Paul Eaves – Lonedell, Mo. ($89,447)
8-time WNFR qualifier
2018 World Champion
Paul Eaves proved this year that he is not one and done.
The reigning world champion heeler had a partner change in January, a new baby in April, a super busy summer and is headed back to Las Vegas to defend his title. He will be roping at his eighth consecutive Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Most of Paul’s regular-season earnings came with Luke Brown doing the heading. He’ll start the competition in ninth place with $89,447 and at the NFR his partnership with Luke will continue.
Last April, when the California run started, Luke went and roped with Jade Corkill while Paul stayed home and awaited the birth of his second child. He and his wife, Amanda, have a daughter LoElla who is two. Then, Jack joined their family and is now headed to his first NFR.
Paul’s first NFR is in the rear-view mirror. He qualified in 2012 with Dustin Bird from Montana. They made it back the next two years, but in 2015 Paul married Amanda and didn’t want to travel north as much. He partnered up with Clay Smith from Oklahoma and they both got gold buckles last year.
Paul grew up in Missouri and will always call that home even though he and Amanda live in Texas now. That was the place he went to improve his roping so as a teenager he went and stayed with Allen Bach. He learned about roping and more. It was there that he met Luke who was also being a sponge absorbing the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Inductees knowledge.
Allen emphasized putting God first, family second and roping third. Paul has put those lessons to work and along with his own work ethic, has become one of rodeo’s great heelers. He’s come a long way from roping with his dad and traveling around the state of Missouri and his family couldn’t be any prouder.