Buhler and Richard with 20K Lead in the PRCA Standings
EDMONTON, AB (March 30th, 2023) – The 2023 season has been undoubtedly good for team ropers Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler as they remain comfortably in the number one spot of the world standings with a 20k lead amongst the other competitors with 68K won thus far.
They started off their money earnings streak at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo where they walked away with $3,500 each. They then moved on to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo where they won $5,000 each. Their massive lead in the standings comes most recently from Rodeo Houston where they took home the grand championship. In four out of six rounds they competed in they landed within the top four and walked away with $5,750 each. Once they were up against the best of the best they proved to everyone why they are on top. Finishing with a 5.5 second run in the finals, the pair walked away with 50K each.
On the roughstock end, six saddle bronc riders sit within the top 20 of the PRCA standings. In the number three spot with 65K won this season is three-time world champion, Zeke Thurston. Most recently, Thurston had some success at Rodeo Austin. In round one he was 83.5 points on No Show Jones for an eighth place finish and $627 won, whereas in round two he outshined all the other competitors with a 91.5 point ride on All or Nothing to win the round and a $4,594 cheque. In the finals Thurston placed second overall where he matched up with American Hat’s Positive Times for an 88-point ride and walked away with $3,780.
Not far behind Thurston in the fifth spot with 44K won is Ben Andersen. After not qualifying for the Wrangler NFR in 2022, Andersen has come back with a vengeance and is very determined to make it back this December. He had some great success quite recently in Watford City, ND at the PRCA Extreme Bares & Broncs where he matched up with Corina for an 84.5-point ride, winning the event and earning $5,245 total.
Thurston and Andersen have a strong lead against the rest of the Canadian bronc riders but no doubt that will change. Logan Hay sits in the 13th spot with 32K won, with some of these earnings coming from Rodeo Houston where he walked away with $4,000 and a second place finish in Arcadia, FL with an 85.5-point ride on Ruben and $3,329 won. The other Hay brother, Dawson Hay sits in the 16th spot with 25k won. Some of his earnings also come from Rodeo Austin where he placed third in the second round on Nutrena’s Level Out with 87.5-point ride and $3,396 won. Not far behind Dawson is Layton Green in the 18th spot with 28K won so far this season, then Q Taylor in the 20th spot with 26K won.
Back to the timed event end in the steer wrestling, one Canadian cowboy sits comfortably in the 11th spot with 23K won so far in his 2023 PRCA season. Stephen Culling has remained strong and pulling cheques in his time down south and has remained consistent. Some of his money earnings come from a second place finish overall in Rodeo Austin with 3.6 run and 11k won total from three performances.
Some large paying rodeos will continue down south where these cowboys will continue to make ground and climb the standings but the Canadian rodeo season begins in less than a month, starting in Medicine Hat on March 14th to the 16th. With the success down south, these competitors will roll in Canada with confidence.