Youngest Maier Reaches National Finals Rodeo

Rorey, the youngest of the band of bull riding brothers from Timber Lake, South Dakota named Maier, heads to Las Vegas this year for this first time as a competitor in the National Finals Rodeo held at the Thomas and Mack Arena. He arrives in Sin City as the number 8th ranked bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) World Standings.

Maier who has held a PRCA competitors card since 2008 takes a big leap from his 85th final standings in 2015 with $13,932 in his PRCA bank to being among the 15 elite bull riders in the country and just two NFR round win paychecks from the top of the standings.

Maier’s travel plans for Vegas changed from tentative to guaranteed when he received a big bump in the World Standings in September. Winning the PRCA Extreme Bull Riding Tour Finale in Ellensburg he moved from 17th to 8th after clearing more than $20,000 at that one event.

“Been winning second and third all year long and this means the world to me,” said Maier.

Maier was recently asked to talk about achieving his dream of riding at the NFR in front of a tough crowd. He delivered a great message to the first and second graders in his hometown.

"Be your best everyday. Every sport that you do and everything that you do in your classroom prepares you for the future. No matter what you do, Be your best everyday.”

Maier’s best was in Ellensburg, Washingon where Maier placed third in the first round, won the short go with an 88.5-point ride and took home the average title with 174.5 on two, but only after surpassing older brother Ardie who covered two bulls as well and was 169.5 on the average.

Rorey’s $20,340 check would safely pencil him in the top fifteen bull riders hoping to make the bull riding roster for the NFR.

A little less than 30 days later Maier would finish the 2016 PRCA season with more than $88,698 on the year. He routinely thanks his Mom and Dad, family and friends who support him all year, “I am blessed to have them support me.”

Recently via Facebook Maier had this to say about his first NFR.

“I want to thank everyone involved in my NFR send off party. Words can't describe how truly meaningful it was to see all the support. I am so blessed to have grown up in such a great place with small town VALUES. It was also great to meet the next generation, whose future looks bright. Never forget where you came from. Thank You !!”

Maier’s career has included riding in CBR events since 2008. His brothers Corey and Ardie have both been CBR World Finals qualifiers and Ardie competed at the NFR in 2010 and 2012. 

Maier is a 5’’9 and 160-pound right-handed bull rider born into a rodeo rich pedigree. His grandfather, Bud Day, was a rodeo competitor and is enshrined in the South Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. His cousins are World Champion bareback riders Marvin and Mark Garrett.


2016 Highlights

• Won the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale (Ellensburg, Wash.)

Career Highlights

• 2015: Won the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo, the Kansas (Pretty Prairie) Largest Night Rodeo and the Roughrider Days Rodeo (Dickinson, N.D.)

• 2014: Won the Bismarck (N.D.) Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event. Co-champion at the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo (Baker, Mont.)

• 2013: Won the Kitsap Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.) and the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.). Finished 26th in the world standings with $44,638

• 2012: Won the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa) and the Roughrider Days Rodeo (Dickinson, N.D.). Finished 90th in the world standings with $11,884

• 2011: Won the Catfish Stampede (Onida, S.D.), the First Chance Bonanza (Brookings, S.D.), the Sturgis (S.D.) Wild West Days Rodeo The Dakota Stampede Rodeo (Aberdeen, S.D.) and the Red Horse Ranch PRCA Rodeo (Fergus Falls, Minn.); finished 96th in the world standings with $11,362

• 2009: Won the Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.); finished 86th in the world standing with $13,353

• 2008: Won the New Mexico Stampede (Rio Rancho)