CALGARY, Alberta — With one month remaining in the chase to the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 13 Canadians are within range of qualifying.
Of those 13, five currently sit inside the top 15 in the PRCA’s Standings but only two sit comfortably ahead of the bubble.
Those two have something in common too, they both happened to win the $100,000 bonuses this year at the Calgary Stampede. They are, Clint Laye and Zeke Thurston. Laye and Thurston sit seventh and 11th in their respective events at this time. Laye was blanked this past weekend while Thurston earned $1,269 between placing in Bremerton, WA and Coeur D’Alene, ID.
Manitoba’s Orin Larsen (14th), his brother Tyrel Larsen (14th) and two-time Canadian Champion Tanner Milan (12th) hold down the other three spots inside the top 15 currently. Milan was the only of those three to pick up any winnings this past week, cashing a check for a solid $106 for splittle last place in the aggregate in Kennewick, WA.
For the Larsen brothers, Orin sits $5,000 ahead of the bubble which is occupied by Jessy Davis in 15th, only a couple hundred bucks ahead of 2014 NFR Qualifier and Canadian Champion Jake Vold in 16th.
For Tyrel Larsen, only less than $2,000 separates 14th from 17th. That 17th spot is held down by Clay Elliot currently. Elliot picked up an important $385 this week for a seventh place finish in Tremonton, UT.
Jake Vold won this week’s only stop in Canada, in Okotoks, AB picking up $1,276 which more likely than not, isn’t in the current PRCA Standings. Vold also tied for fifth in Kennewick worth $693 which likely has been added in. Lethbridge from last week may or may not have been added yet. Either way, it’s going to take some more winning for him to get back to Vegas.
Luke Creasy is still in the hunt and now back on the road. He’s 20th in the PRCA but over $10,000 behind 15th.
2013 Canadian Champion Clayton Moore sits 20th in the Steer Wrestling about $7,000 back from 15th. Moore earned $353 for placing in a round in Kennewick.
Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler rank 22nd and 20th on their respective ends. The team picked up one of the bigger checks this week worth $2,106 for splitting second in Cour D’Alene with college national champ Kolton Schmidt and his current partner Dustin Searcy. Simpson and Buhler are on the outside looking in by about $7,000.
Next closest to an WNFR berth in any event is Deb Guelly. Guelly got $744 out of Kennewick to rank 23rd of all barrel racers in the WPRA currently, less than $12,000 out of 15th.
Four Canadian Bull Riders, well three Canadians and a Kiwi, were the biggest winners this week. Number 31 man in the PRCA currently, Ty Pozzobon highlighted the crew in the finale of the weekend. Pozzobon took down 2014 Bull of the CFR, Proper Ripped from Vold rodeo to a season best 92 point effort and the win. With over $36,000 on the year that’s accounted for, Pozzy is within $16,000 of the 15th spot. A couple home province points this week in Armstrong could go a heck of a long way when there is $20,000 added and only one round.
On the week, Pozzobon earned $3,455 between Okotoks, Tremonton and Bremerton. Checking in next was Adam Jamison of New Zealand. Jamison is getting married to a Canadian girl here in a couple weeks. Between the Cour D’Alene Rodeo and a win at the Xtreme Bulls, Adam earned $3,346 in competition over the past week.
Next on the list was Jared Parsonage, 46th in the PRCA, who finished second at the Xtreme Bulls in Cour D’Alene and place in Okotoks for $2,964. Jordan Hansen, currently 41st in the PRCA, picked up $2,713 between a second place finish in Okotoks and another check in Kennewick.
Both the saddle bronc and bareback were won on Calgary Stampede horses in Bremerton while Kyle Bowers earned the win in Cour D’Alene for $1,415. Cole Neely earned a check for $403 there while Kyle Lucas and Logan Hofer picked up $666 each for a tie of sixth.