1. Maass’ gold-buckle bid takes on more luster in Casper
CASPER, Colo. – Justin Maass’ year hasn’t gone at all like he planned. And he’s fine with that.
The Giddings, Texas, tie-down roper thought he was going to be cutting back on his competitive schedule in 2012 and by this time would be opening a roadside restaurant with family and friends.
Instead he’s in the midst of the best season of his 17-year PRCA career, one that has him – after a big win at the July 10-14 Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo – looking more and more like a threat to unseat Tuf Cooper as world champion.
“It’s going to be a little bit foreign to me (going to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as a favorite) and I hope I respond to it,” Maas told the Casper Star-Tribune. “In the past I’ve gone out there with the attitude that I was going to catch 10 calves, and then I get caught up in trying to tie them in seven (seconds) like everybody else. Then I make a mistake and I get out of the average.
“This year I’m going to go out there with the full intention of catching 10 (calves) and getting 10 times. And if it’s good enough, it’s good enough. If it’s not, I’ll know I put my best effort into it.”
Maass has led the world standings since winning major winter rodeos in Denver and San Antonio and he upped his margin over second-place Hunter Herrin to more than $18,000 this weekend with his $8,821 payday in this Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour event presented by Justin Boots, plus another $1,321 at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.
At the Central Wyoming Fair Outdoor Arena, Maass was second in each of the first two rounds and tied for second with Herrin in the finals to finish with a three-head time of 25.9 seconds. It gave him a winning margin of 1.1 seconds over Cody Ohl.
“I didn’t plan on this,” Maass said. “I wish I could explain it. I had full intention of shortening my circle up and staying close to home this year.”
He made a bid for some land on the road between Austin and Houston, figuring it was a good location for travelers to stop off for a buffet-style lunch or a steak dinner.
“I didn’t get (the land); that’s the only reason I’m out here rodeoing,” Maass said. “If I would have bought that land I might not have even entered Denver and it would be a whole different story.
“I’ve just been a battler my whole career, so it’s a real blessing to do what I’ve been able to do so far this year. Somebody’s looking after me, I guess.”
The other champions at Casper were bareback riders Ryan Gray and Steven Dent (167 points on two head), steer wrestlers Tyler Pearson and Jacob Shofner (13.3 seconds on three head), team ropers Derrick Begay and Cesar de la Cruz (17.3 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jake Wright (172 points on two head), bull rider Beau Schroeder (159 points on two head) and barrel racer Brittany Pozzi (33.11 on two runs).
2. Silver Tour yields lots of foldin’ green for Tyrell Smith
        SHERIDAN, Wyo. – If Tyrell Smith had an utterly discouraging Cowboy Christmas – three concussions and a broken axle on his car pretty much saw to that – the Montana cowboy found the perfect way to cheer himself up the following week.
        Call it Cowboy New Year’s.
        Like some modern day Horace Tabor, Smith made a fortune mining silver – earning big checks at all three of the weekend’s Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour rodeos presented by Justin Boots – plus a win in Wolf Point, Mont.
        It was like New Year’s Eve every night with some new triumph to celebrate, topped by his win at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo with an 89-point ride on Sankey Rodeo Company’s Shining Mountain.
        “It made up for a pretty bad Fourth,” Smith said. “I missed Livingston (Mont.) all together when my car broke down on the side of the road, and I only made about $1,000 all week after traveling to Prescott (Ariz.), Cody (Wyo.), Red Lodge (Mont.), Molalla (Ore.), Oakley City (Utah) and Eugene (Ore.). I just couldn’t seem to put anything together and I kept banging my head.
        “I came off pretty hard in Lehi (Utah) and bounced my head off the ground. That wasn’t too bad. I did it again in Oakley City and that one kind of scattered my chickens. The landing in Eugene was the worst. I can truthfully say I don’t remember a whole lot about being in Eugene.”
        And still, Smith was utterly undeterred. His head cleared, his dad (two-time NFR qualifier John E.S. Smith) helped him find an axle and he climbed into traveling partner Bryan Martinat’s Cadillac (“riding in class,” Smith said) for what would prove to be perhaps the best week of his professional career.
In addition to the win in Sheridan, Smith also tied Cort Scheer for first place at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo., and finished fourth at the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.
        With Wolf Point, his weekend tally was five rides in five tries for scores of 77, 83, 83, 84 and that 89 in Sheridan. It all added up to earnings of $11,896, moving him from 38th in the world standings to 19th.
        “We found a used axle, but it was still a little bit pricy,” Smith said, “so this (success) sure did come at a dang good time. Most of that money is actually going to go towards getting a new rig to take on the road and make our lives a little easier.”
        This one big week has also got him back to thinking about making another charge for a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bid despite a late start.
        Smith missed nearly four months of competition this year after tearing ligaments in his left ankle at the February 2-4 SW District Fat Stock Show & Rodeo in Lake Charles, La., and he didn’t return until the May 25-28 Pony Express Days Rodeo in Eagle Mountain, Utah.
“Going after a spot in the NFR is really kind of the only reason you start off on the road every year,” Smith said. “Injuries have made it hard for me (A year ago he finished 18th in the world, missing the last qualifying spot by just $2,173), and with the late start I got this year, it has made it more difficult.
“This gives me hope and I’ll keep going after it, trying to make a living at it, at least. I helped out at the family ranch and did rehab while I was off the road. I hadn’t sat at home that long in a very long time. I was getting a little stir crazy. I was really happy when I could finally get back on the road. I think my whole family was happy to see me go. Was I restless? Oh, yeah, big time.”
The other champions at the Sheridan County Arena were bareback rider Kaycee Feild (86 points), steer wrestler Matt Reeves (8.8 seconds on two head), team ropers Clay Tryan and Travis Graves (10.3 seconds), tie-down roper Cody Ohl (17.4 seconds on two head), steer roper Rocky Patterson (46.7 seconds on four head), bull rider Brett Stall (87 points) and barrel racer Brittany Pozzi (17.21 seconds).
3. Farrell knocks off world champion to win Pikes Peak or Bust
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Will Farrell has always hated being the first bull rider to go at a performance. He might want to reevaluate that thought process.
Farrell opened the final night at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo on July 14 with a rodeo-best 90-point trip on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo Company’s Insaniac to earn the buckle and $5,151.
“I hate going first,” said Farrell, who rode a bull that he knew would be strong. “I usually like to watch a few bulls before I go because it loosens me up. But I think I liked it pretty well tonight.”
The win was the Thermopolis, Wyo., cowboy’s biggest of the 2012 season, and he had to beat some stiff competition to manage it.
Coming into the Saturday night performance, three-time World Champion J.W. Harris had the highest score – an 86. But all it took was eight seconds to change that.
“At a rodeo sometimes they don’t give the first rider as many points as maybe he should get because they have nothing to compare it to,” Farrell said. “It gives me confidence that I rode a bull that was good enough to get me the win, but I really just drew better than J.W. and some of those other guys.”
Insaniac lived up to his name, turning quickly and kicking wildly. Farrell definitely earned every penny of his big check.
“When I saw that J.W. was 86, I knew I was riding for first or second place if I could stay on that bull,” he said. “That bull was an 86 at Santa Fe (N.M.) so I knew that if I stayed on it, I would probably be around that score.”
Maybe Farrell will start requesting to go first more often.
The other champions at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo were bareback riders Steven Dent, Casey Colletti and Tanner Aus (82 points each), steer wrestler Trevor Knowles (8.2 seconds on two head), team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Jade Corkill (10.5 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Cort Scheer and Tyrell Smith (84 points each), tie-down roper Michael Otero (18.8 seconds on two head) and barrel racer Kelly Waide (34.29 seconds on two runs).
• For the third time in as many weeks there is a new leader atop the bareback riding world standings. With shared titles in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Casper, Wyo., and a second-place finish in Sheridan, Wyo., Steven Dent moved ahead of three-time World Champion Will Lowe to take the lead by $2,579 with Wes Stevenson dropping to third place. Dent, of Mullen, Neb., has earned $40,997 in the past three weeks.
• Also soaring up the charts with a mid-summer hot streak is six-time World Champion Cody Ohl. Just 150th in the world standings a month ago, Ohl is now ninth in the tie-down roping standings after winning at Sheridan, Wyo., and finishing second at Casper, Wyo. Ohl is one spot ahead of eight-time World Champion Fred Whitfield.
• Brazile watch: Trevor Brazile won the all-around titles at all three of the weekend’s Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour events presented by Justin Boots – at Casper, Wyo.; Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sheridan, Wyo. – for total earnings of $12,070. Coming out of a mini-slump in tie-down roping, Brazile earned $5,840 in that event alone and moved from 36th position in the world standings to 32nd. He remains first in the all-around and steer roping and is second in the team roping-heading standings, just $1,307 behind new leader Kaleb Driggers.
• For full results of the weekend’s 22 PRCA rodeos visit www.prorodeo.com.
4. Driggers’ great horse Champ dies of colic
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo header Kaleb Driggers lost his great horse Champ to an inoperable case of colic just after midnight on July 15.
As Driggers and his partner, Jade Corkill, pulled into Rock Springs, Wyo., for an autograph-signing layover between rodeos on July 14, they felt a commotion in the horse trailer. When they unloaded the horses, Champ was clearly uncomfortable, so they rushed him to Dr. Paul Zancanella, the father of NFR heeler Matt Zancanella, in Rock Springs. They hurried to have him there in 10 minutes. Dr. Zancanella drew blood, administered pain medication and took Champ’s vital signs.
“It wasn’t good that he was collicking, but all the indicators they check for were normal,” Corkill said. Still, Champ couldn’t seem to get comfortable and kept wanting to lay down, which in colic cases is not a good sign. Driggers and Corkill took turns hand-walking Champ, IV pole and bag in tow, for an hour and a half.
When his condition failed to improve, Dr. Zancanella sent them to the South Valley Large Animal Clinic in West Jordan, Utah. Champ was taken into surgery shortly before midnight, but surgeons found a twisted gut that, due to lack of circulation, had caused irreparable damage to his colon. Champ was humanely euthanized just after midnight on July 15.
“We did everything possible to save him, but we did not want him to suffer,”
Corkill said. “Champ was one of the great ones, and he fit Kaleb perfectly. Champ was great in all conditions, which is rare. This is definitely a devastating loss both personally and professionally for us. It’s like a team losing its MVP. And Kaleb lost his best friend.”
Driggers and Corkill won Champ’s last rodeo – the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo. – on July 14. It was a result, ironically, that lifted Driggers into first place in the world standings ahead of Trevor Brazile.
5. Seminole Tribe of Florida extends partnership with PRCA
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) has extended its partnership with the Seminole Tribe of Florida through 2012.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which acquired Hard Rock International in 2007 as part of its worldwide business enterprises, has been the presenting sponsor of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo telecasts since 2007. Under the partnership renewal agreement, The Seminole Tribe will continue to be both a PRCA national sponsor as well as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 WNFR live telecasts on Great American Country.
In 2011, the WNFR provided coverage of our sport to a record 10 million viewers on GAC.
“The Seminole Tribe of Florida has deep roots in agriculture and rodeo,” said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. “Their continued support of the PRCA and the WNFR telecasts has allowed us to provide rodeo fans with TV coverage of the WNFR over the past six years. The tribal leadership has expanded the Seminole Tribe of Florida businesses across the world … but they still respect their past. They are a terrific fit as a PRCA partner.”
For more information on The Seminole Tribe of Florida visit ProRodeo.com and click on the Seminole Tribe of Florida link.
 “I’ve got two little kids – one’s 8 (Hadley) and one’s 5 (Cooper) – and the 8-year-old, she’s running barrels everywhere and I’ve been hauling her around, and it’s been the time of my life. I’m at the age when I’m ready to do something different and enjoy my family.”
              – Mickey Gee, the 1999 steer wrestling world champion, telling the Calgary Sun about his decision to retire from ProRodeo at the age of 37.
6. Next Up
July 17    Snake River Stampede, Nampa, Idaho, begins
July 18   Kansas’ Largest Night Rodeo, Pretty Prairie, Kan., begins
July 18   Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo begins
July 18   Cowtown ProRodeo, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, begins
July 18   Green County Fair ProRodeo, Monroe, Wis.
July 19   Allegheny Mountain Championship Rodeo, Kellettille, Pa., begins
July 19   Benton (Pa.) Area Rodeo Association begins
July 19   Franklin County Fair PRCA Rodeo, Hampton, Iowa
July 19   Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days begins
July 19   Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, Mitchell, S.D., begins
July 19   The Days of ‘47 Rodeo, Salt Lake City, begins
July 19   California Rodeo Salinas (GOLD TOUR) begins
July 20   Marias River Stampede, Shelby, Mont., begins
July 20   Steamboat Springs (Colo.) ProRodeo Series begins
July 20   Charles B. Davis Memorial, Ringgold, Ga., begins
July 20   Extreme Event Championship Rodeo, Waconia, Minn., begins
July 20   Mesquite (Texas) ProRodeo Series begins
July 21   Cowtown Rodeo, Woodstown-Pilesgrove, N.J.
July 21   Moose Mountain ProRodeo, Kennedy, Saskatchewan, begins
7. News and notes from the rodeo trail
Lisa Harris Bowman, a PRCA Gold Card member who worked as a secretary/timer at many PRCA rodeos, died July 14 in San Antonio after a long struggle with cancer. She was 58. A native of Navasota, Texas, Bowman graduated from Texas Tech University and received her law degree from St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, Texas.
Her favorite rodeos to time were the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo, as well the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo … The Cervi rodeo family lost their great saddle bronc horse Vitalix Party Shop at the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper on July 14. Party Shop, the highest-marked horse at each of the last two Wrangler National Finals Rodeos, suffered a heart attack shortly after Isaac Diaz rode him for 80 points in the final round, with each judge awarding the horse 23 of a possible 25 points. He was 11 … After years of participating in Military Appreciation Night at the Belton (Texas) 4th of July Rodeo, officials at Fort Hood turned the tables a bit this year, inviting PRCA announcer Charlie Throckmorton, barrelman Ryan Litwin, bullfighters Jake King and Shane Kenney, along with a few members of the Belton Chamber of Commerce to the post for a “rodeo appreciation day.” The visit was hosted by Maj. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commanding general of Division West, and featured an up-close look at how the U.S. Army trains its personnel, including turns at flying an Apache Longbow helicopter over Iraq in a flight simulator and shooting weapons in a simulated firing range … Rodeo Austin is awarding $453,000 in scholarships this summer to 44 Texas students who were selected based on financial need, academic performance and community involvement … Five-time World Champion Lewis Feild, 1985 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year Cotton Rosser and his wife Karin, a former Miss Rodeo Utah, were inducted with the inaugural class of the Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame on July 6 in Ogden, Utah … The Lethbridge (Alberta) Sports Hall of Fame has inducted five members of the Bascom family – John W. Bascom and his sons Raymond, Melvin, Earl and Weldon – all of whom were rodeo cowboys, sometimes called the Bronc Bustin’ Bascom Boys. Earl Bascom has been termed “The Father of Modern Rodeo” by historians for such innovations as the side delivery bucking chute, the hornless bronc saddle and the one-hand bareback rigging. The Bascoms are joined in the induction class by Ray Knight, a former timed-event competitor, competition judge, rodeo producer and stock contractor, long one of the leading figures in Canadian rodeo … Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo pickup man Jason Bottoms suffered a fractured left ankle when his horse was knocked down in the arena July 6 at the Rodeo of the Ozarks in Springdale, Ark., and Bottoms was pinned underneath … Nearly 40 retired rodeo clowns got together during the Sheridan WYO Rodeo July 11-14 to renew acquaintances and make new fans at the Rodeo Clown Reunion. First organized in Roseburg, Ore., in 1974, the reunion is held on a “sometimes annual” basis at PRCA rodeos all over the United States and is organized by rodeo historian Gail Hughbanks Woerner of Austin, Texas … From now until Oct. 31, the American Red Cross Lewis and Clark Blood Service Region will be conducting a Wrangler National Finals Rodeo promotion in which all presenting blood donors will be eligible to win a trip to the WNFR in Las Vegas. To enter and become eligible for the prize, donors must donate blood or platelets at an American Red Cross blood donation center or selected blood drive in Idaho, Montana, Utah, southwestern Wyoming or Las Vegas by Oct. 31, and fill out an entry form online at redrossblood.org/rodeo. The Grand Prize includes two tickets to the Wrangler NFR, including hotel accommodations for two nights at the Las Vegas Marriott and a gift certificate for $500, which is intended to be used for travel costs for the winner and guest from a departure point of their choice to Las Vegas … In response to the recent wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming, organizers of the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days will be collecting monetary donations to assist the Red Cross in both states as well as the Larimer County Humane Society located in Fort Collins, Colo. While most of the fires are contained, the damage was extensive, affecting many residents within a 100-mile radius of Frontier Park where the bulk of the 116th annual event’s activities will occur. The Wyoming and Colorado Red Cross came to the aid of victims and firefighters. The Larimer County Humane Society took in 400 animals free of charge for evacuees of the High Park Fire. Knowing that these agencies went the extra mile during these disasters, CFD will put out donation boxes at each of the traditional Pancake Breakfasts as well as at the front gate of Frontier Park for the 10-day celebration, slated for July 20-29.
8. 2012 PRCA World Standings leaders
AA: Trevor Brazile..…………$124,749
BB: Steven Dent.…………………$73,985
SW: Ethen Thouvenell………… .$54,562
TR-1: Kaleb Driggers…………..$62,212
TR-2: Patrick Smith….…………$60,905
SB: Wade Sundell…………….. $67,514
TD: Justin Maass..………………$77,271
BR: Cody Teel………………………$86,846
SR: Trevor Brazile…………………$38,473

9. 2012 PRCA World Standings
Unofficial as ofJuly 16, 2012.
For the 2012 season (Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012), official rodeo limits are as follows: all-around, 70; bareback riding, 100; steer wrestling, 70; team roping, 85; saddle bronc riding, 100; tie-down roping, 75; barrel racing, 100; and bull riding, 125. Bull riders can count earnings at PRCA Xtreme Bulls events toward the PRCA World Standings, but not toward the all-around standings.
1.      Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas   $124,749
2.      Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.         63,740
3.      Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.         61,993
4.      Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas        54,367
5.      Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.      49,759
6.      Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas       45,937
7.      Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.        45,416
8.      Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.      44,065
9.      Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah       43,556
10.     Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah    38,450
11.     Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.    38,447
12.     Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta         34,885
13.     Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.   34,537
14.     Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.      32,104
15.     Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas   25,023
16.     Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas     23,210
17.     Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M.         19,531
18.     Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga.    17,350
19.     Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.    15,899
20.     Shane Erickson, Terrebonne, Ore.         15,488
Bareback Riding
1.      Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.        $73,985
2.      Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas         71,406
3.      Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas    66,854
4.      Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah       54,631
5.      Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.         47,524
6.      J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.         46,355
7.      Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah      42,743
8.      Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.     42,628
9.      Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.        42,386
10.     Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan.    39,185
11.     Dusty LaValley, Bezanson, Alberta        38,078
12.     Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo.    35,972
13.     Brian Bain, Culver, Ore.         33,088
14.     Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.         30,741
15.     Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla.    29,856
16.     Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore.    29,250
17.     Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.  28,633
18.     Matt Bright, Azle, Texas         28,403
19.     Josi Young, Kimberly, Idaho      28,134
20.     Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas   25,895
Steer Wrestling
1.      Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif.   $54,562
2.      Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.       47,280
3.      Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo.    38,556
4.      Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.       37,430
5.      K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas       36,388
6.      Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont.      36,340
7.      Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.      36,251
8.      Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D.         35,507
9.      Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas         35,354
10.     Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho        35,068
11.     Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb.    33,691
12.     Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah    31,700
13.     Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia     31,605
14.     Sean Santucci, Prineville, Ore.  30,845
15.     Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla.    30,521
16.     Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.  30,415
17.     Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore.         30,044
18.     Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo.  27,039
19.     Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.      26,780
20.     Gabe Ledoux, Kaplan, La.         26,479
Team Roping (header)
1.      Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.       $62,212
2.      Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas   60,905
3.      Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.      57,377
4.      Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.    53,645
5.      Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.     50,551
6.      Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.  50,006
7.      Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas        49,922
8.      Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas  47,168
9.      Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.    45,431
10.     Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla.       43,350
11.     Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn.  43,252
12.     Manny Egusquiza Jr., Madison, Ga.        41,684
13.     Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.        39,962
14.     Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.        39,374
15.     Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif.         38,490
16.     Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo.   33,417
17.     Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz.         33,133
18.     Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.      32,687
19.     Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas       31,961
20.     Arky Rogers, Lake City, Fla.     31,587
Team Roping (heeler)
1.      Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas    $60,905
2.      Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.       57,532
3.      Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.        57,377
4.      Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.       53,645
5.      Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas        49,291
6.      Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas       47,260
7.      Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas       47,168
8.      Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.     44,368
9.      Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla.     43,350
10.     Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga.      43,082
11.     Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif.   42,026
12.     Clay Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.  41,091
13.     Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas   40,757
14.     Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas  40,188
15.     Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz.  39,962
16.     Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.        35,659
17.     B.J. Campbell, Aguila, Ariz.     34,858
18.     Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif.        33,632
19.     Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.         32,426
20.     Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas       32,147
Saddle Bronc Riding
1.      Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa      $67,515
2.      Cody Wright, Milford, Utah       61,658
3.      Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah      53,846
4.      Cody Taton, Corona, N.M.         52,077
5.      Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.         45,948
6.      Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.       43,056
7.      Jake Wright, Milford, Utah       41,057
8.      Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas   40,133
9.      Cody Angland, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia         39,022
10.     Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.      38,379
11.     Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas     36,079
12.     Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.        35,529
13.     Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D.    34,328
14.     Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas       32,566
15.     Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.         32,472
16.     Sterling Crawley, College Station, Texas         32,047
17.     Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta       27,928
18.     Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.  27,343
19.     Tyrell Smith, Great Falls, Mont.         26,928
20.     Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.    26,649
Tie-down Roping
1.      Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas    $77,271
2.      Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.     58,991
3.      Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas        56,835
4.      Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas       56,543
5.      Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.      53,229
6.      Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas    49,069
7.      Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas      48,376
8.      Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas     40,208
9.      Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas    38,746
10.     Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas   36,991
11.     Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.         36,878
12.     Jeremiah Peek, Pueblo, Colo.     36,749
13.     Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas        35,993
14.     Shane Slack, Idabel, Okla.       35,618
15.     Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas      35,389
16.     Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.        35,054
17.     Shank Edwards, Tatum, N.M.       35,010
18.     Logan Hofer, Magrath, Alberta    34,162
19.     Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M.        34,132
20.     Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah       33,207
Steer Roping
1.      Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas   $38,473
2.      Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas      37,601
3.      Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.      33,620
4.      Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas   29,731
5.      Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla.  28,270
6.      Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.     27,827
7.      Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.     25,444
8.      Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.     24,085
9.      Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas       21,662
10.     Cody Scheck, Ellinwood, Kan.     21,306
11.     Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla.    18,465
12.     Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas    17,668
13.     Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.  17,356
14.     Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla.  16,397
15.     J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.    16,125
16.     Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz.      15,717
17.     Cody Garnett, Barnsdall, Okla.   15,421
18.     Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M.         13,989
19.     Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas       12,645
20.     Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas       12,478
Bull Riding
1.      Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas        $86,846
2.      Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.       69,589
3.      Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.         67,139
4.      Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas      63,493
5.      J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas       62,757
6.      Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.   52,633
7.      Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn.        50,583
8.      Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.         45,283
9.      Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.      44,616
10.     Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.   42,997
11.     Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.   41,031
12.     Beau Schroeder, China, Texas     40,204
13.     Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas         39,575
14.     Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo.   36,257
15.     Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah      35,875
16.     Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo.    35,303
17.     Paul Coppini, Kuna, Idaho        34,783
18.     Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.      32,004
19.     Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.       31,014
20.  Colin McTaggart, Las Vegas, Nev.                    30,286
*2012 Barrel Racing (through July 16, 2012)
Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.
1. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas      $133,803
2. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas     118,053
3. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta          100,856
4. Benette Barrington-Little, Ardmore, Okla.        59,300
5. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.             55,180
6. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas        54,556
7. Nikki Steffes, Vale, S.D.         48,185
8. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore.            46,935
9. Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif.      43,325
10. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz.     40,882
11. Sammi Bessert, Loma, Colo.      38,622
12. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.        37,248
13. Tana Renick, Kingston, Okla.            35,949
14. Kaley Bass, Davenport, Fla.     35,355
15. Robyn Herring, Huntington, Texas        34,162
16. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas        32,293
17. Linda Vick, Hesperia, Calif.            31,839
18. Karen Little, San Saba, Texas           31,608
19. Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas          29,817
20. Liz Combs, Eltopia, Wash.                        29,252
10. 2012 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings
Unofficial as ofJuly 16, 2012.
Bareback Riding
1.      Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.       $51,559
2.      Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.        30,333
3.      Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas        29,905
4.      Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas   29,734
5.      J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.       23,500
6.      Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.        13,229
7.      Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah     11,018
8.      Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore.   10,529
9.      Luke Creasy, Brownfield, Alberta        9,402
10.     Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas  7,609
11.     Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore.  7,195
12.     Steven Anding, Crossroads, Texas        6,878
13.     Tom McFarland, Bowie, Texas     6,863
14.     Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan.   6,646
15.     Morgan Wilde, McCammon, Idaho   6,307
16.     Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.    6,071
17.     Codi Myers, Samnorwood, Texas   5,810
18.     Orin Larsen, Twin Falls, Idaho  5,785
19.     Heath Ford, Slocum, Texas       5,618
20.     Chase Erickson, Helena, Mont.   5,612
Steer Wrestling
1.      Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif.  $31,246
2.      Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.      25,202
3.      Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo.   25,154
4.      Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.      21,988
5.      Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.     21,839
6.      Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore.        19,093
7.      Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah   18,734
8.      Kyle Whitaker, Chambers, Neb.   18,153
9.      K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas      17,405
10.     Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas        16,864
11.     Shane Henderson, Winfield, Kan. 14,103
12.     Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho       13,942
13.     Riley York, Loyalton, Calif.    13,461
14.     Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.     13,323
15.     Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia    13,145
16.     Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D.        11,344
17.     Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.   10,638
18.     Travis Carnine, Stanfield, Ore. 10,534
19.     Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo.  10,302
20.     Baylor Roche, Tremonton, Utah   9,628
Team Roping-Header
1.      Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.     $39,389
2.      Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas  28,173
3.      Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.   28,094
4.      Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla.      27,199
5.      Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn. 26,337
6.      Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.    24,500
7.      Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.       24,251
8.      Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.     23,772
9.      Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas       20,745
10.     Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. 19,597
11.     Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas 18,039
12.     Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz.        17,192
13.     Justin Yost, Hico, Texas        16,231
14.     Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif.        15,463
15.     Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.   15,187
16.     Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas      14,637
17.     Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas      12,891
18.     Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.       12,775
19.     Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.  12,528
20.     Arky Rogers, Lake City, Fla.    12,156
Team Roping-Heeler
1.      Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.      $39,389
2.      Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas   28,173
3.      Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.      28,094
4.      Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla.    27,199
5.      Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz. 24,251
6.      Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas  24,068
7.      Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas      23,880
8.      Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.       23,772
9.      Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. 21,284
10.     Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.    19,748
11.     Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas       19,597
12.     Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.       18,270
13.     Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas      18,039
14.     Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash.      16,231
15.     Caleb Twisselman, Santa Margarita, Calif.       15,779
16.     Broc Cresta, Santa Rosa, Calif. 15,463
17.     Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M. 14,285
18.     Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga.     13,769
19.     Clint Summers, Lake City, Fla.  11,911
20.     Twister Cain, Gonzales, Texas   11,723
Saddle Bronc
1.      Jeff Willert, Belvidere, S.D.   $24,117
2.      Cody Wright, Milford, Utah      23,675
3.      Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah     23,191
4.      Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.     21,584
5.      Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo.    20,752
6.      Jake Wright, Milford, Utah      17,665
7.      Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa     17,584
8.      Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.        17,446
9.      Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas    17,191
10.     J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D.    15,687
11.     Sterling Crawley, College Station, Texas        14,256
12.     Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas  13,385
13.     Cody Angland, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia       13,118
14.     Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah       12,973
15.     Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo.       8,245
16.     Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont. 6,899
17.     Curtis Garton, Kaitaia, New Zealand     6,894
18.     Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.       6,168
19.     Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo.       5,578
20.     Alex Wright, Milford, Utah      5,574
Tie Down Roping
1.      Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas   $45,637
2.      Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas      36,071
3.      Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas    27,236
4.      Shane Slack, Idabel, Okla.      23,419
5.      Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas       23,013
6.      Jeremiah Peek, Pueblo, Colo.    20,539
7.      Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.    18,643
8.      Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas     16,982
9.      Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas    16,786
10.     Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas     16,507
11.     Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas   15,916
12.     Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas     15,777
13.     Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas       14,940
14.     Logan Hofer, Magrath, Alberta   13,661
15.     Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho  13,621
16.     Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.       13,527
17.     Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah      13,458
18.     Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas 12,605
19.     Shank Edwards, Tatum, N.M.      12,558
20.     Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah   12,116
Bull Riding
1.      Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas       $28,647
2.      Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.  26,532
3.      Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas     21,068
4.      J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas      20,447
5.      Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.  18,343
6.      Bryan Richardson, Dallas, Texas 16,308
7.      Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.        15,371
8.      Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.     12,634
9.      Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah  12,168
10.     Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.        11,691
11.     Paul Coppini, Kuna, Idaho       10,971
12.     Patrick Geipel, Elbert, Colo.   10,644
13.     Jacob O’Mara, Baton Rouge, La.  10,617
14.     Travis Atkinson, Lehi, Utah     9,983
15.     Keith Roquemore, Cottonwood, Calif.     9,203
16.     Cody Whitney, Sayre, Okla.      9,014
17.     Friday Wright II, Moss Point, Miss.     8,754
18.     Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo.  8,548
19.     Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.      8,037
20.     Cameron Bland, Maben, Miss.     7,918
11. 2012 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour Standings
Unofficial as of July 16, 2012.
1.      Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.        $37,026
2.      Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas       30,549
3.      J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas      26,238
4.      Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn.       24,414
5.      Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah     16,681
6.      Tony Mendes, Fruita, Colo.      16,346
7.      Nile Lebaron, Hamilton, Texas   15,809
8.      Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.        14,462
9.      Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas        14,167
10.     Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.      14,031
11.     Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.      13,880
12.     Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo.   13,491
13.     Douglas Duncan, Alvin, Texas    13,351
14.     Colin McTaggart, Las Vegas, Nev.        12,655
15.     Cody Whitney, Sayre, Okla.      12,549
16.     Sonny Murphy, Tremonton, Utah   11,226
17.     Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas 10,473
18.     Jimmy Anderson, Denton, Texas   9,964
19.     Sunshine Schwartz, Anoka, Minn. 9,541
20.  Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.                                9,532
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