This week starts a fantastic week for professional rodeo athletes in both the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association as each of them travel across the country to chase their dreams on their way to the “Daddy Of Them All”, the Cheyenne Frontier Days. While this rodeo takes center stage it is not the only big time rodeo going on an many of the top athletes know that so they chase those to make some valuable money to get them closer to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this December in Las Vegas.
PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider Sterling Crawley
Sterling Crawley is not the type of guy to sit back and be happy with just missing out on a WNFR qualification last year so he set his sights on not only making it back the the Thomas & Mack this year but doing it and taking home the World Champion title as well. He had a huge week as he won the California Rodeo Salinas with 164 points on two head to take home his share of the $407,880 that was up for grabs. After the win Crawley said, “This is the first time I’ve won this rodeo, and I always wanted this buckle.” He went on to say, “I couldn’t be happier. Honestly, things weren’t going too great about two months ago and my brother (Jacobs) helped me get my head together and go back to the basics and I’ve been able to get some stuff going again. I was very lucky to have Jacobs there for me.” The Stephenville, Texas cowboy sits comfortably in the fourth spot in the latest Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings after his big win this last week in Salinas.
PRCA Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild
Fan favorite and multi time World Champion Kaycee Feild has been away from action and off of the radar for the last few months recovering from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum. Feild decided to take some time off this last March to have the surgery knowing that it would drop him lower and quite possibly out of contention for the top 15 in the world standings. When he came back to action he knew he had some work to do as he went from first to 19th, too low to make another trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This last week he came back with a mission and split the win with Winn Ratliff while covering two head for 169 points at the Snake River Stampede. The win at the prestigious rodeo helped him claim $9,858 and move him solidly into 13th place in the latest World Standings. Feild commented on his health and his mission to make it to Las Vegas this December by saying, “I’m not quite back to 100 percent, but I’m getting better and closer to normal range of motion with every ride. I’m rodeoing the same as any other year from here on out.”
PRCA Tie-Down Roper Monty Lewis
Usually during the big summer run there are many changes to the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings but this week is very different. Believe it or not there are not many things to report on this front as there was only one change but it was a big one for 2004 World Champion tie-down roper Money Lewis. After winning $9,298 at the Nampa Rodeo he bolted from fifth place to first place charging ahead of the defending World Champion Tuf Cooper. Now that Lewis is atop the leaderboard he can not cool his jets and has to always look over is shoulder as Cooper is only a mere $1,116 behind him in second place!
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