Pair of wins Catapults Larsen to World Lead

29 February 2016

By Ted Stovin

TUCSON, Arizona — Manitoba’s Orin Larsen put together a pair of wins on the last weekend of February for a $30,541 haul.

Larsen, 24, won the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on Saturday night, Tucson Sunday afternoon and added another $1,508 from the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Scottsdale on Sunday night.

“I feel really fortunate and blessed to have the horses I drew the last two weeks,” Larsen told ProRodeo.com. “It was just a great experience.”

The money will certainly come in handy. Larsen and his girlfriend, Alexa Minch, are settling down in Gering, Neb., where she got a job as a nurse.

“We just bought a house a couple of days ago,” he said with a laugh, “so the money will be gone pretty quick.”

Even though the money may be spent, Larsen ends the weekend having leapt into the top spot in the PRCA’s World Standings in the bareback riding with over $44,000 in earnings so far. Last year $64,000 made the Wrangler NFR.

Canada brought home a ton of money this past weekend with Jake Watson also winning in San Antonio and a number of others cashing checks for over $10,000.

In Tucson, Colin Adams took third in the bareback for $6,170; Justin Miller pulled in $6,445 for second in the bulldogging; Kyle Lucas was second in the tie-down for $5,188 and ended up as the All-Around Champion; Tyrel Larsen earned $4,300 for placing in both rounds and finishing third in the aggregate; Ty Taypotat picked up $1,603; Deb Guelly earned $849 for sixth in the second round; Julie Leggett got $637 for seventh in the first round and Cranna Roberts got her fees back for $212.

As mentioned before, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler split the first round for $2,400 and Kolton Schmidt and Shay Carroll took second in the second round for $2,232.

Not far away, a few more checks were cashed in Scottsdale. Layton Green won the bronc riding for $1,598; Jake Watson added another $290 for a tie of fifth; Luke Creasy was third for $555 in the bareback; Kirsty White won $744 for a split of sixth in the barrels; Julie Leggett earned another $279; Murray Pole was third in the tie-down for $1,218 while Morgan Grant earned $681 for a split of sixth in the same event. Travis Reay picked up a huge $73 check for a split of eighth in the steer wrestling.

Tanner Milan gave up his shot at RFD-TV’s The American to compete on Sunday night at the Scottsdale Champions Challenge making it count for $928 towards the PRCA’s World Standings. Layton Green added to his weekend earnings with the same fifth place check in the bronc riding.

Finally, Jared Parsonage added $3,290 to his 2016 campaign for a seventh place finish in San Antonio Saturday at their Xtreme Bulls tour stop.

Stay tuned for an update on the current world standings.

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