PRCA Standings Shuffle: Garrett Hale Ropes his Way Inside Top 15

The trip to Torryington, Wyo., is one steer ropers across the country love making. They are not only treated like royalty by the committee, but also the money the National Circuit Finals Steer Roping pays out can alter a cowboy’s season.

Garrett Hale was one of the biggest movers this week in the PRCA | RAM World Standings. The Snyder, Texas, steer roper moved up 18 spots from 29th to inside the Top 15 at No. 11.

Hale finished second in the average and pocketed $5,175 for his eight runs, highlighted by splitting the win in Round 2 and winning the semifinals with a 9.4-second run. He credits his recent success to spending more time in the practice pen.

“I’ve gotten to practice a lot more this season than I have in the past few years,” said Hale, a five-time NFSR qualifier (2018-22). “I’ve changed up a few things up with my roping, but more so it was changes to my mental game than my roping ability.

“I’m doing my best to change my mentality. I’m trying to up my catch percentage, to where I’m not going only going for the round win every time. That can take you out of the average really quick if you miss.”

Over the first 12 years of Hale’s ProRodeo career, he has finished inside the top 10 on two different occasions. He said even with a slow start to the season he’s all in on chasing a gold buckle in 2023.

“I would love a gold buckle at the end of the season, that is my main goal,” he said. “Cole Patterson has a pretty big jump on all of us in the standings. I didn’t get to go as early as I wanted to this year, but this is probably the most serious I’ve taken a season in my career.”

Below, are the other cowboys who moved inside the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings over the last week.

29 Spots

• Tie-down roper Shane Hanchey moved from 42nd to 13th.

20 Spots

• Team roping header Jr. Dees went from 32nd to 12th.

18 Spots

• Steer roper Garrett Hale jumped up from 29th to 11th.

17 Spots

• Team roping heeler Ross Ashford leaped from 31st to 14th.

11 Spots

• Bull rider Sage Kimzey moved from 17th to sixth.

Seven Spots

• Bareback rider Clayton Biglow went from 12th to fifth.

Six Spots

• Bull rider Cullen Telfer jumped from 20th to 14th.

Five Spots

• Tie-down roper Riley Pruitt leaped up from ninth to fourth.
• Steer roper Ora Taton moved from 18th to 13th.

Four Spots

• Steer wrestler Cash Robb went from 16th to 12th.
• Bull rider Jestyn Jax Woodward jumped from 13th to ninth.

Three Spots

• Steer wrestler Bridger Anderson leaped from 12th to ninth.
• Team roping header Brenten Hall moved up from 17th to 14th.
• Tie-down roper Brushton Minton went from eighth to fifth.

Two Spots

• Bareback rider Dean Thompson jumped from 14th to 12th.
• Saddle bronc rider Kade Bruno leaped from sixth to fourth.
• Steer roper Scott Snedecor moved from fourth to second.

One Spot

• Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack went up from sixth to fifth.
• Steer wrestler Stan Branco jumped from 11th to 10th.
• Team roping header Cody Snow leaped from seventh to sixth.
• Team roping header Chad Masters moved from 14th to 13th.
• Team roping heeler Hunter Koch went from 12th to 11th.
• Team roping heeler Paden Bray jumped up from 13th to 12th.
• Team roping heeler Trey Yates leaped from 16th to 15th.
• Saddle bronc rider Brody Cress moved from 11th to 10th.
• Saddle bronc rider Logan Hay went from 15th to 14th.
• Bull rider Stetson Wright jumped from fourth to third.

On The Bubble

• Team roping header Coy Rahlmann leaped up from 20th to 16th and is $595 outside of the Top 15.
• Team roping heeler Caleb Hendrix moved from 18th to 16th and is $50 outside of the Top 15.
• Saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz went from 18th to 16th and is $4,454 outside of the Top 15.

Courtesy of PRCA

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