CALGARY, Alberta — Zeke Thurston enjoyed tremendous success this weekend to kick off his Northwest Run and final push towards his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Thurston kicked off the week with a win in Hermiston, OR on a Canadian horse, Navajo Sun from Kesler Rodeo. 85 points was the result and it paid him his biggest check of the weekend at $4,683. Form there it was an 84 for second in Omak, WA worth $2,897.
Sunday night topped off the Big Valley man’s weekend with another 84 point effort in Cody, WY at the fourth last Champion’s Challenge event of the season. These high-paying shoot out format events could be the ticket to Vegas for a few Canadians. Thurston picked up $3,016 in Cody for a third best finish, making his weekend total worth $10,596.
Crucial earnings as they pushed Thurston to 10th in the PRCA’s World Standings as of this morning at over $60,000 on the season.
Another man who’s 10th in his event after this past weekend is Clint Laye. Kind of a coincidence that both Thurston and Laye won the $100k at Calgary too.
Laye won Billings, MT worth $2,716 and picked up a another $482 in Omak to move his season total past $64,000. It’s close in the bareback though as Orin Larsen is 12th and only just over $250 behind in money won.
A few thousand more dollars back in Jake Vold in 16th currently. Vold earned $3,040 in Cody, WY on Sunday night; $773 in Pincher Creek and another $203 in Hermiston for a $4,000 weekend. Pincher Creek may or may not be in the standings but Vold trails 15th place Jessy Davis by less than $1,000 either way.
The 2014 Canadian Champion Bareback Rider has won over $57,000 in PRCA competition this year, $40,000 of which has been won in Canada.
Luke Creasy proclaimed this morning that he set the record for the shortest left handed bareback riding career ever. He only made it one rodeo before breaking his arm. He may have made $85 but he’s still within $10,000 of 15th, currently 19th.
Team ropers Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler had a solid weekend picking up a few checks. Simpson and Buhler earned $3,268 in Billings and another $2,322 in Omak for a $5,590 weekend. With $46,000 on the year, they are right in the thick of things in a tight race for the final few WNFR berths. As of this morning they are only on the outside looking in by about $4,000.
Back to the bronc riding, Clay Elliot earned $1,807 between Billings, MT and Douglas, WY. At one point this weekend Elliot was 15th but this morning he sits 16th by under $3,000. 17th is currently held down by Tyrel Larsen who’s only behind Elliot by a couple hundred bucks.
Two-time Canadian Champion Tanner Milan remains the top Canadian this week sitting sixth in the PRCA’s World Steer Wrestling Standings. Another $640 form Cody, Wy for Milan puts his season total past $58,000 on the year within $10,000 of first in the world.
Barrel racer Deb Guelly is within $10,000 of returning to the WNFR, currently 26th of all ladies in the WPRA.