Some of the highest scores of the 2020 season were fueled by more than $1 million in prize money that was on the table across 12 ProRodeo competitions held July 27 through Aug. 2.
Although the number of ProRodeo competitions are down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, entries are on the rise and that creates a larger total payout. The payout at Iowa’s Championship Rodeo in Sidney increased by 90.6%, from $72,820 in 2019 to $138,792 on Aug. 1.
The fastest times and highest scores might not always make the record book, but they make a lasting memory for fans and competitors. With hundreds of PRCA competitions across the Western Hemisphere, there are plenty of opportunities to make a memorable ride.
Although the prize money differs from one competition to the next, the judging remains consistent across the board.
In addition to the fame that comes with winning the most prize money, each ride was a chance to be the best of the week. Here’s a look at the highest scores and fastest times for each event held July 27 through Aug. 2.
For the second time this summer, bareback rider Orin Larsen achieved the highest-scored ride of the week. Larsen posted a 92.5-point ride on Pickett Rodeo’s Uncapped in Dodge City, Aug. 2. On July 11, Larsen made the top score of that week with a 90-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Two Buck Chuck at the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo in Vernal, Utah.
Saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright dethroned his brother Rusty for the highest-scored ride of the 2020 season with a 92-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Big News in Dodge City, Aug. 2. Rusty posted a 91.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, July 4.
Tie-down roper Zack Jongbloed had a 7.9-second run in Dodge City, July 29.
Barrel racer Brittney Barnett made a 14.6-second run at the Sac County Fair & Rodeo in Sac City, Iowa, July 28.
Steer roper Rocky Patterson made a 9.1-second run in Dodge City, July 28.
Bull rider Roscoe Jarboe tied the highest score of the season with a 93-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Magic Poison in Dodge City, Aug. 2. The only other cowboy with a 93-point ride in 2020 is Denton Fugate on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Jackhammer at RodeoHouston, March 22.
Check back with ProRodeo.com to find out who had the highest scores and fastest times of the upcoming week in PRCA competition.
Courtesy of PRCA