Shane Proctor Chases All Around Title, Just Like Ty Murray Once Did

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Veteran rodeo fans will remember a time when the king of the cowboys rode bucking stock, a time when Ty Murray won seven all-around titles while competing in the bull riding, bareback riding, and saddle bronc riding.

After announcing that he would make his last ride in the PBR at Madison Square Garden’s Monster Energy Buck Off event, Shane Proctor has stepped up to the all-around plate for 2018. If he’s successful, this bull rider and saddle bronc rider could be the first roughstock all around champion since Ty Murray won his last crown in 1998.

Since then, the all-around title has been claimed by timed event competitors, including Trevor Brazile’s 13 titles that were only broken up by one competitor from 2002 to 2015. But Proctor has already shown he has what it takes to earn the money needed to win the coveted PRCA title, coming just shy two years ago.

“I would have won it by $70,000, but you have to qualify in two events with $3,000,” Proctor said to PBR’s Justin Felisko. “I won $2,600 in the bronc riding and missed it by $400 to be eligible.”

After 12 years as a PBR bull rider — also juggling his PRCA rodeo schedule for several years — the yearning for that ultimate title was too strong for the champion.

“I have been a good bull rider doing both associations for several years, and now I want to be a great cowboy,” Proctor said. “I have always wanted to win an all-around title. I figure I will be 33 in March, and I thought, ‘Well my time is starting to run out.’"

Most bull riders competing at his level don’t dabble in both associations, but Proctor has seen success to the tune of over a million dollars in career earnings in each of the two associations, nine PBR World Finals qualifications, five NFR qualifications, and the 2011 bull riding world title.

Growing up in the western lifestyle, competitors know the difference between someone who can rope or ride, and someone that earns the moniker of "cowboy," something Tuf Cooper explained to ProRodeo.com shortly after winning his first all-around title last year.

“This is the best title and the best buckle you can win in rodeo,” Cooper said. “Trevor really created this award by winning it all those times. I just grew up as a kid who wanted to rope calves like my dad and brother-in-law. They both have won the all-around, and now I have one, too. This one feels different than the three tie-down roping gold buckles I have because this one says ‘cowboy’ on it.”

With the addition of a roughstock cowboy, coupled with recent all-around champions like Junior Nogueira in 2016 and most recently Tuf Cooper joining the mix, the all-around race is anyone’s game in 2018. 

Rising Star: Caydence Roberts, 10-Year-Old All-Around Cowgirl

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This next Rising Star has so many accomplishments that I had to double-check her age because it was hard to believe a 10-year-old could do so much in her young career. Barrel racing and all-around titles came flying in as soon as this youngster could compete, and her reserve champion title at the 2017 Junior NFR introduced her to us in the No. 57 spot in The Rank against barrel racers in older age groups and from around the country. 

Crawley Continues His Roll, Rookie Wins Bulls At Redding

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Rodeo fans packed it in to watch the Redding Pro Rodeo in Redding, California, last week. The mid-May rodeo handed out nearly $170,000 to PRCA contestants, including saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley, who has been the only name we've seen in the No. 1 spot in the standings for months. 

How To Watch The 33rd Annual Championship Jr Roping Roundup

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The 2018 Barry Burk Championship Jr. Roping Roundup is streaming LIVE on FloRodeo from May 25-28 at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and Fairgrounds in Ardmore, Oklahoma. You can't go far in the world of tie-down roping without knowing the name "Burk"—there are many accomplished competitors who have rodeo'd under that name, including the event's namesake: 17-time WNFR qualifier Barry Burk. 

Rodeo Recap: Crane And Gloria Both Win Bracket-Style Events

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Tournament- or bracket-style competitions were all the rage over the weekend with both the Duvall’s 40th Annual Steer Wrestling Jackpot hosting the “Battle Royale” competition and the PBR hosting Canada’s first bracket-style Iron Cowboy competition. Both of these tournaments included some upsets that made them exciting right until the last run and ride. 

Get Ready For The 33rd Annual Championship Junior Roping Roundup

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The 33rd Annual Championship Junior Roping Roundup kicks off this week in Ardmore, Oklahoma! See some of the best young tie-down ropers and breakaway ropers compete at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and Fairgrounds.

Rising Star: Cooper Cano, 14-Year-Old Roughstock Cowboy

First, he was told his horse was too big. Then, he decided to just get on the ones that bucked instead. Cooper Cano caught the rodeo bug as a toddler when he rode his horse up to the registration booth at the St. Paul Rodeo and tried to join in on the fun. 

Rodeo Recap: Mucho Dinero & Pedro Double Win, We Love Rodeo Moms

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The second rodeo weekend in May was quieter in the PRCA after a larger push last weekend. Although the checks were smaller, big names like Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, Tiany Schuster, Jacobs Crawley, and Sage Kimzey still came out to play and add another win to the many it will take to qualify for the WNFR. 

Something In The Water: Rodeo Champion Hotspots

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Maybe it’s something in the water.

Rear Back And Enjoy Photos From The Guymon Pioneer Days

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Rear back on a Sunday morning and enjoy some of the best photos from the 2018 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo in Guymon, Oklahoma. PRCA competitors battled it out for $233,874 in prize money and the rodeo's truly unique championship belts—not belt-buckles.

Rising Star: Dawson Stewart, 18-Year-Old Steer Wrestler

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After a strong showing at the 2017 Junior NFR in Las Vegas, Dawson Stewart debuted on The Rank in the No. 4 spot. Four events into the Ote Berry Junior Steer Wrestling World Championship tour season, Stewart has climbed the ranks and now sits at No. 1 in the Steer Wrestling Rankings.