KISSIMMEE, Fla. (April 6, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, won the opening round of saddle bronc riding at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR).
The 2015 World Champion scored 86 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s horse Pillow Talk to win $6,218. This year’s winning ride was two points better than last year’s.
Crawley is hoping to finish one spot higher in Kissimmee this year. Last year he qualified for championship Sunday and was tied with Utah cowboy Rusty Wright for first in saddle bronc riding after they each rode their finals horse. The two then faced off in a sudden-death ride off, each riding another bucking horse. Crawley’s score in the tie-break round was lower than Wright’s, so he took second place while Wright earned the title.
On Saturday afternoon Crawley will compete in the second round. There are 26 saddle bronc riders that have qualified for the RNCFR. Their scores from the two rounds will be added together and the eight with the highest total will advance to Sunday’s semifinals.
At stake are national championships and $1 million in cash and prizes. For the first time, the money that is earned at the RNCFR counts in the world standings for the sanctioning organizations, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.