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Looking at the Leaderboard

by Matt Naber | Mar 01, 2019

Rank rides and fast times are what every cowboy strives for, but only the highest scores and quickest runs make the leaderboard. With season-changing prize money on the table, the end of February created an almost entirely new leaderboard, as four cowboys moved to the top of the list.

The best scores and times can vary from one year to the next, so here’s a comparison between the leaderboard of March 1, 2019, and the leaderboard as it stood March 2, 2018.

This week’s leaderboard features nine additions – bareback riders Clayton Biglow, Caleb Bennett and Orin Larsen; saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell; bull riders J.W. Harris and Garrett Tribble; and steer wrestlers Aaron Vosler, Cody Devers and Justin Shaffer

Biglow and Bennett each topped the leaderboard with their 93-point rides. Biglow made his ride on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Top Notch during the San Angelo (Texas) Cinch Chute-Out while Bennett’s was on Northcott Macza’s Spilled Perfume at the San Angelo Rodeo. One year ago, the top bareback ride belonged to Devan Reilly with his 93-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Killer Bee in Tucson, Ariz. 

J.J. Elshere made one of the highest-scored saddle bronc rides of all time when he scored 93.5 points last week on Burch Rodeo’s Lunatic from Hell in Rapid City, S.D. One year ago, the highest saddle bronc riding score was 90 points, posted by Jesse Kruse on Powder River Rodeo’s Show Me Again in Billings, Mont. 

Harris made the highest score in bull riding for 2019 with his 92.5-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s SweetPro’s Bruiser in San Antonio. At this point in 2018, Trey Benton III held the highest bull riding score with his 92-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Lumberjack in San Antonio

Vosler made the fastest run of the steer wrestling season when he clocked in at 3.0 seconds in San Antonio. One year ago, Ty Erickson was at the top of the leaderboard with his 2.7-second run in Okeechobee, Fla. 

Team ropers Clay Smith and Jake Long hold two positions on the leaderboard, one of which is the fastest – a 3.5-second run during Round 2 in San Angelo. They also made a 3.6-second run in Round 1, which was tied by Caleb Smidt and Will Woodfin, and Luke Brown and Paul Eaves. At this point a year ago, the fastest team roping time also was 3.5 seconds, posted by Jake Cooper and Cody Doescher in Tulsa, Okla.

Two tie-down ropers share the top spot with 6.8-second runs. Tanner Green made his in Waco, Texas, and Chance Oftedahl made his in Louisville, Ky. One year ago, Marty Yates held the fastest tie-down roping time of 6.8 seconds, which he made in Denver.

Trevor Brazile holds the top-two times for steer roping this season. He clocked in at 9.2 seconds in Odessa, Texas, and 9.3 seconds in Hempstead, Texas. At this point in 2018, Brent Lewis held the fastest steer roping time with 8.8 seconds, made in Odessa, Texas.

Check back with next week to see if anyone tops the current batch of best rides and runs of the season.

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