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Standings Shuffle: 44 Move Up in Top 15

The end of July’s mad dash for cash created one of the biggest shakeups within the Top 15 for the entire season so far. With about $1.25 million up for grabs across 31 PRCA competitions, 44 cowboys saw their position improve within the Top 15.

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 in the PRCA | RAM World Standings 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 Chad Masters, who moved from 31st to 14th in team roping heading. Masters jumped 17 spots this week thanks to winning the average at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days for $10,752.

The following cowboys saw their positions in the PRCA World Standings improve from July 23-30.

Nine Spots

• Cory Petska moved from 22nd to 13th in team roping heeling.
• Scott Kormos moved from 22nd to 13th in tie-down roping.

Six Spots

• Brodie Poppino moved from 14th to eighth in steer roping.
• Blake Mindemann moved from 10th to fourth in steer wrestling.
• Sterling Smith moved from 12th to sixth in tie-down roping.
• Travis Graves moved from 18th to 12th in team roping heeling.

Five Spots

• Kaleb Driggers moved from seventh to second in team roping heading.
• Matt Shiozawa moved from 15th to 10th in tie-down roping.
• Jarrett Blessing moved from 15th to 10th in steer roping.

Four Spots

• Junior Nogueira moved from sixth to second in team roping heeling.
• Joseph Harrison moved from eighth to fourth in team roping heeling.
• Garrett Tribble moved from 11th to seventh in bull riding.
• Blake Knowles moved from 16th to 12th in steer wrestling.

Three Spots

• Cory Solomon moved from eighth to fifth in tie-down roping.
• Dustin Egusquiza moved from fourth to first in team roping heading.
• Tyler Wade moved from 14th to 11th in team roping heading.
• Eli Vastbinder moved from 15th to 12th in bull riding.
• Bryce Davis moved from 18th to 15th in steer roping.

Two Spots

• Kory Koontz moved from third to first in team roping heeling.
• Rusty Wright moved from fifth to third in saddle bronc riding.
• Shane Hanchey moved from fifth to third in tie-down roping.
• Boudreaux Campbell moved from fifth to third in bull riding.
• Ryder Wright moved from sixth to fourth in saddle bronc riding.
• Garrett Hale moved from seventh to fifth in steer roping.
• Trevor Kastner moved from eighth to sixth in bull riding.
• Shane O’Connell moved from ninth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Clay Tryan moved from 12th to 10th in team roping heading.
• Clint Summers moved from 13th to 11th in team roping heeling.
• Ty Breuer moved from 14th to 12th in bareback riding.
• Jake Wright moved from 15th to 13th in saddle bronc riding.

One Spot

• Caleb Bennett moved from second to first in bareback riding.
• Brody Cress moved from third to second in saddle bronc riding.
• Rocky Patterson moved from third to second in steer roping.
• Scott Guenthner moved from fourth to third in steer wrestling.
• Jacob Brown moved from fifth to fourth in bareback riding.
• Clayton Biglow moved from sixth to fifth in bareback riding.
• Riley Minor moved from ninth to eighth in team roping heading.
• Brady Minor moved from ninth to eighth in team roping heeling.
• Clay Elliott moved from ninth to eighth in saddle bronc riding.
• Clayton Sellars moved from ninth to eighth in bull riding.
• Kaycee Feild moved from 11th to 10th in bareback riding.
• Tyler Waguespack moved from 14th to 13th in steer wrestling.
• Koby Radley moved from 14th to 13th in bull 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 cowboy climbed the standings to No. 16.

Saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss moved from 17th to 16th and is $4,652 away from breaking into the Top 15.
Bull rider Riker Carter moved from 20th to 16th and is $3,801 away from breaking into the Top 15.

With the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo on Aug. 1-5, the outcome of this rodeo and others are sure to impact the world standings and possibly give a hint at who will qualify for the 2018 Wrangler NFR.

Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.

Courtesy of PRCA