2018 Standings: Who's In The Driver's Seat?

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We may just be a few days in to 2018, but we’re already well in to the 2018 rodeo season with over 30 rodeo events in the books. Competitors are rising to the top of the standings early in the season.

Two reigning world champions are already back at the top of the leaderboard for 2018. Marcos Costa, the first tie-down roping world champion to hail from Brazil, is already leading the way in the tie-down roping with $16,784.68, and four-time consecutive world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey has earned $29,344.83 to lead the bull riding.

Bareback rider Bill Tutor sits atop the standings in his event with $19,663.35 in 2018 earnings. The Huntsville, Texas, cowboy missed the NFR in 2016 by just one spot in the standings, before coming back to qualify for his first NFR last year.

It appears he’s got the bug and wasting no time on his hunt for his second qualification to rodeo’s pinnacle event.

Canadian high-point champion Curtis Cassidy leads the way in the steer wrestling standings with $18,141.83. Cassidy has had a successful CPRA and PRCA career with 33 CFR qualifications (steer wrestling and tie-down roping) and five NFR qualifications.

Clay Smith and Paul Eaves teamed up in 2015 and have been a winning combination ever since; Eaves has now made six consecutive NFR qualifications, and Smith has qualified each year since the two got together. 2018 is looking like another great year with $20,763.02 each to lead the team roping standings.

The 2015 world champion saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley has also been off to a good start in the 2018 rodeo season with the most money won in his event at $19,214.78. Looking over to the WPRA standings, barrel racer Taci Bettis of Round Top, Texas, has had a strong showing with $24,061.66 in the bank and leading the way. 

Rising Star: Caydence Roberts, 10-Year-Old All-Around Cowgirl

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This next Rising Star has so many accomplishments that I had to double-check her age because it was hard to believe a 10-year-old could do so much in her young career. Barrel racing and all-around titles came flying in as soon as this youngster could compete, and her reserve champion title at the 2017 Junior NFR introduced her to us in the No. 57 spot in The Rank against barrel racers in older age groups and from around the country. 

Crawley Continues His Roll, Rookie Wins Bulls At Redding

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Rodeo fans packed it in to watch the Redding Pro Rodeo in Redding, California, last week. The mid-May rodeo handed out nearly $170,000 to PRCA contestants, including saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley, who has been the only name we've seen in the No. 1 spot in the standings for months. 

How To Watch The 33rd Annual Championship Jr Roping Roundup

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The 2018 Barry Burk Championship Jr. Roping Roundup is streaming LIVE on FloRodeo from May 25-28 at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and Fairgrounds in Ardmore, Oklahoma. You can't go far in the world of tie-down roping without knowing the name "Burk"—there are many accomplished competitors who have rodeo'd under that name, including the event's namesake: 17-time WNFR qualifier Barry Burk. 

Rodeo Recap: Crane And Gloria Both Win Bracket-Style Events

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Tournament- or bracket-style competitions were all the rage over the weekend with both the Duvall’s 40th Annual Steer Wrestling Jackpot hosting the “Battle Royale” competition and the PBR hosting Canada’s first bracket-style Iron Cowboy competition. Both of these tournaments included some upsets that made them exciting right until the last run and ride. 

Get Ready For The 33rd Annual Championship Junior Roping Roundup

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The 33rd Annual Championship Junior Roping Roundup kicks off this week in Ardmore, Oklahoma! See some of the best young tie-down ropers and breakaway ropers compete at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum and Fairgrounds.

Rising Star: Cooper Cano, 14-Year-Old Roughstock Cowboy

First, he was told his horse was too big. Then, he decided to just get on the ones that bucked instead. Cooper Cano caught the rodeo bug as a toddler when he rode his horse up to the registration booth at the St. Paul Rodeo and tried to join in on the fun. 

Rodeo Recap: Mucho Dinero & Pedro Double Win, We Love Rodeo Moms

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The second rodeo weekend in May was quieter in the PRCA after a larger push last weekend. Although the checks were smaller, big names like Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, Tiany Schuster, Jacobs Crawley, and Sage Kimzey still came out to play and add another win to the many it will take to qualify for the WNFR. 

Something In The Water: Rodeo Champion Hotspots

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Maybe it’s something in the water.

Rear Back And Enjoy Photos From The Guymon Pioneer Days

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Rear back on a Sunday morning and enjoy some of the best photos from the 2018 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo in Guymon, Oklahoma. PRCA competitors battled it out for $233,874 in prize money and the rodeo's truly unique championship belts—not belt-buckles.

Rising Star: Dawson Stewart, 18-Year-Old Steer Wrestler

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After a strong showing at the 2017 Junior NFR in Las Vegas, Dawson Stewart debuted on The Rank in the No. 4 spot. Four events into the Ote Berry Junior Steer Wrestling World Championship tour season, Stewart has climbed the ranks and now sits at No. 1 in the Steer Wrestling Rankings.