Bull rider J.B. Mauney (2023)

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J.B. Mauney was wincing in pain as the medical staff loaded him into a nearby ambulance on Friday afternoon.

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But according to Dr. Ralph Strother, the on-site Canadian Professional Rodeo Sport Medicine doctor, he was coherent, stable, talking, alert and recognized his wife, Samantha Lyne.

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And, if you ask anyone in the sport of bull riding, Mauney was also extremely lucky.

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The 30-year-old from Statesville, N.C., dislocated his shoulder after getting caught under a Corey & Horst bull named Cowahbunga, which he rode to a first-place 90.5-point ride. After staying on for the full eight-seconds, Mauney was bucked off and fell underneath the bull, appearing to hit his head on the ground and looked to have been stepped on by the bull.

“We travel to all the rodeos, and the first thing we want is for them to ride safely and go home to their families,” Strother said. “But from the standpoint of the injury, it appears to be one arm only. So as far as it relates to having an injury of the severity he has, he’s doing really well.

“He’s fortunate.”

The whole incident provided a few scary moments during Friday’s Pool B action at the Calgary Stampede, especially when it appeared Mauney wasn’t moving.

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“I’ve seen JB in wrecks that he’s been able to get up and walk away from,” said fellow bull rider Tanner Byrne. “You know it’s bad when they have to take him out on the stretcher.
“We’re hoping and praying that he’s OK, and I know he’s as tough as they get, so I’m sure he’ll be OK.”

Strother reported that Mauney’s dislocated shoulder was put back into place before being transported in an ambulance to the hospital. Strother couldn’t confirm if it was the fall or the result of the bull stepping on Mauney that injured his shoulder.

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“When we got to him, he was speaking and was very cooperative,” Strother said. “He knows us well, and we develop a long-term relationship with the athletes. I know him particularly well.
“He was coherent and making sense throughout the entire process.”

Mauney, one of the most technical athletes in the sport, is currently sitting sixth in the PBR standings and won the Calgary Stampede in 2013 and ’09.

Friday’s ride was the top score of the Stampede this week — in both pools — giving him a total of $15,000 in the aggregate and would give him an automatic pass into Sunday’s championship round.

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“It probably could have been 93 or 94 points,” Byrne said of the performance. “That bull was moving and going, and (Mauney) was having to lay his body on the line every jump of the way. When the whistle blew, he was just at the point when he was trying with everything he had, and it just threw him underneath, and he got into a bad spot that comes with laying it all out there to get to the whistle.

“That’s what JB is all about.”

Byrne put things into perspective, explaining just how well-respected Mauney is among his peers.

“JB is the best in the world,” Mauney said. “There’s no comparison beside him. Watching video and being a bull riding connoisseur my whole life, he’s the best I’ve ever seen (with) his stats and the amount of unridden bulls he’s stayed on. When you see your idol or your hero go down, it obviously puts a toll on you.

“We’re hoping he’s alright and can keep rolling at some point.”


Byrne, a Prince Albert, Sask., native is headed into Sunday’s finals after cashing in $12,500 after four days of work … Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, scored an 88 aboard Cow Camp in Friday’s saddle bronc event. Crawley, Cody DeMoss of Heflin, La. ($15,000), Sterling Crawley of Stephenville, Texas ($13,500), and Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alta. ($10,000) are all moving onto Sunday’s finals … Timber Moore’s 6.9-second run in tie-down roping was the top time of the day. With $13,500 in aggregate earnings, the Aubrey, Texas, native is off to the finals along with Caleb Smidt of Belleville, Texas($15,000), Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho ($15,000), and Fred Whitfield of Hockley, Texas ($8,000) … In steer wrestling, it’s JD Struxness of Milan, Minn. ($12,000), Stockton Graves of Alva, Okla. ($11,500), Seth Brockman of Wheatland, Wyo. ($9,000), and Cody Cassidy of Donalda ($7,500) advancing … Tiany Schuster set a new infield record with a 16.99-second trip around the barrels. The Krum, Texas, resident has cashed in $11,750 and is off to the finals with Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, SD ($15,000), Sherry Cervi of Marana, Ariz. ($12,500), and Stevi Hillman of Weatherford, Texas ($10,500).




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Why did JB Mauney quit PBR? ›

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Is Jess Lockwood still riding Bulls? ›

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Why is bull rider Jerome Davis in a wheelchair? ›

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How much is Jerome Davis worth? ›

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What happened to Jerome that caused him to be paralyzed? ›

Soon after placing second in the swimming competition, Jerome was involved in a car accident. He was struck by a car while he himself was not in one. He became paralyzed from the waist down and was confined to life in a wheelchair.

What is the biggest PBR payout? ›

The PBR World Finals is considered the richest bull riding event in the world. It features a more than $2.7 million purse, including a $1 million bonus to the PBR World Champion.

Has there ever been a 100 point bull ride? ›

Wade Leslie is said to be the only bull rider ever to score a perfect 100 and that was in 1991.

Are there any female PBR bull riders? ›

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