Jacobs Crawley’s resume remains thicker than a phone book. He’s won rodeos across the country over the last 17 years. He boasts 10 qualifications to the National Finals Rodeo, including a 2015 PRCA World Championships and average titles in 2013 and 2015. But there was one notable omission for the Stephenville, Texas, native. The saddle bronc rider had never claimed the title in Weatherford, just 50 miles down the road from home.
All that changed on June 10.
Crawley delivered one of his best performances in years, registering a 90-point ride on Pete Carr Rodeo’s Miss Texas, securing the top prize at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo.
“You know it was an exciting little horse that really stacked up there toward the end. And that’s all bronc riders want,” said Crawley, 35. “I have been going to this rodeo as long as I have had my card (in 2006). It’s so close to where I Iive. So, to win here, man, anytime you can cross one off the list like this and go out there and do your job it’s a good day.”
Crawley is 11th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings this season as he is hitting his stride. He triumphed at a pair of Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeos and claimed the top prize in two previous Texas events before pulling off his big ride on Saturday night, edging out Wyatt Casper (87 points) and Tanner Butner and Traylin Martin (86.5 points).
Crawley has been a strong performer for a long time thus he recognizes the need to stay level in his approach and mindset. But he did not even try to hide the fact how much a return to the sport’s biggest stage in the Las Vegas would bring a smile to his face, especially after a two-year absence.
“You know it would really mean a lot. The last two years, not being there, that was tough. So, it would mean a lot. It’s definitely the goal to be able to refocus on rodeo and be that guy that gets back there. And to do it for my son would be special,” said Crawley of his 5-year-old boy Corley Deane. “He was three the last time I was there and really didn’t know what was going on. Now, he’s getting older. He has his own junior rodeo stuff. So, it would be really cool to experience going back to those golden chutes with him there.”
Other winners at the $154,652 rodeo were all-around cowboy Billy Good ($3,449, team roping and steer roping); bareback rider Leighton Berry (91 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s San Angelo Sam); steer wrestler Bridger Anderson (3.4 seconds); team ropers Clint Summers/Jake Long (4.6 seconds); tie-down roper John Douch (7.5 seconds); barrel racer Loni Yates (16.76 seconds); steer roper Billy Good (38.3 seconds on three head); breakaway ropers Bradi Good and Nicole Baggarley (2.1 seconds each); and bull riders Robbie Taylor, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Wicked Sensat, and Cody Teel, on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Lets Go Brandon (87.5 points each).
– Courtesy of the PRCA