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Standings Shuffle: 32 Cowboys Move in Top 15

by Matt Naber | Apr 10, 2018

Big money means big changes in the PRCA World Standings, largely thanks to the $758,112 up for grabs at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., on April 5-8. The first week of April saw 32 cowboys move up within the Top 15 thanks to the collective $891,623 in prize money across North America. 

Veteran and rookie cowboys know it’s easier to maintain a position at the top than it is to play catch-up when trying to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Every dollar counts, and making the Top 15 early establishes a solid base and builds a cowboy’s confidence as the season picks up pace.

Nobody knows this better than steer wrestler Bridger Chambers. This 29-year-old Montana cowboy launched 25 spots up the standings, from 34th to ninth, by winning $17,058 at the NCFR.

The following cowboys saw their position in the PRCA World Standings improve from April 2-9.

20 Spots

• Billy Bugenig moved from 31st to 11th in steer wrestling. 

19 Spots

• Reagan Ward moved from 25th to sixth in team roping heeling. 
• Andrew Ward moved from 26th to seventh in team roping heading. 

15 Spots

• Logan Olson moved from 18th to third in team roping heading. 
• Clayton Biglow moved from 21st to sixth in bareback riding.

13 Spots

• Matt Kasner moved from 15th to second in team roping heeling. 

12 Spots

• Chason Floyd moved from 18th to sixth in steer wrestling.  
• Brady Portenier moved from 23rd to 11th in bull riding. 

11 Spots

• Shane O’Connell moved from 15th to fourth in bareback riding. 
• Kyle Lockett moved from 26th to 15th in team roping heeling. 

10 Spots

• Tim O’Connell moved from 13th to third in bareback riding. 
• Jeremy Elshere moved from 17th to seventh in saddle bronc riding. 

Nine Spots

• Kyle Irwin moved from 17th to eighth in steer wrestling. 

Seven Spots

• Keven Daniel moved from 21st to 14th in team roping heading. 

Six Spots

• Joey Sonnier III moved from 15th to ninth in saddle bronc riding. 

Five Spots

• Brodie Poppino moved from 13th to eighth in steer roping. 

Four Spots

• Tuf Cooper moved from fifth to first in tie-down roping. 
• Tyson Durfey moved from sixth to second in tie-down roping. 
• Ryle Smith moved from 10th to sixth in tie-down roping. 

Three Spots

• Jacob Talley moved from fifth to second in steer wrestling. 
• Parker Breding moved from fifth to second in bull riding. 
• Wade Sundell moved from seventh to fourth in saddle bronc riding. 
• Chase Dougherty moved from 16th to 13th in bull riding. 
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from 17th to 14th in steer roping. 
• Rhen Richard moved from 18th to 15th in tie-down roping. 

Two Spots

• Cody Lee moved from 11th to ninth in steer roping. 
• Ryan Jarrett moved from 15th to 13th in tie-down roping. 

One Spot

• Mason Clements moved from second to first in bareback riding. 
• Sterling Smith moved from ninth to eighth in tie-down roping. 
• Matt Shiozawa moved from 13th to 12th in tie-down roping. 
• Evan Jayne moved from 16th to 15th in bareback riding. 

Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves just a few dollars short of making a NFR qualification. The following cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16 this past week:

• Team roping heeler Brad Culpepper moved from 20th to 16th and is $272 away from breaking into the Top 15.  
• Tie-down roper Seth Hall moved from 48th to 16th and is $335 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

With the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., happening April 11-15 and the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo on April 14-15, the outcomes of these rodeos and others are sure to impact the world standings. 

Check back with next week to see who the new leaders are in the world standings.

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