Tanner Aus has qualified four six Wrangler National Finals Rodeos during his 14-year ProRodeo career. The Granite Falls, Minn., bareback rider is well on his way to booking another trip to Las Vegas in 2022.
Aus was one of the biggest movers in the standings this past week. He jumped from ninth to fifth in the latest PRCA | RAM World Standings.
A big reason for the jump was two rodeo wins at The End of the Trail Western Festival in Ogallala, Neb., and The Daily Record Xtreme Bares and Broncs in Ellensburg, Wash. He pocketed $7,442 for his 16 seconds of work over the weekend.
“I’ve just kind of been going to one or two events a weekend and drawing well and finding ways to capitalize on my opportunities,” said Aus, 31. “It was a good winter and it’s been a really good spring so far.”
In Nebraska, Aus put together his highest-scored ride of the season with a 90-point trip on Kirsten Vold Rodeo’s Painted Playgirl. He said the trip to the Cornhusker State couldn’t have gone much better.
“I knew it was a good horse and I would have a good chance to win some money,” he said. “It felt great. That horse bailed out and was really electric right down the front of the bucking chutes to the left.
“I was thankful for that chance and then one of my traveling partners Ty Breuer was second, he was 88.5 points. So, we went down there and took care of business. It was a great little event.”
Consistency down the stretch will be key for any cowboy who has NFR aspirations. For Aus, he knows the ups and downs are all part of the sport.
“You just carry it into the next one and hope you keep plucking horses along the way and all you can do is ride the highs and get through the lows,” he said. “That’s the way rodeo is. Streaks never last, whether they are high or low. So, you have to ride it out, play the average, and be as consistent as you can.”
Below, are the other cowboys who moved inside the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
• Steer roper Taylor Santos went from 21st to 12th.
• Bull rider Cole Fischer jumped in the standings from 14th to 12th.
• Bareback rider Orin Larsen went from 15th to 13th.
• Steer roper Scott Snedecor leaped up from fourth to second.
• Steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner moved in the standings from 13th to 11th.
• Saddle bronc rider Kolby Wanchuk jumped from 11th to ninth.
• Bull rider Grayson Cole went up from 16th to 15th.
• Bull rider Ky Hamilton leaped in the standings from ninth to eighth.
• Bareback rider R.C. Landingham moved from 16th to 15th.
• Tie-down roper Haven Meged jumped up from seventh to sixth.
• Team roping header Riley Minor went up in the standings from 16th to 15th.
• Saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston leaped from 14th to 13th.
• Steer roper Jess Tierney moved up from second to first.
• Saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright jumped from 16th to 15th.
On The Bubble
• Saddle bronc rider Kade Bruno went up from 21st to 16th and is $541 outside the Top 15.
• Team roping heeler Jake Edwards leaped in the standings from 25th to 16th and is $274 outside the Top 15.
• Team roping header Jeff Flenniken moved from 18th to 16th and is $793 outside the Top 15.
• Tie-down roper Lane Livingston jumped up from 17th to 16th and is $449 outside the Top 15.
• Bull rider Clayton Savage went up in the standings from 19th to 16th and is $487 outside the Top 15.
Courtesy of PRCA