Drayton Valley, AB: With only two weeks left in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association 2012 Season, this is the last chance for those Canadian contestants looking to make their way to December’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, NV. In the past six weeks since we went over this all last, there have been a few changes. Some contestants have made their way up the standings, some have stayed around the same and some have fallen down them and packed it in for the year.
We know one thing for sure, Lindsay Sears will be making her way back to the NFR in the Barrel Racing. She’s currently in second place in the WPRA World Standings with over $122,000 won on the year. Brittany Pozzi leads with over $160,000. As last year’s World Champion, she’s in contention to repeat and get herself a third gold buckle.
After Lindsay, Luke Butterfield is the next closest to making his way to Vegas. He’s 16th in the Saddle Bronc World Standings only $3,000 out of that 15th and final spot. Luke wants this more than anything right now and has been winning as of late. His travelling partner Sam Kelts is nearly as close as he is sitting in 18th place a little under $4,000 behind as of today’s standings. Rylan Geiger isn’t too terrible far off either in 25th place with $35,000 won. Nearly all of which was won in Canada since he’s got $38,000 won up here. Geiger did pick up some money in Puyallup last week and should be going to Omaha too. If all of our guys did well there we could see a bunch there. The last weekend in September will prove to be interesting.
Dustin Flundra had knee surgery last week too. He will return to action in November at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, AB. Look for him to come back and win another Canadian Championship and start off the 2013 season with his sights set on getting back to the NFR.
Dusty Lavalley sits in 16th according to today’s standings, however on the 12th of September Dwayne Erickson wrote an article about how LaValley would be sitting out now until the CFR. Dusty was quoted saying he was tired out, sore and sour about his season and also has a sore groin. Like Flundra, LaValley is making the right move here to set himself up for yet another Canadian Championship and a good start to 2013.
Pouce Coupe, British Columbia’s Clayton Moore has $39,000 won on the season. Currently in 22nd place, he’s only $6,000 out of the top 15. The Steer Wrestling is probably the closest race of all the events too. First place Ethen Thouvenell has $87,000 won. It’s very close when you compare the Barrel Racing where first place has nearly $170,000. A big win for Moore would get him there. Here’s to hoping for the best of luck to him.
In the Tie Down Roping, Logan Hofer of Magrath, AB sits in 23rd place with $47,755. About $15,000 back from 15th place. It would be a heck of a stretch for him to get there, but it’s not impossible. Especially considering Trevor Brazile is in 25th place.
Ty Pozzobon, Beau Brooks, Tanner Byrne and Devon Mezei are all ranked inside the top 50 in the World Standings. In my opinion, someone from Canada will get back to the NFR in the Bull Riding within the next five years. With the talent we’ve got here, along with the money a person can win in Canada alone, it’s bound to happen. Especially if we can get the CPRA Bull Riding events co-approved. It’s a stretch today but it may not be in a few years. We will see.