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Round 10 news and notes

by | Dec 16, 2017

All The ActionGold Night is the opening act and the national anthem will be performed by Lucas Hoge. It is Wrangler Patriot Night. Wrangler is the performance sponsor.

Tonight’s Wrangler NFR presented by Polaris RANGER will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DISH Network channel 158 and DirecTV channel 221) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles announcing, Joe Beaver and Don Gay providing commentary, Suzanne Alexander hosting the pre-show and Kadee Coffman as the sideline reporter. All 10 performances of the 2017 Wrangler NFR will be available via livestream subscription on ProRodeoTV. Fans can log-on to and watch the WNFR domestically following a 12-hour delay after it has aired live. International subscribers will have live streaming access to the WNFR. ProRodeo Live is airing coverage on a network of radio stations, including Rural Radio, and also online at with Steve Kenyon the lead announcer.

During the 59th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, Trevor Brazile and Tuf Cooper, Brazile’s brother-in-law, have been battling it out to win the coveted all-around world championship. The battle will be decided in Round 10. Brazile leads the all-around race with $319,337, while Cooper is in second place with $286,983. Brazile and Cooper are competing in tie-down roping at the WNFR. Cooper is the leading the tie-down roping WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings with $247,406, and is in second place in the average with an 80.0-second time on nine head. Brazile is sixth in the tie-down roping world standings with $177,010 and he’s ninth in the average with a 61.6-second time on seven head. There’s still plenty of money up for grabs in Round 10, the round winner will receive $26,231 and the average pays eight places with the top four average placers earning $67,269, $54,577, $43,154, and $31,731. Brazile is aiming to extend his PRCA record to 14 career all-around titles, while Cooper is aiming for his first all-around world championship.

Another layer of excitement and intrigue at the WNFR is the RAM Top Gun Award, which goes to the one contestant who wins the most money in any single event at the Wrangler NFR. The award has been up for grabs since 2010, but in its first year money earned in multiple events counted in the Top Gun standings. Since 2011, the RAM Top Gun Award has gone to the contestant who earns the most money in a single event. The RAM Top Gun leader heading into Round 10 is saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright ($174,154), followed by barrel racer Hailey Kinsel ($146,654) and bull rider Trey Benton ($138,827). If Wright just makes a qualified ride tonight he will most likely clinch his first world championship. He leads the world standings with $273,515, while Jacobs Crawley is in second place with $226,927. Wright is fourth in the average and Crawley is seventh. A Round 10 win by Wright on Sutton Rodeos’ Prom Night would tie the record for most saddle bronc riding WNFR round wins in one year at five. Wright already shares that record with Billy Etbauer (1992, 1999, 2005) and Dan Mortensen (1998) as he won five rounds in his WNFR debut last year.

In bareback riding, reigning World Champion Tim O’Connell takes aim at his second consecutive gold buckle. The Zwingle, Iowa, cowboy needs to make a qualified ride on Wayne Vold Rodeo’s Mucho Dinero. Steven Peebles had an 89.5-point ride on Mucho Dinero to win the final round and average at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up Sept. 16. J.R. Vezain tied for fifth place with an 87.5-point ride on Mucho Dinero in Round 5.
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, who is in second place in the bareback riding world standings with $212,868, draws J Bar J’s Colorado Bulldog tonight. Jake Brown had an 86-point ride on that horse in Round 5… In bull riding, three-time reigning World Champion Sage Kimzey has put himself in position to win his fourth straight gold buckle. He leads the world standings with $340,229, followed by Trey Benton III, who has earned $279,054. Kimzey has already broke the single-season bull riding money record – it was one he set back in 2015 with $327,178. Kimzey has a large lead, but it could be eclipsed by Benton. If Benton wins Round 10 and the average – he’s leading the average going into tonight – he could earn $93,500. The biggest factor that will determine the 2017 bull riding world champ is the ground money, that counts in this year’s world standings. If just one bull rider makes the whistle tonight he will earn a check for $84,615, if only two riders ride, the winner gets $45,058 and the second-place finisher receives $39,558. If just three riders make the whistle, the winner gets $33,564, second-place ($28,064) and third place ($29,987). The last time 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Girl Money – the bull Kimzey has drawn for Round 10 – was successfully ridden was during the 10th round at last year’s WNFR by Scottie Knapp for 82 points. Benton will be riding Dakota Rodeo’s More Big Bucks; in September Ty Wallace placed third on that bull during the first round of the Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale in Sioux Falls, S.D., for 87 points.

Record times and scores for the 10th round of the WNFR:
BB: 91.5 points, Will Lowe, 2007 (equals arena record)
SW: 3.3 seconds, Sid Steiner, 2002; Gabe Ledoux, 2012
TR: 3.6 seconds, Chad Masters/Jade Corkill, 2011; Spencer Mitchell/Broc Cresta, 2011
SB: 93 points, Billy Etbauer, 2004 (equals arena record)
TD: 6.5 seconds, Cody Ohl, 2003 (equals arena record)
GB: 13.55 seconds, Sherry Cervi, 2015
BR: 96 points, Cody Hancock, 2001 (also arena record)

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