The Cajun Cowboy

It has been four years since Jacob O’Mara made a run for a national bull riding title. The twenty three year old cowboy, born in Baton Rouge and now from Prairieville, Louisiana, joined the PRCA in 2010 as a professional, but the Cajun cowboy will be making his first appearance at the CBR World Finals.

He is no stranger to professional bull riding and to date boasts a $262,529 in PRCA earnings and qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 2011. He has qualified for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo twice, first in 2011 and again this year.

But it is not ambition that kept O’Mara out of the spotlight but a succession of injuries followed by surgical procedures including surgery on his left riding hand wrist in 2009, and again in 2012 followed by a broken leg suffered at the 2013 Austin Livestock Show and Rodeo.

2015 finds O’Mara healthy and strong and sitting number 13 in the current PRCA standings and qualified for the CBR World Finals in the number 24 position. We caught up with Jacob as he was preparing to hit the road for a summer filled rodeo schedule as he travels the country with fellow Louisiana bull rider, Cory Granger.

“I am real excited about my first CBR World Finals, what I like about CBR is that Tuff (Hedeman) keeps it all about the riders and focuses on what the bull riders want and need,” said O’Mara as he drove down the highway.

O’Mara’s bull riding accomplishments began in 2008, when he was the Louisiana high school champion bull rider. He went on that year to finish fifth at the National High School Finals Rodeo and won the IFYRA bull riding title in Shawnee that same summer.

The Cajun cowboy finished second in the 2010 Resistol Bull Riding Rookie of the Year standings.  He has won five bull riding titles so far in the young 2015 PRCA season and won the RAM Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2014.  In 2011, he won the American Royal Rodeo.

But by far his best year was 2011 when he won Round 3 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with an 88.5 point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo's Big Iron and placed in three other rounds. He finished fifth in the world standings with $151,706.

The 5-9, 155-pound cowboy is the third bull rider in his family. His older brother Casey rodeoed as did his father Reggie.