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Standings Shuffle: 43 cowboys move up

With $1.93 million up for grabs between 31 PRCA rodeos across the U.S. and Canada this past week, 43 cowboys saw their position improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15.

Master Chad Team roping header Chad Masters had the biggest move, jumping from 47th to 13th after winning $6,978 at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and $4,726 at the West Of The Pecos (Texas) Rodeo. 

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 five rodeos with six-figure payoffs this week proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $491,909 in Reno, $203,777 in Pecos, Texas, $130,007 in Springdale, Ark., $115,484 in Prineville, Ore., and $100,269 in Santa Fe, N.M.

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between June 19 and June 26.

• Jacob Talley moved from 24th to 15th in steer wrestling. 
• Timber Moore moved from 22nd to 14th in tie-down roping. 
• Heith DeMoss moved from 21st to 14th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Joseph Harrison moved from 19th to 13th in team roping heeling. 
• Clayton Hass moved from 14th to ninth in steer wrestling. 
• Brady Portenier moved from 18th to 13th in bull riding. 
• Riley Minor moved from 19th to 14th in team roping heading. 
• Wesley Thorp moved from sixth to second in team roping heeling. 
• Justin Miller moved from 10th to sixth in bareback riding. 
• Sterling Crawley moved from 13th to ninth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Travis Graves moved from 15th to 11th in team roping heeling. 
• Cody Snow moved from sixth to third in team roping heading. 
• Brennon Eldred moved from 10th to seventh in bull riding. 
• Richmond Champion moved from 15th to 12th in bareback riding. 
• Tom Richards moved from 15th to 12th in team roping heading. 
• Ace Slone moved from 18th to 15th in tie-down roping. 
• Chet Herrin moved from sixth to fourth in steer roping. 
• Dakota Eldridge moved from seventh to fifth in steer wrestling. 
• Tuf Cooper moved from eighth to sixth in tie-down roping. 
• Matt Shiozawa moved from 11th to ninth in tie-down roping. 
• Scott Guenthner moved from 10th to eighth in steer wrestling.
• Jake Cooper moved from 11th to ninth in team roping heading.  
• Wyatt Bloom moved from 12th to 10th in bareback riding. 
• Orin Larsen moved from 17th to 15th in bareback riding. 
• Brady Minor moved from 17th to 15th in team roping heeling. 
• Cork Petska moved from second to first in team roping heeling. 
• Erich Rogers moved from third to second in team roping heading. 
• Zeke Thurston moved from third to second in saddle bronc riding. 
• Caleb Smidt moved from third to second in tie-down roping. 
• Jason Evans moved from third to second in steer roping. 
• Sage Kimzey moved from third to second in bull riding. 
• Baylor Roche moved from fifth to fourth in steer wrestling.
• Kaleb Driggers moved from fifth to fourth in team roping heading. 
• Jesse Wright moved from seventh to sixth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Clayton Biglow moved from ninth to eighth in bareback riding. 
• J.D. Struxness moved from 11th to 10th in steer wrestling. 
• Ryder Wright moved from 11th to 10th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Trevor Reiste moved from 11th to 10th in bull riding. 
• Cody Quaney moved from 12th to 11th in tie-down roping. 
• Rocky Patterson moved from 13th to 12th in steer roping. 
• Dustin Bowen moved from 13th to 12th in bull riding. 
• Cody Wright moved from 14th to 13th in saddle bronc riding. 

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:

• Steer wrestler Sterling Lambert moved from 17th to 16th and is $320 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Saddle bronc rider Jake Watson moved from 18th to 16th and is $2,063 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

With Cowboy Christmas just around the corner, the outcomes of these 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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