As the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo continues its journey down a new road here in Texas, the action down on the arena floor has been absolutely stellar as the top professional rodeo athletes in the world compete for numerous world titles. Over the last two nights inside of Globe Life Park, the cowboys and cowgirls have proven time and time again that the change in venue, arena set-up, and overall feel can not give any of them a challenge that they can not overcome. From a larger arena to different starting boxes for the timed events to many more chutes scattered across the arena floor, the runs and rides that are being made thus far have been truly remarkable.
Along with all that has been happening over the last two nights there are a few of those competing here this week that has had a start to a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that they have always dreamed about. Team ropers Travis Graves and Dustin Egusquiza took home the round win last night, each having the earliest go-round win of their WNFR careers while taking the average and the world title race lead. Tie-down roper Marty Yates and 2-event cowboy here at the WNFR, Stetson Wright, have both come out victorious for the first two rounds with Wright taking victory both nights in the bull riding event. The remainder of this year’s WNFR will be an exciting one to watch along with the Top Gun award that is shaping up nicely as well.
Kaycee Feild Wins Round Three In The Bareback Riding
Photo Credit: PRCA Pro Rodeo / James Phifer
Tonight, we continue our focused coverage on two events as we first concentrate on the bareback riding event here in round three on Saturday night after a tough go-round last night that left many cowboys full of aches and pains. It is always fun to watch these contestants as they get lashed around atop of their bucking horses which eventually begins to take a toll on their bodies throughout the ten nights of action, and that historically starts to begin in rounds three or four. Over the last two nights, both Richmond Champion and Tanner Aus have been able to record go-round wins as they all continue to chase Tim O’Connell who sits atop of the world standings leaderboard.
In tonight’s round three, the top fifteen bareback riders in the world matched up with bucking horses that gave them all a very good opportunity to mark up another qualified ride and earn them some extra cash for their efforts. This pen of buckers matched up well tonight and gave the fans many chances to see some amazing rides and exciting scores come up on the big screen. Once everything was said and done there would be twelve of the fifteen that would be able to ride to the eight-second mark to earn a qualified ride in the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. No one could match the effort that Kaycee Feild would lay down aboard Calgary Stampede’s Xplosive Skies to earn the third go-round win with a solid 91.50 point ride, earning him a trip to Texas LIVE! and a nice $23,000+ check.
Allen Boore Carries Top Score In The Saddle Bronc Riding
Photo Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal
The classic professional rodeo event of saddle bronc riding has also given all of us something to cheer about and watch for as the competition and action have been some of the best that we have seen in recent years. Over the first two rounds of action, we have seen what things can go “Wright” in the saddle bronc event as brothers have each claimed a go-round win to begin this year’s WNFR. In round one, it would be Rusty Wright that would take home the win while brother Ryder Wright taking home go-round number two. Heading into tonight’s round three it began to look like it would be a Wright week here at the 2020 WNFR but everyone was hoping to change that as the Saturday night round began.
Last night was one of the rankest pens of saddle bronc bucking horses that we have seen in some time, giving each of the top fifteen riders in the world all that they could handle and leaving them banged up and bruised heading into tonight’s round three. As the round began you could tell the toll that 24-hours ago took on these cowboys as many began to walk away with limps and grimaces on their faces, but each fought through the pain to try and claim their spot at the top for the night. After all the dust settled and the scores were tallied it would be WNFR rookie Allen Boore who would play host to the round three win with an exciting ride atop Calgary Stampede’s Yesterday’s Delivery to the tune of 90.50 points, that would give those fans in attendance a reason to get out of their seats and stand up and cheer for what they just were able to witness.
Round Three Winners From The 2020 WNFR:
Round Winner: Kaycee Feild (91.50)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Kaycee Feild (259.50/3)
World Title Leader: Tim O’Connell
Round Winner: Will Lummus (3.5 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Dakota Eldridge (12.6 Seconds/3)
World Title Leader: Matt Reeves
Round Winners: Dustin Egusquiza & Travis Graves (4.2 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leaders: Dustin Egusquiza & Travis Graves (12.9 Seconds/3)
World Title Leaders: Dustin Egusquiza & Travis Graves
Saddle Bronc Riding:
Round Winner: Allen Boore (90.50)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Wyatt Casper (261.50/3)
World Title Leader: Wyatt Casper
Round Winner: Cory Solomon (7.0 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Cory Solomon (23.8 Seconds/3)
World Title Leader: Shad Mayfield
Round Winner: Lisa Lockhart (17.09 Seconds)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Hailey Kinsel (51.90 Seconds/3)
World Title Leader: Hailey Kinsel
Round Winner: Colton Fritzlan (89.00)
2002 WNFR Average Leader: Stetson Dell Wright (179.00/2 of 3)
World Title Leader: Ky Hamilton
- Stetson Wright ($159,892)
- Tuf Cooper ($121,450)
Top Gun Award:
- Dustin Egusquiza ($80,653.85)
- Travis Graves. ($80,653.85)
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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