Winter competition heated up as over $2.5 million was up for grabs at several rodeos across the country, including the $1.48 million San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the $446,576 San Angelo Rodeo and the record-setting $331,218 at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros.
With so much money on the table, cowboys are finding themselves in a high-stakes version of musical chairs for one of the coveted positions in the Top 15. A single major rodeo win could set the pace for their 2017 season and grant them a ticket to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER in December.
It’s easier to maintain a position at the top than it is to play catch-up for a qualifying position in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings, so it’s important to win big early in the season.
In the last two weeks, some cowboys had the right combination of luck and skill to launch themselves from as far down the standings as below No. 200 and into the Top 15.
The following are the cowboys who were No. 20 or lower in the rankings as of two weeks ago but are now in the Top 15.
• Travis Woodard wasn’t even in the Top 200 for team roping (heeling) and now he’s 15th
• Brady Portenier hadn’t won any money as of Feb. 13, now he’s 14th in bull riding
• Hunter Herrin moved from 157th to 5th in tie-down roping
• Roscoe Jarboe moved from 144th to 4th in bull riding
• Josh Peek moved from 96th to 5th in steer wrestling
• Ty Wallace moved from 95th to 1st in bull riding
• Hardy Braden moved from 87th to 5th in saddle bronc
• Trell Etbauer moved from 69th to 15th in tie-down roping
• Shane Hanchey moved from 62nd to 8th in tie-down roping
• Garrett Rogers moved from 61st to 11th in team roping (header)
• Jake Minor moved from 59th to 11th in team roping (heeling)
• Tony Reina moved from 58th to 7th in steer roping
• Richmond Champion moved from 54th to 14th in bareback
• Scottie Knapp moved from 52nd to 12th in bull riding
• Ace Slone moved from 46th to 11th in tie-down roping
• Austin Foss moved from 45th to 13th in bareback
• John Bland moved from 41st to 6th in steer roping
• John Stratten moved from 39th to 9th in saddle bronc
• Brennon Eldred moved from 39th to 14th in bull riding
• Baylor Roche moved from 35th to 7th in steer wrestling
• Troy Tillard moved from 32nd to 4th in steer roping
• Matt Reeves moved from 28th to 14th in steer wrestling
• Ryder Wright moved from 24th to 13th in saddle bronc
• Trevor Reiste moved from 23rd to 9th in bull riding
• John Alley moved from 23rd to 15th in team roping (header)
• Cody Quaney moved from 23rd to 12th in tie-down roping
• Tyler Pearson moved 21st to 9th in steer wrestling
• Jason Evans moved from 20th to 2nd in steer roping
• Wyatt Bloom moved from 20th to 15th in bareback
More big rodeos are on the horizon as the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and RAM National Circuit Finals Steer Roping are set for April. 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 we’ll be seeing in Las Vegas.
Check back with prorodeo.com next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA