By Tracy Renck
Bull rider J.T. Moore was having a great season in 2020 before rodeos were halted in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 17, Moore was sixth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $37,740.
Unfortunately for him, soon after rodeos went on hiatus, he broke the femur in his left leg in a swimming pool accident.
“I was having a good year, and then I broke my femur,” said Moore, 24. “It happened in late March. I had surgery, and they put a rod in there that goes from my hip to my knee. They told me I would be out for at least four months. I hate that rodeos were halted (until the third week of May) because of the coronavirus, but it has helped me have time to recover.”
Moore’s hoping to return to rodeo competition the first week of August. As of July 22, he was 10th in the world standings.
“I’ve been going to physical therapy twice a week, and that has helped me out a bunch,” said Moore, who lives in Alvin, Texas. “I just had a check-up (July 17), and the doctor said it looks good. I can pretty much do everything on my leg but run.
“I’m trying to get healthy as I can as quick as I can so I can get back at it and make sure I can keep my spot in the standings and make the NFR. It’s terrible that I got injured. I’ve been trying not to look at where I am in the standings, so I don’t put any pressure on myself.”
Moore had a career-best year in 2019, finishing 25th in the world standings with $71,276. Moore’s two biggest paydays in the 2020 season have been in San Antonio ($7,500) and Fort Worth ($5,720).
“Last year I learned a bunch about traveling, entering and all kinds of stuff,” Moore said. “I also got to see some great things and meet some really great people.”
Courtesy of PRCA