Cody DeMoss – Heflin, La. ($119,657)
13-time WNFR qualifier
1-time RNCFR qualifier
Cody DeMoss’s 17th year of professional rodeo competition got off to a good start with wins at Jackson, Mississippi and Lafayette, Louisiana. The end of March he was 7th in the world standings and was hoping to keep winning and make the trip to Las Vegas to compete for the 13th time.
Things slowed down a bit and by the middle of July, he had dropped to 19th. Then came the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo. Cody qualified for the Gold Medal Round by half a point where he got on Diamond G Rodeo’s horse, Owen’s Mistake. An 87-point effort saw him on the medal stand collecting gold and $50,000 for winning the inaugural event.
That pretty much punched his ticket for the NFR, but didn’t keep him from competing and adding to it. He finished the regular season in fourth place with $119,657 in earnings.
Cody was one of three winners at RFD-TV’s The American last March to split the $1 million bonus pot. While the money he earned there didn’t count in the world standings, it was a big boost for the businessman who is preparing for his future and providing for his family. He has purchased land in Heflin, Louisiana where he and his wife, Margie, are raising cattle and kids. They have a daughter, Darbi and son, Wyatt.
Cody’s younger brother Heith also qualified for this year’s NFR in saddle bronc riding. Rodeo is a family affair for all of them and the next generation is starting to compete in Louisiana.
Loving the cowboy way of life and riding bucking horses has given Cody a lot to smile about. And, while he is looking forward to 10-nights of getting on the best bucking horses in the world, he’d be just as happy if they were bucking in a pasture in the middle of nowhere as under the bright lights of Vegas. He loves what he does and will love it even more if he leaves the Thomas and Mack Center with more money to buy cows and a gold buckle.