26 March 2016 – updated March 27th at 9:45am MT
By Ted Stovin
AUSTIN, Texas — At the top of this week, eleven Canadians ranked inside the PRCA’s top 15 in the Weather Guard World Standings.
At the top of next week, that could change due to a few cowboys making some major headway in Austin, Texas.
Currently on the inside are: Orin Larsen, Kyle Bowers, Ty Taypotat, Clayton Moore, Kolton Schmidt, Levi Simpson, Jeremy Buhler, Jake Watson, Tyrel Larsen, Layton Green and Clay Elliott.
Luke Creasy, Jake Vold, Colin Adams and Kyle Lucas are all inside the top 20 as of today.
However, a check worth $1,861 for Creasy in the first round of Rodeo Austin could put the Brownfield, AB man in the top 15 come Monday.
Vold, competing at only his third or fourth PRCA rodeo of the year will be much further up the ladder when things shake down on Monday. In the first round and semifinals Vold totalled $4,676, adding another $9,400 in the finals for a whopping $14,076.
Depending how those ahead of him did this weekend, Kolton Schmidt could be the new world leader in the heading. Schmidt and partner Shay Carroll stopped the clock in a time of 4.6 seconds in the semifinals to earn a check worth $4,113 for second place. The pair added another $4,700 in the finals making their week worth $8,113 a man.
Tyrel Larsen came into this week in the number seven spot of all bronc riders in the PRCA. In Austin the Manitoba man earned $4,163 from a split of fifth in the first round and a split of fourth in the semifinals. Larsen added an additional $4,700 in the finals for a $8,863 week which may only move him up one spot in the world standings. Bulldogger Scott Guenthner earned $3,752 while Logan Hofer amassed $7,826 in earnings between the semifinals and finals.
In Beaumont, TX Clay Elliott split the win with Aussie Sam Spreadborogh for a cheque worth $1,823; Morgan Grant won $1,127 for a tie of second in the steer wrestling and Cranna Roberts took ninth in the barrels for $186. Kody Lamb placed both in Beaumont and Nacogdoches, TX for a total of $494.
Last weekend, four Canadians took top spot in Kalispell, MT. They were: Denver Roy $790 in the steer wrestling; Steele DePaoli and Kasper Roy, $714 each in the team roping and Keenan Reinhardt $921 for a split of the win in the bronc riding. Reinhardt even picked up another win at the Back on Track Canadian Cowboy Ski Race in Lake Louise in the Men’s Ski Slalom Race.
Zeke Thurston has had quite the go-around between being a part of the inaugural ERA tour then being taken out of the PRCA World Standings and several PRCA rodeos. Either way, he’s letting his riding doing the talking. Thurston took Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman to a score of 88 points and the win in Montgomery, AL. That win was worth $4,174 and puts the sophomore 28th in the PRCA.
Other placings last weekend included: world number two Jake Watson picked up $1,704 for second in Mercedes, TX; Tyrel Larsen, $939 from Montgomery; Luke Creasy, $883 between Mercedes and Montgomery; Morgan Grant, $805 from the Mercedes tie down roping; Dustin Sippola, $526 from Kalispell; Connor Hamilton, $440 from Graham, TX in the bareback; Cranna Roberts, $438 from Mercedes; Casey Bertram, $263 from Kalispell and Mike Solberg, $252 from Kalispell.