The first week of June featured seven ProRodeo competitions worth a collective $114,476 across Texas, Oklahoma and Iowa. From June 1-7, a dozen ProRodeo athletes cashed in to advance in their respective events within the Top 15 of 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 early establishes a solid base and builds a cowboy’s confidence as the summer run approaches.
Nobody knows this better than steer roper Roger Branch, who jumped 11 spots, from 25th to 14th, by picking up $2,280 at the Guns Up Steer Roping in Levelland, Texas, June 2.
Branch, 58, is a multi-event cowboy with more than $400,000 in career earnings since his rookie year in 1984. More than half of his ProRodeo prize money has come from steer roping, but he’s also had success as a tie-down roper and team roper.
The Oklahoma cowboy nearly made his first trip to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in 2019 after finishing 19th in the world standings with $33,616.
Other cowboys to improve their position within the Top 15 last week include the following:
• Tuf Cooper moved from 15th to 10th in steer roping.
• Cody Snow moved from ninth to seventh in team roping heading.
• Garrett Hale moved from 10th to eighth in steer roping.
• Sterling Crawley moved from 12th to 10th in saddle bronc riding.
• Tegan Smith moved from 13th to 11th in saddle bronc riding.
• Trey Benton III moved from 15th to 13th in bull riding.
• Logan Medlin moved from fifth to fourth in team roping heeling.
• Cole Patterson moved from fifth to fourth in steer roping.
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from sixth to fifth in steer roping.
• Jeff Askey moved from 12th to 11th in bull riding.
• Taygen Schuelke moved from 15th to 14th in saddle bronc riding.
More changes are likely in the world standings as the second week of June features 10 ProRodeo competitions, including the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo and the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo. Fans can catch the Woodward rodeo action live on The Cowboy Channel at 9 p.m. (ET) June 10-13 and on the PRCA on the Cowboy Channel Plus App.
Woodward’s slack also will be on the app June 9 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and June 10 at 9 a.m.
Check back with ProRodeo.com next week to see who moved up within the Top 15 of the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA