With $337,061 up for grabs between five PRCA rodeos across the country this past week, 24 cowboys moved up in the Top 15 of the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings since March 27. Every dollar counts and it all adds up when qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in December.
Nobody saw a bigger jump in the standings than the 2016 World Champion Team Roping duo, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler. The ropers from the Great White North made a lot of green thanks to the $3,316 they each got for splitting the win at the High Desert Stampede in Redmond, Ore. – which propelled Simpson from 21st to 14th and Buhler from 24th to 16th.
Veteran and rookie cowboys alike know it’s easier to maintain a position at the top than it is to play catch-up for a qualifying position in the world standings, so it’s important to build a solid lead as the summer season approaches.
The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between March 27 and April 3.
• Levi Simpson moved from 21st to 14th in team roping heading
• Tyler Corrington moved from 16th to 12th in saddle bronc riding
• Ryder Wright moved from 18th to 14th in saddle bronc riding
• Olin Hannum moved from 13th to 10th in steer wrestling
• J. Tom Fisher moved from 16th to 13th in steer roping
• Blaine Jones moved from 17th to 14th in steer wrestling
• Matt Reeves moved from 18th to 15th in steer wrestling
• Cody Good moved from 14th to 12th in steer roping
• Tyrell Smith moved from 15th to 13th in saddle bronc riding
• Luke Creasy moved from 17th to 15th in bareback riding
• Dustin Egusquiza moved from third to second in team roping heading
• Kory Koontz moved from fourth to third in team roping heeling
• Sage Kimzey moved from fourth to third in bull riding
• Jake Brown moved from fifth to fourth in bareback riding
• Russell Cardoza moved from sixth to fifth in team roping heeling
• Shane Hanchey moved from seventh to sixth in tie-down roping
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from eighth to seventh in steer roping
• Evan Jayne moved from ninth to eighth in bareback riding
• Chet Herren moved from 10th to ninth in steer roping
• Ace Slone moved from 12th to 11th in tie-down roping
• Austin Foss moved from 14th to 13th in bareback riding
• Cody Cabral moved from 14th to 13th in steer wrestling
• Westyn Hughes moves from 16th to 15th in tie-down roping
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. Although Buhler moved up the most in the standings – eight positions going from 24th to 16th – he’s $913 shy of breaking into the Top 15.
With the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo kicking off tomorrow (Thursday) and the RAM National Circuit Finals Steer Roping set for April 28-30, the outcomes of these rodeos and others are sure to impact the world standings in a big way, and possibly give a glimpse at who will compete in Las Vegas.
Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA