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

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. 

2019 CPRA Rodeo Season Kicks Off Next Weekend With Agribition

There’s no rest for competitors who want to make it back to the Canadian Finals Rodeo for its second trip to Red Deer, Alberta, next year. While the long winter looms ahead, competitors will receive an early chance to start the standings race at the Canadian Western Agribition. 

Rising Star: Bailey Gregg, 15-Year-Old All-Around Cowgirl

Team roper, barrel racer, goat tier, and a rodeo queen with a strong working cow horse background. Fifteen-year-old Bailey Gregg truly is an all-around cowgirl.

Look Out South Dakota, The Steer Wrestlers Are Coming Your Way

Rapid City, South Dakota, better get ready for the “big boys” of rodeo this weekend. The Kjerstad Event Center will play host to a qualifier for the 2019 edition of The American this Saturday that’s bound to bring out some tough competition.

VOTE: What Is The Best Song About Rodeo?

We love it when country artists “sing a little ditty” about our favorite sport, but which song reigns supreme? From old to new, classic country to modern-day twang, we’ve strung together a list of some of our favorite rodeo songs of all time and want you to decide which one is the best of the best.

Don't Have Time To Rewatch The Entire CFR? Watch All The Highlights Here

If you don't have time to watch the full replays of the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo, we have your "mini-fix" right here. Watch all the round winning rides and runs from each round of CFR45 in the highlight videos below:

We Called It. 2018 IS Scott Guenthner's Year

When Scott Guenthner took home the title at the Ponoka Stampede all the way back in July, we started asking ourselves if this could be his year? 

Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler Take Home Back-To-Back Canadian Titles

Despite a last-minute rush to even qualify for the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler have proven to be unstoppable on Canadian soil for two years in a row. The pair walked out of Westerner Park in Red Deer, Alberta, as the Canadian champion team ropers for the second time as a team, and Simpson's fourth title in his career.

Watch The Entire 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo AGAIN

The Canadian Finals Rodeo's debut in the city of Red Deer, Alberta, was one for the record books — literally. The three Larsen brothers made history as the first set of three siblings to compete in three different events in performance one, Jake Vold broke the CFR record in the bareback in performance two, and barrel racer Callahan Crossley continued to set — and raise — the bar of the new arena record each night. 

'Love Ya Buddy': Champion Sends Message To Vezain At CFR45

'Love Ya Buddy': Champion Sends Message To Vezain At CFR45

Newly crowned Canadian champion bareback rider Richmond Champion gave a special message to his friend and fellow bareback rider J.R. Vezain during his interview. Vezain is currently recovering from a spinal injury he sustained near the end of the 2018 rodeo season.

Competitor Crossover: Who's Competing In The CFR & Rising Stars?

Looking at the list of young cowboys and cowgirls that are competing in the Rising Stars Junior CFR means looking at the next generation of potential professionals. Some of those competitors are proving that to be true–not sometime in the future–but today.