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Standings Shuffle: 34 Move Up in Top 15

The final stretch of the 2018 season is in full swing. With only 12 days left, cowboys are racing to the finish line in hopes of qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Having $911,636 up for grabs at 14 rodeos across North America between Sept. 10-16 added fuel to the fire as 35 cowboys moved up within the Top 15, including eight who broke the bubble by jumping into 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 ropers Lane Ivy and Buddy Hawkins II. Both cowboys jumped from 23rd to 15th, Ivy among the headers and Hawkins among the heelers, thanks to picking up $7,980 each at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up.

The following cowboys saw their positions improve in the PRCA World Standings during the week.

Five Spots

• Chad Masters moved from 11th to sixth in team roping heading.

Four Spots

• Cooper Martin moved from 11th to seventh in tie-down roping.
• Chet Herren moved from 13th to ninth in steer roping.
• Tyler Bingham moved from 14th to 10th in bull riding.
• Koby Radley moved from 18th to 14th in bull riding.

Three Spots

• J. Tom Fisher moved from 10th to seventh in steer roping.
• Wesley Thorp moved from 11th to eighth in team roping heeling.
• Trey Benton III moved from 11th to eighth in bull riding.
• Jake Minor moved from 17th to 14th in team roping heeling.
• Nick Guy moved from 18th to 15th in steer wrestling.

Two Spots

• Cody Snow moved from seventh to fifth in team roping heading.
• Roscoe Jarboe moved from seventh to fifth in bull riding.
• Tanner Brunner moved from 10th to eighth in steer wrestling.
• Jarrett Blessing moved from 12th to 10th in steer roping.
• Trevor Kastner moved from 15th to 13th in bull riding.

One Spot

• Shane Hanchey moved from third to second in tie-down roping.
• Orin Larsen moved from fourth to third in bareback riding.
• Ty Erickson moved from fifth to fourth in steer wrestling.
• Chris Glover moved from fifth to fourth in steer roping.
• Zeke Thurston moved from sixth to fifth in saddle bronc riding.
• Jake Pratt moved from sixth to fifth in tie-down roping.
• Travis Graves moved from seventh to sixth in team roping heeling.
• Clay Elliott moved from eighth to seventh in saddle bronc riding.
• Derrick Begay moved from 10th to ninth in team roping heading.
• Ty Breuer moved from 12th to 11th in bareback riding.
• Blake Mindemann moved from 13th to 12th in steer wrestling.
• Rhen Richard moved from 13th to 12th in tie-down roping.
• Will Gasperson moved from 14th to 13th in steer roping.
• Cody Lee moved from 15th to 14th in steer roping.
• Spencer Wright moved from 16th to 15th in saddle bronc riding.
• Ryan Jarrett moved from 16th to 15th in tie-down roping.
• Garrett Tribble moved from 16th to 15th 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 to No. 16.

• Team roping heeler Quinn Kesler moved from 18th and is $448 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Steer roper Jim Locke moved from 17th and is $3,284 away from breaking into the Top 15.

With the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo, Sept. 20-22, and 10 other competitions scheduled in the coming week, the next world standings update on Sept. 24 is sure to provide an idea of 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