As of this morning, nine Canadians rank inside the top 15 in the PRCA World Standings.
They are: Orin Larsen, Jake Vold, Clayton Moore, Kolton Schmidt, Levi SImpson, Jeremy Buhler, Zeke Thurston, Clay Elliott and Jake Watson.
Of those nine, Manitoba’s Orin Larsen ranks the highest, second of all bareback riders having raked in over $121,000 to date. Larsen won the richest two day rodeo in the PRCA, Rancho Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano, CA for a big check worth more than $11,000. Add that to the checks from the Kennewick, WA Wrangler Champions Challenge and another in Tremonton, UT and his week was up past the $13,000 mark. Orin is also third in Pueblo, CO so far.
Jake Vold pulled a solid $101 out of Okotoks to drop one spot to 10th overall. He’s $8,000 ahead of 15th while Ty Taypotat is 19th, $9,000 back. Colin Adams and Luke Creasy are in the top 25 but Creasy is $15,000 back of the last NFR spot although he picked up $1,700 this weekend between Coeur D’Alene, ID and Tremonton.
Fellow bareback rider Cole Goodine of Carbon, AB made his first trip south of the 49th this week picking up his first win in Tremonton, a check in Kennewick and another $1,159 in Okotoks for $5,417 total.
Back inside the top 15, Kolton Schmidt is sixth of all headers having earned $84,254 on the year. Schmidt brought in $8,870 between a win in Kennewick and a pair of fourth place finishes at the Kennewick Wrangler Champions Challenge event and in Bremerton, WA.
Jeremy Buhler made a move up to eighth of all heelers with a $5,520 week. Buhler partnered up with Dustin Bird for $3,016 at the Kennewick Champions Challenge and added the other $2,504 with partner Levi Simpson. Simpson is 10th in the header side of things, $7,000 ahead of 15th, Buhler is a little more than that ahead of 15th on his end.
Bulldogger Clayton Moore had the fourth biggest final weekend of August earning $6,943 between a win in Bremerton and fourth in San Juan. He’s 11th of all steer wrestlers just over $1,500 ahead of the man in 15th. Two-time Canadian Champion Tanner Milan is 23rd about $13,000 behind 15th.
In the bronc riding, Zeke Thurston passed the $90,000 mark on the year thanks to a $6,217 weekend including cheques from San Juan, Kennewick and a win on Calgary Stampede’s Umber Bubbles in Bremerton. He’s fourth in the world as of today. Clay Elliott is eighth, Jake Watson is ninth. Elliott has $69,657 on the season after a $3,677 week in San Juan and Kennewick. Watson has $67,686 after a win in Okotoks a pair of checks in Kennewick and fourth in Bremerton for a $4,822 week.
Layton Green is 16th now. He has $53,664 to date. Ryder Wright is 15th at $58,692. Tyrel Larsen is still out of competition but is 23rd, Sam Kelts is 25th. Ponoka’s Luke Butterfield had the second richest weekend of all Canadians taking home $8,994 for second place in San Juan. He’s 27th in the bronc riding world but still over $20,000 back of 15th.
Also picking up cheques this past weekend were: Clay Ullery and Riley Wilson, $378 from Coeur D’Alene; Kyle Bowers $337 from Coeur D’Alene and Straws Milan, $55 from Kennewick.
Stay tuned as another huge week is on the horizon between Ellensburg and Walla Walla, WA and Armstrong, BC. In 2015, six Canadians qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.