Riley Minor – Ellensburg, Wash.
7-time WNFR qualifier
3-time RNCFR qualifier
Riley Minor is very close to joining a very exclusive club and that membership could happen at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).
Riley enters the 2016 NFR in 7th place with $81,974. Add that to his $847,856 in career earnings and he is closing in on a million dollars at $929,830. With the money up for grabs in Las Vegas and the success that he has had there in the past, going over a million seems like a near shoe-in.
Riley will be heading for his brother Brady, a partnership that has not only been successful, it’s been ongoing. The Minor family is well-known in rodeo, but especially in their hometown of Ellensburg. In 2007, their hometown rodeo inducted the family into their Hall of Fame for their contributions to the sport through seven decades and four generations. The Minor brother’s success this year included wins at rodeos in their home state at Lynden and Cheney. They also had success at the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., over the Fourth of July.
Sadly, a big part of that contribution and the Minor family was lost this September when Janis Anderson passed away. Janis took advantage of every opportunity to watch her grandsons rope and even roped with them when she was 70-years-old.
Riley at 28 years old is the youngest of the brothers. In 2014, he married Jordan Crossley who competes in the barrel racing in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. There will be a big cheering section in the Thomas and Mack for Riley and Brady this year. The void left by their grandmother will never be filled, but her love for them and what they do will be present all 10 nights.