The first million-dollar week of ProRodeo competition in the 2018 season saw 31 cowboys across seven events move up within the Top 15 of the RAM 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 steer wrestler Cameron Morman and steer roper Chet Herren (pictured above) as both cowboys jumped nine spots in the last week.
Morman moved from 20th to 11th in the steer wrestling standings thanks to winning $4,453 at Rodeo Corpus Christi and $3,641 at the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo in Lufkin, Texas.
Herren moved from 24th to 15th in the steer roping standings thanks to winning $5,803 at Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas) and $1,185 at the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping in Torrington, Wyo.
The following cowboys saw their position in the RAM PRCA World Standings improve from April 23-30.
• Blake Teixeira moved from 23rd to 15th in team roping heading.
• Koby Radley moved from 20th to 13th in bull riding.
• Clint Summers moved from 16th to 10th in team roping heeling.
• Steven Dent moved from 17th to 11th in bareback riding.
• Jordan Ketscher moved from 19th to 13th in tie-down roping.
• Nelson Wyatt moved from 14th to ninth in team roping heading.
• Tyler Waguespack moved from sixth to second in steer wrestling.
• Marty Yates moved from eighth to fifth in tie-down roping.
• J.R. Vezain moved from ninth to sixth in bareback riding.
• Cory Kidd V moved from 13th to 10th in team roping heading.
• Jake Pratt moved from fifth to third in tie-down roping.
• Zeke Thurston moved from ninth to seventh in saddle bronc riding.
• Chase Dougherty moved from 13th to 11th in bull riding.
• Ryan Jarrett moved from 14th to 12th in tie-down roping.
• Junior Nogueira moved from 15th to 13th in team roping heeling.
• J. Tom Fisher moved from 15th to 13th in steer roping.
• Tuf Cooper moved from second to first in steer roping.
• Bubba Buckaloo moved from third to second in team roping heading.
• Wade Sundell moved from fourth to third in saddle bronc riding.
• Bill Tutor moved from fifth to fourth in bareback riding.
• Wesley Thorp moved from sixth to fifth in team roping heeling.
• Clayton Biglow moved from eighth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Chason Floyd moved from eighth to seventh in steer wrestling.
• Trace Porter moved from eighth to seventh in team roping heeling.
• Will Gasperson moved from ninth to eighth in steer roping.
• Riley Duvall moved from 10th to ninth in steer wrestling.
• Shay Good moved from 12th to 11th in steer roping.
• Kaycee Feild moved from 13th to 12th in bareback riding.
• Colt Gordon moved from 15th to 14th in saddle bronc riding.
Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves a few dollars short of qualifying for the Wrangler NFR. The following cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16:
• Saddle bronc rider Jesse Wright moved from 22nd to 16th and is $1,385 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Steer wrestler Will Lummus moved from 18th to 16th and is $1,084 away from breaking into the Top 15.
With the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo kicking off 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