Oct. 15, 1968, in Myrtle Point, Ore.
Residence: Terrebonne, Ore.
Joined WPRA: 1995
Horses: Judge My Fame "Dora" (11-year old
mare) - Sire: Dash Ta Fame/Dam: Flashy Cashy Cat
World titles: 0
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 6 (2007-12)
Tour Finale titles: 1 (2010- Puyallup)
Tour Finale qualifications: 13
Omaha Finale: 2006-09
Championship Finale: 2006-08
Education: Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College,
associate's degree in business
Won the Lynden (Wash. ) PRCA
Won the Northwest Montana
Won the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo
Won the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede
2012 - Won the Wrangler
NFR average title for first time in her career after finishing
with a total time of 141.79 seconds on 10 runs. Won a total
of $55,950 at the NFR after placing in two rounds and first
in the average. Finished the year ranked seventh with $137,478.
Won McCord (Saskatchewan) Indoor Pro Rodeo, the Lynden (Wash.)
PRCA Rodeo, Medicine Hat (Alberta) Stampede and the Wild
Rogue Pro Rodeo (Central Point, Ore.)
2011 - Finished the
ranked 7th with $120,269. Placed in just one round at the
Wrangler NFR but was third in the average race, winning
$32,308; on the Klamath Falls (Ore.) Great NW PRCA Rodeo,
the World's Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Ariz.) for the second
straight year, the Molalla (Ore.) Buckaroo Rodeo, the Sisters
(Ore.) Rodeo and the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo (Central Point,
Ore.); Finished second at the National Western Stock Show
and Rodeo (Denver).
2010 - Finished the
year ranked 6th in the world standings with $144,593. Placed
in five out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR and won Rd.
6 in a time of 13.80 seconds; was fifth in the average and
won $44,345 at the Wrangler NFR; on the Columbia River Circuit
Finals (year-end and average titles) and qualified for the
DNCFR, the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.), the
Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup, the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier
Days Rodeo, the Chief Joseph (Ore.) Days Rodeo, the Farm
City Pro Rodeo (Hermiston, Ore.), the World's Oldest Rodeo
(Prescott, Ariz.), the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, the Eugene
(Ore.) Rodeo, the Crooked River Roundup (Prineville, Ore.)
and the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo (Central Point, Ore.) nad the
Rowell Ranch Rodeo (Hayward, Calif.).
2009 - Entered the
Wrangler NFR in sixth but finished the 2009 season ranked
12th with $81,523. Finished eighth in the average but didn't
place in any of the 10 rounds, won only $4,147 at the NFR.
Won the year-end and average title at the Dodge Columbia
River Circuit Finals (Redmond, Ore.). Won the Klamath Falls
(Ore.) Great NW PRCA Rodeo, the Larimer County Fair and
Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.), the Wild Rogue Rodeo (Central Point,
Ore.), and the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo.
2008 - Placed in two
out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Finished the year
ranked eighth with $109,250. Was sixth in the average at
the NFR and won $19,301; won the Dodge Columbia River Circuit
Finals, the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, the Thunder Mountain
Pro Rodeo (Longview, Wash.), the Home of Champions (Red
Lodge, Mont.), the Crooked River Round-Up (Prineville, Ore.),
the Wild Rogue Pro Rodeo (Central Point, Ore.) and the Southeastern
Livestock Expo Rodeo (Montgomery, Ala.); was co-champion
at the Salem (Ore.) Rodeo.
2007 - Won the Dodge
Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo (Redmond, Ore.), the
Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.), the
Omak (Wash.) Stampede, the Larimer County Fair and Rodeo
(Loveland, Colo.), the Toppenish (Wash.) Pow Wow and Rodeo,
the Last Chance Stampede (Helena, Mont.), the California
Rodeo Salinas, the Klamath Falls (Ore.) Great NW Pro Rodeo,
the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo, and the Coulee City (Wash.) Last
Stand Rodeo. Finished the year ranked ninth in the world
2006 - Tied for the
win in the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Puyallup
(Wash.) Rodeo; won the Salem (Ore.) Rodeo and the Chief
Joseph (Ore.) Days Rodeo.
for the Dodge Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo.
NIRA National Breakaway champion,
1992; NPRA Barrel Racing and Women's All-Around champion,
Horse, Jethro, finished third in
the AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year race, 2008 and was
second in 2009 and was first in 2010. Jethro passed away
on May 6, 2014.
Husband, Andy Easterly (PRCA steer wrestler and owns Easterly
Fencing Co.); son, Kyle
Her mom, Lynne Mays, won the
GRA rookie of the year title and qualified for the NFR in
1975 and finished 12th overall. She travels with Brenda
quite often. Her father, Frank, competed in the PRCA as
did her grandfather, Rich Vredenburg. Her father used to
work in heavy equipment but is now retired and her mother
is a horse trainer. She has one sister
occupation is a horse trainer
Her nickname is "Willy"
Mays Hays. She got that from Brad Goodrich when they were
in college together
Got involved in rodeo through her
family and began competing in 1976...On May 6, 2014, her
15-year old legendary black gelding Judge Buy Cash "Jethro"
passed away. He carried her to her NFR qualifications from
2006-2012 and her first average title in 2012. The Mays
family had purchased Jethro as a yearling and Brenda's mom
Lynne trained him
Her rodeo superstition is "Don't
pick up any rodeo checks until the event is over"
from high school in Myrtle Point where she participated
in basketball, volleyball and track
teams are the New York Yankees, the Green Bay Packers and
the Miami Heat, favorite rodeo is Pendleton, Ore., because
it is so unique, favorite food is Chinese, favorite type
of music is 80's rock, and favorite book is the Bible
playing X-Box while on the road
Rodeo idols are Jimmie
Munroe and Jerri Mann.