JW Harris Wins Fourth Bull Riding Season Title

JW Harris rode Little Shyster for 87.5 points in the ninth round of the Wrangler NFR, winning the round with Trevor Kastner, and clinching his fourth world title. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

LAS VEGAS (AP) J.W. Harris wrapped up his fourth bull riding season championship Friday night, tying for first place in the ninth round of the National Finals Rodeo.

Harris, of Mullin, Texas, scored 87.5 points on Little Shyster to match Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla. Kaster rode Fire Show.

"It is (better to clinch with a first-place effort rather than backing into it), especially the way I rode the last few nights," Harris said. "Honestly, it's been a disappointing finals for me because I wanted to win the average (aggregate standings) as well.

"I know there's one round left, but I wanted to win the world and average, and there's no good reason I shouldn't be 9 for 9 right now. One of my goals was to ride all 10 here, but I couldn't get that done."

Harris earned $16,677 to push his season total to $214,067. He leads all bull riders with $83,684 in NFR earnings and is second in the aggregate standings with 518.5 points for six rides.

Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, the winner of the previous two rounds, was fifth with a 77.5 on Seminole Wind. He leads the aggregate standings with 575 points for seven rides. Teel is second in the season standings with $165,179 with one round remaining.



JW Harris rides Mr. Clark at the Xtreme Bulls event in Reno, June 2013 (Matt Cohen photo)

JW Harris aboard Gun Runner at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, August 2013 (Matt Cohen photo)