J.B. Mauney topped his first sheep at age 3. He soon progressed to calves and steers and by the age of 14, he was competitively riding bulls. “My dad started me, but it was Mike Laws, Mike White’s father-in-law, who helped me a lot and when I turned pro. [World Champion] Jerome Davis helped me a bunch, too.”
In June 2005, Mauney experienced the worst injury of his career. “I was at a bull riding and knew I was hurt pretty bad, but I didn’t go to the hospital because my traveling partners were teasing me. Finally the next day, I went to get checked and found out I had broken all of the ribs on my right side, lacerated my liver, and bruised my kidney and spleen.” The injuries put Mauney on the sidelines for more than four months, forcing him to miss the entire 2005 PBR season.
Mauney came back from the injuries stronger than ever in 2006 – finishing as the PBR’s Daisy Rookie of the Year. At the start of the 2007 season, he rode the momentum straight into Manhattan where he took the coveted event title. In his career thus far, he has claimed event titles in Worcester, Mass.; Billings, Mont.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; San Antonio, Texas; Reno, Nev.; and New York, N.Y., again in 2009.
In just four short years of riding professionally, Mauney has surpassed the $2 million mark in career earnings, becoming the youngest man in PBR history to do so. At the end of ’09, he etched his name in the PBR record books (again) by becoming the first–and only–man in PBR history to ride all eight of his bulls at the PBR World Finals, where he collected the event title and the $250,000 check.