Only four dates are left in the 2014 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association regular season and things are changing on a daily basis. Every cowboy within reach of the top 15 in the World standings will be hitting the road as hard as they have in this last week of competition. With so much changing in the race for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, in just this past week, it is anyone’s guess who will be under the bright lights in Vegas. Many well known rodeo stars have made big moves but they are not the only ones catching the attention of those waiting for the list of competitors to come out next week.
The Fantastic Five, The Wright Brothers.
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The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has been the home of the Wright Brothers for as long as many folks can remember. Many people think that the saddle bronc division simply would not be the same without at least one of the Wright brothers in the competition and looking to claim another World Championship to take home to their family. Even though rodeo fans may know the three that are household names around the WNFR there are two more that are making a bid for their time in Vegas. Last week all five boys in the Wright clan made a statement in the PRCA Saddle Bronc World standings by each taking home their separate prize monies. The 2012 World Champion Jesse Wright led all five of the brothers by taking home 4 checks giving him $6,389 in his pocket going into the last full week of rodeos. His brother Cody, a two-time world champ, was a close second by taking home $4,828 in PRCA prize money. The other three of the brothers that won money this past week were Jake, Jesse’s twin, with $2,590, Rusty, who is Cody’s son taking another $1,486 and his brother Spencer bringing in $365.00. Believe it or not they each ended up taking home a check at their hometown rodeo in Eagle Mountain, Utah. Sooner or later 5 of the top 15 spots in the world will be taken by those with the last name of Wright, mark my words!
PRCA Tie-Down Roper Cody Ohl
The focus on tie-down roper Cody Ohl just got a little more consideration after this week’s wins and consistent check cashing. Many people did not believe that he could make it back to his historic 20th career Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Ohl was able to make his way into the top 15 in the world with a huge week earning $8,103. Remember if the season ended just one week earlier Cody Ohl would be going back to Vegas trying to win another World Championship in his 2oth WNFR but he has another busy weekend ahead before the PRCA regular season ends. He has worked very hard after coming back from injury and making all the Cody Ohl doubters start believing in him while securing his place with just under $6,000 between him and the number 16 man Cory Soloman. Time will tell at the end of this last week exactly who will be there competing and if Cody Ohl can make his 2014 dreams come true!
PRCA Permit Holder and Bull Rider Josh Frost
With $44,692 as of Sept. 22, Josh Frost has already surpassed his elder brother, Joe, to take over second place on the all-time list of money won on a permit in a single season, and he’s just $3,034 behind the record Sage Kimzey set a year ago. Frost is also within reach of Caleb Smidt’s overall record for money won on a permit. His $55,757 over the last two seasons is just $5,227 shy of Smidt’s mark (2011-12) of $60,985.
With one week left in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association 2014 regular season the Rodeo Round Up is watching the World Standings very closely and wanted to give you an up to date list of where your favorite athletes stand. Below is the current standings and you can see exactly how close many of the races are coming down to the wire.
Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas $247,511
Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah $159,033
Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. $91,804
Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. $105,643
Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. $105,643
Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. $112,380
Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas $147,073
Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. $143,165
Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. $66,290
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