Twice as Nice

It is said that opportunity does not knock twice…unless you are Elliot Jacoby. Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, is one of the original “South Texas Young Guns” who will ride into Las Vegas in December for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the #15 qualified cowboy, for the second consecutive year. 

Jacoby who first appeared on the professional bull riding scene at Championship Bull Riding events in 2008 is a right handed bull rider who was just 18 years old when he exploded onto the CBR landscape.  Winning Hedeman’s Bossier City Championship after a career high 93 point ride on #5 Itch and Scratch, a bull hauled by Billy Jones, he went on to claim his second event title of the year in Window Rock, Arizona with a 92 on #11 Buckshot, a Box K Cattle Company bull. He would make the CBR World Finals that same year finishing 5th overall after a strong finish at the Tour Finale.  

In 2009, Jacoby hit the dirt riding and was the Lufkin CBR Champion riding Box K’s #347 McCrazy for 91.5. The interesting point here is that it was Jacoby’s third event win with Billy Jones flanking the bull. In fact all his CBR event titles came with Jones flanking his final draws. Hmmm? That will make you think. 

Although Jacoby continued to ride over 50% of his bulls professionally, he spread his wings across multiple associations. He finished 28th place in the final 2009 CBR year-end standings. 

2010 would be a better year for him in the CBR arena as he began the year as the Hobbs, New Mexico Champion and would eventually finish 3rd for the year-end in CBR.  

2011 would see Jacoby straddle the road riding in the CBR and making his first few appearances with the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. 

We would see Jacoby at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne in 2013 and 2014, but he did not finish in the top 20. 

Jacoby won five rodeos in 2013, including the 130-year-old West of the Pecos Rodeo in Pecos and the ABC Pro Rodeo in Lubbock, enough to earn him his first qualification for a spot at the NFR in Las Vegas.

Although that experience didn't turn out the way he would have liked, Jacoby still ended up ranked 15th in the final world standings in his event.

“It was disappointing. Something just wasn't clicking,” Jacoby said of his first NFR. “I'm eager to get back there.”

During the course of his career, Jacoby has had a number of injuries, including a broken cheekbone, collarbone and leg. He says he also has been knocked unconscious several times while riding bulls. His worse injury came in May 2009 in Decatur, Texas when a bull jerked him down and he broke his eye socket. The injury required surgery and needed a three to four week recovery period. Jacoby has also broken his collar bone on three separate occasions, but he says, “for the most part, I’ve been pretty lucky.”

“Guys who do the best learn to deal with their fear,” Jacoby said. “Injuries are part of the sport.” 

One of Jacoby’s favorite events is the San Antonio Stock Show “It's my home rodeo,” he said recently on his father's 400-acre ranch between Stonewall and Fredericksburg. “I remember going to it as a kid with my dad.”

Elliott Jacoby learned to ride by getting on steers and miniature bulls eventually graduating to bulls when he was nine. He learned by just getting on. “I pretty much taught myself. I would watch tapes of different people and pick up stuff from them. I never went to any bull riding schools — my school is the practice pen.


Professional PRCA

2014 Highlights

• Won California Rodeo Salinas

• Won the Las Vegas (Nev.) Helldorado Days

• Won the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo

• Won the Cowboy Capital ProRodeo (Bandera, Texas)

• Won the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede Division 2 Xtreme Bulls 

• Co-champion at the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days 

• Co-champion at the Buc Days ProRodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas)


Career Highlights

• 2013: Placed in Round 1 of his Wrangler National Finals Rodeo debut. Won the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo; the Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.); the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo and the ABC Pro Rodeo (Lubbock, Texas). Co-champion at the Glen Rose (Texas) PRCA Rodeo

• 2012: Won the Buc Days Pro Rodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas); the Crockett (Texas) Lions Club PRCA Rodeo and the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo


Good luck Elliot!