As May draws to a close, the race to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is just heating up. Memorial Day Weekend often marks an important benchmark for PRCA Cowboys and Cowgirls- the beginning of the summer run. A successful Winter and Spring Season can set athletes up for a successful summer run with positive momentum and the monetary winnings it takes to get down the road. Rodeo fans, buckle up- the race toward the bright lights of Sin City is just gettin’ started!
With more and more PRCA rodeos adding the sport’s fastest-growing event, this Summer is one for the Breakaway Ropers! The 19-year-old daughter of PRCA Hall of Fame Header, Speed Williams, Hali Williams is headlining the event standings with almost $100,000 to her name. Hali, who took home $50,000 at Rodeo Houston has continued to dominate the field and looks to remain strong throughout the summer run.
As one looks through the WPRA standings, you might notice two sisters from Virginia looking to make their way to the top of the pack. None other than World Champion Martha Angelone currently sits in fourth place, and her sister, Sarah currently sits in eighth place. As the season’s storylines continue to be written, it is almost a guarantee to see some of the event’s greatest like Jackie Crawford, JJ Hampton, and Kelsie Domer continue to maintain their momentum, as they all currently sit in the top 15 of the world.
2023 has belonged to the 2021 World Champ, Jordon Briggs, and her horsepower, “Rollo”. The duo currently leads the standings with an almost $20,000 lead over top futurity horse trainer and WNFR qualifier, Kassie Mowry. Jackie Ganter, who also picked up big paychecks during the winter Texas rodeo run currently sits in fourth place after battling injuries with current equine partner “Tycoon”. World Champions Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Haley Kinsel also round up the top six in the world, with just thousands of dollars separating them.
How about them Cowboys??
With over $160,00o in the bank, none other than Stetson Wright has a commanding lead on the All Around race as well as second-place standings in both Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding, behind Sage Newman and Australian cowboy Ky Hamilton, respectively. Currently, the Steer Wrestling belongs to the Oregonian cowboys, Dalton Massey and Jesse Brown who also had successful winter runs and sit in first and second place respectively. After successful winters, Team Ropers Rhen Richard and Jeremy Buhler also look to continue to extend their leads throughout the summer. In the Tie Down Roping, young gun Riley Webb currently leads the pack, nearly doubling Hunter Herrin’s current earnings, who currently sits in second place.
This week, athletes will travel all over the country to top rodeos including the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, New Mexico, and Flint Hills Rodeo in Kansas. The rodeo trail is just heating up and the race to the 2023 WNFR is on!
All standings and information courtesy of PRCA, please visit here for the latest standings and updates in each event.