See Who's On The Bubble With 29 PRCA Rodeos Left In The 2018 Season
See Who's On The Bubble With 29 PRCA Rodeos Left In The 2018 Season
More than 600 rodeos and over $36 million dollars all boil down to this — see who sits on "the bubble" in the PRCA and who has a chance to pass them.
More than 600 rodeos and over $36 million dollars all boil down to this. September 30 marks the final day of the 2018 PRCA regular season, meaning we have less than two weeks until the fate of the top 15 competitors in the world is sealed.
There are just 29 rodeos left before the end of the 2018 PRCA Rodeo Season of September 30, so that means 29 more chances to get within — or stay within — the top 15 in the world. Some are safe, but some are hitting the rodeo trail hard over the next two weekends and counting every penny they earn while they do it.
We caught up with Tanner Milan last weekend at Oldstoberfest when he was sitting in the 16th spot in the world standings. He's since dropped to No. 17, but the race is still on for Milan though and it wouldn't be unlike him to close the gap in the standings.
The only thing we can't track is rodeo count, which is always in short supply for some competitors this time of year that have rodeo'd they're you-know-what's off. So without taking that into consideration, here’s our report on who has a chance, who’s safe, and who needs to do a little more hustling within the top 20 competitors in the PRCA Standings:
Bareback: Wyatt Denny Sits On The Bubble
The bareback riding has the biggest jump from No. 15 to 16 out of all of the events. That doesn't mean Wyatt Denny (and the competitors just above him) are definitely safe, but they have a small cushion to work with in the final few rodeos left in the season.
Clint Laye is the No. 16 man and is over $7,500 behind Denny, so he'll need some big wins to make it back to his second WNFR.
|6||Richmond Champion||The Woodlands||TX||$113,791.69||SAFE|
|7||Kaycee Feild||Spanish Fork||UT||$107,861.00||SAFE|
|13||Shane O'Connell||Rapid City||SD||$78,929.11||Should be safe|
|14||J.R. Vezain||Cowley||WY||$77,710.54||Should be safe|
|16||Clint Laye||Cadogan||AB||$65,913.95||Needs $7,726.57|
|17||Seth Hardwick||Ranchester||WY||$62,631.56||Needs $11,008.99|
|18||Tanner Aus||Granite Falls||MN||$58,446.03||Needs $15,194.49|
|19||Ty Taypotat||Regina||SK||$58,323.71||Needs $15,316.81|
|20||Will Lowe||Canyon||TX||$57,684.94||Needs $15,955.58|
Steer Wrestling: Nick Guy On The Bubble, Others Might Need To Win More
Steer wrestling is a funny event where guys get on a roll and go to winning tons of money - a.k.a. Curtis Cassidy’s fast climb to No. 1 in the world standings over a couple weekends of competition. So, even though there are some guys that need to win quite a bit to catch them, I've left up to the No. 12 man in the world as a "should be safe" because weirder things have happened in this event.
|5||Will Lummus||West Point||MS||$86,957.99||SAFE|
|12||Blake Mindemann||Blanchard||OK||$75,385.85||Should be safe|
|13||Blake Knowles||Heppner||OR||$73,474.17||Might need a little more|
|14||Kyle Irwin||Robertsdale||AL||$73,264.36||Might need a little more|
|16||Cole Edge||Durant||OK||$68,479.93||Needs $1,431.38|
|17||Tanner Milan||Cochrane||AB||$67,601.21||Needs $2,310.10|
|18||Cameron Morman||Glen Ullin||ND||$62,675.96||Needs $7,235.35|
|19||Billy Bugenig||Ferndale||CA||$60,662.70||Needs $9,248.61|
|20||Chason Floyd||Buffalo||SD||$59,135.16||Needs $10,776.15|
Team Roping: Lane Ivy and Buddy Hawkins Sit On The Bubble
The team roping represents one of the tighter races between the No. 15 and 16 spots with headers Lane Ivy and Spencer Mitchell only showing a difference of just over $11 at the money, and heelers Buddy Hawkins II and Quinn Kelser just under $450 apart.
Both the heading and heeling don't have huge jumps between the earnings for the competitors from the 12 to 20 spots, so they probably can't consider themselves safe until September 30 hits.
|TEAM ROPING HEADERS|
|2||Clay Smith||Broken Bow||OK||$109,190.15||SAFE|
|5||Cody Snow||Los Olivos||CA||$85,639.55||SAFE|
|6||Chad Masters||Cedar Hill||TN||$85,352.95||SAFE|
|8||Luke Brown||Rock hill||SC||$81,870.89||SAFE|
|9||Derrick Begay||Seba Dalkai||AZ||$81,853.37||SAFE|
|11||Aaron Tsinigine||Tuba City||AZ||$81,311.61||SAFE|
|12||Tyler Wade||Terrell||TX||$66,914.01||Should be safe|
|13||Erich Rogers||Round Rock||AZ||$66,531.36||Might need a little more|
|14||Rhen Richard||Roosevelt||UT||$65,232.02||Might need a little more|
|16||Spencer Mitchell||Orange Cove||CA||$61,664.44||Needs $11.26|
|17||Jeff Flenniken||Caldwell||ID||$59,552.43||Needs $2,123.27|
|18||Joshua Torres||Ocala||FL||$57,106.77||Needs $4,568.93|
|19||Logan Olson||Flandreau||SD||$56,107.69||Needs $5,568.01|
|20||Kolton Schmidt||Barrhead||AB||$55,571.91||Needs $6,103.79|
|TEAM ROPING HEELERS|
|11||Clint Summers||Lake City||FL||$79,483.38||SAFE|
|13||Cole Davison||Stephenville||TX||$62,476.81||Might need a little more|
|14||Jake Minor||Ellensburg||WA||$59,552.44||Might need a little more|
|15||Buddy Hawkins II||Columbus||KS||$58,669.09||BUBBLE|
|16||Quinn Kesler||Holden||UT||$58,220.93||Needs $448.17|
|17||Jonathan Torres||Ocala||FL||$57,106.77||Needs $1,562.33|
|18||Matt Kasner||Cody||NE||$57,038.29||Needs $1,630.80|
|19||Trace Porter||Leesville||LA||$56,138.26||Needs $2,530.86|
|20||Reagan Ward||Edmond||OK||$54,610.70||Needs $4,058.39|
Saddle Bronc: Spencer Wright On The Bubble
The saddle bronc race has some larger gaps around the bottom end that make it look like only three guys really need to keep their socks pulled up in the last couple weeks of competition. Spencer Wright needs to look over his shoulder for both Chase Brooks and Allen Boore, who are both just over $1,000 behind him.
Looking up the standings, Taos Muncy (No. 14) and Joey Sonnier III (No. 13) aren't 100% safe either if enough of the guy below them have a good last couple weeks.
|5||Zeke Thurston||Big Valley||AB||$112,636.79||SAFE|
|13||Joey Sonnier III||New Iberia||LA||$78,754.23||SAFE|
|14||Taos Muncy||Corona||NM||$74,631.66||Might need to win a little more|
|16||Chase Brooks||Deer Lodge||MT||$71,109.84||Needs $1,051.93|
|17||Allen Boore||Axtell||UT||$70,862.46||Needs $1,299.31|
|18||JJ Elshere||Hereford||SD||$68,249.27||Needs $3,912.50|
|19||Bradley Harter||Loranger||LA||$61,988.69||Needs $10,173.08|
|20||Colt Gordon||Comanche||OK||$52,455.58||Needs $19,706.19|
Tie-Down Roping: Only $5 Separates Ryan Jarrett & Sterling Smith
After millions of dollars are awarded in the PRCA each year, how does it always seem to come down to just a few bucks for some? Sterling Smith is just $5.66 away from passing Ryatt Jarrett in the tie-down roping standings, and just over $130 from the No. 14 man Blane Cox.
I'll repeat - FIVE DOLLARS could move Smith into the 2018 WNFR, this highest paying event in professional rodeo.
|9||Cory Solomon||Prairie View||TX||$86,674.88||SAFE|
|14||Blane Cox||Cameron||TX||$74,652.15||Might need to win a little more|
|16||Sterling Smith||Stephenville||TX||$74,520.18||Needs $5.66|
|17||Adam Gray||Seymour||TX||$68,057.84||Needs $6,468.00|
|18||Tyler Milligan||Pawhuska||OK||$65,658.12||Needs $8,867.72|
|19||Scott Kormos||Teague||TX||$65,031.07||Needs $9,494.77|
|20||Ty Harris||San Angelo||TX||$62,751.78||Needs $11,774.05|
Barrel Racing: Richardson On Bubble, Telford Close Behind
Amberleigh Moore should be safe but I'm not ready to call it done yet, Tracy Nowlin might be a few more dollars, and Carley Richardson sits on the bubble with only a $150 cushion over the next WPRA barrel racer. Those last two spots are going to be nail-biting as both Richardson and Jessica Telford battle it out in the last few rodeos of their seasons.
|3||Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi||Victoria||TX||$133,806.59||SAFE|
|6||Taci Bettis||Round Top||TX||$102,974.53||SAFE|
|12||Kelly Bruner (G)||Millsap||TX||$86,661.83||SAFE|
|13||Amberleigh Moore||Salem||OR||$85,976.99||Should be safe|
|14||Tracy Nowlin||Nowata||OK||$85,493.68||Might need a little more|
|16||Jessica Telford||Caldwell||ID||$82,859.36||Needs $151.59|
|17||Kellie Collier||Hereford||TX||$77,493.55||Needs $5,517.40|
|18||Teri Bangart||Olympia||WA||$75,460.69||Needs $7,550.26|
|19||Jessi Fish||Franklin||TN||$74,938.75||Needs $8,072.19|
|20||Tiany Schuster||Krum||TX||$68,197.28||Needs $14,813.66|
*Barrel racing world standings courtesy of the WPRA.
Bull Riding: Most Wide-Open Race Of All Events
The bull riding is going to be the most interesting standings race to watch over these next two weeks with fewer "safe" competitors than any other event. The tight race between No. 10 to 20, coupled with the fact that there are a few high-paying Xtreme Bulls events left in the season mean the standings could shuffle a ton before the season ends at the end of the month.
Clayton Sellars, Elliot Jacoby, and Jordan Spears could all very easily move into the standings, with a couple more that have fighting chances behind them. It will be a nail-biter right down to the final eight seconds in this event.
|1||Sage Kimzey||Strong City||OK||$281,039.41||SAFE - and will probably win a bunch more|
|5||Roscoe Jarboe||New Plymouth||ID||$104,624.00||SAFE|
|8||Trey Benton III||Rock Island||TX||$95,420.02||SAFE|
|10||Tyler Bingham||Honeyville||UT||$94,432.19||Should be safe|
|11||Eli Vastbinder||Athens||TX||$94,111.05||Should be safe|
|12||Joe Frost||Randlett||UT||$92,328.09||Might need to win a little more|
|13||Trevor Kastner||Roff||OK||$91,360.02||NOT SAFE|
|14||Koby Radley||Montpelier||LA||$91,042.32||NOT SAFE|
|16||Clayton Sellars||Fruitland Park||FL||$89,935.96||Needs $158.17|
|17||Elliot Jacoby||Fredericksburg||TX||$89,200.03||Needs $894.10|
|18||Jordan Spears||Redding||CA||$88,978.18||Needs $1,115.95|
|19||J.W. Harris||Goldthwaite||TX||$86,040.27||Needs $4,053.85|
|20||Riker Carter||Stone||ID||$81,950.12||Needs $8,144.50|
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