Zeke Thurston – photo by Steph Coombes
According to the standings this morning, three Canadians rank inside the top 15 in the Pro Rodeo Cowboy’s Association’s World Standings.
They are: Orin Larsen, Zeke Thurston and Clay Elliott.
Larsen (Inglis, MB) jumped into the top 15 last week after a win in Grand Island, NE. With $17,635 on the year he’s off to a solid start but under $2,000 ahead of Luke Creasy (Brownfield, AB) who’s in 16th and under $3,000 ahead of Jake Vold (Ponoka, AB) in 17th. Ideally come December, all three and maybe Clint Laye (Cadogan, AB) who’s 21st right now will all be inside the top 15. Only time will tell.
Zeke Thurston (Big Valley, AB) is fourth of all bronc riders having raked in $31,704 so far. Clay Elliott (Nanton, AB) is ninth at $20,248. This time last year Jake Watson (Hudson’s Hope, BC) was sitting pretty thanks to a big win in San Antonio. This year he’s at 24th so far having earned just under $11,000 on the year. Three other Canadians, Luke Butterfield (Ponoka, AB); Layton Green (Meeting Creek, AB) and Tyrel Larsen (Inglis, MB) are all inside the top 40.
Last week in Montgomery, AL a truck full of Canucks picked up wins. Jake Vold won the bareback with a huge 90.5 point effort while Thurston and Elliott split the win three ways in the bronc riding for checks worth over $3,000. Bulldogger Matt Mousseau might not be inside the top 50 yet but he’s getting close after his win in Alabama.
Speaking of bulldoggers, Scott Guenthner (Provost, AB) is 18th in the world after a big top four finish in San Antonio. Canada’s champs of the world, Levi Simpson (Ponoka, AB) and Jeremy Buhler (Abbotsford, AB) are 20th and 23rd respectively. Canadian Champion bull rider Jordan Hansen (Okotoks, AB) is 16th in the bull riding business having earned $21,479 so far on the year.