J. B. Mauney

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J. B. Mauney
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J.B. Mauney
Personal information
Birth nameJames Burton Mauney
Nickname(s)J.B. Mauney
Born (1987-01-09) January 9, 1987 (age 32)
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
ResidenceCharlotte, North Carolina
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight120 lb (54 kg)
Event(s)Bull riding
Turned pro2005-Present
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking2015 PBR World Champion
2013 PBR World Champion
2013 PBR World Finals Event Champion
2009 PBR World Finals Event Champion
2006 PBR Rookie of the Year

James Burton "J.B." Mauney (/ˈmni/; born January 9, 1987) is an American professional bull rider on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour. He won the World Championship in 2013 and 2015.

Early life[edit]

J.B. Mauney was born James Burton Mauney in Charlotte, North Carolina, on January 9, 1987. Mauney is 5' 10" and 140 pounds. He joined the PBR in 2006. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 2009.[1]


Mauney is one of only two bull riders to stay on Bushwacker for the full 8 seconds on the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), the elite series of the PBR, and one of three bull riders to stay on Bushwacker for the full 8 seconds during the bull's career.[2][3][4] He is also one of only five riders to get a qualified ride on Asteroid which he accomplished on the BFTS in San Antonio, Texas, in August 2012, for a score of 93.50 points.[5] Asteroid, the 2012 World Champion bull, earned a high score of 46.25 points.[5]

On November 5, 2016 Mauney made PBR history by being the first bull rider to reach the $7 million mark in career earnings.[6]

In 2017 J.B suffered a significant injury to his right arm, requiring surgery to install a screw and 13 anchors.[7] Mauney's career has been plagued with many injuries, but has continued to pursue professional bull riding history.[8]

"It's part of being a cowboy," he stated in an interview with Monster Energy, "when you crawl in to a chute, nothing else matters. You tie your hand and you don't give up until you hit the dirt." In 2019 Mauney tied another two time world champion Justin McBride for the most televised wins within the 26 year history of the PBR[9]. In an interview for the PBR, J.B. said "What gets me is when people who don't ride bulls for a living try to tell me when its time to hang it up."[10]

Mauney has won the World Champion Bull Rider title two times, in 2013 and 2015. He has also won the World Finals event two times, in 2009 and 2013. In his first year of competition, he won the Rookie of the Year in 2006.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Mauney was married to Lexie Wiggly from 2012 to 2015.[13] In 2016, he married Samantha Lyne.[7] On January 23, 2019, Mauney and his wife Samantha welcomed the birth of their first son.[14] Mauney also has a daughter (born 2011), from a previous relationship.[7] They currently reside in Mooresville, North Carolina.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cowboy Biographies". Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. prorodeo.com. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Out List for 13/6 Bushwacker (17903)". probullstats.com. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Walters, John (October 11, 2014). "Bushwacker Is the Michael Jordan of Bulls". Newsweek. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Professional Bull Riders - Bushwacker keeps the legacy going". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Out List for 781 Asteroid". probullstats.com. ProBullStats. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Mauney Wins Round 4 of World Finals, Closes in on Pacheco". PBR. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "J.B. Mauney is at the top of his game, and he's a smoker". USA Today. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Mauney continues to overcome injuries in pursuit of history". Professional Bull Riders. www.pbr.com. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Mauney Claims Record-Tying Elite PBR Win With First In Two Years". Monster energy. March 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Mauney: 'I am not retiring'". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
  11. ^ "History". PBR World Finals. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Swearingen, Jake (September 11, 2014). "A Q&A With World Champion Bullrider J.B. Mauney". Modern Farmer. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
  13. ^ Cartwright, Keith Ryan. "Pueblo Notebook". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Mauney Family Welcomes Birth of Jagger Briggs". Professional Bull Riders. www.pbr.com. Retrieved April 25, 2019.