Rodeo Cowboys Fan Out Across U.S. In Quest of NFR Glory

Dent’s winning streak continues in Dodge City

Reno Rodeo photo by Laura Leigh, Horseback Magazine

DODGE CITY, Kan (PRCA) – From the days of Coronado in the 16th century through to the Santa Fe Trail, Dodge City has always been regarded as a gateway city, a place on the map important to people with ambitions and places to go. Steven Dent is hoping this bustling plains town will serve as his gateway to a first bareback riding world championship.

Dent extended a remarkable six-week run – the best of his career – when he won the Dodge City Round-Up in dramatic fashion on the night of Aug. 5 for his fifth title this year on the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour presented by Justin Boots.

Having just missed a paycheck in the first round by a point, Dent came through with a winning 89-point ride on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Pillow Talk in the finals to edge Steven Peebles for the two-head average title by one point (166-165).

“I had (Pillow Talk) at San Antonio this year,” Dent said. “She wasn’t quite that good there, and I was way worse. I was 81 on her. (Brian Bain was) just 91 on her, so I knew I had a chance. She’s a great horse.”

The horse bucked hard in a circular pattern, but the Mullen, Neb., cowboy continued his spurring motion with each leap and he was well-rewarded by the judges.

“We were making a lot of rounds, and there was a lot going on,” Dent said. “I just tried to keep going at her. You never know how many times you’re going to be on one like that, so you just have to keep going at it.”

It was the seventh win in a span of six weeks for Dent, during which he has earned $63,190. Think about that for a minute: It comes out to an average of $10,532 per week, a pace which, if sustained over the course of a full year, would come to $547,647, breaking the regular-season earnings record for a single event (set by fellow bareback rider Clint Cannon in 2009) by $314,143.

Now, Dent wasn’t exactly struggling before – he was fifth in the world standings at the end of June – but he has found a whole new gear in his drive to the top with wins in Pecos, Texas; St. Paul, Ore.; Greeley, Colo.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Casper, Wyo.; Joseph, Ore., and Dodge City since June 25.

With additional checks at Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo in Phillipsburg, Iowa’s Championship Rodeo in Sidney and the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup in Great Falls, Mont., this past weekend, Dent has pushed his season earnings to $96,178.

He leads the world standings by $64 over three-time World Champion Will Lowe.

The goal, of course, is to be atop the money list when the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo concludes so he can claim the coveted world champion’s gold buckle. Dent fell just short of that goal in his second trip to the Wrangler NFR in 2008 (the last time he won at Dodge City), falling to eventual titlist Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla.

“I went in with a decent lead, then Justin had the best finals anybody had until last year, and I lost it by $5,000,” Dent said. “When you look back throughout the year, there are plenty of times you could’ve won $5,000. I’ve learned a lot by traveling with Bobby (Mote) in past years to not let those opportunities slip.”

Mote is a four-time world champion, and he’s been in that position before, too. Dent now travels with fellow Wrangler NFR qualifiers Ryan Gray of Cheney, Wash., and Jason Havens of Prineville, Ore.

“Those guys are just so positive all the time, and they both ride great,” Dent said. “Jason’s been in the worst drawing slump I’ve ever seen, and he’s still positive. You can learn a lot from that.”

You can also learn a lot from winning.

“I’ve just been trying to do my job,” he said.

Other Dodge City winners were all-around champion Cody DeMoss, who won $4,041 in team roping (heeling for Kaleb Driggers) and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestler Billy Bugenig (12.0 seconds on three head), team ropers Chad Masters and Clay O’Brien Cooper (16.5 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Chuck Schmidt (169 points on two head), tie-down roper Justin Maass (25.1 seconds on three head), bull rider Trey Benton III (174 points on two head), steer roper Chance Kelton (37.0 seconds on three head) and barrel racer Kaley Bass (51.03 seconds on three runs).

• Dent’s 89-point ride was the highest-scored bareback ride in any of the PRCA’s 31 rodeos this past week and the other winning marks in the roughstock events in Dodge City were equal to the highest anyplace else. Schmidt’s 88 points tied Tyler Corrington’s saddle bronc riding score at Iowa’s Championship Rodeo in Sidney, and Trey Benton III’s 90 in Dodge City equaled the 9-oh that Brett Stall got in winning the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup in Great Falls, Mont.

The weekend’s quickest timed-event marks were provided by steer wrestler Kyle Irwin (3.1 seconds at the XIT Rodeo & Reunion in Dalhart, Texas), team ropers Eric Paul Fabian and Derek Carey (3.9 seconds at the Gerry, N.Y., Volunteer Firefighter’s Rodeo) and tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa (7.3 seconds at the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo in Idaho Falls, Idaho).

2. Muncy helps title defense with tour through Kansas

PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. – Taos Muncy keeps coming back to Kansas’ Biggest Rodeo because it’s “the funnest little rodeo,” and because it presents the sort of challenge he enjoys – even if it doesn’t always work out the way he wants.

Until he rode Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Little Angel for 85 points and the saddle bronc riding win on Aug. 4, Muncy had accomplished a qualified ride in the Phillipsburg arena only once in six tries.

“Bennie (Beutler) usually bucks me off,” said Muncy, the two-time and reigning world champion. “Bennie usually has the rank stock. So, when you get by one of his, it’s pretty good. That’s why you come here, because you have the opportunity to get on great broncs.”

Although Muncy had never been on Little Angel previously he was “tickled all day” when he found out he’d drawn the horse because a lot of his friends had been on the horse and found success.

Muncy’s 85-pointer is the highest-scored ride anybody’s managed on Little Angel.

“You can never be satisfied,” Muncy said. “Every time you get on, you’re trying to fix (your riding), to get better. (Today) I spurred every jump, so I was happy. I’ve had a rough week, so it was nice to finally stay on one.”

Muncy is not assured of a spot in the field at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to defend his world title – he entered the week 12th, just $1,300 ahead of the No. 16 rider – so every ride, every check is vital to him now.

With his $2,485 check in Phillipsburg, a third-place finish at Dodge City, Kan.,  and another check in Dalhart, Texas, over the weekend he’s opened some ground – he’s now 10th in the world and about $5,000 clear of that 15th spot.

The other champions at the $93,559 rodeo were bareback riders Ryan Gray and Will Lowe (83 points each), steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch (3.7 seconds), team ropers Colby Lovell and Russell Cardoza (4.3 seconds), tie-down roper Monty Lewis (7.8 seconds), bull rider Beau Schroeder (86 points) and barrel racer Sabrina Ketcham (16.90 seconds). Cardoza also was the all-around cowboy winner with earnings of $2,852.

3. Bird, Eaves take aim at first Wrangler NFR

STRATHMORE, Alberta – It started with a two-minute phone call. Paul Eaves needed a partner back in June and he called Dustin Bird at his home in Cut Bank, Mont., to see if he might be interested in hitting the road with him.

“We’d never roped together,” Eaves said. “I’d seen him around. I knew he was good, but I didn’t really know him all that well. I called because I’d heard he was without a partner, too, and I thought it might work out.”

How well it has all worked out was on display at the Aug. 3-6 Strathmore Stampede where Bird and his heeler, Eaves, won the team roping title in 4.6 seconds to move a step closer to the first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification for both men.

Bird was 23rd in the world standings when they joined forces and Eaves was 29th. They are now both seventh and surging after wins in Innisfail, Alberta; St. Paul, Ore.; Sidney, Mont., and Strathmore.

“Why have we worked out so well? First off, Dustin ropes really well and he’s got an outstanding horse, Dolly – maybe the best horse going. Not taking anything away from his roping or mine, but Dolly’s great and having a horse like that in the team just makes things easier for everybody.

“The other thing is, Dustin is a real aggressive partner. He tries to win something every time out and he’s real consistent at doing it. We don’t have a (dollar) number in mind that we think will get us to the (NFR qualifying level). We’re not thinking that way. We just want to do what we’ve been doing. It’s gone well. There’s no reason to change our approach.”

They will be keeping up the pressure this week, going to all three Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver rodeos – in Sikeston, Mo.; Lovington, N.M., and Hermiston, Ore. – along with PRCA rodeos in Missoula, Mont., and Omak, Wash.

The other champions at the $215,965 rodeo were bareback rider Jake Marshall (85.25 points), steer wrestler Chason Floyd (3.9 seconds), saddle bronc rider Rylan Geiger (84.5 points), tie-down roper Hunter Herrin (7.4 seconds), bull rider Skylar McBride (86.75 points) and barrel racer Kelli Tolbert (17.383 seconds).

• Kyle Whitaker may be chasing the Linderman Award after all. After a season almost exclusively devoted to earning his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifying berth (he’s 14th in steer wrestling), Whitaker is showing signs that he is unwilling to give up his title as the sport’s most versatile all-around hand. His third-place finish in the saddle bronc riding Aug. 3 in Marshall, Minn., and a fifth the next day in Carson, Iowa, were his first paychecks in that event this year. In order to qualify for the Linderman Award – which Whitaker has won a record six times – a contestant must earn at least $1,000 in three events with at least one of those at each end of the arena. In addition to his $35,605 in steer wrestling, Whitaker now has $846 in saddle bronc riding and $333 in tie-down roping with eight weeks left in the season. None of the other three contestants who have earned money in the right combination of events – Kyle Thomson, Jesse Jolly and Rollie Wilson – has reached the $1,000 threshold in all three events, either. Thomson, of Lundbreck, Alberta, is seeking to become the first Canadian winner of the Linderman Award since Bernie Smyth Jr., in 1992.

• Now this doesn’t seem Wright: Utah’s Wright brothers swept the first three places (and a share of fourth) in the saddle bronc riding at the Aug. 1-2 Caribou County Fair & Rodeo in Grace, Idaho – and none of those four Wrights was two-time World Champion Cody Wright. Jake Wright was first with an 81-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Rain Cloud, one point ahead of his twin brother, Jesse. Next in line was Alex Wright in third place, and Spencer Wright tied for fourth with Merritt Smith. Cody? He withdrew from Grace on a doctor release.

• Brazile watch: It was mostly a team roping week for 16-time World Champion Trevor Brazile. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy paired with Patrick Smith to finish second in Phillipsburg, Kan., and Abilene, Kan., each time by a tenth of a second, for total earnings of $4,768 and Brazile won an additional $1,610 in steer roping in Dodge City, Kan. Brazile continues to lead the world standings in the all-around and team roping-heading, but fell to second place in steer roping, $1,434 behind Cody Lee, as he seeks to break the ProRodeo record for career world championships. Brazile is tied with Jim Shoulders for second place, two back of steer roper Guy Allen.

• For full results of the weekend’s PRCA rodeos, visit www.prorodeo.com.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It’s not really on any maps. It’s about two hours away from the nearest Wal-Mart. We don’t even have a post office anymore.”

– Wrangler NFR saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, telling the Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune about his tiny hometown of Elsmere, Neb.

4. Next Up

Aug. 6    Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede finishes

Aug. 6    Northeast Montana Fair & Rodeo, Glasgow, Mont., finishes

Aug. 6    Larimer County Fair & Rodeo, Loveland, Colo., ongoing

Aug. 6     Field of Dreams Stampede, La Crete, Alberta, begins

Aug. 7     Lovington (N.M.) Xtreme Bulls Tour

Aug. 7     Yuma County Fair & Rodeo, Yuma, Colo., begins

Aug. 8     Jerome County Fair & Rodeo, Jerome, Idaho, begins

Aug. 8     Crossett (Ark.) Saddle Club PRCA Rodeo begins

Aug. 8     Farm-City ProRodeo, Hermiston, Ore., begins (SILVER TOUR)

Aug. 8     Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo begins

Aug. 8     Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo, Lovington, N.M., begins (SILVER TOUR)

Aug. 8     Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo begins (SILVER TOUR)

Aug. 9     Tioga County Fair, Whitneyville, Pa.

Aug. 9     Dick Stull Memorial Rodeo, Sterling, Colo., begins

Aug. 9     Cache County Fair & Rodeo, Logan, Utah, begins

Aug. 9     Missoula (Mont.) Stampede begins

Aug. 9     101 Wild West Rodeo, Ponca City, Okla., begins

Aug. 9     Omak (Wash.) Stampede begins

Aug. 10   Summit County Fair & Rodeo, Coalville, Utah, begins

Aug. 10   Red Horse Ranch PRCA Rodeo, Fergus Falls, Minn., begins

Aug. 10   Klamath Falls (Ore.) Great Northwest PRCA Rodeo begins

Aug. 10   Sand & Sage Roundup, Lamar, Colo., begins

Aug. 10   Ralph Morgan Semi-Annual Rodeo, Lauderdale, Miss., begins

Aug. 10   Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series begins

Aug. 10   Linn County Fair & Rodeo, Mound City, Kan., begins

Aug. 10   Catfish Stampede, Onida, S.D., begins

Aug. 10   Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series begins (with permit section-BR)

Aug. 10   Douglas County Fair & Rodeo, Castle Rock, Colo., begins

Aug. 10   Dawson Creek (British Columbia) Stampede begins

Aug. 11   Dawson County Fair & Rodeo, Glendive, Mont.

Aug. 11   Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown-Pilesgrove, N.J.

Aug. 11   Breckenridge (Colo.) Stables PRCA Rodeo begins

Aug. 11   Kimball County Fair, Kimball, Neb., begins

Aug. 11   Ventura County Fair Rodeo, Ventura, Calif., begins

5. News and notes from the rodeo trail

Gene Rice, a two-term member of the PRCA Board of Directors in the late 1990s and a Gold Card member, died July 30 in his hometown of Phoenix. He was 82.       A distinguished businessman and financier in Arizona, Rice was brought onto the board as an independent director in 1997 during Lewis Cryer’s tenure as the first PRCA commissioner and remained on the board through 2000. Rice was the CEO of Rice Financial Corporation – pursuing specialty real estate properties for investors – the owner of Fed One Bankcard Services and chairman of the pension for Arizona’s second-largest private company, Shamrock Foods. Before starting Rice Financial, Rice served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of MeraBank/First Federal Savings from 1982-90. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lola; six children, 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral mass was held on Aug. 2 at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation – IBC Research Foundation, 321 High School Road NE Ste. D3, PMB 149, Bainbridge Island, Wash., 98110 … PRCA sponsor Exclusive Genetics has signed a three-year contract to make the Roper Cowboy Marketplace at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay the home of the Million Dollar Bucking Bull Championship through 2014. The deal also makes the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino the official host hotel of the event with Exclusive Genetics also securing the naming rights to the Cowboy Marketplace arena. The Million Dollar Bucking Bull Championship is the world’s-biggest prize money event for 2-year-old bucking bulls, with the owner of the winning bull receiving a check for $500,000 … Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ’76 treasurer Joe Peterson is reporting that last week’s rodeo enjoyed a 25 percent increase in ticket revenue over the 2011 total ($122,000 vs. $98,000). Peterson attributed the dramatic rise to a cooperative effort the Days of ’76 committee entered into this year with South Dakota Tourism and “a lot more marketing.” … Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bull rider Jacob O’Mara has undergone his second hand surgery of the year – this time removing bone spurs and repairing cartilage damage – and will be sidelined for at least another month. O’Mara won Round 3 and placed in three additional rounds in his Wrangler NFR debut last December, finishing fifth in the world standings … The North Texas State Fair & Rodeo in Denton will be recognized with an official Texas Historical Marker in a ceremony at the fairgrounds on Aug. 8. The designation honors the 84-year-old rodeo as an important and educational part of the history of farming and ranching in the Denton County region … Rodeo Austin will hold its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Aug. 9 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, handing out grants to 44 students ranging from $5,000 to $16,000 … Officials of the Sidney (Iowa) Rodeo Museum – due to open late this summer – held an open house on Aug. 4, in conjunction with the final day of Iowa’s Championship Rodeo. A major storm last summer caused a delay in the $700,000 project’s completion, destroying the roof on two of the buildings and an air conditioning unit. Volunteers will be installing about 15 exhibits over the next few weeks, including one featuring a Jim Shoulders championship saddle … A win in the barrel racing last week at the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo in Joseph, Ore., allowed Pamela Capper to edge bareback rider Ad Bugenig and bareback rider Lee Lantz for the Harley Tucker Rodeo Series Award. In addition to the prize money she received at the four participating Oregon rodeos – St. Paul, Elgin, Union and Joseph – Capper also got a $1,500 check for having the best overall results, another bonus check for $2,500 from an anonymous supporter of FFA and a hand-crafted belt buckle … A transformer down the road from Resistol Arena, home of the Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series, blew up and caught on fire Aug. 3, thrusting the arena into darkness and stifling heat. Officials quickly got generators going to light the arena and the rodeo was only about 15 minutes late in getting started … The old stage on the west wall of the Behind the Chutes beer garden in Ellensburg, Wash., has been torn down and replaced with a bigger, updated stage in the southwest corner of the bar. The idea is to give people more room to mingle and to dance once the Ellensburg Rodeo opens over the Labor Day weekend, board member Jerry Doolin told the Ellensburg Daily Record.

6. 2012 PRCA World Standings leaders
AA: Trevor Brazile..…………$168,473

BB: Steven Dent.…………………$96,178

SW: Ethen Thouvenell………… .$62,021
TR-1: Trevor Brazile…………..$91,552
TR-2: Patrick Smith….…………$91,552
SB: Wade Sundell…………….. $88,633

TD: Justin Maass..…………….$102,521
BR: Cody Teel………………………$93,383
SR: Trevor Brazile………………..$49,153

7. 2012 PRCA World Standings
Unofficial as of August 6, 2012.
For the 2012 season (Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012), official rodeo limits are as follows: all-around, 70; bareback riding, 100; steer wrestling, 70; team roping, 85; saddle bronc riding, 100; tie-down roping, 75; barrel racing, 100; and bull riding, 125. Bull riders can count earnings at PRCA Xtreme Bulls events toward the PRCA World Standings, but not toward the all-around standings.

2012 PRCA WORLD STANDINGS

All-around

1.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                    $168,473

2.    Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.                                               78,168

3.    Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.                                                 72,379

4.    Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas                                  65,963

5.    Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah                                63,176

6.    Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.                                  61,630

7.    Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas                             61,150

8.    Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.                                        53,846

9.    Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.                                            53,547

10.  Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah                                       51,333

11.  Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.                                         51,112

12.  Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.                                        41,683

13.  Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta                                    39,649

14.  Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.                                            39,096

15.  Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia            37,686

16.  Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas                                            33,611

17.  Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.                                       30,872

18.  Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif.                                 30,455

19.  Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.                                           30,404

20.  Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas                       28,787

Bareback Riding

1.    Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.                                            $96,178

2.    Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas                                              96,114

3.    Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas                                     72,859

4.    Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.                                              72,233

5.    Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah                                            71,221

6.    Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.                                               61,810

7.    J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.                                             57,848

8.    Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah                                         56,148

9.    Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.                                             47,723

10.  Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan.                                      47,165

11.  Brian Bain, Culver, Ore.                                                  46,053

12.  Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo.                                          45,068

13.  Dusty LaValley, Bezanson, Alberta                                40,866

14.  Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore.                                      39,472

15.  Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.                                             39,163

16.  Matt Bright, Azle, Texas                                                 36,726

17.  Josi Young, Kimberly, Idaho                                          36,134

18.  Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas                                      35,473

19.  Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D.                                              34,469

20.  Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla.                                        34,306

Steer Wrestling

1.    Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif.                                     $62,021

2.    Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo.                                     57,381

3.    Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.                                           56,635

4.    Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas                                    54,563

5.    Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.                                         49,960

6.    Gabe Ledoux, Kaplan, La.                                              47,112

7.    K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas                                             44,856

8.    Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.                            40,858

9.    Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont.                                           39,871

10.  Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah                                                    39,553

11.  Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D.                                             38,844

12.  Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho                                           38,575

13.  Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.                                        38,474

14.  Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb.                                      35,605

15.  Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.                             35,593

16.  Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla.                                       35,318

17.  Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo.                                     35,091

18.  Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia            33,656

19.  Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.                                        33,477

20.  Ben Shofner, Jasper, Texas                                              31,866

Team Roping (header)

1.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                      $91,552

2.    Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.                                           72,749

3.    Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                             67,903

4.    Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.                                         67,252

5.    Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn.                                     63,515

6.    Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas                                  60,879

7.    Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.                                         58,954

8.    Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.                                    55,538

9.    Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz.                                 52,518

10.  Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.                                   50,958

11.  Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                           50,833

12.  Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.                                  50,312

13.  Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas                                    50,186

14.  Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas                                               48,548

15.  Manny Egusquiza Jr., Madison, Ga.                                43,869

16.  Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla.                                              43,684

17.  Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.                                         42,641

18.  Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif.                                      38,490

19.  Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas                                  37,860

20.  Drew Horner, Plano, Texas                                             36,553

Team Roping (heeler)

1.    Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas                                      $91,552

2.    Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.                                                 67,903

3.    Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.                                            67,252

4.    Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.                                                65,877

5.    Clay Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.                                     61,354

6.    Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas                                    60,142

7.    Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas                                              55,663

8.    Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas                                            54,823

9.    Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas                                 50,186

10.  Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.                                          49,770

11.  Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz.                                       48,883

12.  Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.                                  46,617

13.  Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga.                                           45,266

14.  Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.                                44,099

15.  Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla.                                        43,684

16.  Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas                                              43,026

17.  Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas                                         42,902

18.  Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif.                                       42,026

19.  Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas                                      40,932

20.  Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.                                    40,585

Saddle Bronc Riding

1.    Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa                                     $88,633

2.    Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah                                            74,203

3.    Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.                                              68,753

4.    Cody Wright, Milford, Utah                                           61,658

5.    Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.                                             59,923

6.    Cody Taton, Corona, N.M.                                             59,032

7.    Jake Wright, Milford, Utah                                             50,945

8.    Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas                          48,708

9.    Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.                                             47,557

10.  Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.                                             44,779

11.  Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.                                                 42,665

12.  Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas                                        42,199

13.  Sterling Crawley, College Station, Texas                        41,447

14.  Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.                                       39,797

15.  Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas                               39,764

16.  Cody Angland, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia             39,343

17.  Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D.                                            36,927

18.  Luke Butterfield, Ponoka, Alberta                                  34,202

19.  Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont.                                      34,019

20.  Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.                                     30,976

Tie-down Roping

1.    Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas                                    $102,521

2.    Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.                                         82,332

3.    Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                            63,993

4.    Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.                                          62,445

5.    Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas                                60,920

6.    Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas                                      58,322

7.    Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas                                                    54,411

8.    Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas                                      52,843

9.    Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah                                51,504

10.  Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                            50,839

11.  Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas                                          50,542

12.  Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas                              46,835

13.  Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.                                                43,493

14.  Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.                                        43,214

15.  Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.                                                 42,960

16.  Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas                                       42,677

17.  Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M.                                    42,344

18.  Shank Edwards, Tatum, N.M.                                         41,984

19.  Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas                                                 41,952

20.  Logan Hofer, Magrath, Alberta                                       39,541

Steer Roping

1.    Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas                                          $49,153

2.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                        47,719

3.    Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.                                           42,665

4.    Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas                                       42,630

5.    Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.                                            34,535

6.    Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.                                        33,009

7.    Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.                                        29,321

8.    Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla.                                  29,110

9.    Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas                             26,106

10.  Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas                                           25,412

11.  J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.                                           22,006

12.  Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla.                                     21,971

13.  Cody Scheck, Ellinwood, Kan.                                       21,863

14.  Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.                                     20,958

15.  Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz.                                           20,749

16.  Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla.                                      19,777

17.  Cody Garnett, Barnsdall, Okla.                                       19,488

18.  Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas                           18,888

19.  Howdy McGinn, North Powder, Ore.                            18,306

20.  Lawson Plemons, Axtell, Texas                                      17,745

Bull Riding

1.    Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas                                           $93,383

2.    Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas                               80,149

3.    Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.                                           75,680

4.    Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.                                              74,364

5.    J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas                                               68,203

6.    Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.                                      67,863

7.    Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn.                                     57,439

8.    Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.                                        53,383

9.    Beau Schroeder, China, Texas                                         52,157

10.  Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo.                                   51,186

11.  Cody Whitney, Sayre, Okla.                                           50,979

12.  Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.                                         49,990

13.  Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.                              49,075

14.  Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.                                     46,387

15.  Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.                                      45,422

16.  Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah                                              42,441

17.  Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas                                   42,349

18.  Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo.                                        42,328

19.  Chris Roundy, Spanish Fork, Utah                                 41,189

20.  Dustin Elliott, North Platte, Neb.                                                38,856

*2012 Barrel Racing (through August 6, 2012)
Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

1. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas                              $161,422

2. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas                           118,159

3. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta                               114,466

4. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas                                        84,149

5. Benette Barrington-Little, Ardmore, Okla.               63,107

6. Nikki Steffes, Vale, S.D.                                           61,748

7. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.                                    60,763

8. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore.                                 59,285

9. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz.                                       52,880

10. Kaley Bass, Davenport, Fla.                                    50,928

11. Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif.                       50,147

12. Robyn Herring, Huntington, Texas                         43,276

13. Sammi Bessert, Loma, Colo.                                   41,244

14. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.                              38,983

15. Kelli Tolbert, Hooper, Utah                                     38,102

16. Sydni Blanchard, Tucumcari, N.M.                         37,760

17. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas                            37,482

18. Lee Ann Rust, Stephenville, Texas                          37,023

19. Tana Renick, Kingston, Okla.                                  36,626

20. Liz Combs, Eltopia, Wash.                                      36,236

8. 2012 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings
Unofficial as of August 6, 2012.

Bareback Riding

1.    Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.                                             $58,716

2.    Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas                                               45,646

3.    Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.                                                37,427

4.    J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.                                              33,091

5.    Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas                                      30,920

6.    Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore.                                       15,657

7.    Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah                                          14,036

8.    Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.                                     14,000

9.    Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas                                       13,325

10.  Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.                                              10,752

11.  Luke Creasy, Brownfield, Alberta                                     9,402

12.  Heath Ford, Slocum, Texas                                                9,395

13.  Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D.                                                 8,990

14.  Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo.                                          7,281

15.  Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore.                                            7,195

16.  Steven Anding, Crossroads, Texas                                     6,878

17.  Tom McFarland, Bowie, Texas                                          6,863

18.  Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho                                   6,307

19.  Codi Myers, Samnorwood, Texas                                      5,810

20.  Chase Erickson, Helena, Mont.                                          5,612

Steer Wrestling

1.    Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif.                                      $34,800

2.    Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo.                                      31,645

3.    Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.                                            27,638

4.    Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah                                                     26,529

5.    Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.                             25,202

6.    Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.                                          24,220

7.    Gabe Ledoux, Kaplan, La.                                               23,675

8.    Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas                                     23,588

9.    K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas                                              22,389

10.  Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb.                                       19,723

11.  Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.                              19,031

12.  Riley York, Loyalton, Calif.                                             15,403

13.  Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho                                            14,932

14.  Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D.                                              14,681

15.  Monty Eakin, Pecos, Texas                                              14,530

16.  Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif.                                  14,180

17.  Shane Henderson, Winfield, Kan.                                    14,103

18.  Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.                                            13,958

19.  Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.                                         13,214

20.  Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia             13,145

Team Roping-Header

1.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                       $52,319

2.    Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn.                                      45,706

3.    Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.                                            41,581

4.    Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.                                          37,036

5.    Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz.                                  33,239

6.    Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                              32,402

7.    Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.                                          27,311

8.    Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla.                                               27,199

9.    Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.                                   26,626

10.  Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas                                   22,834

11.  Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.                                     21,625

12.  Drew Horner, Plano, Texas                                              21,424

13.  Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.                                    19,236

14.  Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas                                     18,039

15.  Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas                                                17,742

16.  Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas                                   16,898

17.  Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                            16,616

18.  Justin Yost, Mount Morris, Pa.                                         16,231

19.  Nathan McWhorter, Telephone, Texas                             16,073

20.  Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas                                 15,655

Team Roping-Heeler

1.    Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas                                       $52,319

2.    Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.                        40,653

3.    Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas                                     40,115

4.    Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.                                                 39,389

5.    Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.                                             37,036

6.    Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.                                                  32,402

7.    Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla.                                         27,199

8.    Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas                                               26,690

9.    Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz.                                        25,197

10.  Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas                                             21,625

11.  Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.                                           21,177

12.  Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.                                 20,746

13.  Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.                                   20,359

14.  Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas                                  18,039

15.  Justin Copp, Justin, Texas                                                17,684

16.  Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas                                          16,913

17.  Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif.                      16,757

18.  Justin Davis, Cottonwood, Calif.                                     16,669

19.  Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash.                             16,231

20.  Twister Cain, Gonzales, Texas                                         16,073

Saddle Bronc

1.    Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.                                             $31,590

2.    Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah                                             30,747

3.    Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa                                        28,599

4.    Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D.                                             24,438

5.    Cody Wright, Milford, Utah                                            23,675

6.    Jake Wright, Milford, Utah                                              23,227

7.    Sterling Crawley, College Station, Texas                         16,565

8.    Cody Angland, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia             13,439

9.    Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas                           13,385

10.  Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah                                 12,973

11.  Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.                                              11,827

12.  Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.                                        11,610

13.  Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah                                        10,394

14.  Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.                                          9,214

15.  Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo.                                                 8,245

16.  Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand                                 7,963

17.  Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D.                                             7,813

18.  Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.                                                    6,811

19.  Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo.                                                 6,467

20.  Alex Wright, Milford, Utah                                               5,574

Tie Down Roping

1.    Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas                                       $57,210

2.    Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                             42,299

3.    Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.                                          39,685

4.    Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas                                        27,236

5.    Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah                                 23,707

6.    Shane Slack, Idabel, Okla.                                               23,419

7.    Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas                                       23,197

8.    Jerome Schneeberger, Ponca City, Okla.                          23,174

9.    Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas                                 23,013

10.  Jeremiah Peek, Pueblo, Colo.                                           20,828

11.  Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz.                                          20,330

12.  Trevor Thiel, Greeley, Colo.                                             20,190

13.  Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas                                           19,901

14.  Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas                                  18,692

15.  Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas                               18,156

16.  Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.                                                 18,010

17.  Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas                                                  17,868

18.  Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                           17,524

19.  Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas                                       17,331

20.  Shank Edwards, Tatum, N.M.                                          17,036

Bull Riding

1.    Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.                                     $38,544

2.    Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas                                              33,546

3.    Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas                                33,203

4.    Cody Whitney, Sayre, Okla.                                            26,327

5.    Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.                                      21,733

6.    Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.                                         19,791

7.    Bryan Richardson, Dallas, Texas                                      16,308

8.    Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo.                                    16,006

9.    Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.                                          13,100

10.  Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah                                       12,891

11.  Dustin Elliott, North Platte, Neb.                                     12,348

12.  Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.                                            11,649

13.  Paul Coppini, Kuna, Idaho                                               10,971

14.  Tony Mendes, Fruita, Colo.                                              10,690

15.  Patrick Geipel, Elbert, Colo.                                             10,644

16.  Jacob O’Mara, Baton Rouge, La.                                     10,617

17.  Travis Atkinson, Lehi, Utah                                               9,983

18.  Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.                                                 9,461

19.  Keith Roquemore, Cottonwood, Calif.                              9,203

20.  Chris Roundy, Spanish Fork, Utah                                    9,198

9. 2012 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour Standings

Unofficial as of August 6, 2012.

1.    Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.                                             $37,026

2.    Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas                                              30,549

3.    J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas                                                26,238

4.    Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn.                                      24,414

5.    Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah                                               16,681

6.    Tony Mendes, Fruita, Colo.                                              16,346

7.    Nile Lebaron, Hamilton, Texas                                         15,809

8.    Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.                                         14,462

9.    Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas                                    14,167

10.  Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.                                            14,031

11.  Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.                               13,880

12.  Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo.                                         13,491

13.  Douglas Duncan, Alvin, Texas                                         13,351

14.  Colin McTaggart, Las Vegas, Nev.                                  12,655

15.  Cody Whitney, Sayre, Okla.                                            12,549

16.  Sonny Murphy, Tremonton, Utah                                    11,226

17.  Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas                                 10,473

18.  Jimmy Anderson, Denton, Texas                                       9,964

19.  Sunshine Schwartz, Anoka, Minn.                                     9,541

20.  Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.                                         9,532

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