KISSIMMEE, Fla. – After winning the first round of bareback riding at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) on Friday night, Caleb Bennett from Tremonton, Utah, kept his winning ways going.
The Wilderness Circuit champion rode again at the Saturday matinee performance and scored 85 points on Rafter H Rodeo’s horse named Four Socks. That gave him command of the overall leaderboard, a lead that held through 13 more competitors on Saturday night.
Bennett has a total of 172 on two head and is four points ahead of R.C. Landingham from Hat Creek, Calif. Bennet has already won $16,583 here and stands to win more. The top eight in the overall standings advance to Sunday afternoon’s semifinals. Their previous scores are dropped and contestants will be working hard to have the four highest scores in the semifinals to advance to the final round.
This is one rodeo where it is a good thing to get on two bucking horses in one day. The competition starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. As well as the prize money, event champions get a voucher towards the purchase of a new RAM vehicle, a Polaris RANGER and the championship buckle.
Bennett knows all about the money and prizes. He won the RAM National Circuit Finals in 2014. However, since he won that title, the prize money has increased and for the first time in the 30-year history of the event money counts in the world standings.