Tony Mendes

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Tony Mendes
Personal information
Full nameTony Mendes
Born (1977-08-10) August 10, 1977 (age 42)
Reno, Nevada
Residence Mack, Colorado
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) (2019)
Weight170 lb (77 kg) (2019)
Sport
Sport Rodeo
Event(s) Bull riding
Turned pro1996
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1996 PRCA Bull Riding Rookie of the Year

Tony Mendes (born August 10, 1977) is an American professional bull rider.

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Background

He was born in Reno, Nevada on August 10, 1977. [1] He continued to live in Reno and then in Jensen, Utah. He is the younger brother of Scott Mendes, who was the 1997 PRCA World Champion bull rider, and a co-founder of the PBR. Mendes started riding at age 3 on top of a sheep. Over the years, he progressed from sheep to calves and steers, before climbing on his first bull at age 14. [2] [1] Mendes was recorded to be 5' 10", and 170 pounds during competition. [1]

Career

He was the 1996 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Bull Riding Rookie of the Year, [3] and competed for said organization in 1996, 1998 to 1999, 2008-2009, 2011-2012, [1] as well as Bull Riders Only (BRO) before joining the Professional Bull Riders (PBR).[ citation needed ] He qualified for his first PBR World Finals in 1999 and recorded a 93.5 score atop the 1900-pound Clayton's Pet of Double J Rodeo Palace in the short-go. He is often referred to as the "Wild Man" because of the energy he displays. [2]

Tony qualified for the PRCA’s National Finals Rodeo twice (1998 & 1999) [1] and the PBR World Finals eight times (1999 to 2005, 2007). [2] His brother Scott also qualified for the PBR World Finals in 1994 and 2001, the latter case marking the only time that both brothers qualified for a world championship event together. Tony also competed in Championship Bull Riding (CBR) qualified for its world finals event in 2012.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

On January 2, 2008, Tony was featured on the CBS game show Power of 10 . He was defeated without winning any money. He was featured in Bullrider, a documentary by Josh Aronson. Mendes is married to Jolene, with whom he has four children. [1] The Mendes' reside in Fruita, Colorado, as of 2019.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Cowboy Biographies". Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. www.prorodeo.com. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  2. 1 2 3 "Rocky Boots Announces Endorsement Signing Of Tony Mendes And Jody Newberry". Professional Bull Riders. pbr.com. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  3. 2017 PRCA Awards, Rookies of the Year - Overall Rookie of the Year, p. 625.

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