Jacobs Crawley Supplants Brother as Waco Champ

By Justin Shaw/

WACO, Texas – Jacobs Crawley was unstoppable, and nearly perfect the past three days.

The Stephenville, Texas, saddle bronc rider completed a dominating performance at the All American ProRodeo Finals Oct. 11 by winning the semifinal and final rounds at the Extraco Arena.

“I love the format at this rodeo,” Crawley said. “The semifinals get you loosened up and ready to go. This is a very exciting rodeo to be a part of.”

Crawley rode for 80 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Hair Trigger to win the nine-man semifinal round, and then came back later in the night to win the four-man finals with an 84-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Firelane to succeed his brother, Sterling, as the All American Finals champion. Sterling won here a year ago with an 83-point ride on Firelane.

“I loves seeing Firelane next to my name,” Jacobs Crawley said. “My brother and I have each been on that horse several times, and he’s about as consistent and nice as you would want in a bucking horse. He follows the same tracks each time. This was the fourth time I’ve been on him, and all four rides went very well.”

Sterling Crawley had been 90 points on the horse he drew – Rafter G Rodeo’s Low Bucks – on a previous ride, so Jacobs knew it would certainly be a battle in the final round.

As it turned out, Sterling failed to ride, and the other two finalists – Spencer Wright and Isaac Diaz – each scored 81 points, which allowed Jacobs to earn $7,500 for the finals win.

He won a total of $13,374 at the All American ProRodeo Finals, which also included a second-round win in bracket action on Friday night and a fourth-place finish in the only round he didn’t win.

“There’s no guarantees in rodeo, and you never know what’s going to happen,” Jacobs Crawley said. “Today was my day. The best part of this win is the momentum that it gives me late in the season like this as I head to the (Wrangler) NFR. Confidence is key in roughstock riding, and to be able to come here and get on some great bucking horses feels good.”

Other champions at the $484,499 rodeo were bareback rider Luke Creasy (86 points on Lancaster & Pickett’s ProRodeo’s Delta Glamorous), steer wrestler Kody Woodward (3.9 seconds), team ropers Tyler Wade and Kinney Harrell (4.8 seconds), tie-down roper Scott Kormos (7.7 seconds), steer roper Cody Lee (60.6 seconds on four head), barrel racer Sarah Rose McDonald (15.74 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (83 points on Diamond S Rodeo’s Yes Dear). Creasy actually finished second to Taylor Price (who had an 89-point ride) in the finals, but was named the champion because Price did not compete in enough All American rodeos during the year to be eligible for the title.

Courtesy of PRCA