Biglow won the 93rd Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo and the Florida Gateway Pro Rodeo in Lake City on March 14 for a collective $5,765 boost in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
Competition was stiff in Arcadia. Any ride fewer than 87 points was out of the money, and for good reason, as Arcadia joined the ProRodeo Tour this season and increased its payout 70%.
Last season, Arcadia paid out $106,139. This year, the rodeo boasted $180,325, shattering its 2019 record of $118,266.
“It’s pretty cool to have that much money put up, and good for them on sticking up all that money,” said Biglow, 25. “It’s one of the better-paying rodeos going on right now, and to get a check at a big rodeo is important right now.”
Arcadia marks Biglow’s second big win in two weeks. He ended February with an $11,700 win at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.
Biglow set the bar high early in Arcadia, posting a 90-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Ace Of Spades to tie the rodeo record that was shared by Jared Smith (2009) and Kaycee Feild (2018).
“I’m pretty sure that horse is the same age as me, but he’s a good one and was the one to draw for a check,” said Biglow, who took home $4,829 from Arcadia. “He had an exceptional day with me.”
Before Biglow’s big weekend, he was eighth in the world with $13,678, so he could break into the top five.
“Winning any time of the year is great,” Biglow laughed.
As the 2019 bareback riding world champion and a five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2016-20), Biglow knows what it takes to make the Finals.
His Arcadia win was also worth valuable ProRodeo Tour points.
“If you’re in a tight situation at the end of the year and get there (the ProRodeo Tour Finale) to win a bunch, you could get into the Finals,” Biglow said.
The Clements, Calif., cowboy is particularly motivated to make the Tour Finale since it will be held in Salinas, Calif., this year. Biglow has placed either first or second at California Rodeo Salinas every time it’s been held since his rookie year in 2016.
“Salinas has always been good to me, so I’m excited for that one,” Biglow said.
Biglow won California Rodeo Salinas in 2017 and placed second there in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Salinas didn’t have a rodeo in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Up next, Biglow’s set to ride Championship Pro Rodeo’s Meat Cracker at the Southeastern Livestock Exposition & Rodeo in Montgomery, Ala., later this week. Fans can catch all the Montgomery action on The Cowboy Channel and on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App. (See broadcast schedule)
Other additions to the Arcadia record book include two sets of team ropers with 4.1-second runs, Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp and Jake Orman and Brye Crites, and tie-down roper Tuf Cooper (7.6 seconds).
Other winners at the $180,325 rodeo were: steer wrestlers Talon Roseland and Tory Johnson (3.7 seconds); saddle bronc riders Cody DeMoss (89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s High Roller) and Wyatt Casper (89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Miss Ellie); barrel racer Kelly Bruner (16.51 seconds); and bull rider Clayton Sellars (90 points on Championship Pro Rodeo’s Excessive Force).
For more coverage on the 93rd Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, check out the March 19 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.
Courtesy of PRCA