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John Franzen

Events: Steer Wrestling
Born: 8/5/1987 Sheridan, Wyo.
Joined PRCA: 2008
PRCA Career Earnings: $221,867.00
World Titles Won: 0
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 0
Current Residence: Riverton, Wyo.

2018 world standings place: 75th
2018 earnings: $16,203
DNCFR qualifications: 1 (2011)
Education: University of Wyoming (Laramie), bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications

2019 Highlights
• Co-champion at the Wind River PRCA Rodeo Roundup (Riverton, Wyo.)
Career Highlights
• 2018: Won the Red Desert Roundup (Rock Springs, Wyo.)
• 2017: Won the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.), t
he Steamboat Springs (Colo.) Pro Rodeo Series, July 7-8 and the Wind River PRCA Rodeo Roundup (Riverton, Wyo.). Finished 42nd in the world standings with $29,559

• 2016: Won the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede Rodeo, the Nebraska's (Burwell) Big Rodeo and the Sanders County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Plains, Mont.). Co-champion at the Stonyford (Calif.) Rodeo. Finished 45th in the world standings with $25,066
• 2015: Finished 235th in the world standings with $3,803 
• 2014: Won the Horse Heaven Round-up (Kennewick, Wash.) and the Gem State Classic ProRodeo Series (Blackfoot, Idaho). Co-champion at A Tribute to the Great American Cowboy (Casper, Wyo.). Finished 57th in the world standings with $19,353
• 2013: Won the Pony Express Days Rodeo (Eagle Mountain, Utah) and the Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.). Finished 92nd in the world standings with $12,284
• 2012: Won the Pony Express Days Rodeo (Eagle Mountain, Utah) and the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo (Castle Rock, Colo.). Finished 102nd in the world standings with $10,636
• 2011: Won the Cody (Wyo.) Nite Rodeo; the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.); the Springville (Calif.) Sierra Rodeo. Finished 38th in the world standings with $26,349
• 2010: Won the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 Rodeo; the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup; the Ute Mountain Roundup (Cortez, Colo.); the Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo (Grover, Colo.) and the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo (Casper); finished 23rd in the world standings with $48,099
• 2009: Did not compete after undergoing third surgery on his right knee in three years, including one complete reconstruction in May 2009
• 2008: Won the Hesperia (Calif.) Recreation and Park District Rodeo; finished 71st in the world standings with $15,318

Qualified for the National High School Finals Rodeo four times and won three Wyoming high school steer wrestling and two all-around titles. Qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 2006

6-2, 225 … Single … Parents, Hank and Lori Franzen, own and operate the Powder River Rodeo stock contracting company in Riverton, Wyo.; John works as a stock supervisor for the family business. He has one older sister, Jill … Rode Josh Peek’s horse, Gus, for much of the summer of 2010; he traveled with Peek, and Peek hazed for him. Primary competition horse in 2011 is 14-year-old Fudge, whom he bought from veteran PRCA bulldogger Randy Suhn … Cousin Beau Franzen is a two-time Wrangler NFR qualifier in steer wrestling … Graduated from Wright (Wyo.) High School, in a class of 52 … Favorite rodeos are Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up … Favorite movie is Lonesome Dove … Credits Dr. Tandy Freeman for providing the medical help he needed to get back to competition and PRCA member Jayce Honey for helping him make adjustments to his steer wrestling technique so could avoid a recurrence of knee trouble

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