We can’t wait for the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo when all the best professional athletes that competed on Canadian soil this year will go head-to-head for six rounds. As CFR45 draws near, we’re going to be counting down the best athletes in each event this rodeo season, starting with the No. 1 man in the CPRA bareback riding standings, Richmond Champion.
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1st - $41,133.98
6th - $119,818.86
Big Wins In 2018:
Williams Lake Stampede
Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.)
Top Scores In 2018:
91.25 Points - Ponoka Stampede Showdown Round
91 Points – Black Hills Roundup
90 Points – Washington State Fair (Puyallup)
Richmond Champion has been a dominating force ever since he stepped onto the scene and claimed a million dollars at The American in 2014, but this year feels a little different. The Texas cowboy has been on fire, laying down some impressive rides this season; according to the PRCA rider stats, has ridden 97.33 percent of his horses this year – his highest rating yet.
He has certainly set himself up with a strong chance for a Canadian title this year with $41,133.98 in earnings, which is nearly $7,000 ahead of the No. 2 man, Ky Marshall.
He’s also been known to thank his Olympic-athlete fiancé Paige Lawrence for showing him how other top athletes train, proving the point that the new-school cowboy needs more than grit and gumption to get the job done.
So all that going for him makes us wonder. Could this be Richmond Champions year?