29 February 2016
By Ted Stovin
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — In my few short years as a writer and in the same timespan I’ve had this website, I’ve never seen this many Canadians inside the top 15 in the PRCA’s World Standings.
As of today, after Team Canada kicked ass in San Antonio, 13 Canadians rank inside the top 15 in their respective events.
Leading the way, currently first in the bareback riding world is Manitoba’s Orin Larsen. Larsen’s past weekend was worth over $30,000 and moved his season earnings past $48,000 on the year. As far as I know, this is the first time Orin has ever been first in the world and the first time anyone from Manitoba has led the world standings.
Ty Taypotat of Regina, SK earned over $10,000 in San Antonio which moved him to the number nine spot in the PRCA. One spot behind Taypotat with $16,658 on the year is Kyle Bowers.
Colin Adams, also of Manitoba, had a big week in Tucson to move up to 14th in the standings. He’s only about a hundred bucks ahead of Jake Vold who’s now 15th. Kody Lamb ranks 26th of all bareback riders having also had a strong showing in San Antonio.
The next highest ranked Canadian is Jake Watson in third in the bronc riding after his win in San Antonio. Orin’s brother Tyrel ranks seventh while Layton Green is 12th and Clay Elliott is 14th. Sam Kelts is 23rd.
Kolton Schmidt, Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler all took home huge checks from San Antonio. Schmidt ranks fourth of all headers, Simpson is fifth. Buhler is fourth on the heeling side but has roped with Simpson all year to have won $22,567 on the year. Schmidt has banked $25,008 so far.
Clayton Moore is the last of the Canucks to sit in a Wrangler NFR berth currently. He’s 12th of all bulldoggers. Tanner Milan is 29th so far, early on in the season. Bull rider Adam Jamison of New Zealand, living in Okotoks, AB is 24th.