Ty Murray, who rode in all three roughstock events throughout the season, almost wasn't around to collect his second consecutive world champion All-Around Cowboy gold belt buckle Sunday when the National Final Rodeo came to a close at Thomas & Mack Center.
Murray, at 21 the youngest of the 118 competing cowboys, was injured Saturday night when his Saddle Bronc horse, Bo Skoal, reared in the pen, stumbled, fell and rolled on him, resulting in a severe bone bruise to his right knee.Although X-rays proved negative, Murray declined an offer from the judges for Round 9 re-rides in the Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding competitions and also opted out of his three regularly scheduled 10th-round performances.
Murray, who won rodeo rookie of the year honors in 1988 and became the youngest All-Around champion in the history of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association last year, set a record for earnings in 1990, banking $213,772, easily eclipsing Lewis Feild's previous mark of $166,042. Feild, a five-time world champion, was second in the All-Around this year with $118,312.
Charmayne Rodman and her horse, Scamper, galloped to an unprecedented seventh straight crown in the Ladies Barrel Racing championship, winners every year they've been on the tour. Ms. Rodman earned $130,328 this year, $65,549 more than runnerup Deb Mohon.
The Bareback Riding competition came down to the last ride of the day. Chuck Logue, who had led all season, needed a 72 score to nip Clint Corey for the title. Logue received a 75 and, with his first place in average, worth $22,228, earned $112,905. Corey finished second with $101,733. Feild took third with $94,640.