PRCA Standings Shuffle: 31 Cowboys on the Move Inside the Top 15

As the months go on a lifelong dream is becoming more of a reality for Sadler, Texas, steer wrestler Chance Howard.

This past week, Howard jumped five spots in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, going from outside the Top 15 to 12th. As he looks to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December in Las Vegas.

“It was one of those weeks that’s hard to beat for any cowboy going right now,” said Howard, 30. “We had some momentum coming off of the week before in Cheyenne and it just continued rolling for me in Lovington, (N.M.) and Dodge City, (Kan.).”

Howard finished second in two different rodeos over the past week. At the Lea County PRCA Rodeo in Lovington, he earned $1,655 with a 3.5-second run, a tenth of a second off his fastest time of the season. He believes a lot of that success can be credited to a switch in horses.

“I got a new horse (Train) going and things just started finally working out for me, I’m in a good place right now,” Howard said. “I believe having a good horse can lead to a majority of a guy’s success. Having a good horse, one you can have confidence in, and trust in is huge in this sport.”

But he knows there’s still work left to be done in 2021.

“I just have to try to keep the momentum going and keep doing what I’ve been doing so far this year,” Howard said. “It would mean everything to me to qualify for the NFR, it’s what I’ve been trying to do for quite a while. This year it seems like everything is falling into place for me and hopefully I can finally get there.”

Below are the other cowboys who moved within the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings.

Seven Spots

• Steer roper Cash Myers moved up in the standings from 20th to 13th.

Six Spots

• Bareback rider Cole Franks went from 17th to 11th.
• Saddle bronc rider Lefty Holman jumped up from 17th to 11th.

Four Spots

• Steer wrestler Ty Erickson moved from 18th to 14th.
• Team roping heeler Brady Minor went up in the standings from 14th to 10th.

Three Spots

• Steer roper Roger Branch jumped from 15th to 12th.
• Steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge moved up from 12th to eighth.
• Bull rider Ky Hamilton went from 17th to 14th.
• Steer roper Taylor Santos jumped in the standings from 11th to eighth.

Two Spots

• Bull rider Dustin Boquet moved from eighth to sixth.
• Tie-down roper Marcus Costa went up in the standings from 14th to 12th.
• Bull rider Josh Frost jumped from fifth to third.
• Steer wrestler Stockton Graves moved up from seventh to fifth.
• Steer roper Chet Herren jumped in the standings from 16th to 14th.
• Steer roper Scott Snedecor went up from eighth to sixth.
• Saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston moved in the standings from ninth to seventh.
• Team roper header Clay Tryan jumped from eighth to sixth.

One Spot

• Bull rider Trey Benton III went up from 14th to 13th.
• Steer wrestler Jesse Brown moved in the standings from third to second.
• Team roping header Luke Brown jumped from 13th to 12th.
• Bull rider Boudreaux Campbell went up in the standings from 12th to 11th.
• Steer wrestler Cody Devers moved from 16th to 15th.
• Tie-down roper Ty Harris jumped in the standings from 11th to 10th.
• Tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett went from eighth to seventh.
• Team roping header Riley Minor moved up from 14th to 13th.
• Team roping heeler Junior Nogueira jumped from fourth to third.
• Team roping heeler Cory Petska went up in the standings from 13th to 12th.
• Bull rider Ruger Piva moved from 11th to 10th.
• Team roping header Hayes Smith jumped up from 15th to 14th.
• Tie-down roper Marty Yates moved in the standings from 12th to 11th.

On The Bubble

• Team roping heeler Joseph Harrison went from 17th to 16th and is $992 outside of the Top 15.

Courtesy of PRCA

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