Zeke Thurston

Name and Hometown: Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta

8-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifier

3-time World Champion

Joined PRCA: 2014

Regular Season Earnings: $221,919

Starting 2023 NFR in 3rd place

Major regular season wins –

• Brad Gjermundson Extreme Broncs (New Town, North Dakota), $9,031
• Chase Hawks Rough Stock Rodeo (Billings, Montana), $6,475
• Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, $6,420
• San Antonio Rodeo, $21,500
• La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Arizona), $8,072
• Rodeo Houston, $5,250
• Rodeo Austin, $9,002
• Red Bluff (California) Round-Up, $5,095
• World Famous Miles City (Montana) Matched Bronc Ride, $12,853
• Casey Tibbs Match of Champions Xtreme Broncs (Fort Pierre, South Dakota), $6,010
• Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede, $18,016
• Calgary (Alberta) Stampede, $18,250
• Fiesta Days Rodeo (Spanish Fork, Utah), $7,689
• Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City), $11,500
• Xtreme Broncs Finals (Rapid City, South Dakota), $14,249

Fun Facts about Zeke: A year ago, he entered the Wrangler National Finals in 6th place. It came down to the tenth round where less than $6,000 separated Lefty Holeman, Stetson Wright and Zeke. He tied for first in the round, won the NFR Championship, and with all of that came $256,078. Because of that 8- second ride in the Thomas and Mack Arena he earned the Gold Buckle and the Top Gun Award that goes to the highest money earner in a single event at the NFR. It was Zeke’s third world title and he set a saddle bronc earnings record of $399,916. His father, Skeeter Thurston, a six-time NFR saddle bronc rider, and his other family members could not have been happier. What they are most proud of is the man that he is outside of the arena. Zeke is a cowboy day in and out. When he’s home, he only thinks about riding bucking horses and is riding one that is trained not to buck. He works as hard at ranching as he does at being a rodeo cowboy and it’s all paying off for him and his growing family. Zeke and his wife, Jayne, have three children, a daughter Lucy, a son Hardy, just born in October, another daughter,
Maggie Mae.

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