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Standings Shuffle: 24 cowboys move up



With $1.2 million up for grabs among 18 PRCA rodeos across North America this past week, 24 cowboys saw their positions improve within the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings’ Top 15. 

With only 33 days left in the regular season, it’s increasingly important to build a solid bankroll as the final stretch of the 2017 season approaches – and positions are changing frequently. This week, the tie-down roping race was particularly heated as six tie-down ropers within the Top 15 moved up. 

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 Rowdy Parrott, who moved from 21st to 16th. Parrott is only $810 away from breaking into the Top 15 thanks to winning the Horse Heaven Round-Up in Kennewick, Wash., and taking home a grand total of $7,416.

Having two rodeos with six-figure payoffs proved to be a major boost as cowboys competed for $280,099 at Kennewick, and $218,454 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between Aug. 22 and Aug. 28.

3 SPOTS
• Tim Bingham moved from seventh to fourth in bull riding. 
• Dustin Egusquiza moved from 14th to 11th in team roping heading. 
• Timber Moore moved from 15th to 12th in tie-down roping. 
• Kory Koontz moved from 16th to 13th in team roping heeling. 

2 SPOTS
• Nick Guy moved from 10th to eighth in steer wrestling. 
• Jake Vold moved from 11th to ninth in bareback riding. 
• Josh Peek moved from 15th to 13th in steer wrestling. 

1 SPOT
• Clay O’Brien Cooper moved from fourth to third in team roping heading. 
• Marcos Costa moved from fourth to third in tie-down roping. 
• Tyson Durfey moved from sixth to fifth in tie-down roping. 
• Scott Guenthner moved from sixth to fifth in steer wrestling. 
• Jr. Dees moved from eighth to seventh in team roping heading. 
• Brady Minor moved from eighth to seventh in team roping heeling. 
• Clay Elliott moved from ninth to eighth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Cooper Martin moved from ninth to eighth in tie-down roping. 
• Trey Benton III moved from ninth to eighth in bull riding. 
• Heith DeMoss moved from 11th to 10th in saddle bronc riding.
• Trevor Reiste moved from 11th to 10th in bull riding. 
• Audy Reed moved from 15th to 14th in saddle bronc riding. 
• Cade Swor moved from 16th to 15th in tie-down roping. 
• J.P. Wickett moved from 16th to 15th in steer 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:

• Bareback rider Mason Clements moved from 17th to 16th and is $1,645 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Tie-down roper Ace Slone moved from 17th to 16th and is $3,805 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

With the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo and the Xtreme Bulls Tour Division 1 Finale on the horizon, the outcome of these competitions 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 prorodeo.com next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.
 
 
 
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