LAS VEGAS – Riding well in a big event is nothing new to bull rider Jacob O’Mara.
He’s making it count in a big way during the first six nights of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. On Tuesday night, he posted an 83-point ride on Do Or Die Pro Rodeo’s Iron Horse to finish sixth in the sixth go-round, earning $2,885. It was the fourth time over the course of this year’s championship the Prairieville, La., cowboy has earned money.
More importantly, he has ridden four of six bulls and is No. 1 in the all-important average race – the contestant with the best cumulative score at the conclusion of the 10-round marathon will earn a $45,865 bonus. So far, O’Mara has pocketed $45,576 in his first trip to Las Vegas for the NFR.
He’s atop the money list for bull riders, and he’s riding quite well. In fact, his 345.5-point aggregate works out to be an average of 86 points per qualified ride.
That’s pretty salty, especially considering O’Mara is just 20 years old and competing against a long list of elite bull riders. Only the top 15 cowboys in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season earn the right to play for the biggest pay in ProRodeo, so O’Mara is testing his mettle against multiple NFR qualifiers like Cody Whitney, Seth Glause, Steve Woolsey, Clayton Savage and Tate Stratton.
Also in the mix are cowboys like 2007 world champion Wesley Silcox and three-time world champion J.W. Harris.
O’Mara is standing his ground, but those who have been around the young cowboy expected that all along.