Beaver joins ‘exclusive club’ with Fort Worth finish
With his fifth-place finish in the average at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo Feb. 9, Joe Beaver became just the fifth man in rodeo history to surpass $3 million in career earnings.
Paired with team roping heeler – and godson – Reno Gonzales, Beaver tied for sixth in the finals and each man earned $3,175 for placing fifth in the average, with a time of 18.4 seconds on three head.
“I had no idea I was close to $3 million, and then my good friend Chuck Doebbler called me after the rodeo and told me,” Beaver said. “I quit really competing (full time) so long ago that it was something that hadn’t crossed my mind anymore. This shouldn’t have taken so long; I was at $2.8 million about six years ago.”
Beaver – who was only $1,514 short of the mark entering Fort Worth – joins the exclusive club of Trevor Brazile, Cody Ohl, Fred Whitfield and Billy Etbauer as the only men to make $3 million in PRCA history. Brazile is the only man in history to earn more than $5 million.
“That’s a pretty elite group right there,” Beaver said. “That is what makes this so cool, that I join those guys. I’m pretty much done rodeoing, but I still go with Reno, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t think I would’ve reached this mark.”
Beaver – an eight-time world champion – made $2,191,749, and won five world titles, in tie-down roping. The 48-year-old has made $338,898 in team roping and $34,247 in steer roping.
He says not to look for him to make a run at $4 million.
“Oh man, no way,” Beaver said with a laugh. “I’m good where I’m at, and I still run rodeo clinics. The TV (commentary) is more my deal nowadays.”
Rich Skelton – an eight-time team roping world champion, and 20-time Wrangler NFR qualifier – is the man who is the closest to making the group a half-dozen. Skelton currently has $2,654,843 in career earnings. F
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