O’Mara Wins Spooktacular Bull Bash Continuing his Epic Comeback

Jacob O’Mara, the Cajun cowboy from Prairieville, Louisiana, held onto his rope long enough to beat the mud and 42 other bull riders on the way to winning his first Horizon event title for the 2016 season. O’Mara posted 176 total points to win the average and finish 1.5 points ahead of Elliot Jacoby at the Annual Spooktacular Bull Bash on Halloween night in a rain soaked Jacksonville, Texas rodeo arena.

Getting close to completing his first injury free year since 2011, O’Mara is looking forward to the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne and plans on making CBR and PRCA rodeos his top priority in 2016.

“It’s great to be back, when you are stuck in a rut you just have to push thru it and keep going, keep facing your fears and for me the rock was Jesus Christ. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him,” said a happy O’Mara.

Wrangler Dunda won round one on Mike Rawson’s Little Shyster. It is not surprising to see a round win on Little Shyster but according to Rawson, LS’s trip was a little spooky. “For the first time in his career, he came out of the chutes and went to the right. He always goes to the left, but not tonight he played right into Dunda’s riding hand and Dunda rode him for 87.5 to win the round.”

O’Mara, Trey Benton, Tank Adams, Koby Radly would all post 87 points in round one.

O’Mara began his night covering Mike Rawson’s 13 Moonshine to advance to the short round, but according to Mike this bull was off his game as well.

“He came out in the mud and didn’t have his usual trip, but Jacob did a great job getting him ridden,” added Mike.

Moonshine is a familiar face on both the Horizon and Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tours having been selected by Tuff Hedeman for the final four Shoot Out round several times.

10 cowboys would advance on one ride scores to the short round with four posting a second score, but it was O’Mara that would find the way to win. Drawing 846 Black Betty, the perennial CBR bucker, O’Mara was excited.

“I knew I had finally got my chance, Black Betty could mean big points and big money,” continued O’Mara.

According to Rawson 846 mirrored his trip from the muddy waters in Cheyenne. He came out with a big leap and turned back and started bucking. The judges rewarded both O’Mara and Black Betty with 89 points which was enough to put him in the No.1 position for the night.

“He was away from my hand, but it didn’t matter, when you find that sweet spot you ride ‘em to the whistle and it is just pure fun,” finished O’Mara.

O’Mara, a former Louisiana State High School bull riding champion, became a professional cowboy in 2010 and has since earned over half a million dollars riding bulls. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 2011 where he won round three, and finished second in the 2010 Resistol Bull Riding Rookie of the Year standings.  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 have kept him off the pro circuits for several years until this year.

O’Mara has won nine bull riding event titles in the 2015 PRCA season and made his first CBR World Finals appearance in 2015 riding an astounding three of four bulls. He currently enjoys a 51% total riding average for 2015. 0’Mara, the 5-9, 155-pound cowboy is the third bull rider in his family. His older brother Casey rodeoed as did his father Reggie.

Mike Rawson got the buckle and the title for the open three bull team competition in Jacksonville, finishing first and second with his two teams. Team No. 1 took the win with 713 Little Shyster, 846 Black Betty, and 92 White Wolf bucking their way to 278.90 points.

The second place team, Rawson No. 2, was less of a sure thing. Combining the veteran 13 Moonshine with 132 Yabba Dabba Do, a former futurity calf, and Arkansas Dave, a bull purchased from Scott Burrus, they finished second with 277.22 followed by Jacob Kennemer in third place and - D, David Kielhorn who had the high marked bull of the night, 211 Bazinga.

“Getting the younger one’s ready for the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne is always the goal. They need to grow up and learn to take the road,” said Rawson.

In addition to a “Spooktacular” bull riding, the annual event features a marathon of extra activities to enjoy. Trunk or Treat, a carnival with pony rides, a costume contest, a mechanical bull, and entertainment by Tiffani Watkins Music & The Chasin Arrows Band, the Bull Bash featured a new component this year.

"Bill is No Bully”, the live bull with his own anti-bullying book, touched the hearts of over 500 students at Fred Douglas Elementary with his anti-bullying story and was a hit with the children and a welcome addition to the event according to event organizer Debbie Dyess, “Bill can really make a difference in the lives of many children with this anti-bullying program! Warms my heart!”

“We would like to thank everyone for coming out to the Spooktacular Bull Bash last night! It was awesome to see everyone having a great time! God blessed us with great weather and tons of fun! We would love to tell our sponsors, volunteers, Marine Corp League Det 1381, Championship Bull Riding, Mini Buckers, FFA and 4H Pig Chasers, Mutton Busters, Participants, fans, Churches and all that are a part of making Spooktacular an awesome night, that with you all this was possible! We love you all and praise God for giving us the ability to do this event! Thank you all so much,” continued Dyess.


Bull Rider Results

1              Jacob O'Mara        87        89        176

2              Elliot  Jacoby        86.5        88        174.5

3              Koby Radley        87        87        174

4              Wrangler Dunda        87.5        84        171.5

5              Tank Adams        87        0        87

5              Trey Benton        87        0        87