It was a week to remember for Hunter Cure.
The Holliday, Texas steer wrestler split second at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark., then followed that up by winning the average and finals at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo.
Cure, a PRCA World Champion in 2013 and 2015, has had a tough season, battling injuries all year long but he’s starting to find his groove. Heading into Reno, Cure was sitting 45th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $8,279. Now, a week later he’s inside the Top 15 with $23,904.
“This (Reno win) has taken me from not even being able to get into the winter rodeos all the way to winning a gold buckle before,” said Cure, 37. “So, I’ll look to try and repeat what’s already been laid out ahead of me.”
Cure secured the win at the ProRodeo Tour stop with a 4.3-second run in the short-go to edge out Tyler Pearson by two-tenths of a second for the title. Cure has now won Reno in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2021. He will look to build off this performance headed into Cowboy Christmas.
“My schedule looks like a third-grader’s coloring book the next couple of weeks, but I’m excited for it,” Cure said. “I feel like it can only build from here as I try to get back to the NFR.”
Below, are the other cowboys who moved within the top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
• Bareback rider Cole Franks moved up the in standings from 21st to 13th.
• Bull rider J.B. Mauney went from 14th to sixth.
• Tie-down roper Marcus Costa went from 15th to ninth.
• Steer roper Tony Reina jumped in the standings from 19th to 14th.
• Team roping heeler Jake Minor moved from 18th to 14th.
• Team roping header Jake Orman jumped from 17th to 13th.
• Saddle bronc rider Tegan Smith went from 13th to ninth.
• Steer wrestler Cade Staton moved up in the standings from 18th to 14th.
• Steer roper Bryce Davis jumped in the standings from 12th to ninth.
• Steer wrestler Ty Erickson moved from 12th to ninth.
• Saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett jumped from 16th to 13th.
• Steer roper Chet Herren went from 14th to 11th.
• Team roping heeler Jake Long moved up in the standings from eighth to fifth.
• Team roping heeler Logan Medlin jumped from 16th to 13th.
• Team roping header Cody Snow went from ninth to sixth.
• Saddle bronc rider Chase Brooks moved from sixth to fourth.
• Saddle bronc rider Logan Cook jumped in the standings from 17th to 15th.
• Team ropinh heeler Brye Crites went from 11th to ninth.
• Bull rider Josh Frost moved up from fifth to third.
• Bareback rider Jamie Howlett jumped from 16th to 14th.
• Tie-down roper Haven Meged went from eighth to sixth.
• Tie-down roper Caleb Smidt moved from fifth to third.
• Tie-down roper Cory Solomon jumped in the standings from 14th to 12th.
• Bull rider Creek Young went from 12th to 10th.
• Bareback rider Caleb Bennett jumped up from ninth to eighth.
• Steer roper John E. Bland moved up from seventh to sixth.
• Team roping header Luke Brown went up in the standings from sixth to fifth.
• Team roping heeler Jade Corkill moved from seventh to sixth.
• Saddle bronc rider Brody Cress jumped from eighth to seventh.
• Bareback rider Shane O’Connell went from 11th to 10th.
• Bull rider Ruger Piva moved up from 13th to 12th.
• Steer roper Taylor Santos jumped up from ninth to eighth.
• Team roping headers Clay Smith went from fifth to fourth.
• Steer roper Jess Tierney moved from fourth to third.
• Team roping header Clay Tryan jumped in the standings from eighth to seventh.
• Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack went from seventh to sixth in steer wrestling.
• Saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright moved up from ninth to eighth.
On the Top 15 Bubble
• Team roping heeler Ross Ashford jumped up from 17th to 16th and is $1,086 away from the Top 15.
• Saddle bronc rider Chet Johnson went from 18th to 16th and is $464 shy of the Top 15.
• Bull rider Maverick Potter moved up from 17th to 16th and is $1,190 away from cracking into the Top 15.
• Team roping header Rhen Richard jumped from 44th to 16th and is $141 away from the Top 15, while his partner Jeremy Buhler also made a huge move, going from outside the top 100 to 20th among team roping heelers.
Courtesy of PRCA