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Jason Thomas

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Rider details
Primary competition horse is Frosty, who he trained himself, and hazing horse is Utah, who was trained by Jason’s father …
Other Interests
Likes to play basketball, hunt and play horseshoes ..
Favorite rodeo is Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.) … Favorite movies are Transformers, The Hangover and “pretty much everything with John Wayne” … Favorite meal on the road is Whataburger
6-2, 205 … Single … Father, Jim(Rookie), owns an insurance and real estate business; mom, Leann, is a stay-at-home mom who gives riding and goat-tying lessons; older brother, Sean. His dad, brother, grandfather, Leon Bates, and uncles, Jeff Bates and Allen Bates, have all been instrumental in helping his career progress

Events: Steer Wrestling

Born: 5/29/1990 Little Rock, Ark.

Joined PRCA: 2013

PRCA Career Earnings: $133,532.00

World Titles Won: 0

WNFR Qualifications: 0

Current Residence: Benton, Ark.

2015 world standings place: 25th
2015 earnings: $44,224
RNCFR qualifications: 1 (2012)
Education: Panola College (Carthage, Texas) and McNesse State University (Lake Charles, La.)

2016 Highlights
• Won the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo
Career Highlights
• 2015: Won the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days, the State Fair of Louisiana Pro Rodeo (Shreveport), the Spokane (Wash.) Interstate Rodeo and the Panola County Cattlemen's Rodeo (Carthage, Texas)
• 2014: Won the SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo (Odessa, Texas); the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.); the Lions Club Rodeo (Leesville, La.) and the Panola County Cattlemen's Rodeo (Carthage, Texas). Finished 31st in the world standings with $34,713
• 2013: Won the Rusk County PRCA Rodeo (Henderson, Texas); the Leesville (La.) Lions Club Rodeo and the Sanders County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Plains, Mont.). Finished 29th in the world standings with $34,953

• 2012: Won the NE Arkansas District Fair & Rodeo (Jonesboro); the Amicus Club PRCA Rodeo (Alexandria, La.); the Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series-July 13 and won the second round of the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.5 seconds. Earned $14,773 on his permit
• 2011: Won the Ram Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo (Davie, Fla.); the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.) with a time of 7.3 seconds on two head; the YMBL Championship Rodeo (Beaumont, Texas) and the SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo (Lake Charles, La.); co-champion at the Marshall (Texas) Pro Rodeo. Finished as the Southeastern Circuit year-end champion. Earned $18,520 on his permit
• 2010: Competed in just two PRCA rodeos before being diagnosed with mononucleosis
• 2009: Won the Phil Gardenhire PRCA Rodeo (Poteau, Okla.) in his first year on a PRCA permit; earned $836

2013 PRCA/Resistol Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year. Arkansas state high school steer wrestling champion, 2005-08; finished fourth in the National High School Finals Rodeo, 2008. Qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo, 2009-11, winning the three-head average in 2011 while competing for McNeese State with a time of 19.1 seconds.
Graduated from Benton/Harmony Grove High School (Haskell, Ark.)


Benton, AR