One Step Behind The 2017 National Finals Rodeo

National Finals Rodeo (NFR) fans are waiting to learn the top 15 contestants after ending the regular season on September 30. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) stand knock at the door to conclude their regular season at Stephenville, Amarillo and Apache, Oklahoma.

The top 15 cowboys will be qualified by PRCA/WPRA’s standings for the December 7-16 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The Cowboys have only chance to in the National Finals at Stephenville, Amarillo and Apache rodeos. Tuf Cooper, three-time tie-down roping world champ, entered the Stephenville rodeo with ranked No. 16. Cooper is now focusing his eyes to earn his first National Finals steer roping berth.

The PRCA Steer Roping Slack was held Thursday, Sept. 21, at Lone Star Arena. Cooper has earned $4,077 in Stephenville steer roping and picked up a $798 check at the Apache rodeo grabbing the second position in the steer roping.

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Moreover, Tuf Cooper may have earned more in this season at Stephenville, Amarillo, and Apache which may bring a National Finals steer roping back number for him. Cooper is also ranked No. 1 in tie-down roping and he has the chance to be more fierce in the all-around race at Las Vegas NFR 2017.

Trevor Brazile, 13-time world all-around champ, confirms his berths in the tie-down roping (sixth) and steer roping (fifth) as well as ranked second position in the 2017 world all-around standings.

In the 2017 world all-around race Cooper is currently ranked No. 1 earning with $211,927 and Trevor holds the second with $174,045.

Trevor Brazile wins the all-around title at the Tri-State Fair Rodeo on September 21-23. The 23 world title holder in the PRCA has earned $7,560 in team roping and steer roping at the Amarillo National Center.

Will Lowe, three-time world champion, scores 86 in the bareback riding but he has to share the title with Steven Dent.

The Amarillo steer wrestling ended with a tie between Chason Floyd, Jason Thomas, and Blake Mindemann due to turning same times of 3.6 seconds.

In the Amarillo saddle bronc riding, Cort Scheer clinched the title with an 85 point. Riker Carter and Garrett Tribble have shared their title scoring 86.5 at Andrews Rodeo. Christine Laughlin finished No. 1 with a 16.74 in the barrel racing.

We have a day in hand to find the top 15 qualifier cowboys for 2017 NFR. Check out the standings here after 30th September.

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