Wesley Thorp – Throckmorton, Texas ($80,836)
2-time WNFR qualifier
In June of 2016, Wesley Thorp was competing at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) with Cole Wheeler. They won the national championship, then Wesley made a quick trip to Reno, Nevada, where he won the Bob Feist Invitational (BFI) Roping with Zac Small.
He and Zac qualified for their first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo together last year where Wesley won $74,519. He finished the season in seventh place in the heeling standings. Not bad for a college kid.
He started 2017 again balancing school, college rodeo and pro rodeos. He had the same partner in college but started roping in the PRCA with header Cody Snow. Wesley qualified for another CNFR, won the championship and again headed to Reno.
This year, he didn’t cash in at the BFI, however, he and Cody earned the coveted championship spurs from the Reno Rodeo and $7,574 that counted in the PRCA world standings. Then, just days after winning the Reno Rodeo, Wesley’s wife, Susanna, gave birth to their first child, a son, Matthew. A week later Wesley was carrying a baby around at Matthew’s first rodeo.
The rest of the summer was a little slow for Wesley and Cody. They still kept collecting checks and accomplished their main goal of qualifying for the NFR. Wesley starts the competition in 10th place with $80,836 in regular season earnings.
The enterprising roper has also started a line of t-shirts and ballcaps, Reborn Gear. While it all keeps him very busy, during 10 nights in Las Vegas, his focus will solely be on catching two feet in the Thomas and Mack Center.