Bobby Mote

Events: Bareback
Born: 6/3/1976 Portland, Ore.
Joined PRCA: 1996
PRCA Career Earnings: $2,060,441.00
World Titles Won: 4 (2002, 2007, 2009-10)
WNFR Qualifications: 11 (2001-11)
Current Residence: Culver, Ore.

2011 World standings place: 3rd
2011 Wrangler NFR place: 2nd
2011 Wrangler NFR earnings: $105,673
2011 earnings: $180,672
Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (2009)
Tour Finale titles: 2
Summer: 2000, 2002
Tour Finale qualifications: 14
Winter: 2001, 2004-06
Summer: 2000-02, 2004
Championship: 2004-09
DNCFR titles: 1 (2011)
DNCFR qualifications: 9 (2000-03, 2006-08, 2010-11)

Professional
2011 Highlights

  • Won Rounds 6 and 8 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and placed in four other rounds
  • Won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Oklahoma City)
  • Won the all-around, bareback riding and team roping (with Mike Beers) at the Eugene (Ore.) ProRodeo
  • Won the all-around and the bareback riding at the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.)
  • Won the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede
  • Won the Guy Weadick Memorial Rodeo (High River, Alberta)
  • Won the Field of Dreams Stampede (La Crete, Alberta)
  • Won the Caribou County Fair & Rodeo (Grace, Idaho)
  • Won the all-around and was co-champion in bareback riding at the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo (Idaho Falls, Idaho)
  • Won the all-around at the Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo (Kalispell, Mont.)
  • Won the Luxton ProRodeo (Victoria, B.C.)
  • Won the all-around at the Livermore (Calif.) Rodeo
  • Won the all-around at the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo
  • Won the all-around at the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Won the all-around and the team roping, with Mike Beers, at the North Peace Stampede (Grimshaw, Alberta)
  • Won the all-around and co-champion in the bareback riding at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up
  • Won the all-around and the team roping, with Mike Beers, at the Bonnyville (Alberta) ProRodeo
  • Co-champion in team roping at the Wainwright (Alberta) Stampede, with Mike Beers

Career Highlights

  • 2010: Became the sixth bareback rider to earn four or more world championships by finishing second in the average at the Wrangler NFR and earning $115,099. Entered the National Finals Rodeo fifth in the world standings, but ascended to the top by placing in seven of 10 rounds, including a win in Round 8 and a shared win in Round 9, and finishing second in the average to Justin McDaniel for total season earnings of $204,484. Those were the 20th and 21st NFR round wins of Mote’s career, a record for his event. Top roughstock earner with $22,091 during the Fourth of July run, also known as Cowboy Christmas. Won the Sheridan WYO Rodeo; the Othello (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo and the Dodge Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo (Redmond, Ore.); co-champion at the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.)
  • 2009: Won the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo average title with 847 points on 10 head and set a Wrangler NFR record for his event with winnings of $139,880 on his way to winning his third world championship. He won at least a share of five round wins to break the NFR record for wins in a single year in his event. Mote’s total earnings of $310,219 was a single-season record for bareback riding; had the highest earnings of any competitor during Cowboy Christmas with $29,926. Won the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo; the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede; the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo; the West of the Pecos Rodeo (Pecos, Texas); the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo (El Paso, Texas); the Dodge Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo (Redmond, Ore.); the Columbia River Circuit Finals all-around year-end title; the Wild Rogue ProRodeo (Central Point, Ore.); the Big Sky Pro Rodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.) and the Medicine Hat (Alberta) Stampede. Co-champion at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede and the Tri State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa)
  • 2008: Won Rounds 2, 5, 7 and 9 at the Wrangler NFR, twice tying the NFR record with a 91.5-point ride on Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex in Round 5 and another 91.5 on Big Bend Rodeo’s Spring Fling in Round 7. Finished third in the world standings with earnings of $205,592. Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (Joseph, Ore.); the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo; the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo; the Moses Lake (Wash.) Roundup; the Othello (Wash.) Pro Rodeo and the Spokane County (Wash.) Interstate Rodeo; co-champion West of the Pecos Rodeo (Pecos, Texas)
  • 2007: Won Round 4 and shared title in Round 8 of the Wrangler NFR on his way to the second world title of his career. Clinched the gold buckle with an 82.5 point ride in Round 10. Broke Will Lowe’s event record for regular-season earnings with $152,184; became the 70th man to surpass $1 million in career earnings. Won RodeoHouston Shootout Round, worth $50,000; the Dodge Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo (Redmond, Ore.); the SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo (Odessa, Texas); the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.); the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo; the Santiam Canyon Stampede (Sublimity, Ore.) and the IPE & Stampede (Armstrong, British Columbia). Co-champion at the Tonasket (Wash.) Founders Day Rodeo; the West of the Pecos Rodeo (Pecos, Texas); the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and the Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede
  • 2006: Placed in eight of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, winning the seventh round with a score of 84.5 points, and tied for the win in Round 10 with a score of 85.5 points. Won the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo (Central Point, Ore.); the Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo (Kalispell); the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.); the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo; the Klamath Falls (Ore.) Great Northwest Pro Rodeo; the Auburn (Calif.) Wild West Stampede; the Tour Round at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up; the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco) and the Southwest District Livestock Show & Rodeo (Lake Charles, La.). Co-champion at the NILE Pro Rodeo (Billings, Mont.)
  • 2005: Won the all-around title at the Othello (Wash.) Rodeo. Won the bareback riding titles at the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo; the Thunder Mountain ProRodeo (Longview, Wash.); the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo (Joseph, Ore.); the Cheney (Wash.) Rodeo; the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo; the Salem (Ore.) Rodeo; the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show and Rodeo (Union); the Auburn (Calif.) Wild West Stampede; the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo. Co-champion at the Founders Day Rodeo (Tonasket, Wash.) and the Silver Spur Rodeo (Yakima, Wash.). Finished the year ranked 12th in the world with earnings of $114,069
  • 2004: Finished ninth in the world standings with $118,901 and was fifth in the Wrangler NFR after picking up $29,992. Co-champion at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days; won the Puyallup (Wash.) Rodeo; the Buc Days ProRodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas) and the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede. Semifinalist at the Winter Tour Finale (Las Vegas); finished fourth at the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.) and the Tour Championships (Dallas)
  • 2003: Won the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver) and the Clackamas County Fair & Rodeo (Canby, Ore). Co-champion in Round 4 of the Wrangler NFR with an 88.5-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Calamity Jane. Broke his collarbone and dislocated his shoulder at RodeoHouston and missed most of the spring and early summer, but still finished ninth in the world standings with $103,802
  • 2002: World champion bareback rider and regular-season earnings leader; won the Tour Championships (Dallas) and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.); co-champion at Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo (Casper) and the Clackamas County Fair & Rodeo (Canby, Ore.)
  • 2001: Reserve world champion. Co-champion at NILE Rodeo (Billings, Mont.); won the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa) and the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up. Columbia River Circuit champion
  • 2000: Won the Dodge Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo; co-champion at Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco) and won the Winter Tour Finale (Mesquite, Texas) Columbia River Circuit bareback riding champion 2001-02, 2006-07; all-around champion 2009

Personal

6-0, 175 … Wife, Kate (married 1999); sons, Charlie and Trey Lucky; daughter, Laura … His niece, Serena, is a WPRA barrel racer … Bobby was born with crooked legs and had to wear a splint at night and special shoes to help straighten them out … Hobbies include horse training, roping and fishing … Uses visualization techniques to prepare for competition … Clint Corey, the 1991 world champion bareback rider, is Mote’s long-time mentor … Travels with Jason Havens, Ryan Gray and Steven Dent; they call their group “The Pride,” as in a pride of lions … Staged a benefit at his 40-acre Culver, Ore., ranch to raise money for injured roper Mike Beers in 2007 … Maintains his own website, www.bobbymote.com … Underwent neck surgery on April 27, 2010 in Dallas to correct a narrowing of the spinal cord channel and had surgery to repair a sports hernia on Jan. 17, 2011 in Philadelphia