April showers bring May flowers and for 22 cowboys the mid-April shower of $251,100 in prize money at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., and $117,773 at the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo sprung them up within the Top 15 of the PRCA World Standings.
Veteran and rookie cowboys know it’s easier to maintain a position at the top than it is to play catch-up when trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Every dollar counts, and making the Top 15 early establishes a solid base and builds a cowboy’s confidence as the season picks up pace.
Nobody knows this better than team roping header Spencer Mitchell (pictured above). This California cowboy can celebrate his 30th birthday on April 22 along with having the biggest move in the world standings across all events, going from 27th to 10th thanks to winning the Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo and also winning the first round at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo to place sixth in the average.
The following cowboys saw their position in the PRCA World Standings improve from April 10-16.
• Jason Duby moved from 17th to 11th in team roping heeling.
• Rusty Wright moved from eighth to fifth in saddle bronc riding.
• Matt Reeves moved from 15th to 12th in steer wrestling.
• Ryder Wright moved from 15th to 12th in saddle bronc riding.
• Clint Laye moved from 17th to 14th in bareback riding.
• Luke Brown moved from fourth to second in team roping heading.
• Jake Long moved from fourth to second in team roping heeling.
• Andrew Ward moved from seventh to fifth in team roping heading.
• Tilden Hooper moved from ninth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Bridger Chambers moved from ninth to seventh in steer wrestling.
• Tyler Bingham moved from ninth to seventh in bull riding.
• Boudreaux Campbell moved from 16th to 14th in bull riding.
• Caleb Bennett moved from second to first in bareback riding.
• Tyler Waguespack moved from fourth to third in steer wrestling.
• Reagan Ward moved from sixth to fifth in team roping heeling.
• Shane Hanchey moved from seventh to sixth in tie-down roping.
• Dustin Egusquiza moved from ninth to eighth in team roping heading.
• Marty Yates moved from ninth to eighth in tie-down roping.
• Kory Koontz moved from 11th to 10th in team roping heeling.
• Brady Portenier moved from 11th to 10th in bull riding.
• Chase Dougherty moved from 13th to 12th in bull riding.
With the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up kicking off on Friday, the outcome of this rodeo and others are sure to impact the world standings.
Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA