The ProRodeo Tour is in its final countdown of the season, and cowboys were racing last week to earn as many points for the Tour and as many dollars toward the PRCA | RAM World Standings as possible before the regular season ends Sept. 30.
From Aug. 10-16, ProRodeo athletes competed at nine competitions worth a collective $538,886, helping 28 cowboys improve their positions within the Top 15 of their respective events.
Cowboys know it’s easier to maintain a position at the top than it is to play catch-up when trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Every dollar counts, and making the Top 15 in the world standings during the summer run establishes a solid base and builds a cowboy’s confidence as the final month approaches.
Nobody knows this better than tie-down roper Marty Yates, who jumped six spots last week, going from 13th to seventh, thanks in part to winning the Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo in Douglas for $1,767.
Yates is a six-time qualifier for the NFR (2014-19) with more than $1.19 million in career earnings since his rookie year in 2013. The Texas cowboy celebrated his 26th birthday during Cowboy Christmas, but his biggest haul came in the middle of August.
During the week, Yates also tied for second at the McCone County Fair PRCA Rodeo in Circle, Mont., for $1,172 and was part of a three-way tie for second place at the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo in Baker, Mont., for $4,865.
With the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and the Annual World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo in Payson, Ariz., this week, big jumps like Yates’ could happen again.
Other cowboys to improve their position within the Top 15 last week include:
• Levi Simpson moved from 15th to 10th in team roping heading.
• Haven Meged moved from fourth to second in tie-down roping.
• Clayton Biglow moved from seventh to fifth in bareback riding.
• Shay Carroll moved from ninth to seventh in team roping heeling.
• Dirk Tavenner moved from 14th to 12th in steer wrestling.
• Brenten Hall moved from 16th to 14th in team roping heading.
• Chase Tryan moved from 16th to 14th in team roping heeling.
• Taos Muncy moved from 16th to 14th in saddle bronc riding.
• Jesse Brown moved from 17th to 15th in steer wrestling.
• Riley Pruitt moved from 17th to 15th in tie-down roping.
• Scott Snedecor moved from second to first in steer roping.
• Shane Hanchey moved from seventh to sixth in tie-down roping.
• Trevor Kastner moved from seventh to sixth in bull riding.
• Mason Clements moved from eighth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Andrew Ward moved from ninth to eighth in team roping heading.
• Buddy Hawkins II moved from 10th to ninth in team roping heeling.
• Levi Gray moved from 10th to ninth in bull riding.
• Richmond Champion moved from 11th to 10th in bareback riding.
• Rocky Patterson moved from 11th to 10th in steer roping.
• Tyler Worley moved from 13th to 12th in team roping heeling.
• Roscoe Jarboe moved from 13th to 12th in bull riding.
• Paden Bray moved from 14th to 13th in team roping heeling.
• Colten Fritzlan moved from 15th to 14th in bull riding.
Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves a few dollars short of qualifying for the Wrangler NFR. With six weeks left between now and the end of the 2020 season, it’s noteworthy to see who is on the cusp of breaking into the Top 15.
• Cole Reiner moved from 20th in bareback riding and is $556 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Dallee Mason moved from 17th in bull riding and is $1,423 away from breaking into the Top 15.
More changes in the world standings are likely in the coming week, particularly for those competing in Guymon. Fans can catch the rodeo action in Guymon and Payson on the PRCA on the Cowboy Channel Plus App.
Guymon is Aug. 21 at 9:30 p.m. (ET), Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. on the app as well as The Cowboy Channel. Payson’s rodeo is only available on the app, starting Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. and Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The outcome of the Guymon rodeo, and the rest, are sure to make an impact on the world standings and possibly on who will qualify for the 2020 Wrangler NFR and 2020 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping.
Check back with ProRodeo.com next week to see who moved up within the Top 15 of the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA