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The Road to the National Finals Rodeo

By October 5, 2012

Hopeful cowboys and cowgirls around the country are anxiously awaiting the official, year-end standings to see if they've secured a spot in the National Finals Rodeo, richest rodeo in the United States. The 2012 rodeo season officially ended with the San Bernardino, California rodeo held on September 20th, and many events came right down to the wire. While the PRCA allows competitors two weeks to file any appeals, the unofficial standings were presented on October 1st.

Team roping was by far one of the most exciting races this year, and the battle for the 15th spot in the heeling category came down to a mere $3. Dakota Kirchenschlager bested fellow competitor Kollin VonAhn by a margin of $3. When asked about losing out on a spot in the NFR, VonAhn remarked, "Whether it was $3 or $300, it's all the same. For 10 minutes when I found out I missed it by $3 I could not believe it. Then I was over it. I could have made it by $1. I'm fine with it. This year's plan didn't work. We'll come up with a new plan and be ready to go next year."

Steer wrestling was another hotly contested event, with Bray Armes surpassing former World Champion Jason Miller for the 15th spot by a measly $55. Tie-down roper Clif Cooper will join his brother Tuf Cooper at this year's Finals, beating out 16th place finisher Ace Sloan just $298.

The unofficial list of qualifiers, provided by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys' Association, is as follows:

2012 PRCA WORLD STANDINGS

All-around

1.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                    $213,847

2.    Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.                                            144,465

3.    Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.                                             120,987

4.    Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.                                  96,289

5.    Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.                                                 94,668

6.    Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah                                85,681

7.    Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.                                         81,340

8.    Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas                                  79,386

9.    Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.                                        76,774

10.  Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah                                       74,020

11.  Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas                             68,547

12.  Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.                                            59,373

13.  Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.                                         53,899

14.  Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta                                    52,563

15.  B.J. Campbell, Aguila, Ariz.                                            49,721

16.  Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D.                                        48,891

17.  Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M.                                       48,050

18.  Clayton Moore, Pouce Coupe, British Columbia            46,690

19.  Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif.                                            44,132

20.  Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev.                                           37,406

 

Bareback Riding

1.    Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah                                        $141,639

2.    Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb.                                            140,781

3.    Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas                                            127,069

4.    J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo.                                           112,337

5.    Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore.                                             110,770

6.    Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas                                   104,564

7.    Jessy Davis, Power, Mont.                                              88,043

8.    Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La.                                             80,266

9.    Caleb Bennett, Morgan, Utah                                         73,218

10.  Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore.                                      66,688

11.  Casey Colletti, Pueblo, Colo.                                          66,633

12.  Matt Bright, Azle, Texas                                                 64,480

13.  Brian Bain, Culver, Ore.                                                  58,879

14.  Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla.                                        58,299

15.  Jared Keylon, Uniontown, Kan.                                      54,478

16.  Dusty LaValley, Bezanson, Alberta                                48,800

17.  Ryan Gray, Cheney, Wash.                                             48,767

18.  Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D.                                              46,767

19.  Caine Riddle, Vernon, Texas                                          46,572

20.  Josi Young, Kimberly, Idaho                                          45,266

 

Steer Wrestling

1.    Ethen Thouvenell, Napa, Calif.                                     $98,695

2.    Wade Sumpter, Fowler, Colo.                                         88,275

3.    Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb.                                           87,209

4.    Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif.                             85,345

5.    Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas                                    75,871

6.    Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore.                            75,834

7.    Casey Martin, Sulphur, La.                                              71,055

8.    Gabe Ledoux, Kaplan, La.                                              66,933

9.    Todd Suhn, Hermosa, S.D.                                             66,136

10.  K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas                                             64,653

11.  Les Shepperson, Midwest, Wyo.                                     63,779

12.  Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif.                                        60,591

13.  Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont.                                           52,821

14.  Tom Lewis, Lehi, Utah                                                    48,014

15.  Bray Armes, Gruver, Texas                                             45,852

16.  Jason Miller, Lance Creek, Wyo.                                     45,797

17.  Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.                                                    44,514

18.  Jake Rinehart, Highmore, S.D.                                        43,697

19.  Sean Santucci, Prineville, Ore.                                        42,815

20.  Travis Carnine, Stanfield, Ore.                                        41,997

 

Team Roping (header)

1.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                    $132,254

2.    Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn.                                   117,475

3.    Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga.                                         110,228

4.    Keven Daniel, Franklin, Tenn.                                         97,930

5.    Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                             94,322

6.    Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas                                    91,381

7.    Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont.                                         90,391

8.    Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas                                  89,469

9.    Derrick Begay, Seba Dalkai, Ariz.                                  88,094

10.  Travis Tryan, Billings, Mont.                                           85,748

11.  Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz.                                 71,498

12.  Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz.                                    69,968

13.  Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore.                                   69,388

14.  Spencer Mitchell, Colusa, Calif.                                      66,868

15.  Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas                                  64,508

16.  Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla.                                              60,551

17.  Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas                                               58,810

18.  Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo.                                         55,873

19.  Manny Egusquiza Jr., Madison, Ga.                                55,589

20.  Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo.                                         50,092

 

Team Roping (heeler)

1.    Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas                                    $133,754

2.    Clay O'Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev.                     111,043

3.    Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev.                                              106,137

4.    Chase Tryan, Helena, Mont.                                            97,430

5.    Travis Graves, Jay, Okla.                                                 92,822

6.    Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas                                 91,381

7.    Paul Eaves, Millsap, Texas                                              86,817

8.    Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz.                                       86,665

9.    Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan.                                          84,685

10.  Ryan Motes, Weatherford, Texas                                    80,573

11.  Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore.                                  75,207

12.  Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas                                            69,253

13.  Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.                                62,529

14.  Dugan Kelly, Paso Robles, Calif.                                    60,835

15.  Dakota Kirchenschlager, Stephenville, Texas                 60,554

16.  Kollin VonAhn, Durant, Okla.                                        60,551

17.  Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas                                              59,343

18.  Brad Culpepper, Poulan, Ga.                                           56,986

19.  Tyler McKnight, Wells, Texas                                         53,164

20.  Kinney Harrell, Marshall, Texas                                      49,772

 

Saddle Bronc Riding

1.    Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah                                        $133,098

2.    Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa                                     114,036

3.    Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.                                            113,504

4.    Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M.                                           100,751

5.    Cody Wright, Milford, Utah                                           82,339

6.    Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D.                                             76,366

7.    Cody Taton, Corona, N.M.                                             75,067

8.    Jake Wright, Milford, Utah                                             74,553

9.    Jacobs Crawley, College Station, Texas                          69,888

10.  Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.                                             67,751

11.  Sterling Crawley, College Station, Texas                        67,267

12.  Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas                                        65,860

13.  Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D.                                                 65,837

14.  Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas                               65,459

15.  Tyrell Smith, Cascade, Mont.                                          52,311

16.  Luke Butterfield, Ponoka, Alberta                                  51,498

17.  Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.                                       48,265

18.  Samuel Kelts, Millarville, Alberta                                   45,054

19.  Troy Crowser, Whitewood, S.D.                                     44,770

20.  Cody Angland, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia             40,567

 

Tie-down Roping

1.    Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas                                    $144,001

2.    Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                          124,421

3.    Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas                                                  103,659

4.    Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla.                                         99,564

5.    Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah                                94,934

6.    Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas                                88,400

7.    Monty Lewis, Hereford, Texas                                       83,726

8.    Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La.                                          79,215

9.    Houston Hutto, Tomball, Texas                                      79,102

10.  Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla.                                        74,758

11.  Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho                                   72,032

12.  Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas                                      69,987

13.  Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas                                          69,091

14.  Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas                              66,840

15.  Clif Cooper, Decatur, Texas                                            66,369

16.  Ace Slone, Cuero, Texas                                                 66,071

17.  Blair Burk, Durant, Okla.                                                63,153

18.  Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash.                                         53,141

19.  Jake Hannum, Plain City, Utah                                       51,890

20.  Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo.                                                 51,001

 

Steer Roping

1.    Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas                                          $62,745

2.    Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan.                                           62,201

3.    Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas                                        59,321

4.    Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas                                       57,888

5.    Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D.                                            40,361

6.    Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla.                                        39,415

7.    Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla.                                  38,373

8.    Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla.                                        35,315

9.    J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla.                                           32,975

10.  Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas                             31,474

11.  Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz.                                           31,200

12.  Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla.                                      29,585

13.  Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas                                           29,439

14.  Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla.                                     28,499

15.  Cody Scheck, Ellinwood, Kan.                                       28,070

16.  Chris Glover, Keenesburg, Colo.                                     27,959

17.  Marty Jones, Hobbs, N.M.                                              26,639

18.  Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas                           24,408

19.  Cody Garnett, Barnsdall, Okla.                                       23,656

20.  Howdy McGinn, North Powder, Ore.                            21,808

 

Bull Riding

1.    Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas                                         $159,869

2.    J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas                                             152,629

3.    Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas                             109,743

4.    Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo.                                            100,274

5.    Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.                                         94,170

6.    Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.                                      90,191

7.    Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.                                      88,457

8.    Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.                                           80,593

9.    Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.                                        78,019

10.  Shane Proctor, Grand Coulee, Wash.                              76,376

11.  Cody Whitney, Sayre, Okla.                                           74,336

12.  Beau Schroeder, China, Texas                                         71,297

13.  Clayton Savage, Casper, Wyo.                                        65,979

14.  Brett Stall, Detroit Lakes, Minn.                                     65,882

15.  Tag Elliott, Thatcher, Utah                                              63,912

16.  Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.                                     61,769

17.  Chris Roundy, Spanish Fork, Utah                                 57,820

18.  Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas                                   57,160

19.  Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo.                                        53,529

20.  Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah                                      53,186

Barrel Racing Standings, as presented by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association:

1. Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas                               $170,967

2. Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta                                136,322

3. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas                                      127,296

4. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas                            122,416

5. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz.                                        93,062

6. Nikki Steffes, Vale, S.D.                                            86,722

7. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla.                                       86,281

8. Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore.                                  81,863

9. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.                                     72,462

10. Benette Barrington-Little, Ardmore, Okla.              68,394

11. Kelli Tolbert, Hooper, Utah                                      63,681

12. Lee Ann Rust, Stephenville, Texas                           61,587

13. Christina Richman, Glendora, Calif.                        60,882

14. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb.                               60,777

15. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo.                             54,852

16. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas                             53,931

17. Robyn Herring, Huntington, Texas                          52,201

18. Sammi Bessert, Loma, Colo.                                    52,138

19. Sydni Blanchard, Tucumcari, N.M.                          50,612

20. Liz Combs, Eltopia, Wash.                                       46,737

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