Weekend Rodeo Highlights, Brazile Watch, and More

by | Jun 16, 2014

  • Team roping header Manny Egusquiza Jr. has made quite a move in the last three weeks. The Madison, Ga., cowboy sat 49th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings on May 27, but has moved all the way up to 14th in the June 16 standings. He and heeler Brad Culpepper won the Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith (Ark.) the last weekend of May, and have seemingly been collecting checks everywhere they’ve gone since then. This past weekend, the pair won the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse in Cleburne, Texas, with a time of 4.6 seconds, and also finished third in three other rodeos and seventh at another. Each man earned a total of $5,989 for the weekend, the most of any cowboys on the PRCA road. Egusquiza moved up eight spots from 22nd, where he was last week, while Culpepper moved from 12th to 10th in the heeling standings.
  • A pair of bull riders stood above the rest of the pack as the best roughstock cowboys of the weekend. Two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Trey Benton III won the Gladewater Round-Up Division 2 Xtreme Bulls event on June 11 with a 91.5-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Smashing Success. It was the eighth-highest scored bull ride of the 2014 season and earned Benton $4,033. The Rock Island, Texas, cowboy would also earn two other top-five finishes at rodeos over the weekend, bringing his total to $5,350 for the week, which kept him third in the world standings. Rookie Tanner Bothwell had a big weekend as he continues to pursue his first WNFR qualification. While fellow rookie bull rider Sage Kimzey has been grabbing all of the headlines so far this season – and rightfully so, as he leads the world standings by more than $20,000 – Bothwell has quietly been moving up the standings. The 20-year-old pulled off a pair of wins in Texas, placing first in both Cleburne and at the Coleman PRCA Rodeo, earning $5,296. His rookie earnings of $31,463 are far greater than any rookie – in any event – who isn’t named Kimzey, and his big weekend moved him from 17th in the world to 10th. It was a tough weekend to win bull riding money, as 90 points or better was needed to win five different rodeos.
  • Saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw recently married into the Wright family, and he’s already grabbing bragging rights over his new brothers-in-law. Bradshaw, who married Becca Wright – the younger sister of Cody, Jesse, Jake and Spencer – had the highest-scored ride of the PRCA season to win the Cedar City (Utah) PRCA Championship Rodeo. Bradshaw’s 91-pointer on Diamond G Rodeo’s Marla’s Rose topped the previous best rides of 2014, which were 90-point rides by brother-in-law Cody Wright, Wade Sundell and Cody DeMoss. His 91 was just a point better than his in-laws Cody and Jake Wright in Cedar City, who tied for second. Jake got revenge at the Days of the Old West Rodeo in Delta, Utah, where he had an 84 to edge Bradshaw, Jesse Wright and Spencer Wright – the Wright clan swept the top four places in both rodeos. Other saddle bronc riders who had a big weekend included Sundell, Jacobs Crawley and Samuel Kelts, as all three men won two rodeos.
  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile entered the weekend with $99,444 in 2014 earnings, just $556 shy of reaching the $100,000 mark for a record 17th consecutive season. He easily surpassed the mark by winning both rounds and the average of the steer roping at the 101 Wild West Rodeo in Ponca City, Okla. Brazile posted an average time of 20.1 seconds and earned a total of $3,538, moving him from second to first in the steer roping world standings. He and team roping partner Travis Graves split the win at the Parker County Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford, Texas, with a time of 4.6 seconds, each earning $2,775 and keeping both men third in their respective world standings. Brazile’s lone all-around win came in Coleman, Texas, where he collected checks in both tie-down roping and steer roping. He remains sixth in the tie-down roping standings.
  • Three-event cowboy Joe Frost did well in his home state of Utah over the weekend, winning three titles, earning five checks and extending his lead in the Linderman Award standings. The Randlett, Utah, cowboy won all-around titles in both Cedar City and Delta, while also taking the bull riding title in Delta. Frost also placed second in both the steer wrestling and tie-down roping in Delta, while finishing fifth in the tie-down roping in Cedar City. His $4,510 at the two rodeos makes his total earnings $20,291 for 2014, and pushes his lead over Kyle Whitaker in the Linderman standings to $9,698. Clovis Crane is the only other man qualified for the Linderman thus far, with $7,759 won in four different events.

Courtesy of PRCA

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