Kicking Off March in Style in the PRCA

‘MERICA — Nine Canadians made $5,000 or more towards qualification to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this week in the PRCA at rodeos in Texas and Arizona. One team of ropers even passed the $10,000 mark in the same span.

That team, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler chalking up $10,761 between San Antonio, TX ($8,483) and Scottsdale, AZ ($2,378). As San Antonio hasn’t been added to the standings yet, it’s safe to say they will be inside the top 15 once the money is tallied.

Money wise, Tyrel Larsen of Manitoba made the next biggest move adding $9,561 in winnings between San Antonio ($5,489) and a third place finish in Tucson, AZ ($4,072). At this point he’s 28th in the world standings but should also move into the top 15 in the world.

Ride wise first and money wise second, Zeke Thurston set a new arena record in Tucson with a 90 point score on a WNFR horse from the Butler’s called Killer Bee. You can watch that ride in the highlight video on the Everything Cowboy Facebook page or at 52:00 minutes into the video fro the live stream courtesy of the Wrangler Network.  For the win in Arizona, Thurston brings home $5,790 and another $3,350 from San Antonio, moving his total for the week up to $9,140 to leave him 15th in the world at press time. Layton Green is currently 16th while Dustin Flundra, who picked up $5,283 from San Antonio and a second place finish in Tucson behind Thurston, sits 32nd.

Fellow bronc rider Clay Elliot had another big weekend finishing as the reserve champion in San Angelo, TX for $4,287. A second place finish at the Champions Challenge event in Scottsdale, AZ pushed his earnings to $7,303 on the week. Elliot, already fifth in the world, should move up a spot or two once the standings are updated.

Bareback rider Luke Creasy placed three times this week between the Scottsdale rodeo, Champion’s Challenge and San Antonio for $5,341. On Facebook this morning he was excited to post he’s currently second in the world but the money from San Antonio has yet to be added in.

Matt Lait made a big jump all the way up to 16th in the world with his $7,046 from a reserve championship in Tucson breaking the ice this winter for the 2013 Canadian Champion. Orin Larsen, brother of Tyrel Larsen added $8,768 to his 2015 campaign from San Antonio. He should jump into that top 15 later today as well. Clint Laye made a move in San Antonio worth $5,703. It comes at a good time for Laye as he was not ranked in the top 50 before. Canadians Ty Taypotat and Jake Vold sit 17th and 24th respectively at this time.

In the steer wrestling, Matt Mousseau and Morgan Grant were shut out this week but still sit sixth and 31st respectively in the PRCA world standings.

Other notable winners from the last week in February and first day of March include: Clayton Moore, $4,491 from San Antonio; Tanner Milan, $3,885 from San Antonio; Jake Watson, $2,292 from San Angelo; Layne Delemont, $1,781 from Tucson; Cody Cassidy and Luke Butterfield, $1,711 from San Antonio; Colin Adams, $1,710 from San Antonio; Kyle Bowers, $1,425 from San Antonio; Sam Kelts, $1,141 from San Antonio; Logan Hofer, $1,003 from Scottsdale; Logan Bird, $788 from Scottsdale; Kody Lamb, $570 from San Antonio; Murrar Pole, $251 from Scottsdale and Carman Pozzobon, $232 from Scottsdale.

 

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