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PRCA For The Record: Rapid City

by Matt Naber | Jan 31, 2020

PRCA Media Coordinator

Bareback rider Wyatt Denny was 7 years old when Tom McFarland set the Rapid City, S.D., winter rodeo’s bareback riding record of 89 points in 2003. Now, Denny’s at the top of the Rodeo Rapid City record book with his 2019 score of 90.5 points on Fettig Pro Rodeo’s Classic Rock.

At the time, Denny’s ride was the highest score of the 2019 season. Winning $5,682 on a single ride pushed the California-native-turned-Nevada cowboy from 31st to 11th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings

Denny is a three-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2016-18) who broke onto the ProRodeo scene by winning the 2015 PRCA | Resistol Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year title. 

Although his streak of Wrangler NFR qualifications was broken in 2019, he didn’t go home empty-handed. He earned $62,135 in 2019 thanks in part to his Rapid City win, a win at the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo and being co-champion at Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days

Cowboys will have their chance to break Denny's record, and the rest, during Rodeo Rapid City, Feb. 1-8. Fans can catch the Rapid City action on, Feb. 6-8.

Rodeo records

Total payout: $237,396, 2011

All-around: $8,081, Landon McClaugherty, team roping and tie-down roping, 2013

Bareback riding: 90.5 points, Wyatt Denny, 2019 (174/2, Tom McFarland, 2003)

Steer wrestling: 2.9 seconds, Ron Zimmerman, 1983 (7.1/2, Bob Christophersen, 1991)

Team roping: 3.8 seconds, Garrett Tonozzi/Kinney Harrell, 2009; Dustin Bird/Paul Eaves, 2013 (9.1/2, Blaine Linaweaver/Richard Durham, 2009; 16.6/3, Nick Pullara/C.L. Morgan, 2007)

Saddle bronc riding: 87 points, Dan Mortensen, 2006; Bradley Harter, 2019 (168/2, J.J. Elshere, 2008)

Tie-down roping: 7.3 seconds, Jud Nowotny, 2011 (17.3/2, Hunter Herrin, 2011; 27.2/3, Trevor Brazile, 2001)

Barrel racing: 12.21 seconds, Shandi Metzinger-Scales, 2002 (24.63/2, Lisa Lockhart, 1998; 37.27/3, Tamra Musick, 2008)

Bull riding: 93 points, Terry Don West, 2003 (175/2, Brian Curtis, 2008)

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