- With his third-place finish in Reno, and checks totaling $7,151, Justin McDaniel surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings. The 2008 world champion bareback rider now has $1,002,382 as he becomes the 124th PRCA cowboy to hit seven figures. McDaniel tied for first in the second round in Reno, and then tied for second in the finals, leading to a third-place finish in the average. Next up in the million-dollar club is Kanin Asay, who is sitting at $986,190 entering tonight’s Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event.
- Eight-time world champion Joe Beaver helped 20-year-old permit holder McCoy Profil earn more than enough to buy his PRCA card over the weekend. The pair won the team roping title at the Edgewood (Iowa) Days PRCA Rodeo, and then split first at the Crystal Springs Rodeo (Clear Lake, S.D.). Both men earned a total of $2,931, a nice close to Profil’s first full month as a PRCA member.
- Jake Wright, the 2013 reserve world champion saddle bronc rider, had the biggest weekend of any cowboy in his event. Wright won or split the win at three rodeos over the weekend, with his biggest triumph coming at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo, where he rode Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Empty Pockets for 85 points, earning $2,761. Wright won the Lehi (Utah) Roundup with an 80-point ride on Rosser Rodeo’s Clamper for another $1,824, and then tied twin brother Jesse (2012 world champion) for the title at the Daniel Dopps Memorial RAM PRCA Rodeo in Mountain Home, Idaho, when each man tallied 81 points. Jake Wright made a total of $6,252 to move from 21st to 17th in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.
- Randy and Joe Wells were responsible for winning two of the three steer roping events held over the weekend. Randy, 58, won the steer roping title in Pecos with a time of 41.7 seconds on three head, edging Jess Tierney by .6 of a second and earning a total of $2,943. His son, 24-year-old Joe, was tops in the average at the Sonora (Texas) Outlaw ProRodeo with a time of 36.6 seconds on three head. Wells also won the third round with a time of 10.9 seconds, and earned a total of $2,956.
- A good omen heading into Cowboy Christmas: Trey Benton’s 92-point ride aboard Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Tabasco was not only enough to win in Pecos, but was his best score of the year. The 92-pointer edged his Gladewater Xtreme Bulls score of two weeks ago by half a point, and is equal to the second-highest score of the year by any bull rider. Benton currently sits third in the world standings as he chases his third straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo appearance.
- Talk about your bad timing: Bull rider Cody Campbell, struggling to make a return to the Wrangler NFR this December, will miss all of Cowboy Christmas due to surgery to repair his fractured left ankle, an injury suffered at the Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls on June 19. He had the operation on June 21 and will be out a total of 12 rodeos until he returns in Sheridan, Wyo., in mid-July. “I was lucky it was a clean break and I’ll be able to come back in 2½ weeks,” Campbell said. Also out for the Fourth of July run is bull rider Paul Coppini, who suffered a concussion and a broken jaw in Reno.
- BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile won the all-around title at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo with $2,167 after collecting checks in all three of his events. Brazile and team roping partner Travis Graves placed fourth in the first round, while Brazile tied for fifth in the first round of the tie-down roping and placed fifth in the first round of the steer roping, which led to a sixth-place finish in the average. Brazile also won the all-around at the Crooked River Roundup in Prineville, Ore., with a total of $3,132. He did most of his damage in the tie-down roping there, winning the second round with a time of 7.6 seconds and finishing fourth in the average with a time of 18.9 seconds on two head. Brazile was second in the second round of the steer roping, and he and Graves placed fifth in the team roping average. Brazile also won the first round of the steer roping at the Sonora (Texas) Outlaw ProRodeo and tied for third in the second round. He earned a total of $1,511 in Sonora, which brought his total for the weekend to $6,810. Brazile holds a lead of $55,403 over brother-in-law Tuf Copper in the all-around world standings, while he remained third in the team roping header standings and seventh in the tie-down roping. He still sits first in the steer roping standings.
Courtesy of PRCA