Early last week veteran bull rider Jeff Askey found himself on the outside looking in on the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
But all it took was seven days for the Athens, Texas, cowboy, to flip the script. He jumped five spots from 19th to No. 14. thanks to a solid week of rodeo.
“I had some good bulls drawn and I found a way to stay on and did my job,” said Askey, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2016, 2018-2020). “I ended up cashing some really good checks.”
Last week, Askey brought in $15,178, which included a round win at the Pendleton Whisky Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale in Pendleton, Ore., and second-place finishes in Santa Fe and Albuqerque, N.M. He credits a simple approach to his recent success.
“Man, I’ve just been trying to stay on my bulls and let the judges and secretaries figure out the numbers and where it all falls,” Askey said. “All you can do is try your best and forget about the rest.”
That’s a mentality that’s put Askey in position to qualify for his fifth NFR this December in Las Vegas. He said it’s hard to not think about being on the bubble, but he tries his best to block it out and do his job when and where it counts.
“Everybody behind the chutes is talking about who’s on the bubble and that’s just part of it,” he said. “You can’t let it affect your riding, you just have to go out there and do your job no matter whether you’re first or 101st.”
Askey will have an opportunity to solidify his spot in the Top 15 this weekend at the ProRodeo Tour Finale at California Rodeo Salinas, Sept. 23-26. The event will payout $1 million to contestants and other PRCA members.
“I mean it definitely helps because Salinas is going to pay really good this year,” Askey said. “But a guy still has to go get on his bulls and do his job to clinch this thing.”
Below, are the other cowboys who moved inside the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
• Team roping heeler Jeremy Buhler jumped from 18th to 10th.
• Saddle bronc rider Tegan Smith moved in the standings from 16th to ninth.
• Team roping header Rhen Richard went from 15th to ninth.
• Steer roper Scott Snedecor jumped up in the standings from eighth to fifth.
• Steer wrestler Tristan Martin moved from 15th to 11th.
• Team roping heeler Logan Medlin moved from 14th to 12th.
• Tie-down roper Haven Meged leaped up in the standings from 11th to ninth.
• Bull rider Shane Proctor went up from 12th to 10th.
• Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack jumped from seventh to fifth.
• Team roping heeler Ross Ashford moved up from 10th to ninth.
• Bareback rider Clayton Biglow leaped from fourth to third.
• Bull rider Parker Breding went up from ninth to eighth.
• Saddle bronc rider Chase Brooks jumped up in the standings from sixth to fifth.
• Tie-down roper Andrew Burks moved from 15th to 14th.
• Steer roper J. Tom Fisher went up in the standings from sixth to fifth.
• Bull rider Josh Frost jumped from fifth to fourth.
• Steer roper Chet Herren leaped up from 11th to 10th.
• Bareback rider Tilden Hooper went from second to first.
• Tie-down roper Westyn Hughes jumped from fifth to third.
• Tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett leaped in the standings from 13th to 12th.
• Bareback rider Orin Larsen went up from ninth to eighth.
• Bull rider J.B. Mauney jumped in the standings from seventh to sixth.
• Saddle bronc rider Sage Newman moved up from 11th to 10th.
• Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson went from fourth to third.
• Team roping header Cody Snow jumped up from seventh to sixth.
• Team roping header Clint Summer moved up in the standings from ninth to eighth.
• Saddle bronc rider Stetson Wright went up from second to first.
• Bull rider Creek Young jumped from fourth to third.
On the Bubble
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