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$50,000 up for grabs at Xtreme Broncs Finale

by Matt Naber | Aug 21, 2019

PRCA Media Coordinator

For the first time in ProRodeo history, there will be a saddle bronc riding Xtreme Broncs tour finale. On Thursday, Aug. 22, some of ProRodeo’s top saddle bronc riders will compete at the Range Days Xtreme Broncs finale in Rapid City, S.D.

The top 12 saddle bronc riders in the PRCA | RAM World Standings and the top 12 in the PRCA Xtreme Broncs standings will square off in a long go and short go for the Xtreme Broncs title and a portion of $50,000 added money, a potential game changer in the race for the Top 15 in the world standings. 

“It’s unreal,” saddle bronc rider Kolby Wanchuk said. “There are 24 guys and $50,000 added – it’s going to be a lot of money for the guys who come and ride out there. It’s a chance to change a lot here later in the season.”

The 23-year-old, Alberta cowboy is entering the finale ranked eighth in the Xtreme Broncs standings with $9,871 and 18th in the world standings with $61,436, about $10,567 away from 15th.

“I’ve been loving it and having a lot of luck at them (the Xtreme Broncs events),” Wanchuk said. “You get 30 of the best bronc riders at each of them and a lot of the best horses are there, so it’s exciting. I’d imagine they’re exciting to watch since they are even when watching on the chutes if you don’t make the short go. Any opportunity to get on good horses against the best guys is pretty fun.” 

Wanchuk drew Dakota Rodeo’s Watch This for the finale’s first round, the same bronc that Cameron Messier tied for first on during the third performance of the quarterfinals at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days last month. 

“I don’t know the horse real well, but I’ve seen Zeke Thurston on him and he looks a little tricky, but should be fun,” Wanchuk said. 

The draw for the final round won’t be known until the rodeo is underway, but Wanchuk is excited for the list of potential draws. 

“With the stock contractors there it will be unreal since it’s all ones a guy wants to draw,” Wanchuk said. 

Wanchuk ended the 2018 season ranked 42nd in the PRCA | RAM World Standings and third in the PRCA | Resistol Rookie Standings with $26,687.

“It's been a bit of a whirlwind with a lot of ups and downs,” Wanchuck said, adding that he took a week off following the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo due to injury but is feeling fine now. “I’m excited to keep it rolling with a big finish and sneak into the Top 15 before the end of the year.” 

Fans can catch the action on CBS Sports at a later date. 

“There are a lot more events a bronc rider is going to, and he’ll be careful about watching his count, but it added that much more money to the pot, and it will take that much more to the NFR,” Wanchuk said. “All the X Broncs have dang sure helped me, but this has the potential to do the most.” 

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