Vold Takes Over Aggregate Lead at Wrangler NFR

Jake Vold rides Summit Pro Rodeo’s Revolving Door for 85 points in Round 6 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on December 12th, 2017. Photo by Covy Moore. 

LAS VEGAS — Airdrie’s Jake Vold would overtake the lead in the aggregate in the bareback riding event on Tuesday by a single point at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Why is that significant you might ask?

It happens to pay $67,269 to the winner.

Vold would move to the spot courtesy of a fourth best 85 point effort on Revolving Door from Summit Pro Rodeo. For his work in Round 6 he would be compensated $11,000 bringing his WNFR total to $76,212 and season total to $178,372 to hold down the No.3 spot in the World.

Fellow bareback rider Orin Larsen of Inglis, Manitoba finished third in Round 6 thanks to an 85.5 on Beyond Bugs from the J Bar J Rodeo Co. Larsen added $15,654 to his NFR account which now sits at $71,769 bringing his year-end tally to $171,00, No.5 in the World. The three-time NFR qualifier ranks third in the aggregate standings. That spot would still cash him in for another $22,846 come Saturday.

Sometimes all that’s needed is a change.

After three consecutive buckoffs in Rounds 3, 4 and 5, Jordan Hansen of Okotoks, Alberta would switch bull ropes looking for a change of outcome.

For Hansen, the change would prove to work as he made the whistle on Butler & Son Rodeo’s El Diablo for 84.5 points, finishing third in Round 6 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night.

Third place money in the bull riding for Hansen would be $16,500, a touch higher than in other events as ground money now counts in the bull riding. With the ride the 2016 Canadian Champion bull rider would move into seventh in the WNFR aggregate standings and remain in the No.10 spot in the PRCA Standings.

Jordan Hansen rides Butler & Son Rodeo’s El Diablo for 84.5 points to finish third in Round 6 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 12, 2017. PRCA photo by Dan Hubbell.

It looked like Clay Elliott, the last Canadian yet to hit the pay window in Vegas would get a check on Tuesday. Unfortunately a re-ride from Utah’s Ryder Wright moved both Elliott and 2016 World Champion Zeke Thurston into the crying hole. Wright would pass Thurston by $405 for the No.2 spot in the 2017 World Standings for the win.

2016 Canadian Champion saddle bronc rider Layton Green hit paydirt in the round after a solid 85.5 point outing facing Cool Runnings from Pete Carr. Greens earnings were $8,885 for a split of fourth putting his week total at $145,292 to rank No.9 which is down four spots from where he entered in fifth.

Two-time Canadian Champion Tanner Milan of Cochrane, Alberta was the final Canadian to cash a check to kick off the second half. Milan dogged his steer in 4 seconds to pick up a check for $4,231 bumping his NFR total to $66,692, remaining No.4 in the World Standings, $79,500 back of No.1. With four rounds remaining, Milan improved his aggregate placing to No.3, a mere 1.3 seconds back of first.

Scott Guenthner of Provost would stop the clock in a time of 3.8 seconds but be charged with a speeding ticket worth an extra ten seconds. The dagger took him out of the round money and sets him No.9 in the aggregate, one spot out of a payday there.

Rough luck continued for reigning World Champ Jeremy Buhler from Arrowwood. Buhler and partner Tom Richards of Arizona registered yet another unfortunate no time.

Round 7 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo takes place on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 starting at 6:45pm Pacific.



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