Could This Be The Year Richmond Champion Takes The Canadian Title?

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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Canadian Standings:

1st - $41,133.98

World Standings:

6th - $119,818.86

Big Wins In 2018:

Ponoka Stampede

Williams Lake Stampede

Ellensburg Rodeo

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)


Analysis:

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?

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