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PRCA Weekly Press Release- May 6, 2013

GUYMON, Okla. – It was a weekend calculated to enhance Tyler Smith’s belief in talismans, at least very specific, fraught-with-history talismans – nothing so mundane as a lucky penny, four-leaf clover or rabbit’s foot.

No, Smith put his faith in the belt buckle he won as the 2010 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo bull riding champion – the power of positive thinking wrapped around his center of gravity – and his return to glory at the Henry C. Hitch Arena came off without a hitch.

The Fruita, Colo., cowboy rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo for 93 points, which was not just good enough to pull off his second win in Guymon in four years, it was also the highest-scored ride in his six years in ProRodeo and equal to the highest-scored ride in the 2013 season (Brett Stall also had a 93-pointer in Denver).

At the heart of Smith’s fashion choice was the knowledge that the last time he won in Guymon (on a 90-point ride) was the only year he qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and another winner’s check (of $3,791) would be a very tangible step back toward the Las Vegas stage in December.

“I’ve got my Guymon belt on; it’s been good luck,” said Smith, after he took the lead on May 4. “Hopefully (this means) I’ll get another one.”

“I’ve had real good luck here. I love coming here.”

With wins earlier this season at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson, Ariz., and the Rapid City (S.D.) Xtreme Bulls, Smith comes out of Guymon in second place in the world standings, $7,938 back of Josh Koschel. After the 2010 Guymon win, Smith was second in the world behind Shawn Hogg, and ended the season third with $156,132.

So, yeah, the win was a good omen, but the level of his performance was an even better one.

Until Smith climbed onboard him for the May 4 performance, Rio Bravo had been unridden in 10 outings this season without anybody getting past the five-second mark.

“He’s real little,” Smith said. “He probably weighed only 1,000 pounds. He sucked back and got my feet behind me. I shot forward and got my feet set back down. Because he’s so little, it was hard to keep my feet down on him.”

The judges recognized the challenges presented by the bull and rewarded Smith. His 93 points was four points better than runner-up Parker Breding and five up on Koschel and Cody Whitney, who tied for third place.

The other champions at this $305,723 rodeo were bareback rider Seth Hardwick (88 points), steer wrestler Stockton Graves (12.5 seconds on three head), team ropers Charly Crawford and Ryan Motes (21.1 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (87 points), tie-down roper Cade Swor (25.7 seconds on three head), steer roper Rocky Patterson (67.5 seconds on five head) and barrel racer Michelle McLeod (34.57 seconds on two runs).


2. Permit holder puts up a 90 in Bakersfield 

When Casey Meroshnekoff put up a 90 on Big Stone, Moreno & Growney’s Blue Bayou to win the Kern County Sheriff’s Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo in Bakersfield, Calif., it tied him with reigning World Champion Kaycee Feild and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Winn Ratliff for the highest-scored bareback ride of the 2013 season.

Where Meroshnekoff is all alone this year – and just about any other year – is that he is a permit holder. No, that’s not precise enough. Meroshnekoff is a 19-year-old permit holder from Red Bluff, Calif., who just put in his paperwork with the PRCA 45 days ago.

“The highest score I’ve ever had was an 87 (at an amateur rodeo), so I was a little surprised,” Meroshnekoff said. “I mean I knew it was a good ride and I thought it would be in the 80s, but I figured I’m the new guy and it will take awhile for me to prove myself with the judges. I certainly didn’t think I’d get a 90.”

Even disregarding the eye-catching score, he’s off to good start with that whole proving himself thing. Bakersfield was his second PRCA rodeo (he was eighth in his debut two weeks ago in Lakeside, Calif.) and he came back on May 5 to win the Stonyford (Calif.) Rodeo with an 83-point ride. That’s three checks in three tries and two wins.

Meroshnekoff’s Bakersfield check for $1,223 was enough by itself to make him eligible to buy his PRCA card – and he’s decided not to wait.

“I’ll go ahead and buy it sometime in the next few days,” Meroshnekoff said, “and make a run at the Rookie of the Year award.”

Rodeo fans in California have been keenly aware of Meroshnekoff’s skill set for a while now. He won the National High School Finals Rodeo bareback riding title as a sophomore, finished fourth as a junior and won it again last year as a senior.

As a freshman at West Hills College in Coalinga, Calif., he is leading the West Coast Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in bareback riding, bull riding, team roping (heeling) and the all-around, while also competing in tie-down roping.

The other champions at the $45,882 rodeo in Bakersfield were steer wrestler Sterling Lambert (3.8 seconds), team ropers Clint White/Brent Lockett and Travis Xavier/Jake Twisselman (6.3 seconds each), rookie saddle bronc rider Landon Mecham (88 points), tie-down roper Ryle Smith (9.3 seconds), bull rider Allen Helmuth (89 points) and barrel racer Sydni Blanchard (17.16 seconds). Kyle Lockett claimed the all-around title with $1,741, competing in steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping.

• Hearne, Texas, steer wrestler Derek Stewart, already having a breakout season, gave himself a nice early-by-a couple-of-days birthday present with a win at the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo. Stewart, who turns 27 on May 7, had a time of 3.8 seconds on opening night of the May 2-4 rodeo and it held up against the challenges of Reserve World Champion Casey Martin (4.1), Logan Gledhill and four-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Matt Reeves (4.5 each). It was Stewart’s first win after runner-up finishes in Allen, Texas, and Matagorda, Texas, and the check for $1,267 moved him to 23rd in the world standings with $10,326 – more than he had earned in his first two seasons in ProRodeo combined. He was 157th in the world last year with $6,112. Other champions at this $44,295 rodeo were bareback rider Ryan Gray (85 points), team ropers Chris Lawson and Randall Richards (6.2 seconds), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley (86 points), tie-down roper Justin Macha (10.5 seconds), bull riders Jarrod Craig and Bonner Blue Bolton (80 points each) and barrel racer Cassie Moseley (15.38 seconds). Rookie Caleb Smidt won the all-around title with $1,481 in tie-down roping and team roping.


3. Super 8 hotel chain extends PRCA sponsorship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – ProRodeo fans across the country can now continue to save at their favorite Super 8® hotels, thanks to the brand’s renewed sponsorship of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in the United States and Canada.

Entering into its third year, the sponsorship includes a 15 percent discount at all participating Super 8 hotels for PRCA members and fans who book at; a major presence for the Super 8 brand on; and the return of the “Super 8 Second Clock” during the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls GAC TV coverage, among others.

“We are excited to once again be partnering with the PRCA and showcasing our support for organizations that closely align the passions and interests of our guests,” said Heny Gabay, vice president of marketing for Super 8. “With nearly 1,900 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, standard amenities like free Wi-Fi and free SuperStart® breakfast, Super 8 hotels are the perfect choice for PRCA members and fans as they hit the road this rodeo season.”

As an added benefit, PRCA members and fans can also earn valuable points for their stays at Super 8 hotels through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s free-to-join guest loyalty program. Once earned, points can be redeemed for hundreds of reward options, including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and restaurants and more. For more information or to enroll, visit

“Travel costs, including lodging, are a major expense for our membership,” said PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman. “We’re thrilled to be continuing our partnership with the Super 8 brand. Not only do they help our members save, but with thousands of hotels, they have locations near most of our 600-plus sanctioned rodeos. They can be found in big cities as well as small communities – just like the PRCA.”


4. PRCA pickup man Hopping dies of apparent heart attack

PRCA pickup man Coke Hopping suffered an apparent heart attack while working in the arena at the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo on May 2 and died later that evening at a San Antonio hospital. He was 55.

Hopping was coming to the assistance of the fourth bareback rider of the rodeo’s opening night when he suddenly leaned to one side and fell off his horse.

Paramedics rushed to assist him in the arena, performing CPR, using a heart defibrillator and administering epinephrine to get him breathing again, but the damage was too great and he died after being transported 11 miles to University Hospital in San Antonio.

A graduate of Texas Tech University and the Texas Christian Ranch Management program, Hopping was due to complete his PhD May 6 at Texas A&M.

He had been working with several PRCA staff members on his research on bareback riders for that degree; he had been a bareback rider himself in his days as a rodeo competitor.

Hopping was a ranch manager for the EnCana Oil and Gas Company, in Franklin, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Edie; daughter, Dancey Creel; and two sons, current PRCA bullfighter Clint and former PRCA member Tate.

A slide show tribute has been posted on YouTube (


5. Richmond, a top hand for six decades, dies at 93

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – George Richmond, an inductee in the Montana ProRodeo Hall and Wall of Fame and a former Columbia River Circuit steer roping champion who competed in PRCA rodeos well into his 80s, died May 2 at his home in Hayden Lake, Idaho. He was 93.

Richmond made his first appearance in a PRCA rodeo in 1942 in Belle Fourche, S.D., and – even during three years’ service at Fort Robinson (Neb.) during World War II as a U.S. Army corporal – he never stopped competing with great skill in all the timed-event disciplines.

The man who carried PRCA card No. 14 won all-around titles in Ellensburg, Wash., and Molalla, Ore., along with tie-down roping buckles in Puyallup, Wash.; Missoula, Mont., and Billings, Mont., during the 1950s and extended his career decades longer by focusing on steer roping.

Richmond was 65 when he won the steer roping titles in Moses Lake, Wash., and Walla Walla, Wash., while earning a check at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up, on his way to becoming the 1985 Columbia River Circuit year-end champion. He qualified for the Ram Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo for the last time in 1991.

From 1943 through 1999, Richmond competed in nearly every steer roping event at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. He started going to Pendleton in 1947 and was still capable enough to stand fourth in a field of 68 after the first day of steer roping in 1991.

He made his last competitive appearance in Pendleton in 2004 – finishing fourth in the Gold Card Steer Roping when he was 84 – and he was inducted into the Pendleton Round-Up Hall of Fame last year.

When his career as a full-time cowboy ended around 1960, Richmond and his wife, Alberta, moved from Park City, Mont., and bought a cattle ranch in Hayden Lake, Idaho. Over the years, he also owned a real estate business, worked as a rodeo announcer and ran a tie-down roping school, where one of his students was future World Champion Jeff Copenhaver.

Richmond’s wife preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 2013. He is survived by sons, Dave (Lori) and Lee (Jan), and daughters, JoAnne Nielsen (Tom) and Jeanne Northfield, and 10 grandchildren. Both Lee and Dave were also PRCA competitors; Lee was the 1987 Columbia River Circuit year-end steer roping champion.

Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 9 at the Prairie Cowboy Church with a reception to follow and burial at 1:30 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Gardens. Yates Funeral Home in Hayden Lake ( is handling the arrangements.


6. News and notes from the rodeo trail

Reigning and two-time World Champion Team Roping Header Chad Masters underwent his second knee surgery April 30 in Dallas, this time to repair damage to his ACL. Masters had surgery in early March that dealt with a ruptured patellar tendon, a torn MCL and medial and lateral meniscus tears, all the result of injuries suffered while steer wrestling at the Timed Event Championship of the World in Guthrie, Okla., March 1. Masters, of Clarksville, Tenn., is hoping to be able to return to competition this summer … There is much happier news to report from the reigning World Champion Team Roping Heeler.Jade Corkill, of Fallon, Nev., and his longtime girlfriend, Haley Brum, got married April 28 in Las Vegas … Rodeo pioneers Earl Bascom and Raymond Knight, both born in Utah but who worked extensively in both the U.S. and Canada, are being inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer on May 24 for their long and varied contributions to the cowboy sport. Bascom, born near Vernal, Utah, was a rodeo competitor in multiple events for nearly a quarter-century and was also a rodeo producer, stock contractor, hazer, rodeo clown, bullfighter, pickup man and announcer, while earning an international reputation as a sculptor of western-themed art. Knight, born on a ranch near Payson, Utah, in 1872, is credited with staging the first rodeo in Canada. He won tie-down roping competitions at the Calgary Stampede in 1917-19 and later supplied stock for the iconic Canadian rodeo and served as its stock manager … After 40 years of service, the bucking chutes at the Casey Tibbs Arena in Fort Pierre, S.D., are being replaced as part of a $100,000 renovation that will also include a new crow’s nest for the announcer and new pens for holding stock. All the work will be done in time for the South Dakota Capitol Legends PRCA Rodeo over the Fourth of July weekend, said Tom Brown of the Casey Tibbs Foundation … Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo Committee officials Jim Bower and Terry Scott presented a check for $7,000 to the Boise Rescue Mission on April 30 to fund its transitional living program for homeless veterans … Rehme Sutton, the sister of former PRCA saddle bronc rider and second-term South Dakota State Representative Billie Sutton, is releasing her debut album on May 7 and holding a promotional party May 10 at the City Limits nightclub in Stephenville, Texas. The album, called Long Road Home, features a couple of rodeo-themed tracks, including one about her brother and the way he has responded to the injury that ended his rodeo career in 2008. For more information, and to hear Billie’s Song, visit … The Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days has been named one of the nation’s top 10 summer festivals by, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities in America’s small- and mid-sized towns. Cheyenne was chosen for its success in promoting tourism, fostering community pride and raising money for worthy causes … Shorty Dorweiler, CEO of Farmers State Bank of Hamel, Minn., and operations manager of the Hamel Rodeo, is the 2013 recipient of the Lifetime Excellence Award, presented by the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce in Rogers, Minn., in recognition of an individual’s contribution to the community. Dorweiler’s years on the professional rodeo circuit as a bull rider, along with a sense of community spirit, led to the creation of the Hamel Rodeo and Bull Ridin’ Bonanza, which is now in its 33rd year. The Rodeo is produced by nonprofit community service organizations and proceeds are divided equally among the organizations to be returned to the community … Lufkin, Texas, resident John Kennedy drove a new Ram pickup truck off the lot at Southern Chrysler Jeep Dodge as the winner of the raffle held as part of the April 24-27 Angelina Benefit Rodeo in his hometown.



“Ty Erickson has all the ability in the world to be able to go and win a (steer wrestling) world title. I’ve watched a lot of kids come up through the ranks for the last 20 years, and Ty is right up there. He’s real, real smart and knows what he has to do to take care of business.”

– University of Great Falls (Mont.) rodeo coach Dick Lyman, telling the Great Falls Tribune what makes the Montana State senior (and 2012 PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year) a special talent.


“Tarleton is to college rodeo what Kentucky is to college basketball. It’s the biggest program in the country with more than 100 kids, and it’s also the best rodeo program in the country.”

— Tarleton State Coach Mark Eakin, telling the Stephenville (Texas) Empire-Tribune just what he thinks of his team as they approach the College National Finals Rodeo with eight men and four women qualified.


7. Next Up

May 8         Jasper (Texas) Lions Benefit Rodeo begins

May 9         Bridgeport (Texas) Permit Steer Roping

May 9         Crockett (Texas) Lions Club PRCA Rodeo begins

May 9         Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo begins

May 9         Stavely (Alberta) Indoor ProRodeo begins

May 10       Sussex Christian School Pro Rodeo, Augusta, N.J.

May 10       Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo, Bridgeport, Texas, begins

May 11       Cowboy Rodeo, Berlin, N.J.

May 11       Mother Lode Round-Up, Sonora, Calif., begins

May 11       Woodlake (Calif.) Lions Rodeo begins


8. 2013 PRCA World Standings leaders

AA:      Trevor Brazile……….….…..$42,207

BB:       J.R. Vezain..…………………$45,775

SW:      Casey Martin………….……..$45,633

TR-1:    Landon McClaugherty.……..$32,413

TR-2:    Travis Graves……………….$35,265

SB:        Cody Wright………….……..$45,254

TD:        Sterling Smith………………$42,739

BR:        Josh Koschel………………..$53,964

SR:        Chet Herren…………………$24,122



Through May 6, 2013



1.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                      $42,207

2.    JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas                                       29,058

3.    Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah                                       28,011

4.    Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta                                    16,191

5.    Blake Hirdes, Turlock, Calif.                                           15,050

6.    Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.                              14,592

7.    Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.                                                 14,097

8.    Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.                                            13,666

9.    Justin Thigpen, Waycross, Ga.                                        13,610

10.  Jordan Ketscher, Squaw Valley, Calif.                           13,495

11.  Payden Emmett, Ponca, Ark.                                          10,754

12.  Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.                                              8,858

13.  Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.                                          8,688

14.  Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas                                              8,603

15.  Alan Frierson, O’Brien, Fla.                                              8,196


Bareback Riding

1.    J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.                                           $45,775

2.    Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah                                   45,040

3.    Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.                                               37,365

4.    Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas                                     33,727

5.    Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore.                                         24,572

6.    Jared Smith, Cross Plains, Texas                                     22,139

7.    Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas                                              22,007

8.    Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.                                             21,325

9.    Clint Cannon, Waller, Texas                                            19,820

10.  Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D.                                                19,111

11.  Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.                                             18,703

12.  Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo.                                       18,402

13.  Robert Landingham, Pendleton, Ore.                             18,208

14.  Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta                                          18,065

15.  Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.                                              17,770

16.  Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo.                                          14,178

17.  Matthew Smith, Leesville, La.                                        12,722

18.  Evan Jayne, Marseille, France                                         12,325

19.  Caine Riddle, Vernon, Texas                                          12,028

20.  George Gillespie IV, Placerville, Calif.                           11,160


Steer Wrestling

1.    Casey Martin, Sulphur, La.                                            $45,633

2.    Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.                             31,115

3.    Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.                                         25,814

4.    Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo.                                     25,205

5.    Straws Milan, Cochrane, Alberta                                    22,556

6.    Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.                                       22,096

7.    Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif.                                      21,411

8.    Jule Hazen, Ashland, Kan.                                              21,076

9.    Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo.                                     20,077

10.  Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla.                                       17,769

11.  Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia            16,099

12.  Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.                            15,618

13.  Cooper Shofner, Huntsville, Texas                                  14,562

14.  Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.                                           12,749

15.  Bray Armes, Gruver, Texas                                             12,580

16.  Casey McMillen, Redmond, Ore.                                    12,341

17.  Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla.                                          12,072

18.  Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta                                    11,901

19.  Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho                                         11,531

20.  Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.                                           11,437


Team Roping (header)

1.    Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas                           $32,413

2.    Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.                                           32,158

3.    Drew Horner, Plano, Texas                                             29,407

4.    Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                             26,263

5.    Justin Van Davis, Madisonville, Texas                            24,805

6.    Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.                                    22,146

7.    Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.                                         21,939

8.    Chace Thompson, Munday, Texas                                  19,687

9.    Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.                                   18,846

10.  Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz.                                 18,653

11.  Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas                                    18,362

12.  Calvin Brevik, Durango, Colo.                                        18,272

13.  Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla.                                              17,241

14.  Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas                                  17,206

15.  Caleb Mitchell, Mason, Texas                                         15,371

16.  Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas                                15,169

17.  Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.                                         14,754

18.  Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas                                  12,821

19.  Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D.                                         12,683

20.  Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas                                               12,448


Team Roping (heeler)

1.    Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.                                               $35,265

2.    Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas                                  32,413

3.    Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.                              29,407

4.    Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas                                            23,822

5.    Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.                                             23,545

6.    Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo.                                               22,981

7.    Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.                       18,920

8.    Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas                                              18,809

9.    Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas                                    18,695

10.  Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla.                                   18,362

11.  Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.                                                17,914

12.  Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif.                                   17,906

13.  Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas                                         17,644

14.  Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas                                      16,698

15.  Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.                                    15,513

16.  Jaytin McCright, Canyon, Texas                                     14,715

17.  Chad Williams, Stephenville, Texas                                13,996

18.  Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas                                 13,149

19.  Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.                                12,933

20.  Matt Kasner, Cody, Neb., Neb.                                      12,683


Saddle Bronc Riding

1.    Cody Wright, Milford, Utah                                         $45,254

2.    Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn.                                   38,672

3.    Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.                                             32,784

4.    Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah                                            30,584

5.    Brad Rudolf, Winnemucca, Nev.                                    22,154

6.    Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.                                                 21,025

7.    Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.                                             20,483

8.    Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas                             19,924

9.    Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas                          16,778

10.  Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.                                     16,554

11.  Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D.                                 15,658

12.  Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La.                                              14,967

13.  Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas                               14,775

14.  Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.                                             14,354

15.  Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas                                        13,051

16.  Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah                                       12,930

17.  Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.                                       12,350

18.  Luke Butterfield, Ponoka, Alberta                                  12,020

19.  Will Smith, Marshall, Mo.                                               11,309

20.  Cody Taton, Corona, N.M.                                             11,101


Tie-down Roping

1.    Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas                               $42,739

2.    Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                            39,109

3.    Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas                                        36,663

4.    Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas                                              25,922

5.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                        23,176

6.    Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash.                                         23,016

7.    Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah                                22,528

8.    E.J. Roberts, Stephenville, Texas                                    22,079

9.    Randall Carlisle, Castor, La.                                            21,141

10.  Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas                                         20,292

11.  Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.                                        19,125

12.  Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah                                       17,608

13.  Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho                                   15,780

14.  Caleb Smidt, Yorktown, Texas                                       15,111

15.  Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb.                                                15,009

16.  Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.                                         14,958

17.  Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas                                      14,892

18.  Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas                                                    14,610

19.  Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas                                        14,554

20.  Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.                                          14,532


Steer Roping

1.    Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.                                      $24,122

2.    JoJo LeMond, Andrews, Texas                                       23,669

3.    Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas                                           21,218

4.    Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas                                            20,770

5.    Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.                                           18,146

6.    J. Tom Fisher, Andrews, Texas                                       16,435

7.    Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas                                       15,181

8.    Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas                           14,793

9.    Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.                                        11,460

10.  Bryce Davis, Ovalo, Texas                                              11,268

11.  Jarrett Blessing, Paradise, Texas                                      10,955

12.  Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                        10,403

13.  Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M.                                               10,060

14.  Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla.                                    9,326

15.  Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas                                             9,156

16.  Brad Prather, Skiatook, Okla.                                           8,852

17.  Tim Abbott, Midland, Texas                                             8,571

18.  Joe Wells, Cisco, Texas                                                     7,827

19.  Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.                                       7,333

20.  Shane Suggs, Granbury, Texas                                          6,070


Bull Riding

1.    Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.                                            $53,964

2.    Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.                                                46,026

3.    Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.                                              40,596

4.    Corey Navarre, Weatherford, Okla.                                35,578

5.    Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas                                             34,670

6.    Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.                                      34,648

7.    Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas                                31,398

8.    Cole Echols, Elm Grove, La.                                           30,422

9.    Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas                                            29,297

10.  J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas                                               28,826

11.  Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore.                                 26,298

12.  Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah                                              25,386

13.  Cheyne Olney, Toppenish, Wash.                                   25,102

14.  Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Texas                                       22,716

15.  Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo.                                        22,366

16.  Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.                                          21,126

17.  Jeff Askey, Martin, Tenn.                                                21,091

18.  Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.                                 18,340

19.  Friday Wright II, Moss Point, Miss.                                18,149

20.  Elliot Jacoby, Fredricksburg, Texas                                 18,140


*2013 Barrel Racing (through May 6, 2013)
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. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas                          $44,861

2. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas                                      37,190

3. Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas                                  33,388

4. Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla.                                31,498

5. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas                           30,652

6. Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa                                  29,622

7. Shada Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                 27,513

8. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.                                  27,124

9. Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M.                     26,490

10. Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M.                               25,588

11. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz.                                   25,560

12. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.                            22,957

13. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas                             22,756

14. Annesa Self, Sanger, Texas                                   20,376

15. Kendra Dickson, Aubrey, Texas                            20,362

16. Benette Barrington-Little, Ardmore, Okla.           16,635

17. Lee Ann Rust, Stephenville, Texas                        15,327

18. Kimberly Couch, Rattan, Okla.                             15,236

19. Kenna Squires, Fredonia, Texas                            14,780

20. Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M.                                    14,641


10. 2013 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings

Unofficial through May 6, 2013


Bareback Riding

1.    J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.                                            $33,131

2.    Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah                                    23,133

3.    Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.                                                20,815

4.    Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore.                                          14,137

5.    Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas                                      11,600

6.    Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta                                            9,006

7.    Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.                                                 9,002

8.    Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo.                                          8,438

9.    Caine Riddle, Vernon, Texas                                             7,842

10.  Matt Lait, Stavely, Alberta                                                 6,786

11.  Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.                                                6,461

12.  Morgan Heaton, Paradise, Utah                                         6,183

13.  Jason Havens, Prineville, Ore.                                            6,050

14.  Matt Bright, Azle, Texas                                                    5,982

15.  Chase Erickson, Helena, Mont.                                          5,102

16.  Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.                                                5,093

17.  Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo.                                             5,072

18.  Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa                                          4,084

19.  Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah                                            3,850

20.  Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas                                                 3,641


Steer Wrestling

1.    Casey Martin, Sulphur, La.                                             $18,124

2.    Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia             15,311

3.    Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.                              14,819

4.    Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.                                          12,503

5.    Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.                                            10,601

6.    Sean Mulligan, Coleman, Okla.                                        10,562

7.    Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo.                                        9,051

8.    Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss.                                          7,880

9.    Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah                                                       7,864

10.  Justin Blaine Davis, Argyle, Texas                                     7,817

11.  Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif.                                    7,038

12.  Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho                                            6,580

13.  Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.                                              6,566

14.  Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif.                                         6,493

15.  Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo.                                     6,147

16.  Chance Gartner, Pasco, Wash.                                           5,577

17.  Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.                               5,404

18.  Straws Milan, Cochrane, Alberta                                       5,232

19.  Casey McMillen, Redmond, Ore.                                       5,045

20.  Hunter Cure, Holliday, Texas                                             4,835


Team Roping-Header

1.    Drew Horner, Plano, Texas                                            $22,096

2.    Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.                                            19,830

3.    Justin Van Davis, Madisonville, Texas                             15,857

4.    Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas                              14,246

5.    Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.                                     13,443

6.    Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.                                            9,860

7.    Calvin Brevik, Durango, Colo.                                           9,774

8.    Quincy Kueckelhan, Bonham, Texas                                 8,881

9.    Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz.                                      8,791

10.  Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.                                            7,934

11.  Nick Rawlings, Stephenville, Texas                                   7,778

12.  Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                                7,011

13.  Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas                                     6,080

14.  Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                              6,025

15.  Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz.                                    5,764

16.  Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas                                       5,395

17.  Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.                                          5,293

18.  Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.                                      4,464

19.  Levi Simpson, Claresholm, Alberta                                    4,421

20.  Speed Williams, Jacksonville, Fla.                                      4,322


Team Roping-Heeler

1.    Buddy Hawkins II, Columbus, Kan.                             $22,096

2.    Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.                        15,857

3.    Tommy Zuniga, Centerville, Texas                                   14,246

4.    Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz.                                              13,443

5.    Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.                                                  13,048

6.    Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.                                               9,860

7.    Travis Woodard, Stockton, Calif.                                      9,774

8.    Justin Copp, Krum, Texas                                                  8,881

9.    Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.                                                   8,730

10.  Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas                                         8,415

11.  Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D.                                           7,934

12.  Derrick Peterson, Stillwell, Kan.                                        7,778

13.  Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.                                             6,025

14.  Kyle Lockett, Visalia, Calif.                                               5,883

15.  Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas                                    5,834

16.  Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas                                               5,764

17.  Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla.                                      5,395

18.  Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash.                                        5,293

19.  Cole Davison, Madisonville, Texas                                    5,193

20.  Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas                                       4,464


Saddle Bronc Riding

1.    Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn.                                  $17,112

2.    Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah                                             16,209

3.    Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.                                                  15,704

4.    Cody Wright, Milford, Utah                                            14,961

5.    Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.                                              13,267

6.    Brad Rudolf, Winnemucca, Nev.                                     11,708

7.    Sterling Crawley, Stephenville, Texas                              11,082

8.    Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.                                                9,655

9.    Brady Nicholes, Hoytsville, Utah                                      8,461

10.  Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas                                  7,471

11.  Cody Taton, Corona, N.M.                                                7,123

12.  Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.                                                6,817

13.  Cody Angland, Wagga Wagga. NSW, Australia               6,756

14.  Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.                                        5,565

15.  Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas                             5,145

16.  Chet Johnson, Sheridan, Wyo.                                           5,003

17.  Chuck Schmidt, Keldron, S.D.                                          4,674

18.  Dawson Jandreau, Kennebec, S.D.                                    4,253

19.  Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo.                                                 3,684

20.  Bryce Miller, Nelson, Neb.                                                 3,421


Tie Down Roping

1.    E.J. Roberts, Stephenville, Texas                                   $20,048

2.    Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                             16,736

3.    Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas                                  16,254

4.    Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas                                                     13,573

5.    Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.                                          11,800

6.    Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas                                          10,136

7.    Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas                                         10,071

8.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                           9,671

9.    Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas                                          9,228

10.  Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash.                                            8,937

11.  Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.                                           8,302

12.  Bryson Sechrist, Apache, Okla.                                          7,654

13.  Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas                                            7,338

14.  Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas                                             6,032

15.  Jake Hannum, Plain City, Utah                                          5,883

16.  Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah                                          5,625

17.  Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas                                   5,396

18.  Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.                                               5,306

19.  Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas                                           5,005

20.  Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas                                         4,803


Bull Riding

1.    Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.                                             $19,703

2.    Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah                                               15,229

3.    Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.                                       13,128

4.    Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore.                                  11,238

5.    Kaycee Rose, Madera, Calif.                                              9,589

6.    J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas                                                  9,086

7.    Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, Texas                                           8,390

8.    Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas                                   8,385

9.    Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas                                               6,499

10.  Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.                                                   5,551

11.  Shawn Hogg, Gardendale, Texas                                       5,094

12.  Travis Atkinson, Lehi, Utah                                               4,819

13.  Cole Echols, Elm Grove, La.                                              4,814

14.  Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas                                                4,667

15.  Ryan Shanklin, Rocksprings, Texas                                   4,458

Nevada Newman, Melstone, Mont.                                   4,458

17.  Beau Schroeder, China, Texas                                            4,401

18.  Jordan Spears, Redding Calif.                                            4,389

19.  Ty Clearwater, LaCygne, Kan.                                           3,930

20.  Jacob O’Mara, Baton Rouge, La.                                       3,879


11. 2013 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Standings

Unofficial through May 6, 2013

1.    Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.                                             $36,842

2.    Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.                                               28,071

3.    Corey Navarre, Weatherford, Okla.                                 20,613

4.    Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Texas                                        19,602

5.    Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.                                                18,629

6.    J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas                                               15,662

7.    Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah                                          14,526

8.    Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas                                              13,970

9.    Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo.                                         13,951

10.  Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.                                           12,948

11.  Dustin Elliott, North Platte, Neb.                                     12,079

12.  Scottie Knapp, Albuquerque, N.M.                                  11,944

13.  Cheyne Olney, Kennewick, Wash.                                   11,459

14.  Blaine Skaggs, Hubbard, Ore.                                            8,353

15.  Cody Campbell, Summerville, Ore.                                   7,425

16.  Ryan Shanklin, Rocksprings, Texas                                   7,351

17.  Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.                                               7,318

18.  Cole Echols, Elm Grove, La.                                              7,137

19.  Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas                                               7,117

20.  Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.                                         7,077

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