Practice Pen Makes Perfect for Elliot Jacoby

Elliot Jacoby is one of the original “South Texas Young Guns” who will ride into Cheyenne in the #12 position for the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

Elliot 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.”

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. Jacoby finished 8th in the PRCA 2014 Final standings with his second trip to the National Finals Rodeo with one career NFR round win to his credit.  

The twenty-five year old from Fredericksburg, Texas jumped all in for a great start to the current CBR season, regardless of missing the first two stops in the fall. Jacoby went three for three in Jackson, Tennessee to win the 2015 season opener with all three rides being 90 point plus scores. Jacoby marched thru the season, making the Final Rour Shootout Round three times (Jackson, El Paso, Lufkin) times on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour, finishing 3rd in the average - twice at individual events.

In his first year with CBR, 2008, Jacoby won the Bossier City event with 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. Until 2015, all his CBR event titles came with Jones flanking his final draws.  

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 his best finish to date with CBR as he began the year as the Hobbs, New Mexico Champion and would eventually finish 3rd for the year-end in CBR.  

2011 Jacoby straddled the road riding in all three pro circuits and missing the final standings of the CBR tour. Making a return to the CBR World tour and Finals in Cheyenne in 2013 and 2014, he did not finish in the top 20. 

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 collarbone on three separate occasions, but he says, “For the most part, I’ve been pretty lucky. Guys do the best when they learn to deal with their fear,” Jacoby said. “Injuries are part of the sport.”