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Standings Shuffle: 32 Cowboys Move Up



With $1.83 million up for grabs among 31 PRCA rodeos across North America this past week, 32 cowboys saw their positions improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15. 

With only 39 days left in the season, it’s increasingly important to build a solid bankroll as the final stretch of the 2017 season approaches – and positions are changing frequently. For instance, there’s roughly only a $10,000 difference between 15th and 23rd in the steer wrestling standings. 

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. 

Nobody knows this better than steer wrestler Kyle Irwin, who moved up seven spots this week – from 18th to 11th – thanks to picking up $7,123 at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; $3,441 at the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo; and $1,617 at the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo. 

Having five rodeos with six-figure payoffs proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $297,374 at Caldwell; $198,433 at the Fallon County Fair & Rodeo in Baker, Mont.; $133,885 at the Yellowstone River Round-Up in Billings, Mont.; $130,288 at Canby; and $116,809 at the Moses Lake (Wash.) Round-Up. 

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between Aug. 14 and Aug. 22.

5 SPOTS
• Trevor Brazile moved from 15th to 10th in steer roping. 

3 SPOTS
• Riley Minor moved from ninth to sixth in team roping heading. 
• Travis Graves moved from 15th to 12th in team roping heeling. 

2 SPOTS
• Cole Melancon moved from sixth to fourth in bull riding. 
• J.R. Vezain moved from seventh to fifth in bareback riding.
• Brady Minor moved from 10th to eighth in team roping heeling.  
• Sterling Crawley moved from 10th to eighth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Orin Larsen moved from 15th to 13th in bareback riding. 
• Timber Moore moved from 17th to 15th in tie-down roping. 

1 SPOT
• Tyler Pearson moved from third to second in steer wrestling. 
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from third to second in steer roping. 
• Paul Eaves moved from fourth to third in team roping heeling. 
• Billie Jack Saebens moved from sixth to fifth in team roping heeling. 
• Trevor Bazile moved from sixth to fifth in tie-down roping. 
• J. Tom Fisher moved from sixth to fifth in steer roping. 
• Scott Guenthner moved from seventh to sixth in steer wrestling. 
• CoBurn Bradshaw moved from seventh to sixth in saddle bronc riding.
• Tyson Durfey moved from seventh to sixth in tie-down roping. 
• Tony Reina moved from eighth to seventh in steer roping. 
• Randall Carlisle moved from ninth to eighth in tie-down roping.
• Brennon Eldred moved from ninth to eighth in bull riding.  
• Rocky Patterson moved from 10th to ninth in steer roping.  
• Dustin Bird moved from 11th to 10th in team roping heading. 
• Tom Richards moved from 12th to 11th in team roping heading.
• Heith DeMoss moved from 12th to 11th in saddle bronc riding.  
• Ryan Jarrett moved from 12th to 11th in tie-down roping. 
• Levi Simpson moved from 14th to 13th in team roping heading. 
• Matt Shiozawa moved from 14th to 13th in tie-down roping. 
• Guthrie Murray moved from 14th to 13th in bull riding. 
• Steven Dent moved from 16th to 15th in bareback riding. 
• Jade Corkill moved from 16th to 15th in team roping heeling. 

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 Chad Masters moved from 19th to 16th and is $1,685 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer moved from 18th to 16th and is $10,112 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Steer roper J.P. Wickett moved from 17th to 16th and is $393 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

With the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 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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