Wyoming cowboys make headway during Cowboy Christmas
As the heat of the summer rodeo run is in full swing and Cowboy Christmas has wrapped up, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) athletes are working their way into the top of the world standings. Several Wyoming athletes top the list as of July 15.
In the bareback riding, Kaycee’s Cole Reiner sits eighth in the world with season earnings of $48,062.87, and Seth Hardwick of Ranchester follows in the 24 hole with earnings of $21,131.28.
Hillsdale’s own Brody Cress sits fifth in the world standings with season earnings of $53,554.65. Douglas cowboy Chet Johnson has earned $26,197.89 to fill the 22nd position on the leaderboards and Tanner Butner of Daniel follows in the 38th hole with $12,359.79. Wyatt Hageman of Jay Em has earned $11,120.95 to fill the 43rd hole in the world standings.
Thermopolis cowboy Hawk Whitt has earned $13,595.65 and currently sits 47th on the bull riding leaderboard.
Payden McIntyre of Douglas has earned $17,363.30 in the steer wrestling event to fill the 31hole in the world standings.
In the team roping, Header Kellan Johnson of Casper has earned the 38th position with a total of $14,331.70. J.C. Flake of Laramie fills the 29-hole on the heeler’s side with season earnings of $16,543.31, followed by Casper’s Carson Johnson in 39th with $14,331.70 and Sid Sporer of Cody in 48th with $12,646.14.
Another Kaycee cowboy, Reo Lohse, takes 22nd in the steer roping with earnings of $13,887.39. Douglas’ Troy Tillard fills the 33rd position with $9,005.11.
In the barrel racing, Gillette’s Amanda Welsh sits at the top of the leaderboard with earnings of $41,248.38 to place sixth in the current world standings. Another Gillette cowgirl, Margaret Poloncic, fills the 43rd hole with $13,820.83.
The regular season rodeos end Sept. 30, and the top athletes will be headed to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev. to compete Dec. 2-11 in the Colosseum.