Ty Murray Biography

Ty Murray is born Ty Monroe Murray, is an American nine-time World Champion rodeo cowboy. He was born on October 11, 1969, in Phoenix, Arizona to Joy and Harold Murray. He has two sisters, Kim and Kerri.

Ty Murray Age

He celebrates his birthday on the 11th of October every year. Born in 1969, he is 49 years old as of 2018.

Ty Murray Wife

Murray met his wife and singer/songwriter Jewel Kilcher, whose father had been an Alaska All-Around Rodeo Champion, in 1999 and they dated. They later got married in 2008 on a beach in the Bahamas. Jewel announced on July 2, 2014, that she had filed for divorce from Murray, but that the two would remain friends and continue to raise their son together.

According to Blasting News on September 1, 2016, Ty Murray and Paige Duke had gotten engaged. Paige made engagement details public on her Facebook page, by adding pictures of the ring and her pictures with Ty. Ty had proposed to her on a hike.  The two got married at the Quarry at Carrigan Farms, North Carolina on September 30, 2017.

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Ty Murray Son

He has a son with Jewel named Kase Townes Murray.

Ty Murray Divorce

On July 2, 2014, it was announced by Jewel that she had filed for divorce from Murray, but that the two would remain friends and continue to raise their son together.

Ty Murray Book

Ty is the author of two books, King of the Cowboys published on Jul 9, 2007, and Roughstock – the Mud, the Blood & the Beer published on Jan 1, 2001.

Murray Ranch

Murray owns a 2,200-acre ranch in Stephenville, Texas which he shares with his wife Jewel. He rides out to check on cattle daily before which he has to visit one of his saddle houses where he keeps all his tack. Ty says most of the time he is at the ranch “I ride almost daily, so I’m always out here.”

His ranch house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms

Ty Murray Career

As a toddler Murray rode calves in the desert sun, and his mom’s sewing machine case in the house. By age eight he was helping his father break wild horses, winning his first rodeo in grade school.

Murray’s fifth-grade teacher assigned an essay asking, “If you could do anything in your life, what would it be?” His classmates offered the usual elementary school responses: astronaut, firefighter, doctor, etc. But Ty Murray did not. “I want to beat Larry Mahan’s record,” he declared, referring to the six All-Around World Championships of the rodeo legend who most inspired him.

Straddling his first bull a year later at a Little Britches rodeo, by age twelve Murray had saved enough money breaking colts to buy a mechanical bucking machine, wearing it out the first day.

Everything he prepared him to realize his goal; walking miles of the fence line and learning to ride a unicycle to aid his balance, juggling to improve his coordination, training with his high school gymnastics squad despite never competing in that arena.

His dedication soon paid off. Before turning eighteen, Murray grabbed three titles in 1987; All-Around and Bareback in the National High School Rodeo Association, and Senior Men’s All-Around in the league where his mother once rode the National Little Britches Rodeo Association.

Having bested more seasoned riders in amateur and open rodeos, the steel-eyed competitor known as “The Kid” greeted his 18th birthday with elation; it was a milestone that allowed him to join the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

Murray brought his skills to the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) while attending Odessa College in western Texas, breaking all records in its rodeo program. As a professional Murray won the PRCA’s Overall and Bareback Rookie of the Year titles in 1988. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in all three rough stock events, the first since Larry Mahan in 1973.

At 20 he became the youngest rider ever to win the PRCA All-Around World Championship. He also won both the PRCA All-Around and NIRA Men’s titles the same year.

Already distinguishing himself in two disciplines, Murray set his sights on bull riding in the NFR, grabbing a win in its All-Around Competition. His earnings were reflecting his rising dominance as a cowboy: in 1990 Murray broke the $200,000 season’s earnings record; three years later, at 23, he became the youngest millionaire in rodeo history.

Murray was also a trailblazer behind the scenes. In 1992 he became a founding member of a new group, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), which sought mainstream attention for “America’s original extreme sport.” Today, thirteen years after its launch, the athlete-owned organization claims over 600 members in the U.S. and abroad. Its events broadcast on NBC, Outdoor Life Network and Telemundo attract over 600 million viewers worldwide, its ratings rising.

Battling time and a host of injuries – undergoing reconstructive surgery on both knees and shoulders, not to mention a broken jawbone as a pre-teen; Ty Murray finally realized his lifelong ambition on December 13, 1998, when he earned a record-breaking seventh All-Around World Championship title.

A month later at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Murray was given an engraved trophy buckle by his hero Larry Mahan, the very legend whose record he had first set out to beat. Murray would return to Colorado Springs to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2000.

Having achieved his childhood dream, Murray began to shift his focus to riding bulls in the PBR: winning the 1999 PBR Finals and finishing as the reserve PBR Bud Light Cup World Champion the next three years running.

In July 2004, he personally took the reins as president of the PBR, steering the organization to even greater mainstream popularity.

Now retired from competition, Murray spends much of his time on his 2,100-acre private ranch in Stephenville, Texas when he is not working tirelessly for those things that inspire him. Murray and nationally renowned horsemen Dennis Reis, along with such celebrities as Jewel and Bo Derek, helped shepherd National Day of the Horse unanimously through the U.S. Senate, encouraging Americans “to be mindful of the contribution of horses to economy, history, and character of the United States.”

Ty Murray Bull Riding Accident

After tearing his posterior cruciate ligaments, first in his right knee and later in his left, Murray had both knees reconstructed in 1995. He was out of rodeo for a year. In 1996, six weeks after his return to the rodeo, he damaged his shoulder during the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Bud Light Cup Series’ George Paul Memorial bull riding event in Del Rio, Texas. Surgery laid him off for another year, costing him a major sponsor. His comeback in 1997 was astonishing — then he broke his shoulder at the PBR Bud Light Cup Series event in St. Louis, Missouri, laying him off for another year.

Ty Murray Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $12 million.

Ty Murray Quotes

  • The great cowboys are the ones with the biggest hearts.
  • You’re never completely ready…It just becomes your turn.
  • I don’t care about going down in history as a great bull rider or bronc rider. I hope people will remember me as a great cowboy.

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