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Standings Shuffle: 30 Move Up In Top 15

by Matt Naber | Mar 27, 2019

Cowboys across the Western Hemisphere spend the season working toward a chance to compete at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., and those who make the cut can make large jumps within the PRCA | RAM World Standings once the dust settles in the Silver Spurs Arena. 

With the RAM NCFR’s conclusion March 24, the winners of each event added more than $10,000 to their season earnings and saw a substantial leap in their position within the world standings.  

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 in the PRCA | RAM World Standings early establishes a solid base and builds a cowboy’s confidence as the season picks up pace.

Nobody knows this better than team roping heeler Chase Boekhaus and bull rider Garrett Smith, as both cowboys moved up 27 spots in their respective events last week. 

Boekhaus jumped from 42nd to 15th in team roping heeling thanks to raking in $11,940 with Dylan Gordon at the RAM NCFR. The duo won the average for the first two rounds with 10.5 seconds on two head. 

Smith’s jump from 34th to seventh in bull riding came when he won the second round and the finals at the RAM NCFR. His 87-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Rough Ride in Round 2 and his 85-point ride on Painted Pony Championship Rodeo’s Holly Holy as the only bull rider to make the whistle added up to $29,711. 

With Rodeo Austin (Texas) and the High Desert Stampede in Redmond, Ore., – both ProRodeo Tour events – concluding this weekend, those numbers are sure to increase and big jumps such as these are likely to happen again.

18 Spots

Austin Foss moved from 26th to eighth in bareback riding. 
Jake Brown moved from 29th to 11th in bareback riding. 

17 Spots

• Trenton Johnson moved from 32nd to 15th in steer roping. 

15 Spots

Cameron Morman moved from 21st to sixth in steer wrestling. 
Dirk Tavenner moved from 29th to 14th in steer wrestling. 
Cole Melancon moved from 26th to 11th in bull riding. 

13 Spots

Cooper Martin moved from 13th to 11th in tie-down roping. 

11 Spots

• Tanner Braden moved from 17th to sixth in team roping heeling. 

10 Spots

Paul David Tierney moved from 17th to seventh in team roping heading. 

Eight Spots

Tyler Pearson moved from 15th to seventh in steer wrestling. 

Seven Spots

Riley Duvall moved from 16th to ninth in steer wrestling. 

Five Spots

Jake Long moved from eighth to third in team roping heeling. 
• Haven Meged moved from 10th to fifth in tie-down roping. 

Four Spots

Chase Brooks moved from eighth to fourth in saddle bronc riding. 
Jarrett Blessing moved from 16th to 12th in steer roping. 

Three Spots

Tuf Cooper moved from seventh to fourth in steer roping. 
Jesse Kruse moved from 15th to 12th in saddle bronc riding. 
J.J. Elshere moved from 17th to 14th in saddle bronc riding. 

Two Spots

Clay Smith moved from fourth to second in team roping heading. 
Isaac Diaz moved from 11th to ninth in saddle bronc riding. 

One Spot

Kyle Lockett moved from second to first in team roping heeling. 
Jesse Wright moved from third to second in saddle bronc riding. 
Chris Glover moved from fourth to third in steer roping. 
Tilden Hooper moved from fifth to fourth in bareback riding. 
Garrett Hale moved from eighth to seventh in steer roping. 
Steven Peebles moved from 10th to ninth in bareback riding. 

Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves a few dollars short of qualifying for the Wrangler NFR. The following cowboys climbed the standings to No. 16.

• Team roping header Clay Van Aken moved from 28th and is $2,106 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Team roping heeler Trey Yates moved from 24th and is $1,936 away from breaking into the Top 15. 
• Tie-down roper Ty Harris moved from 19th and is $538 away from breaking into the Top 15. 

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

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