Tristan Martin searching for NFR debut while leading at Pendleton

Tristan Martin Searching for WNFR

PENDLETON, Ore. – The early half of the 2021 season wasn’t going well for steer wrestler Tristan Martin.

As winter gradually became spring, the 25-year-old from Sulphur, La., realized he needed a change. If he wanted to get things rolling and possibly have a shot at making the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo he needed to shake things up.

Enter Hunter Cure and Cade Staton. Martin asked if he could jump in their rig and travel with them.

Cure is a five-time NFR qualifier and a two-time PRCA World Champion. Staton has been competing in ProRodeo since 2012. He also has some good horses.

Since jumping in with those two, Martin’s season has taken off. Entering the Pendleton Round-Up he was the bubble, sitting 15th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings, trying to hold off Cody Devers by less than $200.

Martin got to work early in Pendleton. He split the win in the first round with a time of 4.5 seconds to earn $3,355. His time of 6.8 in the second round has him in the lead in the average with 11.3 seconds on two head heading into Saturday’s finals.

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It’s continued a successful run for Martin over the last few months

“This fourth quarter has been great for me,” he said. “Everything’s just clicking and rolling right along. … I started riding Cade Staton’s horse and started winning. And Hunter is a great person to be around. We have a lot of fun and it’s straight business. … He (Hunter) is a great mentor and I’m thankful to be around him.”  

While his first run felt great, his second one was a bit shaky. Nothing to sneeze at on the infield grass in the Pendleton arena.

“My first run was real good, obviously placing in the first round,” Martin said. “My second round, a bunch of stuff happened – I got a bad start and it went bad real quickly. But it came together at the end. It all worked out.”

While Martin is battling to hold onto a berth for the Wrangler NFR (it would be his first), his traveling mate Cure is also hoping to rally late and grab a spot. Cure is 20th in the standings, about $5,000 behind Martin.

After Pendleton, Martin is planning on hitting Albuquerque, N.M., Sunday, and Amarillio, Texas, and the ProRodeo Tour Finale next week.

“It’s such an adrenaline rush, right now,” Martin said about being in the NFR hunt. “You’re nervous at the same time, but in the end you can’t let the nerves get to you. You have to keep nodding your head and you hope for the best.”

As the average leader, Martin will be out last in Saturday’s finals. He’ll be checking the standings overnight and might spend time thinking about what he has to do and running numbers, but when he backs into the box aboard Staton’s horse FedEx, all those thoughts go out the window.

“The pressure is always in the back of your mind,” he said. “But as professionals, we just deal with pressure, that’s how we work. If you win, you make money. If you don’t win, you don’t make any money. So the pressure, I don’t want to say it’s not there, but it is. But you just keep going.”

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Top riders to compete in Pendleton Whisky Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale Sept. 13-14

Top Riders Whisky Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale

Nearly a year of rodeoing is in the books and it’s time to name the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour champion presented by Pendleton Whisky.

The top 24 bull riders in the world will battle it out in Pendleton, Ore., Sept. 13-14, for a big payday and the coveted Xtreme Bulls Tour title.

Six-time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey and PRCA | RAM World Standings leaders powers the charge into Pendleton. He also sits atop the Xtreme Bulls Tour standings, with $95,291. He’s excited for the opportunity that the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale provides in the final month of the season.

“It’s an event that a guy wants to win every year, I mean the world standings directly coincide with Xtreme Bulls standings for the most part,” said Kimzey, 27. “So, it’s something that I’ve always really focused on in my career. I’ve been pretty fortunate over the years in this (Xtreme Bulls), so a Tour title would mean a lot for sure.”

Kimzey, who has won the Xtreme Bulls Tour title a record four times in 2015, 2017, 2018-2019, won’t be the only cowboy vying for acclaim at the two-day event. Last year’s PRCA Xtreme Bulls champion Josh Frost is back in the field. A change in the finale’s competition format has Frost more than up for the challenge.

“In past years it’s always just been one long round and a short round, this year they’ve made it a four header,” said Frost, 26. “So, it’s going to be crucial to take it one bull at a time and I’m willing to bet the guy who gets four bulls rode is going to come out on top.

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“The money available at the finale is unreal and it’s a great opportunity. No matter what position you’re sitting in it’s going to have a big impact on the world standings by the end of the week.”

The Tour Finale begins at 11 p.m. (EDT) Monday night on The Cowboy Channel and PRCA on Channel Plus App with two rounds. On Sept. 14 , there will be a third long-go and a progressive round.

“Pendleton is a place that’s just seeping in tradition, and you know coming over for the Xtreme Bulls finals it’s going to be a dang good event,” Kimzey said. “I’m pumped for sure; I mean this is what we all look forward to all year, and that’s a shot at the finale.”

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Lewiston win puts ‘Pepp’ in Dylan Schroeder’s step

Lewiston Win Puts ‘Pepp’ in Dylan Schroeder’s Step

Coming off a win at the Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup, steer wrestler Dylan Schroeder is feeling hopeful about the last few weeks of his season.

And he said he has his friends’ horse, Pepp, to thank for the 3.8-second victory.

“I was riding Gabe and Gavin Soileau’s horse (Pepp). He’s good in the box so I knew he was going to let me take the start I wanted to, and after that it all kind of just fell into place,” Schroeder said.

Having a good horse on the road with him has made all the difference. Now, Schroeder can focus on his mindset and leave the rest up to Pepp.

“(Riding Pepp) lets me just focus on the steer wrestling part of it and go into every rodeo like it’s the last one and go for it,” said Schroeder, who earned $3,387 in Lewiston.

This is Schroeder’s second season on the ProRodeo circuit, bringing a noticeable difference in his mindset and performance. He’s already more than doubled last year’s earnings and has his eyes on the ProRodeo Tour Finale, set for Sept. 23-26 in Salinas, Calif.

With only a few rodeos left on his schedule, and needing to pick up points, a win in Lewiston was valuable. He entered the weekend 48th in the standings on the ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky.

“We’re right on the edge of getting in the Tour Finale, so hopefully we get in there. (I have to) do well at Pendleton (Ore.) and Albuquerque (N.M.),” Schroeder said. “We’re in Puyallup (Wash.) tonight. We went a little long to get into the short round, but we’ll get some Tour points which will be good.

“Hopefully we can sneak in this Tour finale.”

The check from Lewiston will be Schroeder’s first since the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo Aug. 17-21. Before the win, Schroeder was 26th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $38,774.

Though he admits the last week or so has been slow, Schroeder said he’s gotten used to battling through the highs and lows of the long season.

This season has been especially competitive, said Schroeder, making it even more difficult to be a consistent money winner.

“It’s just been kind of a slow grind,” he said. “You get in slumps, and you just have to know that you belong and just wait until you draw a good one and capitalize on it.”

Schroeder is hoping for more steers like his in Lewiston and more opportunities to capitalize on. His goal for the remainder of the season is to stay hot.

“(A win) feels good coming into the end of the year too because I’m trying to fight to the end, get right inside the top 20,” he said. “That would be good at the end right here, get on a hot streak going into Pendleton and Albuquerque, finish the year off strong.”

Other winners at the $138,367 rodeo were bareback rider Caleb Bennett (87 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Shoutin Shoes); team ropers Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison (4.2 seconds); saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (88.5 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Pendleton Roundup’s Marquee); tie-down ropers Shane Hanchey and Adam Gray (8.6 seconds each); barrel racer Amanda Welsh (16.92 seconds); steer roper Thomas Smith (21.6 seconds on two head); and bull riders Roscoe Jarboe (88.5 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Lap Dance) and Trey Benton III (88.5 points on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Ols Tubs Riggs).

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Cory Solomon grabs early tie-down roping lead in Puyallup

Cory Solomon Grabs Early Tie-Down Roping

Tie-down roper Cory Solomon is coming off a stretch where he placed at just one rodeo over the course of three weeks, but it looks like his luck might be changing at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo.
 
He put together an 8.0-second run on Sept. 9 to take the early lead in Puyallup. He credits his turn around in the Pacific Northwest to his young, up and coming horse.
 
“My No. 1 horse (Brazil) has been a little sore as of late, so I decided to put my younger horse (Cisco) on the trailer as my No. 1,” said Solomon, 31. “I knew he was a good horse, I just didn’t know he’d end up being that good.”
 
Solomon is sitting comfortably inside the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings at sixth with $96,825. He’s been taking the last few weeks of the season slower than he has in years past.
 
RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings
 
“I’m sitting in a good position right now, so for the last few weeks I’ve only been going to a couple of rodeos a week,” Solomon said. “I’m just trying to be smart and save my horses. I think it’s important to keep myself fresh as we head into the fall and winter.”
 
Despite a slower pace, he still has his sights on what he wants to accomplish before the regular season comes to a close.
 
“By the time the season wraps up I want to be within one NFR round or so away from the guy in the No. 1 spot,” Solomon said. “That will give me a great shot because we all know anything can happen at the NFR.”
 
You can catch the remaining rounds of the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo on the PRCA on The Cowboy Channel Plus App

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Clint Johnson named 2021 Legend of ProRodeo

Clint Johnson named 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo Hall of Fame saddle bronc rider Clint Johnson has been named the 2021 Legend of ProRodeo.

Johnson will be honored at the 14th annual Wrangler Gold Buckle Gala on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. (PT) at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“I just found this news out, and it is pretty exciting,” said Johnson, 65. “I absolutely did not think this was an option for me. This is quite an honor. There’s been a list of prominent people who have received this honor, and I’m quite excited to be among them. I would like to thank the selection committee for choosing me, and I’m looking forward to a fun event.”

Johnson began his rodeo career at age 10, and his smooth, consistent style of riding saddle bronc horses led to 11 consecutive qualifications for the National Finals Rodeo from 1979-89. In those 11 career NFR trips he won four world championships (1980, 1987-89) and finished no worse than sixth in the world standings. He also won the NFR average in 1989.

“When you think of legends, you think of greatness. When you think of legends in rodeo, you think of those that accomplished greatness both inside and outside the rodeo arena,” said Kent Sturman, Director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. “Clint Johnson is a four-time world champion and achieved an overwhelming amount of greatness in the rodeo arena throughout his career, starting in 4-H rodeo, continuing through high school and college rodeo and during his tenure in professional rodeo. And Clint is one of those cowboys who has demonstrated greatness outside of the arena, continually giving back to a sport that he loves by serving on boards, conducting schools and clinics, and providing his expertise to many programs and events throughout rodeo. He was an obvious choice as this year’s Legend of ProRodeo.”

Johnson was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1992 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“None of these honors, like the Legend of ProRodeo and being in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, are expected,” Johnson said. “Going through my career I tried to stay under the radar, but the Legend of ProRodeo is a great honor to be recognized by members of the organization and my peers.”

Johnson, who spent four years on the PRCA Board of Directors serving as vice chairman, was born in Spearfish, S.D. Johnson lived there until moving to the Amarillo, Texas, area where he has lived since 1988.

“Rodeo is the No. 1 sport in South Dakota,” Johnson said. “It was the thing to do when I was growing up. We all wanted to be cowboys, and we all wanted to be bronc riders. I was lucky enough to live that dream. I kept my goals pretty simple and tried to make the best ride I could every time. I wasn’t worried about winning rodeos. I was lucky enough to have a real fortunate career and I have received honors no one could dream of.”

Johnson also won his share of prestigious rodeos, including taking home the Calgary Stampede Rodeo’s $50,000 bonus three times.

Johnson also won in Cheyenne, Wyo., Salinas, Calif., Reno, Nev., San Antonio, Fort Worth, Texas, Ellensburg, Wash., Red Bluff, Calif., Greeley, Colo., San Francisco, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Prescott, Ariz.

Since Johnson stopped rodeoing, he’s been in the ranching business.

“I have a small ranch operation and run a few cows,” he said. 

Johnson is the 16th man to be honored as a Legend of ProRodeo, following Jake Barnes, Jim Shoulders, Clem McSpadden, Harry Vold, Larry Mahan, Shawn Davis, Dean Oliver, Donnie Gay, Benny Binion, Mel Potter, Neal Gay, Michael Gaughan, Keith Martin, Cotton Rosser and Bob Tallman.

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RodeoHouston adds breakaway roping for 2022

RodeoHouston Adds Breakaway Roping 2022

SEPT. 7, 2021 — HOUSTON — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Today, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced that women’s breakaway roping will debut at the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series in 2022.
 
Breakaway roping, sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), is an all-women’s event that has recently been added to professional rodeos across the country. At the National Finals Breakaway Roping in Arlington, Texas, the 2020 WPRA World Champion was crowned.
 
“Breakaway roping is the fastest-growing event in rodeo, and we are thrilled to feature our second women’s rodeo event at RODEOHOUSTON in 2022,” said Chris Boleman, rodeo president and CEO. “Like women’s barrel racing, breakaway roping is fast-paced and requires strong horsemanship skills, and it’s an event that promises to keep rodeo fans on the edge of their seats.” 
 
Breakaway roping will be held seven nights during the 2022 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series, a tournament-style competition that crowns an event champion in bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping, women’s barrel racing and now, women’s breakaway roping. RODEOHOUSTON will offer equal pay in the breakaway roping event. Champions in all events earn $50,000 on top of their Super Series earnings.
 
“This is truly a monumental day for the women in breakaway roping,” said Jimmie Munroe, WPRA President. “Not only will they have the opportunity to compete and showcase their talent on one of rodeo’s largest stages, but they will do so with equal prize money. The WPRA has had a long-standing relationship with RODEOHOUSTON and we are excited to expand our partnership to feature a second all-women’s event at this historic rodeo.”
 
2022 Women’s Breakaway Roping Schedule:

  • Breakaway roping will be included in one performance in each Super Series, with performance dates to be announced.
  • The top two athletes from each performance will advance to the semifinal round, for a total of 10 athletes.
  • Top four athletes from the semifinal round will advance directly to the Championship Shootout Round on Saturday, March 19.

 
“It’s been great to see breakaway roping have the success it is having at PRORODEO® events across North America,” said Tom Glause, PRCA Interim CEO. “RODEOHOUSTON welcoming the ladies of breakaway is yet another example of that.”
 
RODEOHOUSTON has been a WPRA-sanctioned event for decades, with earnings from the RODEOHOUSTON Super Series counting toward qualification for the NFR and the WPRA World Standings.
 
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 March 20. The 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.

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Tie-down roper Stetson Vest claims Ellensburg title

Tie-Down Roper Stetson Vest Claims

Tie-down roper Stetson Vest planned to head home to Childress, Texas, a few weeks ago. Instead, he spent Labor Day roping in the finals of the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, a tradition rich, lucrative rodeo.

Coming into the finals tied for the lead with John Douch, Vest roped tough, edging out Douch for the championship with 26.8 seconds on three head compared to Douch’s 27.4.

“Ellensburg is one of my top five favorite rodeos,” said Vest, 35. “I think third was the best I’d finished there before but this was my first time to win it.”

Vest constructed the victory with smart, solid roping through the week. He was 8.4 seconds on his first run, good enough for second in the round. A 9.1-second run earned another round check in the second round, this time for fifth. In the finals, he stopped the clock in 9.3 seconds to win third.

“I was splitting with John Douch, and I roped ahead of him,” Vest said. “The third high guy went long, and I knew I had just kind of an average calf, so I just went and made a good, solid run. John’s calf was a little stronger, so he was a bit longer and I got the win.”

Vest picked up $9,778 which will move him up from his current PRCA | RAM World Standings position of 36th; what’s bigger for Vest, however, is the ProRodeo Tour points earned in Ellensburg. Vest entered the weekend on the outside looking in, ranked 30th in the ProRodeo Tour but lacking just about 400 points to be in the top 24. Only those in the top 24 will advance to the ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., Sept. 23-26.

Complete Ellensburg Rodeo results

“I’d planned on going home after Caldwell, (Idaho), but I kept clipping along, making the short-go at rodeos,” Vest said. “Now, I’ve got a shot at going to Salinas . . . this win really helped a lot.”

Vest enjoys the Northwest rodeos not only for the proximity to each other and much cooler temps than Texas but also the fact the longer scores and bigger calves suit his and his horse’s style.

“My horse can really run so places like Ellensburg are my setup,” Vest said. “Nitro seems to come alive in the Northwest; it’s just his deal and he always seems ready after rodeoing all year.”

Likewise, Salinas is known for long scores so it’s one Vest is relishing the chance to enter this year.

Vest will stay north, “easing” around with his family in tow through the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up in two weeks. His wife Chenae and daughter Stetlee, 2, have kept him company on the road.

“She’s a trooper,” Vest said of hauling with Stetlee. “She’s been introduced to carnivals this summer so there hasn’t been anywhere I’ve roped that I didn’t have to go get on some ride afterwards.”

Two arena records fell during the Ellensburg Rodeo. In the second round of steer wrestling, Will Lummus turfed his steer in 3.3 seconds to beat the previous mark of 3.4 that was held by four cowboys. 

In barrel racing, Jordon Briggs toppled Nellie Miller’s average record of 51.48 seconds when she won the rodeo in 51.37 seconds on three runs.

Other winners at the $356,398 rodeo were all-around cowboy Rhen Richard ($1,925 in tie down and team roping); bareback rider Tilden Hooper (173 points on two head); steer wrestlers Cody Devers and Cody Cabral (13.1 seconds on three head each); team ropers Jake Clay/BIllie Jack Saebens (15.8 seconds on three head); saddle bronc riders Brody Cress and Chase Brooks (175 points on two head each); breakaway roper Samantha Fulton (2.8 seconds); steer roper Clay Smith (20.3 seconds on two head); and bull rider Matt Palmer (171.5 points on two head).

Source: ProRodeo

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Braden Richardson cashes in with $38K win at Ellensburg Xtreme Bulls

Braden Richardson cashes

Winning the PRCA Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event in Ellensburg, Wash., has always been a primary goal for bull rider Braden Richardson.

But the Texas cowboy never had much luck in accomplishing that mission – until Saturday night.

Richardson, the last rider out in the short round, had an 84-point ride on Outlawbuckers Rodeo’s Wild Child to win the two-head average with 173 points, earning more than $38,000.

“This feels amazing,” said Richardson, 26. “It is hard to believe because I always wanted to win it and now it’s here.”

The victory could not have come at a better time for Richardson. He was sitting 20th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $55,743. The win rocketed him into the top 10 as he earned $38,273.

“That’s the most money I have ever won at a PRCA rodeo, by far,” Richardson said. “I was on the bubble by about $10,000, and this should bump me up there in the standings. It’s starting to sink in, and I can’t believe it.”

Richardson just missed breaking the record for most money earned at an Xtreme Bulls event. Jordan Spears holds that mark at $39,386 when he won the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale in Ellensburg in 2017.

“I had never been on Wild Child before,” said Richardson, who is trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the first time. “It was a lot of hanging on, and the bull didn’t really have a set pattern. He didn’t do his normal trip. Man, I was just hanging on. I don’t really know how else to explain it. If I could make it to the NFR, that would mean I would achieve the dream I have had since I was 12 years old, when I started riding bucking bulls.”

Richardson and six-time world champion Sage Kimzey were the only two riders to stay on two bulls. Kimzey, who leads the world standings, won the short round with an 88-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo’s Billy Hell and finished second in the average with 171 points.

Check out Ellensburg Xtreme Bulls results

Richardson put his victory in motion by winning the long round with an 89-point ride on Dakota Rodeo’s Not Today, which earned him $10,364.

“In the short round, I just tried to keep the same mindset as I had in the first round, and that was just do my job,” he said. “I had no nerves. Honestly, I didn’t even hear the whistle because the crowd was so loud, it was crazy.”

With his win, Richardson joins Clayton Sellars (San Angelo, Texas, and Reno, Nev.), Fletcher Jowers (Austin, Texas), Dustin Boquet (San Antonio), T.J. Gray (Del Rio, Texas), J.B. Mauney and Sage Kimzey (tied at Spanish Fork, Utah), and Creek Young (Lovington, N.M.) as winners on the 2021 Division 1 Xtreme Bulls Tour.

Richardson wasn’t in the top 20 in the Xtreme Bulls Standings, but he moved into the top five. He will try and add to his windfall when he competes in the Ellensburg Rodeo Sunday.

“I want to just keep this momentum going,” he said.

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Snow and Thorp strike paydirt at Northern Pro Tour Team Roping

Snow and Thorp strike paydirt

The ProRodeo Tour presented by Pendleton Whisky is winding down with 27 days left to go in the regular season.
 
Valuable Tour points and $66,740 was paid out to cowboys on Sept. 3 at the Northern Pro Tour Team Roping in Ellensburg, Wash.
 
Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp took home the team roping title finishing with a 15.5-second time oin three-head average. The duo finished second in round one, third in round two, and fifth in the finals. The win earned each of them $6,194 toward the world standings.
 
“It was a really cool event, we got to run three steers in the matter of an hour and a half at this thing,” said Thorp, 25. “Thanks to three really good steers, we were able to make three solid runs to put us in a position to win it. When you’re able to draw good you have to take advantage of that, and I think we did just that.”
 
RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings
 
Heading into the rodeo Snow was sitting 11th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings among headers, while Thorp was fifth as a heeler. They said this win came at the perfect time as the duo looks to lock up their spots at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
 
“I hadn’t won much over the last month, I think I had only won $1,200 since Cheyenne (Wyo.),” said Snow, 24. “So, winning $6,000 today let me breathe a little bit. You usually don’t have a ton of opportunities to win that kind of money this time of year.
 
“Hopefully it will give us the momentum to finish out the season strong over the next few weeks.”
 
Snow and Thorp will wrap up the weekend roping at the Magic Valley Stampede in Filer, Idaho Sept. 3, and the Dillon (Mont.) Jaycees PRCA Rodeo on Sept. 4.

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PRCA Standings Shuffle: Carson Johnson jumps inside the Top 15

PRCA Standings Shuffle

It’s been quite the year for Casper, Wyo., team roping heeler Carson Johnson.

Earlier this year he and his brother Kellan won a college national championship, now he’s on the verge of qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
 
This past week (Aug.22-29) Johnson jumped three spots in the PRCA | RAM World Standings going from outside the Top 15 to 14th. He knows the real work starts now as he looks to make it to Las Vegas in December.
 
“It’s a huge honor to be inside that Top 15, but there’s still so much rodeo left to go in the season,” said Johnson, 20. “But I’m glad I’ve given myself at least the opportunity as I try to qualify for my first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”
 
Carson’s big jump in the standings came thanks to splitting second place at the Kitsap Stampede in Bremerton, Wash., Aug. 27. The Johnson brothers put together a 4.4-second run and each earned $3,767.
 
“We drew a really good steer and my brother (Kellan) did a great job,” Johnson said. “I was able to get around him heeling and come tight fast. To win that kind of money this time of year is huge for us.”
 
Kellan is still just outside the Top 15, sitting 17th. Carson said it’s been a lifelong goal for he and Kellan to rope together on the sport’s biggest stage at the NFR, and they plan to do everything they can to qualify.
 
“Ever since we left the house the goal was for both of us to make the NFR and it’s also been a dream since we were little kids for us to make the Finals together,” Johnson said. “We’re going to finish out the season rodeoing as hard as we can and getting to as many as we can. Getting into that Tour Finale would be huge for us because of all the money that’s going to be paid out there, it can make or break you.”
 
Below are the other cowboys who moved within the Top 15 of the world standings.
 
14 Spots

  • Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell jumped in the standings from 23rd to ninth.

 
Eight Spots

  • Saddle bronc rider K’s Thomson went from 19th to 11th.

 
Five Spots

 
Four Spots

 Three Spots

  • Saddle bronc rider Ben Andersen moved in the standings from 13th to 10th.
  • Bull rider Trey Benton III jumped from 13th to 10th.
  • Team roping heeler Justin Davis went from 18th to 15th.
  • Bull rider Jordan Spears went up from 14th to 11th.
  • Steer wrestler Tyler Waguespack jumped up from ninth to sixth.

 Two Spots

  • Bull rider Dustin Boquet jumped from seventh to fifth.
  • Bareback rider Taylor Broussard moved from 16th to 14th.
  • Team roping heeler Cole Davison moved up from 15th to 13th.
  • Steer wrestler Ty Erickson moved up from 14th to 12th.
  • Steer roper Shay Good went up in the standings from 17th to 15th.
  • Saddle bronc rider Layton Green went up from 14th to 12th.
  • Team roping header Brenten Hall went from 12th to 10th.
  • Tie-down roper Kincade Henry moved up from 17th to 15th.
  • Steer wrestler Chance Howard went up from 13th to 11th.
  • Steer wrestler Will Lummus jumped in the standings from sixth to fourth.
  • Tie-down roper Shad Mayfield jumped in the standings from fourth to second.
  • Team roping header Clint Summers jumped from ninth to seventh.
  • Saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston jumped up from seventh to fifth.
  • Tie-down roper Marty Yates went from 10th to eighth.

One Spot

  • Steer roper John Bland jumped in the standings from 13th to 12th.
  • Team roping header Luke Brown went from 13th to 12th.
  • Team roping heeler Jade Corkill went up in the standings from fifth to fourth.
  • Tie-down roper John Douch moved up in the standings from 14th to 13th.
  • Steer roper J. Tom Fisher went up from ninth to eighth.
  • Team roping heeler Travis Graves moved up in the standings from second to first.
  • Saddle bronc rider Dawson Hay jumped up from fifth to fourth.
  • Steer roper Chet Herren moved from 12th to 11th.
  • Bareback rider Orin Larsen went from 12th to 11th.
  • Team roping heeler Junior Nogueira jumped from third to second.
  • Bareback rider Cole Reiner made the move from ninth to eighth.
  • Bull rider Clayton Sellars went from fourth to third.
  • Tie-down roper Justin Smith jumped up from 15th to 14th.
  • Steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner jumped up from 11th to 10th.
  • Team roping heeler Trey Yates made the move from seventh to sixth.

 On the Bubble

  • Bull rider Roscoe Jarboe made the move from 17th to 16th and is $1,379 outside of the Top 15.
  • Steer roper Cody Lee went up in the standings from 20th to 16th and is $651 outside of the Top 15.

Source: ProRodeo

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