Carman Pozzobon. PRCA photo by James Phifer.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Carman Pozzobon‘s first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo has been quiet thus far.
She’s quietly made consistent runs each night, slightly out of most round money but consistently leaving all three barrels standing.
Tonight, she took second with a time of 13.70 for $20,731 pushing her week’s earnings to $24,962. More importantly however, she’s now No. 1 in the aggregate, which pays $67,269. Pozzobon is nearly four full seconds ahead of No. 2 Jessica Routier, who hit a barrel this evening in Round 8 which also happened to be Canadian night.
Speaking of Canadian night, Pozzobon is one of six Canadians competing in Las Vegas and one piece of the perfect puzzle as the other five also won money on Thursday night.
Next best on Canadian night were 2018 Canadian Champion Scott Guenther and four-time WNFR qualifier Orin Larsen, both second in their respective events. Guenther stopped the clock in a time of four seconds flat for $15,654 to rank No. 4 in the world standings and No. 8 in the aggregate.
Larsen rode Pretty Woman from Hi Lo Pro Rodeo for 87 points and the $15,654 which moved his weekly earnings to $66,846 and sits him No. 3 in the bareback riding world standings. He’s also eighth in the aggregate and would need things to go his way to contend for a gold buckle, but it isn’t over yet.
Curtis Cassidy was sixth in Round 8 for $4,231 but once again relinquished the No. 1 spot in the world standings to 2016 World Champion Tyler Waguespack and is now out of the aggregate.
In the bronc riding, two-time and reigning Canadian Champion Clay Elliott matched up with a Canadian bucking horse in C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills for 87.5 points and $11,000. He’s sixth in the aggregate and 10th in the world. Zeke Thurston is now fourth in the aggregate after 86.5 points on Bailey Pro Rodeo’s James Bond for $6,769. He’s sixth in the world with two rounds to go.
Money won on Canadian bucking stock at the 2018 Wrangler NFR: $361,027
Money won by Canadians at the 2018 Wrangler NFR: $321,531 plus $60,000 in qualification earnings.
Round 9 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo takes place on Friday December 14th, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Centre starting at 6:45pm Pacific. To follow along, watch live at ProRodeoTV.com, listen live at ProRodeoLive.com. Live scoring is also available courtesy of WranglerNetwork.com