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Rodeo: Pop star Jewel, now Murray's wife, helps PBR

Rodeo: Pop star Jewel, now Murray's wife, helps PBR

Ty Murray finally tied the knot.

The 38-year-old seven-time world all-around champion wed pop singing star Jewel Kilcher during a private ceremony Aug. 7 in the Bahamas.

When they began dating a decade ago, curiosity arose. Throughout the 1990s, Murray had what seemed to be a solid relationship with a woman who was a former college rodeo champion. During a 1999 conversation, Murray said they had been together for a decade and everything seemed fine. But a short time later, their relationship was over, and Murray began dating Kilcher, better known by her first name.

On the surface, it seemed somewhat out of the ordinary - an entertainer dating the most successful rodeo cowboy of our time. However, the more I learned about Jewel, the more I saw they fit one another like a pair of handmade boots.

Jewel, 34, spent childhood years on an Alaska ranch and always felt at home at Murray's picturesque 2,200-acre ranch near Stephenville.

Since they began their relationship, I've seen Jewel at many Professional Bull Riders and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association shows, and she fits right in. She's graciously used her celebrity status to help promote the PBR by regularly attending high-profile events and sometimes singing the national anthem or one of her new songs on the PBR's national telecasts.

"She's very supportive," Murray said of Jewel in a recent interview. "We try to support each other in different ways. She's gotten a ton of press for the PBR just out of a genuine love and an interest in the sport, and in what we're doing and trying to build at the PBR."

Murray, a PBR founding father who continues to advise the association, said Jewel also has benefited from the PBR. In February, she teamed with the PBR to perform "Stronger Woman," the first single to be released from her new country-infused album "Perfectly Clear" at the PBR's tour stop in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Winston-Salem show was part of the PBR's Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR's top-tier tour. One of the key organizers of the North Carolina show was 1995 world champion Jerome Davis, who has been wheelchair-bound since a 1998 bull riding accident, and Jewel's performance was a part of the PBR's NBC telecast.

In a statement released by the PBR, Jewel said: "The sport has been a huge part of my life for over 10 years. I cannot think of a better place to debut the music from my new record."

  • Roping in the cash: JoJo LeMond of Andrews and Martin Lucero of Stephenville, who are on pace to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December, won the team roping title at the XIT Rodeo & Reunion last week in Dalhart. They turned in a time of 4.7 seconds and earned $1,690 each. Former world champions Jake Barnes and Clay O'Brien Cooper finished second with a 5.2 at the PRCA show and each man pocketed $1,398.

Lowe riding tough: Three-time world champion Will Lowe of Canyon earned $1,014 after tying for first at the Sonora Outlaw ProRodeo last week aboard a bronc named Sin City. The rodeo was produced by Stace Smith of Athens, the PRCA top stock contractor for the past four years. Lowe is ranked sixth in the PRCA bareback standings with $71,867.

  • In the playoffs: Bull rider Stormy Wing of Dalhart and tie-down ropers Stran Smith of Childress and Monty Lewis of Hereford advanced to the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, a high-profile invitational rodeo in the PRCA. The rodeo, in progress, features 36 competitors in each event from the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour, a series of 26 sizable shows, and the March Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho. The Caldwell Rodeo is the first show in the Ariat Playoffs, a series of four PRCA shows that will offer competitors $1.6 million in prize money. Wing turned in a score of 90 during Thursday's performance in Caldwell. He has stayed on his first- and second-round bulls and will advance to tonight's semifinals.
  • Bull riding's cup: L.J. Jenkins of Texico, N.M., the PBR's 2006 World Finals average winner, is among five U.S. team members who will compete today and Sunday in the Professional Bull Riders' World Cup in Chihuahua, Mexico. The other U.S. team members are defending world champion Justin McBride of Elk City, Okla., and former World Finals qualifiers Kody Lostroh of Longmont, Colo.; J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C.; and Sean Willingham of Summerville, Ga. The U.S. team will compete against teams from Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Australia.
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