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Standings shuffle: 31 cowboys move up



With $1.83 million up for grabs between 35 PRCA rodeos across North America this past week, 31 cowboys saw their position improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15. Out of that group, seven of the Top 15 saddle bronc riders moved up by one position each. 

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 bankroll as the final stretch of the 2017 season approaches at the end of next month.  

Nobody knows this better than tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett who moved from 17th to 12th thanks to winning the Sand & Sage Roundup at Lamar, Colo., for $1,486, and winning the Dick Stull Memorial Rodeo at Sterling, Colo., for $1,404. He also picked up $4,038 at the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo at Lovington, N.M., and $474 at the Yuma (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo.

Having five rodeos with six-figure payoffs proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $212,147 in Lovington, $194,925 at the Farm-City Rodeo in Hermiston, Ore., $157,152 at the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, $147,700 at the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo, and $103,120 at the Omak (Wash.) Stampede. 

Having so many opportunities to win big money can really stir the pot on the world standings. In the last week alone, six cowboys burst the bubble and broke into the Top 15. 

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between Aug. 9 and Aug. 13.

4 SPOTS
• Josh Peek moved from 19th to 15th in steer wrestling. 
• Cade Swor moved from 19th to 15th in tie-down roping. 

3 SPOTS
• Trey Benton III moved from 11th to eighth in bull riding. 
• Rocky Patterson moved from 13th to 10th in steer roping. 
• Jordan Hansen moved from 15th to 12th in bull riding. 
• Shay Good moved from 17th to 14th in steer roping. 
•. Orin Larsen moved from 18th to 15th in bareback riding. 


2 SPOTS

• Jake Minor moved from 11th to ninth in team roping heeling. 
• Tom Richards moved from 14th to 12th in team roping heading. 
• Clay Tryan moved from 17th to 15th in team roping heading.  

1 SPOT
• Jason Evans moved from second to first in steer roping. 
• Clayton Biglow moved from fifth to fourth in bareback riding. 
• Hardy Braden moved from sixth to fifth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Billie Jack Saebens moved from seventh to sixth in team roping heeling. 
• Jake Wright moved from seventh to sixth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Tyson Durfey moved from eighth to seventh in tie-down roping. 
• Richmond Champion moved from ninth to eighth in bareback riding. 
• Garrett Rogers moved from ninth to eighth in team roping heading. 
• Clay Elliott moved from ninth to eighth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Brennon Eldred moved from 10th to ninth in bull riding. 
• Charly Crawford moved from 11th to 10th in team roping heading.
• Sterling Crawley moved from 11th to 10th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Ryder Wright moved from 12th to 11th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Heith DeMoss moved from 13th to 12th in saddle bronc riding.  
• Ty Breuer moved from 14th to 13th in bareback riding. 
• Matt Reeves moved from 14th to 13th in steer wrestling.
• Buddy Hawkins II moved from 14th to 13th in team roping heeling.  
• Brody Cress moved from 14th to 13th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Brady Portenier moved from 14th to 13th in bull riding. 
• Matt Shiozawa moved from 15th to 14th in tie-down roping. 

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:

• Tie-down roper Cory Solomon moved from 18th to 16th and is $31 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Steer roper Brian Garr moved from 18th to 16th and is $1,570 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Team roping heeler Jade Corkill moved from 17th to 16th and is $4,904 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

With the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo on the horizon, the outcome of this rodeo and others is sure to impact the world standings, and possibly give a glimpse at who will compete at the 2017 Wrangler NFR.

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