21 September 2015
By Ted Stovin
CALGARY, Alberta — This is it, the final week of the 2015 PRCA Season. This time next week we will know who has, or hasn’t made December’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
As of this morning according to ProRodeo.com, five Canadians rank inside the top 15 cut-off to make it to Vegas.
They are, Orin Larsen, Clint Laye, Tanner Milan, Zeke Thurston and Tyrel Larsen.
Unfortunately for Tyrel Larsen, when the money from Oldstoberfest in Olds, AB is accounted for, he’s going to be 16th to former World Champion Chad Ferley by $574. The Manitoba man picked up $2,427 in the first round in Pendleton, but was bucked off in the finals.
Fellow bronc rider Clay Elliott remains in the chase after finishing third in Pendleton. Elliott earned $4,021 thanks to a third place finish in Pendleton and placing sixth in Albuquerque. At this point he’s $5,735 back from 15th, an amount that is possible to earn this week.
Zeke Thurston is the top Canuck in the saddle bronc and earned another victory this weekend at the inaugural edition of Oldstoberfest. Thurston picked up $1,626 thanks to an 83.5 on C5 Rodeo’s Black Hills to still sit 12th of all bronc riders.
Orin Larsen had the biggest week of any Canadian, picking up checks totalling $6,797. Those checks from Pendleton, OR; Albuquerque, NM and St. George, UT moved him from 15th to 11th. Laye sits 13th, inside the Sin City cut off by $6,000. Jake Vold is 19th going into the final week, trailing 15th by $9,000. Luke Creasy may have made checks nearly everywhere he went last week, totalling $2,999, however he’s in 21st and trails 15th in the $17,000 range.
Tanner Milan was blanked this week but remains 14th in the steer wrestling world standings, $2,000 ahead of 16th. Clayton Moore ranks 23rd, about $14,000 behind 15th, after picking up $1,640 thanks to a second place finish in Olds.
Bull rider Jared Parsonage of Maple Creek, SK jumped to 38th in the PRCA’s World Standings after earning $5,013 between a third place finish in Pendleton and a win in Olds on C5 Rodeo’s Sugar Bear.
Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler earned $1,936 in the first round of Pendleton. The team sits behind 15th by $10,000 and $8,000 respectively.
Barrel racer Deb Guelly is a mere $1,250 behind 15th in the WPRA Standings last updated last monday.
Also catching checks in Pendleton were Scott Guenthner, $1,225 from the first round in the bulldogging and Kyle Lucas who took $1,904 for a split of fourth in the first round of the tie down. Cole Neely caught fifth in Williston, ND for $261.