. Won the Farm-City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston, Ore.), the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo, the La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.), the Central Point (Ore.) Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo, the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.) and the Kansas' Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg, Kan.). Co-champion at the Fiesta Days Rodeo (Spanish Fork, Utah)
• 2017: Won the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.) and the Cheney (Wash.) Rodeo. Co-champion at the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo. Finished 43rd in the world standings with $29,316.
• 2016: Won the PRCA Last Stand Rodeo (Coulee City, Wash). Co-champion at the Horse Heaven Round-up Wranglers Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Kennewick, Wash.). Finished 48th in the world standings with $24,431
• 2015: Placed in three rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Won the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo and the High Desert Stampede (Redmond Ore.). Finished 15th in the world standings with $99,638
• 2014: Won the RAM Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo (Yakima, Wash.); the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo (Vernal, Utah) and the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (Joseph, Ore.); finished 18th in the world standings with $49,022
• 2013: Won California Rodeo Salinas; finished 20th in the world standings with $44,461
• 2012: Won the all-around and steer wrestling at the Elgin (Ore.) Stampede. Won the Gooding (Idaho) ProRodeo. Co-champion at the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo; finished 28th in the world standings with $35,788
• 2011: Placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.) to earn $19,763 and earn his second Wrangler NFR qualification on the season's final weekend. Won the all-around and the steer wrestling at the Elgin (Ore.) Stampede. Finished 11th in the world standings with $89,731
• 2010:  Won the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo. Co-champion at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show (Union) and the Gooding (Idaho) ProRodeo. Finished 21st in the world standings with $48,612
• 2009: Placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR; won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo and the Ute Stampede (Nephi, Utah); finished 13th in the world standings with earnings of $84,968
• 2008: Won the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo (El Paso, Texas); the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo; the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Club Rodeo; the Othello (Wash.) Pro Rodeo; the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show (Union, Ore.) and the Mountain Valley Stampede (Heber City, Utah). Co-champion at the Strathmore (Alberta) Heritage Days. Finished 17th in the world standings with earnings of $49,559
• 2007: Won the Tour Round at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and finished second in the average. Qualified for the first stop of the Tour Playoffs at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo. Finished 24th in the world standings with $39,388
• 2005: Won the final round of the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; finished 96th in the world standings with $11,322

Competed in college rodeo for the University of Montana, Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College and Montana State University; qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo while at Walla Walla

6-3, 200 … Wife, Whitney; daughter, Lydia (born August 2015) … Father is rodeo broadcaster and 1987 National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc riding average champion Butch Knowles, and cousin is fellow steer wrestler Trevor Knowles … Has traveled with Trevor for the past 11 years … Rides Fab, a 10-year-old mare he trained himself; he bought the horse from past NFR steer wrestling qualifier Brian Fulton … Likes many outdoor activities, including snow skiing, water skiing and hunting…Blake is a big college football fan. Boise State is one of his favorite teams to watch, along with the University of Oregon and Oregon State…"Lonesome Dove" is his favorite movie, and he also likes comedies, such as "Wedding Crashers"…He has an older brother, Brian, who works full time at the family ranch and rodeos as a hobby
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