Jeff Askey – Athens, Texas ($113,694)
3-time WNFR qualifier
Jeff Askey had the best year of his career last year finishing the season in fifth place. But what happened in the arena might pale in comparison to his life-changing experiences outside of the arena.
He was already competing and hoping to qualify for the 2019 edition of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In March, he proposed to girlfriend, former Miss Rodeo Texas Tianti Carter. She said yes. He also bought land preparing for their future in the cattle business.
In April he was solidly on his way to a third NFR qualification. He was sixth in the world standings with half of the season behind him. He moved down two spots for the next two months but was still in a good place
Then, on August ninth, he was competing in Oklahoma at the Lawton Rangers Rodeo, got bucked off and dislocated his shoulder. He went home for a couple of weeks and watched as his name kept slipping in the standings.
Knowing what was at stake, he started wearing a brace to hold the shoulder in place and went back to competing. He won Washington’s Ellensburg Rodeo and kept adding to his earnings. He finished the season in 13th place with $113,709.
When the regular season was over it was time to come home, get ready for some coyote hunting and that ever important day that he got to introduce Tianti as Mrs. Jeff Askey. They got married on November 2.
Jeff grew up in Pennsylvania. His parents were involved in the cattle industry and there were always horses around. Their neighbors started hosting a youth rodeo and that is where he got on his first bull.
He knew he wanted to ride bulls and he knew he wanted to get his bachelor’s degree. He started school at the University of Tennessee- Martin, graduated in 2010 and won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association bull riding championship. Not only did he graduate, he did it with honors.
He kept moving west and settled around Athens. It was an easy place to rodeo out of and there were always bulls to get on. When he bought land, he didn’t look far and purchased at nearby Eustace.
Tianti is in her sophomore year of vet school at Texas A&M University. She will be spending a good bit of time at College Station, Texas for the next two years as she completes her studies. The couple has found a way to juggle all of their pursuits and support each other. That will certainly come into play at this year’s NFR as she takes final exams through December 6th. Then she can concentrate on being Jeff’s number one fan.
Jeff still has a lot of family in Pennsylvania and he has gained fans across the United States. They will all be hoping for a successful NFR with big winnings to invest in his future as a cattleman.