The second largest week of the ProRodeo summer run presented $914,586 worth of prize money at a dozen competitions across the U.S., July 21-26, which helped 34 cowboys move up within the Top 15 of their respective events in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
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.
Nobody knows this better than team ropers Brenten Hall and Chase Tryan. Hall jumped nine places, from 24th to 15th, in the team roping heading world standings, and Tryan moved up seven places, from 22nd to 15th, for team roping heeling. The duo’s launch into the Top 15 was thanks to placing second in the average at the Deadwood (S.D.) Days Of ’76 Rodeo for $4,245 and tying for second in the average at the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo for $5,307.
Hall, 21, made his NFR debut in 2019 and has competed alongside Tryan since arriving on the scene as a rookie in 2018. Together, they won the 2019 ProRodeo Tour Finale in Puyallup, Wash.
Tryan, 31, is a three-time NFR qualifier (2012, 2018-19) with more than $864,184 in career earnings since his rookie year in 2008.
Other cowboys to improve their position within the Top 15 last week include the following:
• Caleb Smidt moved from 15th to eighth in tie-down roping.
• Cole Patterson moved from fourth to second in steer roping.
• Travis Graves moved from fifth to third in team roping heeling.
• Curtis Cassidy moved from eighth to sixth in steer wrestling.
• Sterling Crawley moved from eighth to sixth in saddle bronc riding.
• Richmond Champion moved from 14th to 12th in bareback riding.
• Andrew Ward moved from 15th to 13th in team roping heading.
• Chad Masters moved from 16th to 14th in team roping heading.
• John Brown moved from 16th to 14th in tie-down roping.
• Westyn Hughes moved from 17th to 15th in tie-down roping.
• Scott Snedecor moved from second to first in steer roping.
• Cody Snow moved from seventh to sixth in team roping heading.
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from seventh to sixth in steer roping.
• Tanner Aus moved from eighth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Orin Larsen moved from 10th to ninth in bareback riding.
• Erich Rogers moved from 10th to ninth in team roping heading.
• Jake Brown moved from 12th to 11th in bareback riding.
• Levi Simpson moved from 12th to 11th in team roping heading.
• Junior Nogueira moved from 12th to 11th in team roping heeling.
• Spencer Wright moved from 13th to 12th in saddle bronc riding.
• Rocky Patterson moved from 13th to 12th in steer roping.
• Will Lummus moved from 15th to 14th in steer wrestling.
• Wesley Thorp moved from 15th to 14th in team roping heeling.
• Chase Brooks moved from 15th to 14th in saddle bronc riding.
• Tyler Bingham 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 NFR. There are plenty of opportunities to win big between now and the end of the 2020 season, so it’s noteworthy to see who is on the cusp of breaking into the Top 15.
• Chad Rutherford moved from 18th in bareback riding and is $762 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Ryan Motes moved from 21st in team roping heeling and is $2,239 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Roger Branch moved from 21st in steer roping and is $783 away from breaking into the Top 15.
More changes in the world standings are likely in the coming week, particularly for those competing at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo and at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg.
Fans can catch the Xtreme Bulls competition in Dodge City on the PRCA on the Cowboy Channel Plus App and The Cowboy Channel at 9 p.m. (ET), July 28 and the Dodge City rodeo at 9 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 2.
The outcomes of these rodeos, 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 NFSR. Check back with ProRodeo.com next week to see who moved up within the Top 15 of the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA