I get paid to be a steer wrestler

K.C. Jones grabs his professional life by the horns; the steer horns that is. As a professional steer wrestler, Jones travels across the country and into Canada to compete in more than one hundred rodeos a year.

"We travel all year long to make the national finals," Jones said in an interview with CNBC's "Power Lunch."


Professional steer wrestler K.C. Jones competes at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo.
Source: Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
Professional steer wrestler K.C. Jones competes at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo.

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is considered the Super Bowl of Jones' sport. He has made it there eight times. Getting there, however, doesn't just take a lot of mileage; it also takes a lot of cash.

"There's entry fees at every rodeo. You put up your own money to compete and you have to buy your own horses, and you know the prize money, you run at it at every rodeo so hopefully you have a little bit of luck and end up on top," Jones said.

Jones has done well for himself. His career earnings total over $1 million, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

He also started two side businesses. "Pro Fantasy Rodeo" is a fantasy rodeo game modeled after fantasy football and "Rodeo Vegas" is the official after-party of the national finals held at the Mirage Hotel.

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Being on the road and around his rodeo family has been the biggest pay-off for Jones.

"America is our office and then we get to compete in America's oldest original extreme sport. You know we have every element versus a cubicle in an office, we have rain, mud, dirt, dust, wind but there's no better feeling in the world," he said.

Professional steer wrestler K.C. Jones competes at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo.
Source: Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
Professional steer wrestler K.C. Jones competes at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo.