|As for Billy's rodeo records, there are few bronc riders that can challenge it. In 1988, after working his way through the junior and amateur ranks, Etbauer became a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association, the largest, most competitive and prestigious rodeo organization in the world. The very next year he earned nearly $75,000 riding broncs and was the runner up to the world champion. In 1990, Billy's older brother Robert won the crown and Billy came in eighth in the title race. In 1991, Robert once again was champion, but this time Billy came in second with more then $110,000 in prize money.
In 1992, Billy cruised in to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas nearly $28,000 ahead of his nearest competitor. Then he got serious. The NFR is ten rounds long and pays out obscene amounts of money to the cowboys who are fare well. Billy placed in nine of his ten broncs, won on 5 of them and ran away with the average title to take home $101,531 in NFR checks, a single event NFR record that has not been seriously challenged. In 1992, Billy's total earnings were $184,671. This is also a record for a single event competitor. <p>But around the house, dragging calves to the branding fire, team roping with his friends and brothers, or saddling up to stun the Sunday crowd with another seemingly impossible ride, Billy Etbauer is a cowboy. But to hear him tell it, he's just as regular as they come.
|Home Town (Ree Heights, SD)|