Ty Murray has become the seventh Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competitor to surpass $1 million in career earnings and the sport's fastest rider to reach the milestone.
The 23-year-old Stephenville cowboy won $12,435 in five rodeos over the Fourth of July weekend to reach the $1 million mark about twice as fast as the previous six PRCA million-dollar men.Roy Cooper of Childress and Lewis Feild of Elk Ridge, Utah, each took 11 years to win $1 million. Murray has taken 51/2 years.
Murray, who has four consecutive all-around titles from competing in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding, pushed his career earnings to $1,004,523.
Oklahoman Tom Ferguson, a six-time world all-around champion in the 1970s, was the first cowboy to earn $1 million in 1986. Others are Dee Pickett of Caldwell, Idaho; Bruce Ford of Kersey, Colo.; and Chris Lybbert of Argyle.
Although Murray is the fastest PRCA cowboy to win $1 million, the others turned pro in the 1970s when the sport paid less prize money.