LAS VEGAS -- It was just a handful of years ago that Shane Proctor was attending Northwest College while building log homes or substitute teaching for a little extra spending money.
He doesn't need the odd jobs at this point.
Proctor, who spent most of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season atop the bull riding earnings standings, sealed his first world championship on Saturday at the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center.
It didn't come without a price.
Proctor, who didn't make the whistle on Powder River Rodeo's Black Attack, was stomped on by the bull and broke his free arm after the ride. He wasn't made available for immediate comment as he was attended to by doctors. Still, he could rest easy knowing that he was the world champion.
With 399.5 points on five rides, he finished fourth in the aggregate and held off three-time and defending world champion J.W. Harris, who had made a hard charge at the lead midway through the NFR.
Proctor, also a year-end qualifier on the Professional Bull Riders circuit, finished with more than $238,000 in earnings, nearly $30,000 ahead of Harris, who was also bucked off Saturday night.
First-time NFR qualifier LJ Jenkins won the average ahead of Gillette's Bobby Welsh and Wheatland's Tyler Willis.