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Cord McCoy

Cord McCoy is a professional bull and saddle bronc rider most well known as the 2nd place finisher along with his brother Jet, on The Amazing Race 16. Born August 19, 1980, (29 years old) in Durant, Oklahoma to parents Denny, a rancher and horse trader and Janet McCoy, a professional photographer. He now resides in Tupelo, Oklahoma and still has an active cowboy career. He has three brothers, Justen, JoRay, and Jet, and one sister, Nikki. He also raises bulls.


Life and career

McCoy grew up as a cowboy[1] in the small town of Tupelo, Oklahoma.[2] He participated in his first rodeo competition in 1985 at age 5, after becoming interested in rodeo from his family. He was the catcher on his high school baseball team and qualified for the state tournament. He was a member of the Oklahoma high school team that won a national rodeo title and was a member of the Southwestern Oklahoma State rodeo team that finished second in the nation in 2000. He graduated from Tupelo High School with 13 other people. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma and achieved a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association in 2001. In 2002 he was qualified for Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. In 2004 he won an average title at PRCA Xtreme Bulls Division II Qualifying Event Clemson, South Carolina and at Old Fort Days Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In 2005 Cord's career went more professional.

  • Won the Four States Fair Rodeo Texarkana, Arkansas
  • Co-champion at the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo Garden City, Kansas
  • Won Red River Stampede PRCA Rodeo Durant, Oklahoma
  • Won the Mineral Wells (Texas) PRCA Rodeo.
  • Placed 14th in the National Finals Rodeo
  • Competed in the Calgary Stampede.[3]

In 2006 Cord left the PRCA and joined the PBR (Or Professional Bull Riders) as part of the Built Ford Tough Series. He made it to the PBR World Finals in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

The Cord McCoy Invitational is held yearly in the last week of May in Ada, Oklahoma, with Cord being the star of the rodeo event. He even has his own seating called "Cord Zone" during the event, where fans are sure to get a glimpse of Cord.

He travels with Corey Navarre and Lee Akin.

He is a five-time International Professional Rodeo Association world champion and is ranked 15th overall in the world according to the IPRA.

On November 1, 2009, Cord proposed to his girlfriend Sarah while being interviewed by PBR in front of an audience.[4]

On June 15, 2010 it was announced that Cord, with his brother Jet, will be the parade marshalls for the Calgary Stampede parade that will take place on July 9, 2010. [5].[6][7]


  • September 26, 2004 - Cord had his skull crushed by a saddle bronc in Oklahoma City.[8] He spent 3 days in a coma and had 8 months of rehab before returning to the rodeo circuit.
  • 2005 - Separated his shoulder in the fourth round of the Wrangler NFR and missed six of 10 rounds with the injury. Placed fifth in the first round with an 83.5 on Rafter H Rodeo's Roan Wolf.

The Amazing Race 16

Cord and his brother Jet competed on The Amazing Race 16 and got 2nd place. They won 4 out of the 12 legs, and was the first team ever to go from last place on a non-elimination leg, complete a speed bump, and come in first place on the next leg. They won a pair of sailboats, and trips for two to Patagonia, Maui, and Alaska.


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