Four-time world bareback riding champion Bobby Mote made a strong push at the National Finals Rodeo, while injuries hampered Brian Bain.
>Injuries limit Bain’s ability
The two Culver cowboys competed against the top bareback riders in the word at the season-end highest paying rodeo of the year, and when the dust settled, Mote finished third and Bain ninth in the final world standings.
"It was everything I expected and more," said Bain, who made his first NFR appearance. "I just hope that 2012 will be as good as 2011."
Bain placed and earned checks in the three of the first four rounds, but a concussion in the sixth round, coupled with a dislocated shoulder in the seventh round forced Bain to watch rounds eight, nine and 10 from the seats.
"Rodeo is a dangerous sport," Bain said. "I just feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete at the NFR."
Bain did not place in the average, but finished the year with $108,199.
Mote placed second in the NFR average standings and earned $37,211. The two-time defending champion did not place in the first four rounds, but placed third in round five, first in round six, fourth in round seven, shared first in round eight, third in round nine and fourth in round 10.
"You want to go to the NFR and do the best you can and make a good living for your family," said Mote, who won just over $105,000 at the NFR. "I felt like the horses were not giving me much of a chance in the first four rounds, but once I did get some good horses, I felt I rode well."
Mote scored 833.5 total points on 10 head, but Kaycee Feild won at least a share of six rounds to win the NFR average with an NFR record 860.5 points and the world championship with an event record of $319,986 earned on the year.
"I never stayed healthy long enough this year to have a championship year," Mote said. "It was no fluke for Kaycee. He rode well all year and went at the NFR like he was 15th in the world and rode great."