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More Money Needed To Make Top 15 In 2019

by Matt Naber | Oct 08, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator



The price of everything goes up, including breaking the bubble into the Top 15 of the PRCA | RAM World Standings. 

The amount needed to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo went up for every event, led by saddle bronc riding, which went up the most between 2018 and 2019, raising the amount necessary to qualify for Las Vegas by $14,670. This year's Wrangler NFR is Dec. 5-14.

Over the last year, the amount of money needed to make the Top 15 across all Wrangler NFR events went up by an average of $8,137. Since 2016, the average increase was $17,671.

Unlike the other events, ground money has counted in the world standings for bull riding since 2017. Surprisingly, that rule change did not make bull riding the leader for biggest increase in money needed to qualify for the 2017 Wrangler NFR but it likely played a role in making bull riding  the leader for biggest increase across all events since 2016, jumping by $27,860.

The following is an event-by-event comparison of bubble-busting totals for 2016-19. (All of 2019’s totals are unofficial pending an official third-party audit.) 

Bareback riding’s cutoff for 15th increased by $1,774 from 2018 to 2019. Meanwhile, the cutoff has increased by $12,473 since 2016.

Bareback riding 
• 2016:
 $66,798
• 2017: $86,114
• 2018: $77,497
• 2019: $79,271

Steer wrestling’s cutoff to qualify for the Wrangler NFR went up slightly between 2018 and 2019 with a $244 increase. Since 2016, the cutoff has increased by $19,580.

Steer wrestling 
• 2016:
 $55,370
• 2017: $71,192
• 2018: $74,706
• 2019: $74,950

Team roping headers had to win $7,959 more in 2019 than in 2018 to qualify for the Wrangler NFR. The total has increased by $11,167 since 2016.

Team roping heading 
• 2016:
 $62,024
• 2017: $74,146
• 2018: $65,232
• 2019: $73,191

Team roping heeling’s competition was tougher than heading as heelers had to win $9,841 more in 2019 than in 2018. Since 2016, the amount has increased by $7,488.

Team roping heeling 
• 2016:
 $63,702
• 2017: $68,006
• 2018: $61,349
• 2019: $71,190

Saddle bronc riding’s cutoff went up by $14,670 from 2018 to 2019. Since 2016, saddle bronc riding’s 15th spot has gone up by $22,719.

Saddle bronc riding 
• 2016:
 $68,095
• 2017: $75,649
• 2018: $76,141
• 2019: $90,811

Tie-down roping took one step back last year and two steps toward this year, to the tune of $8,708. Since 2016, tie-down roping qualifying money has increased by $22,413.

Tie-down roping 
• 2016: 
$63,847
• 2017: $85,210
• 2018: $77,552
• 2019: $86,260

Bull riders had to win $13,764 more in 2019 than 2018 to qualify for the Wrangler NFR. With ground money factored in, bull riding has had the biggest increase since 2016, jumping $27,860.

Bull riding 
• 2016:
 $80,300
• 2017: $87,288
• 2018: $94,396
• 2019: $108,160





 
 
 
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