Riley Minor – Ellensburg, Wash. ($97,649)
10-time WNFR qualifier
There have been a lot of consistency’s in Riley Minor’s life. And there have been things that he has been consistent at. One of those is team roping and that has him headed to his 10th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo roping with his older brother.
Every time that Riley has nodded his head to call for a steer in the Thomas and Mack Center, his older brother Brady has been to his right waiting to rope two legs. Riley has consistently roped horns and this year that has led to $97,649 in regular season earnings. He will start the NFR in sixth place. His four-legged partner has added to that consistency over the last several years.
Riley bought RK Tuff Trinket about five years ago. The gelding, now 18, was being used at an amateur rodeo near Riley’s home in Ellensburg, Washington. They were heading and heeling on the horse and they were also using him to haze on in the steer wrestling. Riley had to wait through the rodeo to make a deal.
It turned out to be one of the most profitable decisions he ever made. RK Tuff Trinket, “Bob” was the 2018 AQHA/PRCA heading horse of the year and he finished in third place this year. That’s high praise from 25 of Riley’s peers.
The Minors’ season got off to a good start and by the first of April, Riley was fourth in the world standings with $52,208. They won the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, the Dinosaur Roundup in Vernal, Utah and the Chief Joseph Days in Joseph, Oregon securing his trip to Vegas.
Perhaps the most consistent thing in Riley’s life is his family. Along with the brother that he will compete with, his parents and grandparents have supported the rodeo lifestyle from the beginning. In 2014, he got another life partner when he married barrel racer Jordan Crossley. Their family expanded again with the birth of their daughter Monroe in 2017.