JW Harris Wins Del Rio
The first installment of “Tuff As Nails” kudos is awarded appropriately to a member of the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding family - J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas. Harris won his second (2011, 2018) George Paul Memorial Bull Riding title last weekend in Del Rio at what is known behind the chutes and in bull riding history as the Super Bull - a time-honored tradition in the sport of bull riding which honors the legacy of George Paul, a bull rider who rode 79 bulls consecutively in the 1968 before perishing in an airplane crash.
Harris added $7,085 to his PRCA yearly earnings and another of what one bull rider described as the “coolest buckle in the industry” to his long list of accomplishments which includes 4 gold buckles inscribed PRCA World Champion.
41st George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Results: 1. J.W. Harris, 179.5 points on two head, $7,085
Bull riding: First round: 1. Bryce Barrios, 89.5 points on United Pro Rodeo's Graffiti, $4,251; 2. (tie) Jeff Askey and J.W. Harris, 89, $2,834 each; 4. (tie) Lon Danley and Lex Oakley, 87, $1,275 each; 6. Trey Benton III, 86.5, $709; 7. (tie) Cody Jesus and Brett Custer, 85.5, $496 each. * Finals: 1. J.W. Harris, 90.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo's J lazy, $5,101; 2. Joseph McConnel, 87, $4,346; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. J.W. Harris, 179.5 points on two head, $7,085; 2. Joseph McConnel, 172, $5,432; 3. Bryce Barrios, 89.5 on one head, $4,015; 4. Jeff Askey, 89, $2,598; 5. (tie) Lex Oakley and Lon Danley, 87, $1,417 each; 7. Trey Benton III, 86.5, $945; 8. (tie) Cody Jesus and Brett Custer, 85.5, $354 each. *(all totals include ground money).
Del Rio, Texas, April 27-28