Tonight officially marks the final push towards the end of the 2020 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association season with round six here at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Now that round six has come upon us, we really begin to look at the average races and how that will affect what the world title race looks like as we round things out this coming Saturday night in round ten. Over the last two nights, we have celebrated those lost this past year as well as showing our support for the Tough Enough To Wear Pink movement but tonight we turn to celebrate this year’s achievements from some of our newest PRCA and WPRA members.
Round six began earlier tonight with an amazing opening ceremony where we all came together to celebrate the contenders of the Resistol Rookie of the Year Races. Throughout the first half of this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo performances, the rookie class has come to play and given their best each and every night, making sure that they will be remembered for the foreseeable future. Even though this year’s season has looked a tad bit different than what we are accustomed to seeing, that does not take anything away from these outstanding Rookie of the Year candidates and the year-end contenders in each category that we celebrated here earlier tonight.
Jacob Edler Splits The Sixth Go-Round Win
Photo Credit: Wrangler Network
So far this week, the big boys of the steer wrestling event have laid down some amazing runs, missed some that gave us a few heartache moments, and left some with some painful injuries to work through. Along with all of that, there have been a few of the top fifteen here that are continuing to have a 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to remember. We spoke earlier about the rookie of the year class and a few of those athletes are competing here in the steer wrestling event and are leaving their mark all while beginning to stockpile a nice little pocket full of cash for their efforts over the first six performances, looking to continue that luck on through the rest of the week.
As the action began to flow down on the beautiful arena dirt earlier tonight, every one of the top fifteen steer wrestlers here this year made a run at the barrier, some of which worked and some of which did not. Even though the runs were hard-fought tonight, there were still a few that are still trying to figure out the start here in Arlington, Texas while getting a late run that makes laying down a solid run, or a qualified run for that matter, a whole lot harder as the rounds get deeper and deeper each night. That being said, tonight, Jacob Edler and Stetson Jorgensen were able to fit all of the pieces together to split the round six win with amazing 3.3-second runs to earn just under $24,000 each and move up a bit in the average as well.
Dustin Boquet Takes The Bull Riding Title For Round Six
Photo Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Last night, the bull riders competing here met all that they could handle as the “Television Pen” otherwise known as the rank pen left many of them wondering if they can turn the ship that they have been sailing around. Each night so far it has seemed as if the top bull riders here this year have been left wondering what they can do to be comfortable aboard these bovine athletes, So far, only three nights have we been able to fill all six qualified rides to fill the field of guaranteed payout places, round one being eight qualified rides and round four claiming six qualified rides with last night giving eight qualified rides away. Tonight, we all had hoped to see some major things happen that could have a huge impact on the world title race that Ky Hamilton has continued to lead from round two up until tonight’s round six performance.
When the round six action began, it was very easy to tell that a majority of the bull riders had come to the arena on Tuesday night nursing some internal thoughts and some bumps and bruises which is to be expected after five straight nights of riding rank bucking bulls. The action began hot and heavy down on the arena floor and continued that way all the way through the fifteenth and final ride of the night. After all was said and done, four of the fifteen competing in round six were able to secure a qualified ride to earn some more average points in hopes of a huge payday at the conclusion of Saturday night’s action in round ten. No one could match the effort that Dustin Boquet would be able to put up atop Brookman Rodeo’s Hot Axe, on his third bull of the night, to the tune of 89.50 huge points to win the round six performance here at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Round Six Winners From The 2020 WNFR:
Round Winner: Cole Reiner (87.00)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Kaycee Feild (513.50/6)
World Title Leader: Tim O’Connell
Round Winner: Jacob Edler & Stetson Jorgensen (3.3 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Stetson Jorgensen (26.6 Seconds/6)
World Title Leader: Matt Reeves
Round Winners: Cody Snow & Junior Nogueira (3.9 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leaders: Dustin Egusquiza & Travis Graves (46.10 Seconds/6)
World Title Leaders: Luke Brown & Travis Graves
Saddle Bronc Riding:
Round Winner: Ryder Wright (90.50)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Ryder Wright (525.00/6)
World Title Leader: Wyatt Casper
Round Winner: Haven Meged (6.8 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Shane Hanchey (50.0 Seconds/6)
World Title Leader: Shad Mayfield
Round Winner: Emily Miller (17.01 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Hailey Kinsel (103.80 Seconds/6)
World Title Leader: Hailey Kinsel
Round Winner: Dustin Boquet (89.50)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Colten Fritzlan (428.50/5 of 6)
World Title Leader: Ty Wallace
- Stetson Wright ($214,187)
- Tuf Cooper ($132,450)
Top Gun Award:
- Ryder Wright ($109,846.16)
- Hailey Kinsel ($109,423.08)
As the rounds begin to dwindle, there is a lot of attention on the world title races this year as they are as close as they ever have been, allowing anything to happen at any given point throughout the ten days of action here in Texas! Each night the PRCA will be putting out what the world title races look like at the conclusion of each round and we will be sharing that with you in the above graphic. That being said, many times it takes a bit for them to get that together so we will add that in as soon as we receive it each night or the morning following the conclusion of each round. This will be another fun way to interact in a very different year as we all enjoy the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
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