With only a week left in the 2018 season, cowboys are hitting the rodeo road hard trying to make the Top 15 in their event and qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Thirteen cowboys won enough to climb the ladder within the Top 15 thanks to $319,448 in prize money at the nine PRCA rodeos held Sept. 17-23.
Out of the thirteen, only one cowboy broke the bubble by jumping into the Top 15. Tie-down roper Sterling Smith moved from 16th to 14th thanks to winning $1,592 at the Four States Fair & Rodeo in Texarkana, Ark., and $823 at the Springhill (La.) PRCA Rodeo.
Positions change rapidly in September and every dollar counts in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
Nobody knows this better than bull rider Koby Radley. The 20-year-old Louisiana cowboy has been on fire the last two weeks. He moved from 18th to 14th Sept. 10-17. Radley jumped an additional four spots to 10th place Sept. 17-23, thanks to picking up $3,052 at the Division 2 Qualifying Event Xtreme Bulls at Oklahoma City, Okla., and $578 at the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair And Rodeo.
The following cowboys saw their positions improve in the world standings during the week.
• Garrett Hale moved from 11th to ninth in steer roping.
• Clay Smith moved from second to first in team roping heading.
• Paul Eaves moved from second to first in team roping heeling.
• Roscoe Jarboe moved from fifth to fourth in bull riding.
• Trevor Brazile moved from sixth to fifth tie-down roping.
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from sixth to fifth in steer roping.
• Derrick Begay moved from ninth to eighth in team roping heading.
• Tilden Hooper moved from 12th to 11th in bareback riding.
• Erich Rogers moved from 13th to 12th in team roping heading.
• Buddy Hawkins II moved from 15th to 14th in team roping heeling.
• Garrett Tribble moved from 15th to 14th in bull riding.
Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 are working hard to earn their spot to the Wrangler NFR. The following cowboys climbed to No. 16.
• Steer wrestler Tanner Milan moved from 17th and is $1,476 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Saddle bronc rider Allen Boore moved from 17th and is $2,497 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Steer roper Roger Branch moved from 17th and is $2,303 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Bull rider Jordan Spears moved from 18th and is $351 away from breaking into the Top 15.
With the River City Rodeo in Omaha, Neb., and the 49th Annual Cowboy Capital Of The World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, scheduled this week along with the rest of the final 2018 season rodeos, the next world standings update will give a good idea of who will compete at the 2018 Wrangler NFR. However, nothing is final until the world standings have been audited and declared official.
Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who can shuffle their way into the Top 15 and who will be heading to the Wrangler NFR in the number one position.
Courtesy of PRCA