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Looking at the Leaderboard

by Matt Naber | Mar 15, 2019

RodeoHouston is back in the fold, and with it comes $1,748,000 in prize money. With so much money on the table, bull rider Garrett Smith made the highest-scored ride of the 2019 season so far at 93 points on Hurst Pro Rodeo’s Yellow Hair. 

RodeoHouston’s action concludes Saturday, so fans at home and in the grandstands could see more chart-topping rides and runs. (Catch the action at

The best scores and times can vary from one year to the next, so here’s a comparison between the leaderboard of March 14, 2019, and the leaderboard as it stood March 16, 2018.

Bareback riders Clayton Biglow and Caleb Bennett share the top of the leaderboard with their 93-point rides. Biglow made his ride on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Top Notch during the San Angelo (Texas) Cinch Chute-Out, while Bennett’s was on Northcott Macza’s Spilled Perfume at the San Angelo Rodeo. One year ago, the top bareback ride belonged to Devan Reilly with his 93-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Killer Bee in Tucson, Ariz

J.J. Elshere made one of the highest-scored saddle bronc rides of all time when he scored 93.5 points on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic from Hell in Rapid City, S.D. One year ago, the highest saddle bronc riding score was 90 points, posted by Jesse Kruse on Powder River Rodeo’s Show Me Again in Billings, Mont

Smith’s 93-point ride also tops the highest bull riding score at this point last year. On March 16, 2018, Trey Benton III held the highest bull riding score with his 92-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Lumberjack in San Antonio

Aaron Vosler made the fastest run of the steer wrestling season when he clocked in at 3.0 seconds in San Antonio. One year ago, Ty Erickson was at the top of the leaderboard with his 2.7-second run in Okeechobee, Fla

Team ropers Clay Smith and Jake Long hold two positions on the leaderboard, one of which is the fastest – a 3.5-second run during Round 2 in San Angelo. They also made a 3.6-second run in Round 1, which was tied by Caleb Smidt and Will Woodfin, and Luke Brown and Paul Eaves. At this point a year ago, the fastest team roping time also was 3.5 seconds, posted by Jake Cooper and Cody Doescher in Tulsa, Okla.
As three tie-down ropers share the top spot with 6.8-second runs, their time matches the top time at this point in 2018. One year ago, Marty Yates held the fastest tie-down roping time of 6.8 seconds, which he made in Denver.

Trevor Brazile holds the top-two times for steer roping this season. He clocked in at 9.2 seconds in Odessa, Texas, and 9.3 seconds in Hempstead, Texas. At this point in 2018, Brent Lewis held the fastest steer roping time with 8.8 seconds, made in Odessa, Texas.
Check back with next week to see if anyone tops the current batch of best rides and runs of the season.


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