Photo by Steph Coombes
GRAND ISLAND, Nebraska — Two Wrangler Champions Challenges into the 2017 ProRodeo season, Orin Larsen has two victories.
On Saturday, the two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifier put up 88 points on J Bar J’s Blessed Insurance for the win and $3,944.
“It’s neat to win two of them back-to-back, and definitely a rewarding feeling for me,” Larsen told ProRodeo.com, following his Grand Island, Neb., victory. “I hope to do it for the next six or so Champions Challenges. It’s a great opportunity to win more money and get to the Finals.”
A few other checks has the Manitoba native 15th in the March 6th standings, currently leading five other Canadians currently inside the top 50 towards the WNFR charge.
World Champion’s Jeremy Buhler and Levi Simpson have made a charge into the top 25 through the winter. The duo stopped the clock in 5.4 seconds in Grand Island for second place and a check worth $3,016. Simpson ranks 17th of all headers while Buhler is 22nd on the heels, both within striking distance of the top 15.
As of March 6th, only one other Canadian ranks inside the top 15 in the World Standings, but he’s solidly there. That’s World Champion Zeke Thurston who’s fourth in the bronc riding, having earned $26,719.19 to date.
Here’s a look at where the rest of the crew is at so far.
17 Clint Laye Pocatello ID $13,111.34
19 Luke Creasy Lovington NM $12,163.36
23 Wyatt Maines maple creek SK $10,119.27
25 Jake Vold Ponoka AB $10,025.37
44 Kody Lamb Sherwood Park AB $5,870.62
23 Scott Guenthner Provost AB $11,777.93
44 Tanner Milan Cochrane AB $6,973.31
Saddle bronc riding
20 Clay Elliott Nanton AB $12,893.85
29 Luke Butterfield Ponoka AB $9,110.24
35 Jake Watson Hudson’s Hope BC $7,341.57
42 Tyrel Larsen Inglis MB $6,538.89
45 Lane Cust Sylvan Lake AB $6,128.70
46 Layton Green Meeting creek AB $5,860.00
50 Dustin Flundra Pincher Creek AB $5,488.82
40 Ben Robinson Red deer county AB $8,196.86
43 Logan Hofer Magrath AB $7,816.29
50 Kyle Lucas Carstairs AB $7,056.03
19 Jordan Hansen Okotoks AB $18,725.51