With nearly half a million dollars up for grabs across seven rodeos spread throughout the U.S. last week, 21 cowboys saw their position improve 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 Joshua Torres. The Louisiana cowboy moved up 13 spots, from 22nd to ninth, thanks to winning $5,638 at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up on April 22.
The following cowboys saw their position in the PRCA World Standings improve from April 16-23.
• Joshua Torres moved from 22nd to ninth in team roping heading.
• Kaleb Driggers moved from 24th to 12th in team roping heading.
• Jonathan Torres moved from 20th to 12th in team roping heeling.
• Junior Nogueira moved from 22nd to 15th in team roping heeling.
• J. Tom Fisher moved from 22nd to 15th in steer roping.
• Tony Reina moved from 10th to fourth in steer roping.
• Bridger Chambers moved from seventh to third in steer wrestling.
• Jacob Brown moved from eighth to fourth in bareback riding.
• William Gasperson moved from 13th to ninth in steer roping.
• Tyler Pearson moved from eighth to fifth in steer wrestling.
• Taos Muncy moved from 15th to 12th in saddle bronc riding.
• Eli Vastbinder moved from 15th to 12th in bull riding.
• Cody Snow moved from sixth to fourth in team roping heading.
• Garrett Tribble moved from eighth to sixth in bull riding.
• Zeke Thurston moved from 11th to ninth in saddle bronc riding.
• Rhen Richard moved from 15th to 13th in tie-down roping.
• Tyson Durfey moved from second to first in tie-down roping.
• Joseph Harrison moved from fourth to third in team roping heeling.
• Wesley Thorp moved from seventh to sixth in team roping heeling.
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from 14th to 13th in steer roping.
• Tanner Aus moved from 15th to 14th in bareback riding.
Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves just a few dollars short of making a Wrangler NFR qualification. The following cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16:
• Tie-down roper Tyler Milligan moved from 25th to 16th and is $1,209 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Team roping header Charly Crawford moved from 19th to 16th and is $810 away from breaking into the Top 15.
With the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, two Wrangler Tour rodeos and a Division 1 Xtreme Bulls all happening this weekend, the outcomes of these rodeos 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