With $1.71 million up for grabs among 31 PRCA rodeos across North America this past week, 31 cowboys saw their positions improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15.
With only 24 days left in the regular season, it’s increasingly important to build a solid bankroll as the end of the 2017 season approaches – and positions are changing frequently. This week, the bull riding race was particularly heated as five bull riders within the Top 15 moved up.
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 presented by Polaris RANGER.
Nobody knows this better than bull rider Jordan Spears, who moved from 11th to fourth. Spears scored nearly $40,000 at the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale in Ellensburg, Wash., on Saturday thanks to being the only cowboy to cover two bulls.
Having five rodeos with six-figure payoffs proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $330,755 at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, $201,051 at Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days, $133,506 at the IPE and Stampede in Armstrong, B.C., $130,849 at the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo in Pueblo, and $104,040 at the Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho.
The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between Aug. 29 and Sept. 5.
• Timber Moore moved from 12th to eighth in tie-down roping.
• Cory Solomon moved from 18th to 14th in tie-down roping.
• Tom Richards moved from 12th to ninth in team roping heading.
• Jade Corkill moved from 16th to 13th in team roping heeling.
• Justin Miller moved from 17th to 14th in bareback riding.
• Rocky Patterson moved from ninth to seventh in steer roping.
• Tanner Milan moved from 10th to eighth in steer wrestling.
• Travis Graves moved from 12th to 10th in team roping heeling.
• Clay Tryan moved from 15th to 13th in team roping heading.
• Chris Glover moved from 16th to 14th in steer roping.
• Olin Hannum moved from fourth to third in steer wrestling.
• Billie Jack Saebens moved from fifth to fourth in team roping heeling.
• Riley Minor moved from sixth to fifth in team roping heading.
• CoBurn Bradshaw moved from sixth to fifth in saddle bronc riding.
• Brady Minor moved from seventh to sixth in team roping heeling.
• Richmond Champion moved from eighth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Trey Benton III moved from eighth to seventh in bull riding.
• Sterling Crawley moved from ninth to eighth in saddle bronc riding.
• Ryan Jarrett moved from 11th to 10th in tie-down roping.
• Cody Lee moved from 12th to 11th in steer roping.
• Jordan Hansen moved from 12th to 11th in bull riding.
• Orin Larsen moved from 13th to 12th in bareback riding.
• Brody Cress moved from 13th to 12th in saddle bronc riding.
• Bryce Davis moved from 13th to 12th in steer roping.
• Ty Breuer moved from 14th to 13th in bareback riding.
• J.D. Struxness moved from 14th to 13th in steer wrestling.
• Jesse Wright moved from 15th to 14th in saddle bronc riding.
• Dustin Bowen moved from 15th to 14th in bull riding.
• Rowdy Parrott moved from 16th to 15th in steer wrestling.
• Chad Masters moved from 16th to 15th in team roping heading.
Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves just a few dollars short of making a Wrangler NFR qualification. The following cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16 this past week:
• Bull rider Tristan Mize moved from 22nd to 16th and is $1,745 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Steer wrestler Will Lummus moved from 20th to 16th and is $790 away from breaking into the Top 15.
With the Justin Boots Playoffs at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo in Puyallup, Wash., on the horizon, the outcome of this rodeo and others are sure to impact the world standings, and possibly give a glimpse at who will compete at the 2017 Wrangler NFR.
Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA