- Full Name J.B. Mauney
- Occupation Bull Rider
- Nationality America
- Birthplace North Carolina, USA
- Birth Date Jan 09, 1987
- Age 34 Years, 8 Months
"Nothing's guaranteed in this sport. You don't have a contract that if you get injured you're still getting paid. If you don't ride, you don't get paid."
J. B. Mauney | Biography 2021
J.B. Mauney made a record by making the highest earnings of $7 million in PBR's history and cemented his name as the richest bull rider. He said, "It's a sport where you can make a good living in it, but you've got to be damn tough to do it."
J.B. Mauney is an American professional bull rider and a two-time World Champion (2013 and 2015). He is the Professional Bull Rider's (PBR) most popular cowboy.
Who is J.B. Mauney?
J.B. Mauney gave his first stint in rodeo at a very young age of three in sheep riding. He then began bull riding at the age of 13 with the mentorship of 1995 World Champion Bull Rider Jerome Davis. At 18, he joined the sports organization PBR and became a professional bull rider. In the first year of professional competition, Mauney was named the 'Rookie of the Year,' in 2006. He won the 'World Champion Bull Rider' title twice - in 2013 and 2015. Mauney also won the PBR World Finals twice, in 2009 and 2013.
Besides several injuries while riding bulls, Mauney continued to pursue his professional bull riding career.
In November 2016, he cemented his name as the richest bull rider by making more than $7 million in his career.
Early Life and Education
J.B. Mauney, in full, James Burton Mauney (pronounced Mooh-nee), was born on January 9, 1987, in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States.
Mauney began riding on animals at the tender age of three. He started in rodeo, riding sheep. Stating how he got into riding, he said, "They put me on a sheep when I was three."
Gradually, his interest turned to bull riding. After being mentored by the 1995 World Champion Bull Rider, Jerome Davis, Mauney rode his first bull at 13. Two years later, he purchased his first bucking bull.
In 2005, when Mauney was 18, he broke his ribs on his right side and lacerated his liver. He was hospitalized for 10 days and also missed four months of competition that year. He was told he couldn't ride for eight months but waited only for four months before becoming a professional the same year.
Professional Bull Riders (PBR)
Later in 2005, he joined the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Velocity Tour and became a professional bull rider. He referred to the tour as the minor leagues. Mauney soon earned enough points in about a month to move up to the main televised tour Unleash the Beast.
"It all just happened real fast," he said. "I never really thought of it as a job or that I could make a living doing it; I was just having a blast riding bulls," Mauney added.
In 2006, Mauney made $66,616.50 with PBR and became the PBR 'Rookie of the Year.' He then made in the six-figure range in each of the following six seasons between 2009 and 2011. During that period, his earnings reached the highest of $772,207.59 in 2009 and the lowest at $210,621.42 in 2011. Mauney secured a most successful stretch riding from 2013 to 2015 and bagged a massive earning worth of $1.385 million for winning the 2013 PBR World Finals. He also won the World Championship and earned a career-high $1.8 million that year. In 2014, Mauney finished with a runner-up performance at the World Finals and earned $497,597.98. He returned next year to win another World Championship, which again earned him $1.542 million.
On November 5, 2016, Mauney made PBR history by being the first bull rider to earn $7 million in a bull riding career.
After the record year, Mauney suffered a significant injury to his right arm that required surgery to install a screw and 13 anchors in 2017. He earned $146,477.49 that year. Subsequently, Mauney returned to riding but broke his back in April 2018. That year, he only made $71,420.69, his lowest earnings since his debut season.
Stating about the risks and gains in sports, he said, "It's a sport where you can make a good living in it, but you've got to be damn tough to do it," and continued, "Nothing's guaranteed in this sport. You don't have a contract that if you get injured you're still getting paid. If you don't ride, you don't get paid."
However, in his 14 years as a professional on tour, he won more than $7.3 million, becoming PBR's all-time money earner.
Awards and Recognitions
Mauney won several awards and recognition during his professional bull riding career. In the first year of his professional journey, he was named the PBR' Rookie of the Year' in 2006. He won the PBR World Finals in 2009 and 2013. He also won the World Championship twice in 2013 and 2015.
Mauney earned the world championship in 2013, riding on the superstar of bucking bulls, Bushwacker, with a 90 point ride. He became one of two bull riders to stay on the Built Ford Tough Series for the full eight seconds and one of three bull riders to stay on Bushwacker for the full eight seconds.
Marking a record of earning more than $7 million in a bull riding career, Mauney reached even more heights when he accumulated $3,177.54 after winning the first round of the elite PBR Unleash The Beast's Lucas Oil Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa.
In 2012, Mauney married Lexie Wiggly, with whom he had a daughter named Bella. But they eventually broke up in 2015. He then tied a knot with Samantha Lyne, a champion barrel racer, in 2016. The pair welcomed their son Jagger Briggs on January 23, 2019.
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