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Jake Brown

Jake Brown – Cleveland, Texas ($95,068)
5-time WNFR qualifier

Jake has always wanted to be cowboy and one of the first goals he ever set was to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

He enters his fifth NFR in ninth place with $95,048 in regular season earnings. The born and bred Texan first accomplished that goal in 2015 and hasn’t missed one since. His father, Paul Brown is a college rodeo coach. He has two older sisters that competed at play days and the family was nearly always at a rodeo or practicing for rodeos.

While some kids might have become tired or bored with the rodeo lifestyle, Jake thrived and begged his parents to let him ride. He started with sheep and calves, then graduated to steers. The rough-stock events were his focus and he qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo twice in bull riding and twice in bareback riding.

He won the bareback riding title there in 2008 when he was a senior. The next year he joined the PRCA and moved into the college ranks. He has come back from an extensive list of injuries. A horse flipped over on him when he was 18 years old and he broke his back. Six months in a brace took their toll. He has broken both legs, his collarbone and more. But his passion for riding bucking horses has never wavered.

This season he won or tied for first at 20 rodeos, ending the season with a win at the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City. He’s hoping that consistent success stays with him in Las Vegas, since he only placed in two rounds at the 2018 WNFR.

Jake has one of the most infectious smiles in rodeo. That smile has lit up nursing homes that he has visited as well as arenas where he is helping the future stars of rodeo.

Three years ago, Jake came to the NFR as a newlywed after marrying his college sweetheart, Nicole Cox. (Jake earned his degree in agribusiness from Texas A&M Commerce.) While everyone is excited for his fifth NFR, they are even more excited for Jake and Nicole to become parents. That will happen in December, hopefully baby boy Brown will wait until his daddy is through in the competing at rodeo’s championships.

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