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Standings shuffle: 23 cowboys move up

With more than $1.25 million up for grabs between 25 PRCA rodeos across the country this past week, 23 cowboys saw their position improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15.

Veteran and rookie cowboys alike know it’s easier to maintain a position at the top than it is to play catch-up when trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. It’s important to build a solid lead as the summer season heats up. 

Having two rodeos with six-figure payoffs this week proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $147,492 at the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo and $117,341 at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford, Texas.  Nobody knows this better than saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy who broke the bubble and jumped from No. 16 to 11th after winning the Sisters Rodeo and taking home $4,343.  

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between June 5 and June 12.

LJS_nfr 5 brennon eldred5827 PRCALarrySmith• Brennon Eldred moved from 22nd to 14th in bull riding. 
• Hayes Smith moved from 14th to ninth in team roping heading. 
• Taos Muncy moved from 16th to 11th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Josh Frost moved from 18th to 13th in bull riding. 
• Jade Corkill moved from 20th to 15th in team roping heeling. 
• Tanner Learmont moved from 11th to eighth in bull riding. 
• Justin Miller moved from 12th to ninth in bareback riding. 
• Jason Evans moved from fifth to third in steer roping. 
• Wesley Thorp moved from seventh to fifth in team roping heeling. 
• Chris Glover moved from ninth to 11th in steer roping. 
• Ryan Reed moved from 15th to 13th in team roping heading. 
• Billie Jack Saebens moved from third to second in team roping heeling. 
• CoBurn Bradshaw moved from third to second in saddle bronc riding. 
• Marcos Costa moved from third to second in tie-down roping. 
• Jordan Spears moved from sixth to fifth in bull riding. 
• Tyson Durfey moved from 10th to ninth in tie-down roping 
• Clayton Biglow moved from 11th to 10th in bareback riding.
• Bryson Sechrist moved from 11th to 10th in tie-down roping.  
• Chase Tryan moved from 12th to 11th in team roping heeling. 
• Ty Breuer moved from 13th to 12th in bareback riding. 
• Tyler Pearson moved from 13th to 12th in steer wrestling. 
• Orin Larsen moved from 16th to 15th in bareback riding.
• Justin Shaffer moved from 16th to 15th in steer wrestling. 

Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves just a few dollars short of making a Wrangler NFR qualification. The following cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16 this past week:

• Team roping header Joseph Parchman moved from 22nd to 16th and is $1,230 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Team roping heeler Brady Minor moved from 21st to 16th and is $165 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Bareback rider Richmond Champion moved from 18th to 16th and is $310 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

With the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo on the horizon, the outcome of this rodeos and others are sure to impact the world standings, and possibly give a glimpse at who will compete at the 2017 Wrangler NFR.

Check back with next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.
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