Local bull rider steals show at San Antonio Rodeo

By Susan Kanode/for the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – One year ago, bull rider Elliott Jacoby was just outside the top 50 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings and didn’t qualify for the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.

He was at home on his family’s ranch near Fredericksburg, Texas, when he got a phone call that changed his year. Another bull rider had been injured and was unable to compete, so Jacoby was invited to take his place. He earned enough money to advance to last year’s semifinals. More importantly, the success at the largest regular season rodeo and one he considers his hometown event gave him the momentum he needed to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Jacoby came to the AT&T Center this year with a burning desire to take a big check out of the $1,269,235 rodeo.  He rode Powder River Rodeo’s Captain America for 90 points on Feb. 11 – the highest-scored bull ride score of the rodeo thus far. That added $1,955 to his earnings and puts him in good position to advance to the semifinals at the highest-paying regular season rodeo in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

“It would be real easy to say that this is my favorite rodeo,” Jacoby said. “It’s close to the house, a great rodeo and I remember coming here with my dad as a kid.”

The bull riders in bracket 3 did a great job of covering their bulls with six of 10 getting a score. Finishing second in the bull riding was Cody Campbell from Summerville, Ore., who is also coming off of his first NFR qualification. Campbell scored 86 points.

There was a tie for third and fourth between Shawn Proctor from Tooele, Utah, and Beau Schroeder from China, Texas. They each had 85-point scores.

Reigning Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion Chad Ferley from Oelrichs, S.D., had the high-marked ride in that event with an 80-point effort on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Flying Fletch. Ferley won $1,955 and is hoping to advance to the semifinals, then the finals and win his first title here.

The eighth performance is the second round of bracket 3 and begins at 7 p.m. (CT) on Feb. 12.

Courtesy of PRCA