LAS VEGAS – J.B. Mauney became the 2013 PBR World Champion by completing the most dramatic second-half comeback in the 20-year history of Professional Bull Riders.
The 26-year-old Mooresville resident made history Oct. 27 at the Thomas & Mack Center by becoming the first rider with two perfect performances – 2013 and 2008 – at the World Finals.
He became the first rider in PBR history to win four consecutive events at the elite level, as well as the first American to win the world title since 2009.
Mauney, who was ranked 10th in the world standings and trailed two-time defending World Champion Silvano Alves by 3,056 points coming out of the summer break, claimed the title Oct. 27 by 977.75 points.
“When I was standing out there with my family and my wife was standing beside me, I kind of got a little choked up,” said Mauney, who has ridden at 221 Built Ford Tough Series events over eight seasons before finally winning his first gold buckle and claiming the $1 million bonus that comes with winning the world title. “There’s no better feeling. You dream of something all your life and to eventually get it, oh, I mean, it feels like you’ve done conquered the world.”
Mauney spent five days gaining on Brazilian rider Silvano Alves, who last year became the first back-to-back world champion in PBR history. Alves would not give up his claim as the world’s top rider until all six rounds were done. Mauney won the Finals average with 546.25 points, followed by Alves with 430.
“It was a good competition, and it was good for the PBR,” Alves said.
Mauney has twice finished second (2008, 2009) and twice finished third (2007, 2010) in the season standings. He’s finished in the Top 10 for seven consecutive seasons.
Mauney also earned the Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award, which is presented to the bull rider with the highest-marked ride at the World Finals. He won Round 2 with 93.75 points on Smackdown.
Mauney's brother-in-law, Shane Proctor of Mooresville, finished the year ranked ninth in the world.