DENVER, Colorado — Bronc riders Clay Elliot and Layton Green, along with bareback rider Luke Creasy, started off their 2015 road to the National Finals Rodeo with big checks at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.
Elliot fared best of the three leaving Denver third in the world standings just short of $9,000 after placing in both round, the short go and second overall in the aggregate. Green was one spot behind Elliot in the aggregate and won the short go for over $5,300 to sit ninth in the world in a early set of world standings.
In the bareback, Luke Creasy won round two worth $3,942, second in the short go for $1,250 and fourth in the aggregate at $2,168 bringing his total to $7,360. Creasy sits fourth in the world with that total at this time, all three men are off to a great start.
They aren’t the only ones who won money in Denver though as Clint Laye picked up $701 for a tie of fifth in a round in the bareback; Tyrel Larsen, Call Marr, and Zeke Thurston tied for seventh in a round worth $146 each in the bronc riding and Australian transplant Kyle Loudon caught a tie of eighth in the bull riding aggregate for $330. Curtis Cassidy won under $200 in the steer wrestling while Jeremy Buhler and Levi Simpson may have covered about half their entry fees with a check of less than $100 each.
Canadian bucking stock showed up well as four of the nine rounds were won on animals from C5 Rodeo and the Calgary Stampede. More money was likely won on stock from Canada but doesn’t show up in the official results as only round wins do.
Taos Muncy took Calgary’s Rhythm Bell to an 84 point round win the in saddle bronc; Wesley Silcox put up the only 90 point performance of the rodeo and a 91 on Twist Your Face Off from C5 Rodeo to win round two; Zeb Lanham earned victory after his short go winning 87 on C5’s yellow muley called Moe and Bobby Mote solidified his win in Denver with an 89 on Virgil also from C5 Rodeo.