Rodeo is not just s simple sport of a person trying to ride a bull and subdue the mighty beast. It is a proper lifestyle and rodeo is a very popular industry now. At the very top level, rodeo happens to be a more lucrative sport than someone who doesn’t know about it would give it credit for. This is a hugely successful sport in some parts of the country and the highest grossing professionals in this sport enjoyed an amazing year in 2017. The highest earners from PRCA ended the year off with the Wrangler’s Nationals Finals Rodeo, coming out with some of their best overall performances throughout the year to sum an amazing year up. Here are rodeo’s biggest cash earners in 2017.
Jess Lockwood – $1,457,748.50 PBR
Making the very top of the list of rodeo’s biggest cash earners in 2017 is Jess Lockwood. This young man is one of the only two individuals to become a champion of the organization after having been declared Rookie of the Year within the same calendar year. The other one being Brazil’s Silvano Alves. With a very solid performance throughout the year, Lockwood managed to retain his stop spot in the world after he won Round 2 and he won the first three rounds by maintaining the 90.25 score in the first and third rounds. He finished off 2017 with over 4,800 points and $1,457,748.50 along with the champion’s buckle.
Trevor Brazile – $660,306.26 PRCA
Making it second on the list of rodeo’s biggest cash earners in 2017 is Trevor Brazile. He has been in the game for a while and happens to hold a very esteemed record for the biggest number of Nationals Finals Rodeo world championship titles. It’s 23. He is a 23 time world champion in the Nationals Finals Rodeo and the 23rd title he one was just a few years back in 2015. The remarkable cowboy also holds the record for the most World All Around Cowboy titles which numbers in at 13 and he had a wonderful year in 2017, netting in $660,306.26 by the end of the year.
Erich Rogers – $525,886.29 PRCA
Third on the list of rodeo’s biggest cash earners in 2017 is Erich Rogers. He has had an amazing season in 2017 with him being the only person representing people from the Navajo community in the championships. He’s enjoyed the top position throughout the year in 2017 and was just over $200 behind Kaleb Driggers but after winning the Sheridon Wyoming rodeo, things soon changes. After an amazing year, Erich Rogers managed to finish the year with a total earning of $525,886.29.
Dakota Eldridge – $513,885.76 PRCA
A through and through Nevadan, Dakota Eldridge, born and raised in Elko, enjoyed one of his best years in 2017. He qualified for the Nationals Finals Rodeo this year in 10th place with $80,981 in regular earnings from the season but by the end of the year after a very strong run, Dakota bagged in $513,885.76 cementing his spot at number 4 on the list of rodeo’s biggest cash earners in 2017.
Junior Nogueira $512,123.89 PRCA
Coming in at number five on the list of rodeo’s biggest cash earners in 2017 is Junior Noqueira with $512,123.89 under his belt after an incredible performance in 2017. Winner of the most sought after prize, Nogueira won the all around champion of the world title in rodeo in 2016 and this place in the rodeo’s biggest cash earners in 2017 is well deserved.