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Standings Shuffle: 43 Move Up in Top 15

The July 2-8 portion of Cowboy Christmas had $4.14 million up for grabs between 42 PRCA rodeos across North America, and 43 cowboys saw their position improve within the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings’ Top 15.

Having 14 rodeos with six-figure payoffs this week proved to be a major boost, as cowboys competed for $499,679 in Ponoka, Alberta; $360,982 in St. Paul, Ore.; $339,450 in Cody, Wyo.; $327,945 in Greeley, Colo.; and several other high-dollar, high-stakes rodeos.

Cowboy Christmas can be a determining factor to stay in the race for the Top 15. From June 25 through July 8, each event’s top spot total increased by:

• $20,274 – bareback riding
• $4,071 – steer wrestling
• $12,963 – team roping heading
• $12,963 – team roping heeling
• $4,829 – saddle bronc riding
• $2,835 – tie-down roping
• $5,960 – steer roping
• $35,356 – bull riding

Meanwhile, the cutoff for the 15th position increased by:

• $9,380 – bareback riding
• $7,674 – steer wrestling
• $8,174 – team roping heading
• $9,262 – team roping heeling
• $10,143 – saddle bronc riding
• $6,641 – tie-down roping
• $3,311 – steer roping
• $9,612 – bull riding

Veteran and rookie cowboys alike 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.

It’s important to build a solid lead as the summer season heats up. Nobody knows this better than team roping heeler Travis Graves. The 34-year-old, Oklahoma cowboy jumped 25 spots, from 40th to 15th, thanks to winning $18,774 since July 2 with his roping partner Clay Tryan. Together, they picked up $7,041 at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, $6,331 at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede and $3,384 at the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo.

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between July 2-8.

18 Spots

Chase Brooks moved from 30th to 12th in saddle bronc riding.

15 Spots

Clay Tryan moved from 26th to 11th in team roping heading.

13 Spots

Cooper Martin moved from 26th to 13th in tie-down roping.

12 Spots

Joe Frost moved from 21st to ninth in bull riding.

11 Spots

Scott Guenthner moved from 14th to third in steer wrestling.
Trevor Brazile moved from 21st to 10th in tie-down roping.

Nine Spots

Richmond Champion moved from 17th to eighth in bareback riding.
Aaron Tsinigine moved from 18th to ninth in team roping heading.
Matt Shiozawa moved from 18th to ninth in tie-down roping.

Seven Spots

Brady Minor moved from 18th to 11th in team roping heeling.

Six Spots

Kory Koontz moved from ninth to third in team roping heeling.
Riley Minor moved from 16th to 10th in team roping heading.

Five Spots

Steven Dent moved from 11th to sixth in bareback riding.
Caleb Smidt moved from 11th to sixth in tie-down roping.
Chase Tryan moved from 15th to 10th in team roping heeling.

Four Spots

Dustin Egusquiza moved from eighth to fourth in team roping heading.
Trey Yates moved from eighth to fourth in team roping heeling.
Brodie Poppino moved from 17th to 13th in steer roping.
Wyatt Denny moved from 19th to 15th in bareback riding.

Three Spots

Tyler Pearson moved from fourth to first in steer wrestling.
Dakota Eldridge moved from 12th to ninth in steer wrestling.
Sterling Crawley moved from 12th to ninth in saddle bronc riding.
Cort Scheer moved from 14th to 11th in saddle bronc riding.
Spencer Mitchell moved from 17th to 14th in team roping heading.

Two Spots

Jake Long moved from fourth to second in team roping heeling.
Tuf Cooper moved from fourth to second in tie-down roping.
Rusty Wright moved from sixth to fourth in saddle bronc riding.
Tanner Brunner moved from ninth to seventh in steer wrestling.
Chet Herren moved from 14th to 12th in steer roping.
Ty Erickson moved from 15th to 13th in steer wrestling.
Cameron Morman moved from 17th to 15th in steer wrestling.

One Spot

Cody Snow moved from third to second in team roping heading.
Luke Brown moved from fourth to third in team roping heading.
Shane Hanchey moved from fifth to fourth in tie-down roping.
Chris Glover moved from sixth to fifth in steer roping.
Cory Solomon moved from eighth to seventh in tie-down roping.
Vin Fisher Jr. moved from eighth to seventh in steer roping.
• Kaycee Feild moved from 12th to 11th in bareback riding.
Jim Locke moved from 12th to 11th in steer roping.
Blake Knowles moved from 13th to 12th in steer wrestling.
Ryan Jarrett moved from 13th to 12th in tie-down roping.
Cole Melancon 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 cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16.

• Saddle bronc rider Jake Wright moved from 17th to 16th and is $304 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Bull rider Eli Vastbinder moved from 18th to 16th and is $3,161 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner moved from 19th to 16th and is $2,130 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Team roping heeler Cole Davison moved from 20th to 16th and is $127 away from breaking into the Top 15.

With the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colo., underway and many more big rodeos on the horizon, the outcomes of these rodeos and others are sure to impact the world standings and possibly give a glimpse at who will compete at 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