by ProRodeo.com | Oct 19, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bull rider Bryce Barrios is hoping that a recent trend continues when it comes to bull riders who win the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year award.
Barrios ran away with the 2015 award by more than $20,000, and hopes that he’ll follow in the recent footsteps of young bull riders to be the top rookie and then find immediate success at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
While the past four winners of the award also qualified for the WNFR during their rookie seasons, Barrios was 23rd in the world standings in 2015. Nonetheless, he was excited to win the award, and has his sights set on the 2016 season.
Barrios is hoping to be the next big-name bull rider to emerge on the PRCA road after winning Rookie of the Year. The last four winners of the award were Chandler Bownds, Trey Benton III, Cooper Davis and defending World Champion Sage Kimzey.
“It’s a prestigious award, and it felt really good to win it,” Barrios said. “Hopefully, next year I can make the NFR, and keep my momentum rolling. The key for me this (2015) season was staying healthy. That was the main deal.”
The only Rookie of the Year award which remains unsettled is in the saddle bronc riding, where Zeke Thurston and CoBurn Bradshaw will battle it out at the WNFR.
The other winners were all-around cowboy Jace Melvin, bareback rider Wyatt Denny, steer wrestler J.D. Struxness, team roping header Cody Snow, team roping heeler Quinn Kesler, tie-down roper Trey Young and steer roper Thomas Smith.
Courtesy of PRCA