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Standings shuffle: 14 cowboys move up

All it takes to make a big jump in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings is one big win – and with a quarter of a million dollars up for grabs at the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nev., several cowboys saw their positions improve. 

Veteran and rookie cowboys alike know it’s easier to maintain a position at the top, when aiming for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, than it is to play catch-up for a qualifying position in the world standings. It’s important to build a solid lead as the summer season approaches. 

The following cowboys saw their position in the world standings improve between April 10 and April 17.

Tim Pharr moved from 17th to 13th in tie-down roping
Nick Guy moved from seventh to fourth in steer wrestling 
Jordan Spears moved from 12th to ninth in bull riding 
Kory Koontz moved from fifth to second in team roping heeling
Shane Hanchey moved from eighth to sixth in tie-down roping 
Jason Thomas moved from 13th to 11th in steer wrestling 
Paul Eaves moved from 15th to 12th in team roping heeling 
Ryder Wright moved from 16th to 14th in saddle bronc riding 
• Wyatt Bloom moved from 16th to 14th in bareback riding 
Tanner Aus moved from second to first in bareback riding
Jake Brown moved from sixth to fifth in bareback riding 
Tom Richards moved from 12th to 11th in team roping heading 

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

• Steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge moved from 26th to 16th and is $707 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Bareback rider Orin Larsen moved from 17th to 16th and is $3,388 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

There has been no change in the steer roping standings since April 3 – no cowboys have moved up, or down, in the Top 15. But that is sure to change as the RAM National Circuit Finals Steer Roping begins on April 29. 

With the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up and Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo on the horizon, the outcomes of these rodeos and others are sure to impact the world standings in a big way, and possibly give a glimpse at who will compete in Las Vegas.

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