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December 1 - 10, 2022
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Thurston Wins Third World Title

Zeke Thurston - World ChampionDecember 10, 2022 l Airdrie, AB
For immediate release

Canadian bronc riding legend, Zeke Thurston, continued to fashion a story book career as he won his third World Championship. The second generation Big Valley, Alberta cowboy capped off a brilliant week by splitting the go-round win with Canadian teammate Kolby Wanchuk and Montana's Chase Brooks. Thurston placed in all but one round over the ten days, to accumulate an Average score of a record-tying 876.5 points to capture that honour as well.

On winning his third championship, Thurston offered, “Honestly, this might have been the hardest one to get. I had a lot of ground to make up and the other fourteen guys in that dressing room are the bronc ridingest sons of guns you will ever see… I really had to work for this one.” Thurston was also the recipient of the Top Gun award that goes to the top money earner in a single event at the NFR.

A third member of the Canadian contingent, Logan Hay, competing at his first NFR, wound up second in the average and third overall. The other three members of the strong Canadian bronc riding representation were Dawson Hay, Layton Green and Kole Ashbacher.

It took them awhile to find their mojo, but team ropers, Jeremy Buhler and Rhen Richard, came alive with a vengeance in the final two rounds. Buhler, the 2016 World Champion Heeler, from Arrowwood, Alberta Canada, and his Utah heading partner were 3.8 for the win in round nine and 3.7 for a three way split of top spot in round ten. There was never much doubt about the 2022 World Champions. Kaleb Driggers, from Hoboken, Georgia, and the talented Brazilian, Junior Nogueira, made it back to back World titles, finishing second in the average and topping$340,000 in season earnings for the year.

Jess Pope has won the average at the last two Wrangler National Finals Rodeos. Each of those years, the World Champion was Kaycee Feild. Pope, who hails from Waverly, Kansas, won the average a third time in 2022, but this time, he added the elusive World Title to his resume. Pope ended up with 860 points over the ten rounds for the Average win and won $390,620 in season earnings en route to the Championship. In round ten, Feild, the six time world titleist, won the final go-round with a magnificent 92 on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Night Crawler. Another former World Champ, Clayton Biglow, was second in the round with a 90 point effort on OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks from the Macza Pro Rodeo firm. The lone Canadian in the bareback riding field, Orin Larsen, went out after the fourth round with a thumb injury that will require surgery.

One of the biggest surprises of the entire NFR took place in the final round of the steer wrestling. What was thought to be a two man race between Will Lummus and Stetson Jorgensen, ended when Lummus broke the barrier and Jorgensen took a no time, leaving the door open for Tyler Waguesback to ride through and claim his fourth gold buckle. Waguesback, the Gonzales, Louisiana hand, was four seconds flat in the final round to split 4-5 to end up third in the average and earn $268,881 to edge Lummus by just $2700. Baker City, Oregon cowboy, Jesse Brown, won the final round in a rapid 3.4 to finish second in the average behind Kyle Irwin from Robertsdale, Alabama. Both Irwin and Brown rode Canadian Curtis Cassidy’s award winning bull dogging horse, Tyson.

In most cases at the National Finals Rodeo, the average plays a huge part in determining the eventual champion. Not so in this year’s barrel racing competition where Cotulla, Texas cowgirl, Hailey Kinsel, collected her fourth title despite hitting two barrels and finishing only eighth in the lucrative average to collect just $7000 in average money. Kinsel and her amazing mare, Sister, won four go-rounds, the second, third, ninth and tenth, and split 1-2 in the fifth round, in authoring a spectacular ten days that led to her win. Shelley Morgan was one of only two barrel racers to keep the barrels standing through all ten rounds and her consistency led to her winning the average. Popular South Dakota veteran, Lisa Lockhart, a four time Canadian Champion, rode her way from fourteenth place at the outset of the Finals to third in the average and fourth overall.

Unlike the steer wrestling, there were no surprises in the tie-down roping event. Caleb Smidt locked down his fourth Championship and added the Average title as well in a brilliantly consistent 10-round performance that saw him win $374,736, leaving him more than $100,000 ahead of second place finisher Shad Mayfield. The tenth round was won by San Angelo, Texas roper Ty Harris with a final round 7.2 second run. Harris won his first Canadian title just a month ago.

Stetson Wright’s Bull Riding Championship was the result of one of the most dominating performances in NFR history. Wright, from Milford, Utah, rode eight of ten bulls in capturing the Average and finishing with $592,143 in season earnings. It was one of two titles for Wright as he was, once again, the All Around Champion as well establishing new Season Earnings records in both the bull riding and All Around. Tristen Hutchings pocketed all $93,270 in tenth round prize money as he was the lone cowboy to make the eight second horn. Wright was bucked off in round ten by OLS Tubs Sunny from Macza Pro Rodeo. Two time Canadian Champion, Jared Parsonage, competing at his first NFR, ended a frustrating ten days at the Thomas and Mack arena by bucking off ‘Time For Magic’ from Sankey Pro Rodeo and Phenom Genetics.

* All told, Canadians NFR competitors are bringing home $796,052.00 US dollars.

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2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 10, Dec. 10

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $758,829; 2. Caleb Smidt, $372,964; 3. Josh Frost, $307,965; 3. 4. Zack Jongbloed, $235,261; 5. Marty Yates, $225,732; 6. Haven Meged, $214,306; 7. Coleman Proctor, $212,521; 8. Rhen Richard, $181,703; 9. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Bareback Riding: Tenth round: 1. Kaycee Feild, 92 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo Co.'s Night Crawler, $28,914; 2. Clayton Biglow, 90, $22,851; 3. (tie) Tim O'Connell and Tanner Aus, 88.5, $14,690 each; 5. (tie) Rocker Steiner and Cole Franks, 88, $6,063 each; 7. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Leighton Berry, 86.5; 9. Tilden Hooper, 85; 10. R.C. Landingham, 84; 11. Garrett Shadbolt, 83.5; 12. Ty Breuer, 82.5; 13. Jess Pope, 81.5; 14. Cole Reiner, 80.5; 15. Orin Larsen, Out. Average: 1. Jess Pope, 860 points on ten head, $74,150; 2. Cole Franks, 852, $60,159; 3. Kaycee Feild, 851, $47,568; 4. R.C. Landingham, 846, $34,976; 5. Leighton Berry, 839, $25,183; 6. Tim O'Connell, 838.5, $18,188; 7. Cole Reiner, 829.5, $12,592; 8. Ty Breuer, 812, $6,995; 9. Caleb Bennett, 807.5; 10. Garrett Shadbolt, 806.5; 11. Tilden Hooper, 761 points on nine head; 12. Rocker Steiner, 754.5; 13.   Tanner Aus, 738.5; 14. Clayton Biglow, 679 points on eight head; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5 points on three head. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $390,620; 2. Kaycee Feild, $316,490; 3. Leighton Berry, $267,274; 4. Cole Franks, $263,378; 5. R.C. Landingham, $246,696; 6. Tim O'Connell, $234,232; 7. Cole Reiner, $228,021; 8. Tanner Aus, $206,851; 9. Tilden Hooper, $188,477; 10. Rocker Steiner, $185,367; 11. Clayton Biglow, $173,605; 12. Caleb Bennett, $163,353; 13. Garrett Shadbolt, $151,257; 14. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 15. Ty Breuer, $122,744.

Steer Wrestling: Tenth round: 1. Jesse Brown, 3.4 seconds, $28,914; 2. Hunter Cure, 3.7, $22,851; 3. Tanner Brunner, 3.9, $17,255; 4. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Kyle Irwin, 4.0, $9,793 each; 6. Ty Erickson, 4.2, $4,664; 7. Tristan Martin, 4.3; 8. J.D. Struxness, 4.5; 9. (tie) Dirk Tavenner and Nick Guy, 5.2; 11. Dakota Eldridge, 6.1; 12. Will Lummus, 14.6; 13. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen, Rowdy Parrott and     Timmy Sparing, NT. Average: 1. Kyle Irwin, 46.1 seconds on ten head, $74,150; 2. Jesse Brown, 48.1, $60,159; 3. Tyler Waguespack, 57.1, $47,568; 4. Will Lummus, 61.6, $34,976; 5. Tanner Brunner, 69.2, $25,183; 6. Hunter Cure, 39.3 seconds on nine head, $18,188; 7. J.D. Struxness, 41.9, $12,592; 8. Dakota Eldridge, 43.7, $6,995; 9. Dirk Tavenner, 54.7; 10. Stetson Jorgensen, 55.7; 11. Ty Erickson, 61.3; 12. Tristan Martin, 34.7 seconds on eight head; 13. Rowdy Parrott, 36.3; 14. Nick Guy, 47.8; 15. Timmy Sparing, 49.9. World standings: 1. Tyler Waguespack, $268,881; 2. Will Lummus, $266,188; 3. Kyle Irwin, $249,892; 4. Hunter Cure, $247,309; 5. Jesse Brown, $241,152; 6. Stetson Jorgensen, $235,288; 7. J.D. Struxness, $197,228; 8. Ty Erickson, $192,400; 9. Tanner Brunner, $174,746; 10. Tristan Martin, $170,981; 11. Dakota Eldridge, $159,256; 12. Nick Guy, $148,880; 13. Rowdy Parrott, $130,926; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $127,177; 15. Timmy Sparing, $95,199.

Team Roping: Tenth round: 1. (tie) Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler and Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 3.7 seconds, $23,007 each; 4. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 3.8, $12,125; 5. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 4.2, $7,462; 6. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.9, $4,664; 7. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 6.2; 8. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 9.0; 9. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 9.2; 10. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 9.3; 11. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, Clay Smith/Jake Long and Jake Orman/Brye Crites, NT. Average: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 53.0 seconds on ten head, $74,150 each; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 71.4 seconds on nine head, $60,159; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 73.6, $47,568; 4. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 43.2 seconds on eight head, $34,976; 5. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 50.2, $25,183; 6. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 56.2, $18,188; 7. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 38.4 seconds on seven head, $12,592; 8. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 39.1, $6,995; 9. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 45.5; 10. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 30.3 seconds on six head; 11. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 32.2; 12. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 40.8; 13. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 44.9; 14. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 21.7 seconds on four head; 15. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 50.6. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $340,708; 2. Tanner Tomlinson, $307,095; 3. Clay Tryan, $264,955; 4. Andrew Ward, $226,723; 5. Jr. Dees, $209,730; 6. Coleman Proctor, $207,355; 7. Dustin Egusquiza, $201,831; 8. Tyler Wade, $196,869; 9. Rhen Richard, $178,454; 10. Chad Masters, $169,184; 11. Riley Minor, $155,917; 12. Lightning Aguilera, $152,886; 13. Cody Snow, $137,363; 14. Clay Smith, $131,806; 15. Jake Orman, $129,422. World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $340,708; 2. Patrick Smith, $307,095; 3. Jade Corkill, $231,147; 4. Buddy Hawkins II, $225,181; 5. Levi Lord, $211,128; 6. Logan Medlin, $207,355; 7. Travis Graves, $202,545; 8. Trey Yates, $193,306; 9. Jeremy Buhler, $179,390; 10. Joseph Harrison, $173,855; 11. Jake Long, $173,287; 12. Brady Minor, $155,917; 13. Jonathan Torres, $145,432; 14. Wesley Thorp, $137,363; 15. Brye Crites, $130,764.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Tenth round: 1. (tie) Zeke Thurston, on Andrews Rodeo’s All or Nothin, Kolby Wanchuk, on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics' The Black Tie and Chase Brooks, on Sutton Rodeo's South Point, 89.5 points, $23,007 each; 4. Sage Newman, 88.5, $12,125; 5. (tie) Stetson Wright and Ryder Wright, 88, $6,063 each; 7. Dawson Hay, 87; 8. Kade Bruno, 86.5; 9. (tie) Lefty Holman and Logan Hay, 86; 11. (tie) Brody Cress and Kole Ashbacher, 85; 13. Wyatt Casper, 84; 14. (tie) Layton Green and Tanner Butner, NS. Average: 1. Zeke Thurston, 876.5 points on ten head, $74,150; 2. Logan Hay, 863, $60,159; 3. Brody Cress, 777, $47,568; 4. Lefty Holman, 785 points on nine head, $34,976; 5. Stetson Wright, 781.5, $25,183; 6.        Dawson Hay, 775.5, $18,188; 7. Kade Bruno, 757, $12,592; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, 748, $6,995; 9. Tanner Butner, 728; 10. Chase Brooks, 687 points on eight head; 11. (tie) Sage Newman and Ryder Wright, 666; 13. Kole Ashbacher, 657.5; 14. Wyatt Casper, 649.5; 15. Layton Green, 562.5 points on seven head. World standings: 1. Zeke Thurston, $399,916; 2. Lefty Holman, $341,390; 3. Logan Hay, $339,401; 4. Stetson Wright, $335,797; 5. Sage Newman, $320,474; 6. Brody Cress, $246,275; 7. Dawson Hay, $213,122; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, $211,633; 9. Chase Brooks, $204,126; 10. Ryder Wright, $192,673; 11. Kade Bruno, $178,505; 12. Layton Green, $175,808; 13. Wyatt Casper, $145,150; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Tenth round: 1. Ty Harris, 7.2 seconds, $28,914; 2. Hunter Herrin, 7.3, $22,851; 3. John Douch, 7.9, $17,255; 4. Marty Yates, 8.0, $12,125; 5. Cory Solomon, 8.4, $7,462; 6. Zack Jongbloed, 8.7, $4,664; 7. Caleb Smidt, 8.8; 8. Tuf Cooper, 9.4; 9. Haven Meged, 11.7; 10. Tyler Milligan, 17.8; 11. Macon Murphy, 18.3; 12. Kincade Henry, 22.1; 13. (tie) Shad Mayfield, Shane Hanchey and Riley Webb, NT. Average: 1. Caleb Smidt, 82.5 seconds on ten head, $74,150; 2. Cory Solomon, 93.4, $60,159; 3. Zack Jongbloed, 95.8, $47,568; 4. Haven Meged, 117.5, $34,976; 5. Tyler Milligan, 129.9, $25,183; 6. Macon Murphy, 136.2, $18,188; 7. Hunter Herrin, 87.1 points on nine head, $12,592; 8. Ty Harris, 96.8, $6,995; 9. Marty Yates, 69.1 seconds on eight head; 10. Shad Mayfield, 92.8; 11. Shane Hanchey, 104.3; 12. Riley Webb, 66.8 seconds on seven head; 13. Kincade Henry, 60.4 seconds on six head; 14. John Douch, 39.4 seconds on five head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 51.5. World standings: 1.

1. Caleb Smidt, $374,737; 2. Shad Mayfield, $269,936; 3. Cory Solomon, $265,303; 4. Hunter Herrin, $258,613; 5. John Douch, $254,376; 6. Zack Jongbloed, $233,962; 7. Marty Yates, $228,106; 8. Haven Meged      , $227,897; 9. Kincade Henry, $217,108; 10. Riley Webb, $188,597; 11. Ty Harris, $187,697; 12. Tuf Cooper, $168,892; 13. Tyler Milligan, $160,886; 14. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 15. Macon Murphy, $148,904.

Barrel Racing: Tenth round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 13.35 seconds, $28,914; 2. Margo Crowther, 13.43, $22,851; 3. Shelley Morgan, 13.51, $17,255; 4. Jessica Routier, 13.52, $12,125; 5. Jordon Briggs, 13.62, $7,462; 6. Bayleigh Choate, 13.65, $4,664; 7. Lisa Lockhart, 13.66; 8. Wenda Johnson, 13.67; 9. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.85; 10. Sissy Winn, 14.01; 11. Kassie Mowry, 18.37; 12. Emily Beisel, 18.63; 13. Stevi Hillman, 18.97; 14. Dona Kay Rule, 19.28; 15. Leslie Smalygo, 25.14. Average: 1. Shelley Morgan, 137.28 seconds on ten runs, $74,150; 2. Bayleigh Choate, 138.98, $60,159; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 141.66, $47,568; 4. Jordon Briggs, 142.41, $34,976; 5. Wenda Johnson, 142.76, $25,183; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 143.01, $18,188; 7. Sissy Winn, 144.03, $12,592; 8. Hailey Kinsel, 146.06, $6,995; 9. Margo Crowther, 146.98; 10.     Kassie Mowry, 152.33; 11. Emily Beisel, 155.50; 12. Jessica Routier, 158.19; 13. Dona Kay Rule, 159.34; 14. Stevi Hillman, 164.56; 15. Leslie Smalygo, 144.69 seconds on nine head. World standings: 1. Hailey Kinsel, $302,172; 2. Jordon Briggs, $274,520; 3. Shelley Morgan, $265,030; 4. Lisa Lockhart, $253,197; 5. Wenda Johnson, $231,860; 6. Emily Beisel, $221,718; 7. Margo Crowther, $184,751; 8. Bayleigh Choate, $182,971; 9. Dona Kay Rule, $171,019; 10. Leslie Smalygo, $158,343; 11. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $154,161; 12.  Kassie Mowry, $150,121; 13. Sissy Winn, $149,156; 14. Stevi Hillman, $138,064; 15. Jessica Routier, $123,445.  

Bull Riding: Tenth round: 1. Tristen Hutchings, 89.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Twilight Zone, $93,270; No other qualified rides. Average: 1. Stetson Wright, 684.5 points on eight head, $74,150; 2. Josh Frost, 589.5 points on seven head, $60,159; 3. Ky Hamilton, 510 points on six head, $47,568; 4. Tristen Hutchings, 447 points on five head, $34,976; 5. Trevor Kastner, 429, $25,183; 6. Trey Kimzey, 347 points on four head, $18,188; 7. Garrett Smith, 256.5 points on three head, $12,592; 8. Trey Holston, 175.5 points on two head, $6,995; 9. Jeff Askey, 175; 10. Creek Young, 169; 11. Cole Fischer, 159.5; 12. JR Stratford, 90 points on one head; 13. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 14. (tie) Maverick Potter, Lukasey Morris and Reid Oftedahl, NS. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $592,144; 2. Josh Frost, $409,630; 3. Tristen Hutchings, $379,786; 4. Ky Hamilton, $278,412; 5. Trevor Kastner, $255,179; 6. Jeff Askey, $229,905; 7. Trey Kimzey, $201,999; 8. Garrett Smith, $197,594; 9. Trey Holston, $171,357; 10. JR Stratford, $142,943; 11. Creek Young, $127,692; 12. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 13. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 14. Cole Fischer, $110,994; 15. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 16. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944.

Top Gun: 1. Zeke Thurston, $256,078; 2. Stetson Wright, $237,812; 3. Jess Pope, $231,361; 4. Caleb Smidt, $225,221; 5. Logan Hay, $199,960; 6. (tie) Patrick Smith and Tanner Tomlinson, $199,727 each; 8. Lefty Holman, $191,410; 9. Kaycee Feild, $185,348; 10. Tristen Hutchings, $183,482.

 
 
NFR Round Nine Highlights - Farewell to a Champion

Dawson Hay - 92 on Killer BeeDecember 9, 2022 l Airdrie, AB
For immediate release

With several races going own to the wire, leaders and contenders took a back seat to a spectacular ride in the saddle bronc riding. After watching his brother win three consecutive rounds, Canada’s Dawson Hay decided it was his time to shine. The Wildwood, Alberta cowboy couldn’t have picked a better dance partner. World Champion, and much decorated 17 year old mare from the Beutler and Son Rodeo firm, BDM Mud’s Killer Bee was making her final ride in what has been a memorable career. And the moment was magic. Killer Bee was never better and Dawson Hay was equal to the task as the two combined for 92 points, just one point off the arena record.

But that wasn’t the only drama in the bronc riding. The two Canadians going head to head in the quest for a world title brought their A game to round nine. Logan Hay (older brother to Dawson) turned in a solid 86.5 point effort only to be bettered by two time World Champion, Zeke Thurston, who was given a re-ride, and made the most of the opportunity, with an 88 score for second in the round. Thurston and Logan Hay remain first and second in the average respectively and Thurston has now moved into fourth place overall - just $6000 out of the lead with Hay fifth overall, $29,000 back of leader, Sage Newman.

Jeremy BuhlerAfter what has been a frustrating NFR to date - six no-times in eight rounds - for 2016 World Champion heeler, Jeremy Buhler, and heading partner, Rhen Richard, the tide turned in round nine as the Canadian and his Utah teammate won the round with a blistering 3.8 second run. The overall team roping leaders, Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, protected their lead with a 4.9 second run to remain second in the average and keep their comfortable lead atop the World standings with one round remaining.

It has been a roller coaster ride for the top barrel racers who are in contention for the coveted world title. They have won go-rounds and they have hit barrels over the first eight days of NFR 2022. But tonight, three time champion, Hailey Kinsel, and her talented mare, Sister, clocked the fastest time of the Finals – 13.34 – to take home the winner’s cheque of $28,914. Kinsel continues to lead the overall World race and sits eighth in the average heading into the final performance. Defending Champion, Jordan Briggs is second in the World and fourth in the average but did not pick up a cheque Friday night. Sixteen time NFR qualifier, Lisa Lockhart, ran 13.59 for a share of 5/6 ($6,063), sits in third place in the average and fifth overall. It will literally come down to the final run on the final day to determine the 2022 barrel racing champion.

Rhen RichardIn the tie-down roping, Caleb Smidt did not place for the first time in the nine rounds of competition, but held onto his leads in both the average and overall standings with a conservative 9.5 second run. Veteran roper, Marty Yates, made his third victory lap at the Finals, this one coming after a 7.8 second winning run.
In the bareback riding, three time world champion Tim O’Connell showed that he will not go quietly into the night. The Zwingle, Iowa cowboy teamed up with Stace Smith Pro Rodeo’s Star Witness for an electric 88 for the win. Jess Pope continues to show the way as he inches closer to his first gold buckle. Tonight, the Waverly, Kansas cowboy split 4/5/6 with an 85.5 point ride and will be hard to catch in either the average or the overall standings.

In the big men’s event, the two steer wrestlers who are vying for the title both failed to place in round nine. Stetson Jorgensen clings to a $4000 lead over Mississippi bulldogger Will Lummus but Lummus sits third in the all important average – two steps ahead of the Blackfoot, Idaho talent. Two time World Champion, Hunter Cure, won the round - his third so far - with a 3.6 second effort.

The bull riding continues to be the Stetson Wright show and though he did not win the round (82.5 for $8394), Wright has ridden eight of nine bulls, leads the average and has topped $517,993 in 2022 bull riding earnings. Tonight’s round winner was NFR rookie, Trey Holston, who easily made his best ride of the Finals to date riding Salt River Rodeo’s Belly Dump for 89.5 points.

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 9, Dec. 9

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Ninth round: 1. Tim O'Connell, 88 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo's Star Witness, $28,914; 2. Kaycee Feild, 87.5, $22,851; 3. Garrett Shadbolt, 87, $17,255; 4. (tie) Cole Reiner, Jess Pope and Clayton Biglow, 85.5, $8,083; 7. Cole Franks, 85; 8. Rocker Steiner, 84.5; 9. Caleb Bennett, 84; 10. R.C. Landingham, 83; 11. Tilden Hooper, 82.5; 12. Leighton Berry, 81.5; 13. Tanner Aus, 76.5; 14. Ty Breuer, 75; 15. Orin Larsen, Out. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 778.5 points on nine head; 2. Cole Franks, 764; 3. R.C. Landingham, 762; 4. Kaycee Feild, 759; 5. Leighton Berry, 752.5; 6. Tim O'Connell, 750; 7. Cole Reiner, 749; 8. Ty Breuer, 729.5; 9. Garrett Shadbolt, 723; 10. Caleb Bennett, 721; 11. Tilden Hooper, 676 points on eight head; 12. Rocker Steiner, 666.5; 13. Tanner Aus, 650; 14. Clayton Biglow, 589 points on seven head; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5 points on three head. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $316,470; 2. Leighton Berry, $242,091; 3. Kaycee Feild, $240,009; 4. Cole Reiner, $215,429; 5. R.C. Landingham, $211,720; 6. Tim O'Connell, $201,354; 7. Cole Franks, $197,156; 8. Tanner Aus, $192,161; 9. Tilden Hooper, $188,477; 10. Rocker Steiner, $179,304; 11. Caleb Bennett, $163,353; 12. Garrett Shadbolt, $151,257; 13. Clayton Biglow, $150,754; 14. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 15. Ty Breuer, $115,749.

Steer Wrestling: Ninth round: 1. Hunter Cure, 3.6 seconds, $28,914; 2. Jesse Brown, 3.7, $22,851; 3. J.D. Struxness, 3.9, $17,255; 4. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Dakota Eldridge, 4.0, $9,793; 6. (tie) Tanner Brunner, Rowdy Parrott and Timmy Sparing, 4.2, $1,555 each; 9. Will Lummus, 4.4; 10. Ty Erickson, 4.5; 11. Dirk Tavenner, 4.7; 12. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen and Nick Guy, 5.2; 14. Kyle Irwin, 5.3; 15. Tristan Martin, NT. Average leaders: 1. Kyle Irwin, 42.1 seconds on nine head; 2. Jesse Brown, 44.7; 3. Will Lummus, 47.0; 4. Tyler Waguespack, 53.1; 5. Stetson Jorgensen, 55.7; 6. Tanner Brunner, 65.3; 7.   Hunter Cure, 35.6 seconds on eight head; 8. Rowdy Parrott, 36.3; 9. J.D. Struxness, 37.4; 10.Dakota Eldridge, 37.6; 11. Dirk Tavenner, 49.5; 12. Timmy Sparing, 49.9; 13. Ty Erickson, 57.1; 14. Tristan Martin, 30.4 seconds on seven head; 15. Nick Guy, 42.6. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $235,288; 2. Will Lummus, $231,212; 3.Tyler Waguespack, $211,520; 4. Hunter Cure, $206,270; 5. Ty Erickson, $187,737; 6. J.D. Struxness, $184,636; 7. Tristan Martin, $170,981; 8. Kyle Irwin, $165,948; 9. Dakota Eldridge, $152,261; 10. Jesse Brown, $152,079; 11. Nick Guy, $148,880; 12. Tanner Brunner, $132,308; 13. Rowdy Parrott, $130,926; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $127,177; 15. Timmy Sparing, $95,199.

Team Roping: Ninth round: 1. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 3.8 seconds, $28,914 each; 2. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 3.9, $20,053 each; 4. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 4.2, $12,125; 5. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 4.3, $7,462; 6. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.6, $4,664; 7. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.7; 8. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 4.9; 10. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.0; 11. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 8.5; 12. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 8.9; 13. (tie) Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, Tyler Wade/Trey Yates and Clay Smith/Jake Long, NT. Average leaders: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 49.3 seconds on nine head; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 65.2 seconds on eight; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 68.7; 4. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 34.2 seconds on seven head; 5. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 38.4; 6. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 41.0; 7. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 45.5; 8. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 46.9; 9. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 32.2 seconds on six head; 10. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 35.3; 11. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 44.9; 12. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 26.6 seconds on five head; 13. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 36.6; 14. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 50.6 seconds on four head; 15. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 18.0 seconds on three head. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $280,549; 2. Clay Tryan, $252,363; 3. Tanner Tomlinson, $209,939; 4. Andrew Ward, $191,747; 5. Coleman Proctor, $188,234; 6. Jr. Dees, $184,547; 7. Dustin Egusquiza, $183,643; 8. Tyler Wade, $173,862; 9. Chad Masters, $169,184; 10. Rhen Richard, $155,448; 11. Lightning Aguilera, $145,424; 12. Cody Snow, $137,363; 13. Clay Smith, $131,807; 14. Jake Orman, $129,422; 15. Riley Minor, $103,686. World standings (heelers): 1. Junior Nogueira, $280,549; 2. Jade Corkill, $218,556; 3. Patrick Smith, $209,939; 4. Buddy Hawkins II, $190,204; 5. Logan Medlin, $188,234; 6. Levi Lord, $185,945; 7. Travis Graves, $184,358; 8. Joseph Harrison, $173,855; 9. Jake Long, $173,287; 10. Trey Yates, $170,300; 11. Jeremy Buhler, $156,383; 12. Jonathan Torres, $137,971; 13. Wesley Thorp, $137,363; 14. Brye Crites, $130,764; 15. Brady Minor, $103,686.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Ninth round: 1. Dawson Hay, 92 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo's BDM Mud's Killer Bee, $28,914; 2. Lefty Holman, 89.5, $22,851; 3. Zeke Thurston, 88, $17,255; 4. Logan Hay, 86.5, $12,125; 5. Chase Brooks, 85.5, $7,462; 6. Stetson Wright, 84, $4,664; 7. Ryder Wright, 83.5; 8. (tie) Kade Bruno and Tanner Butner, 81.5; 10. Layton Green, 65; 11. Brody Cress, 64; 12.     (tie) Sage Newman, Kolby Wanchuk, Wyatt Casper, Kole Ashbacher, NS. Average leaders: 1. Zeke Thurston, 787 points on nine head; 2. Logan Hay, 777; 3. Tanner Butner, 728; 4. Brody Cress, 692; 5. Lefty Holman, 699 points on eight head; 6. Stetson Wright, 693.5; 7. Dawson Hay, 688.5; 8. Kade Bruno, 670.5; 9. Kolby Wanchuk, 658.5; 10. Chase Brooks, 597.5 points on seven head; 11. Ryder Wright, 578; 12. Sage Newman, 577.5; 13. Kole Ashbacher, 572.5; 14. Wyatt Casper, 565.5; 15. Layton Green, 562.5. World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $308,349; 2. Lefty Holman, $306,413; 3. Stetson Wright, $304,551; 4. Zeke Thurston, $302,759; 5. Logan Hay, $279,241; 6. Brody Cress, $198,707; 7. Dawson Hay, $194,935; 8. Ryder Wright, $186,610; 9. Kolby Wanchuk, $181,631; 10. Chase Brooks, $181,120; 11. Layton Green, $175,808; 12. Kade Bruno, $165,914; 13. Wyatt Casper, $145,150; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Ninth round: 1. Marty Yates, 7.8 seconds, $28,914; 2. Ty Harris, 8.0, $22,851; 3. Tuf Cooper, 8.2, $17,255; 4. Hunter Herrin, 8.6, $12,125; 5. Zack Jongbloed, 8.8, $7,462; 6. Haven Meged, 9.3, $4,664; 7. Caleb Smidt, 9.5; 8. Tyler Milligan, 10.5; 9. Cory Solomon, 12.2; 10. Macon Murphy, 22.5; 11. (tie) Shad Mayfield, John Douch, Shane Hanchey, Riley Webb and Kincade Henry, NT. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 73.7 seconds on nine head; 2. Cory Solomon, 85; 3. Zack Jongbloed, 87.1; 4. Haven Meged, 105.8; 5. Tyler Milligan, 112.1; 6. Macon Murphy, 117.9; 7. Hunter Herrin, 79.8 seconds on eight head; 8. Ty Harris, 89.6; 9.          Shad Mayfield, 92.8; 10. Shane Hanchey, 104.3; 11. Marty Yates, 61.1 seconds on seven head; 12. Riley Webb, 66.8; 13. Kincade Henry, 38.3 seconds on five head; 14. John Douch, 31.5 seconds on four head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 42.1. World standings: 1.

1. Caleb Smidt, $300,587; 2. Shad Mayfield, $269,936; 3. John Douch, $237,121; 4. Hunter Herrin, $223,170; 5. Kincade Henry, $217,108; 6. Marty Yates, $215,981; 7. Cory Solomon, $197,682; 8. Haven Meged, $192,920; 9. Riley Webb, $188,597; 10. Zack Jongbloed, $181,731; 11. Tuf Cooper, $168,892; 12. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 13. Ty Harris, $151,788; 14. Tyler Milligan, $135,703; 15. Macon Murphy, $130,717.

Barrel Racing: Ninth round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 13.34 seconds, $28,914; 2. Emily Beisel, 13.38, $22,851; 3. Shelley Morgan, 13.47, $17,255; 4. Margo Crowther, 13.52, $12,125; 5. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Lisa Lockhart, 13.59, $6,063 each; 7. Wenda Johnson, 13.65; 8. Kassie Mowry, 13.71; 9. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.77; 10. Bayleigh Choate, 13.80; 11. Jordon Briggs, 13.88; 12. Sissy Winn, 13.99; 13. Stevi Hillman, 14.92; 14. Jessica Routier, 23.69; 15. Leslie Smalygo, NT. Average leaders: 1. Shelley Morgan, 123.77 seconds on nine runs; 2. Bayleigh Choate, 125.33; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 128.00; 4. Jordon Briggs, 128.79; 5. Wenda Johnson, 129.09; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 129.16; 7. Sissy Winn, 130.02; 8. Hailey Kinsel, 132.71; 9. Margo Crowther, 133.55; 10. Kassie Mowry, 133.96; 11. Emily Beisel, 136.87; 12. Dona Kay Rule, 140.06; 13. Jessica Routier, 144.67; 14. Stevi Hillman, 145.59; 15. Leslie Smalygo, 119.55 seconds on eight head. World standings: 1. Hailey Kinsel, $266,263; 2. Jordon Briggs, $232,082; 3. Emily Beisel, $221,718; 4. Wenda Johnson, $206,677; 5. Lisa Lockhart, $205,629; 6. Shelley Morgan, $173,625; 7. Dona Kay Rule, $171,019; 8. Margo Crowther, $161,900; 9. Leslie Smalygo, $158,343; 10. Kassie Mowry, $150,121; 11. Stevi Hillman, $138,064; 12. Sissy Winn, $136,565; 13. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $135,973; 14. Bayleigh Choate, $118,148; 15. Jessica Routier, $111,320.

Bull Riding: Ninth round: 1. Trey Holston, 89.5 points on Salt River Rodeo Company's Belly Dump, $29,846; 2. Tristen Hutchings, 88.5, $23,784; 3.     Ky Hamilton, 88; $18,188; 4. Jeff Askey, 85, $13,058; 5. Stetson Wright, 82.5, $8,394; 6. (tie) Josh Frost, Garrett Smith, Trevor Kastner, Maverick Potter, Trey Kimzey, Jared Parsonage, Creek Young, Cole Fischer, NS. 13. Lukasey Morris, Reid Oftedahl, JR Stratford, Out. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, 684.5 points on eight head; 2. Josh Frost, 589.5 points on seven head; 3. Ky Hamilton, 510 points on six head; 4. Trevor Kastner, 429 points on five head; 5. Tristen Hutchings, 357.5 points on four head; 6.        Trey Kimzey, 347; 7. Garrett Smith, 256.5 points on three head; 8. Trey Holston, 175.5 points on two head; 9. Jeff Askey, 175; 10. Creek Young, 169; 11. Cole Fischer, 159.5; 12. JR Stratford, 90 points on one head; 13. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 14. (tie) Maverick Potter, Lukasey Morris, Reid Oftedahl, NS. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $517,994; 2. Josh Frost, $349,470; 3. Tristen Hutchings, $251,539; 4. Ky Hamilton, $230,844; 5. Trevor Kastner, $229,996; 6. Jeff Askey, $229,905; 7. Garrett Smith, $185,002; 8. Trey Kimzey, $183,812; 9. Trey Holston, $164,362; 10. JR Stratford, $142,943; 11. Creek Young, $127,692; 12. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 13. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 14. Cole Fischer, $110,994; 15. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 16. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $653,433; 2. Caleb Smidt, $298,815; 3. Josh Frost, $247,542; 3. 4. Marty Yates, $213,607; 5. Coleman Proctor, $193,401; 6. Zack Jongbloed, $183,030; 7. Haven Meged, $179,329; 8. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 9. Rhen Richard, $156,696; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Top Gun leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, $163,662; 2. Zeke Thurston, $158,921; 3. Jess Pope, $157,211; 4. Lefty Holman, $156,434; 5. Caleb Smidt, $151,071; 6. Hailey Kinsel, $146,874; 7. Logan Hay, $139,801; 8. Emily Beisel, $127,753; 9. Lisa Lockhart, $120,758; 10. Tristen Hutchings, $119,592.

 
 
NFR Canada Night (Round Eight) Highlights

Team Canada - WNFR 2022 - Presented by Teton RidgeDecember 8, 2022
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Thursday at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was Canada Night, and the Canadian bronc riding contingent did not disappoint. While the round win went to Stetson Wright, who topped the field with a tremendous 90 point ride on Hell Boy from the Bar T Rodeo Company, Canadians finished second, fourth and 5/6 split. Two-time world champion and three-time Canadian titleist, Zeke Thurston was 89.5 for that second-place cheque while Dawson Hay was 87.5 for fourth-place money. Older brother Logan Hay, who had won three go-rounds in a row, was 87 points for his 5/6 result. When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, Montana’s Sage Newman who came to Las Vegas with what looked like a nearly insurmountable lead, has seen that lead whittled down to just $9,000 over Stetson Wright, $23,000 over Thurston and $41,000 over Logan Hay. It’s looking more and more like the average (determined by total points in the riding events) with its massive payout--$74,000 for first, $60,000 for second all the way down to $7,000 for eighth--will almost surely be huge in determining the final outcome. And in that average, Thurston is on top with an 8.5-point advantage over Logan Hay in second, Wright is down in sixth place with Newman out of contention in tenth. That points to a possible head-to-head battle between two Canadians for the World title.

Weatherford, Texas bareback rider, Leighton Berry, won his second go round of the 2022 Wrangler National with an 88-point ride on Knot So Foxy from Powder River Rodeo. After a bad start in the first round, the cowboy who was part of the Canadian Finals Rodeo just a month ago has been outstanding. But the bareback riding is very much Jess Pope’s to win or lose as the Waverly, Kansas hand split 2, 3 and 4 to stay on top of both the average and the overall world standings. Pope, who has won the average in each of the last two years, leads the second place Berry by $66,000 in the world standings with two rounds remaining.

There were big changes in the steer wrestling in round 8 as Will Lummus, the Mississippi bulldogger split the round win with three-time champion Tyler Waguespack. Both men dropped their steers in 3.6 seconds enabling Lummus to move to within $4000 of the overall leader, Stetson Jorgensen. But the key is in the all-important average where Lummus sits third and Jorgensen, who hails from Blackfoot, Idaho is fifth.

In an outstanding round of team roping, Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin were the best of a speedy bunch with a 3.5 second run. The top six times in the round were the 3.5, followed by a 3.8, two 3.9s and two 4.0s. One of the 4.0 times that split 5/6 was turned in by overall leaders Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira. That leaves both members of the team that dominated the season with comfortable leads entering the home stretch. Header Driggers has a $48,000 margin over the second-place header while Nogueira has an even more commanding lead on the heeling side at $82,000.

The drama continued in the barrel racing event in round eight as well. NFR rookie, Leslie Smalygo, took advantage of her ‘top of the ground’ position to run the fastest time of the week - a smoking 13.41 - good for the top cheque of $28,914. And the battle lines shifted again in the World title race as last night’s go-round winner, Wenda Johnson, hit a barrel, moving her from first to sixth in the average and third overall. Johnson still has a chance to win it all, as does defending champion, Jordan Briggs, 16 time NFR qualifier, Lisa Lockhart, four time NFR qualifier, Shelley Morgan and three time champion Hailey Kinsel. The average will be a big factor in this event as in several others.

Round eight of the tie-down roping was won in blazing fashion as veteran Hunter Herrin turned in a flawless 7.2 second run to capture the $28,914 first-place cheque. But Caleb Smidt drew closer to his fourth world title as he recorded an 8.0 for fourth place and with $300,000 in total season earnings leads second place man Shad Mayfield by $31,000. Smidt is also the average leader with Mayfield back in 4th place.

The bull riding saw Stetson Wright and Josh Frost continue to put on a clinic as both men rode their seventh bull in eight outs to date. Wright, the Utah superstar and Australian Ky Hamilton split the round, with a pair of 90-point scores. Frost was 85.5 points for 5th in the round. The world race is virtually decided as Wright now sits at $509,000 and the only question that remains is whether Frost can win a second average title. He trails Wright by 12.5 points with two bulls left to ride.

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 8, Dec. 8

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Eighth round: 1. Leighton Berry, 88 points on Powder River Rodeo's Knot So Foxy, $28,914; 2. (tie) Jess Pope, R.C. Landingham, Cole Franks, 87, $17,410 each; 5. Tanner Aus, 85, $7,462; 6. Tilden Hooper, 83, $4,664; 7. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Tim O'Connell, 82.5; 9. Ty Breuer, 80.5; 10. Kaycee Feild, 77; 11. Cole Reiner, 76; 12. Garrett Shadbolt, 71; 13. (tie) Rocker Steiner, Orin Larsen and Clayton Biglow, NS. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 693 points on eight head; 2. (tie) R.C. Landingham and Cole Franks, 679; 4. Kaycee Feild, 671.5; 5. Leighton Berry, 671; 6. Cole Reiner, 663.5; 7. Tim O'Connell, 662; 8. Ty Breuer, 654.5; 9. Caleb Bennett, 637; 10. Garrett Shadbolt, 636; 11. Tilden Hooper, 593.5 points on seven head; 12. Rocker Steiner, 582; 13. Tanner Aus, 573.5; 14. Clayton Biglow, 503.5 points on six head; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5 points on three head. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $308,387; 2. Leighton Berry, $242,091; 3. Kaycee Field, $217,158; 4. R.C. Landingham, $211,720; 5. Cole Reiner, $207,346; 6. Cole Franks, $197,156; 7. Tanner Aus, $192,161; 8. Tilden Hooper, $188,477; 9. Rocker Steiner, $179,304; 10. Tim O'Connell, $172,440; 11. Caleb Bennett, $163,353; 12. Clayton Biglow, $142,671; 13. Garrett Shadbolt, $134,002; 14. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 15. Ty Breuer, $115,749.

Steer Wrestling: Eighth round: 1. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Will Lummus, 3.6 seconds, $25,882 each; 3. Nick Guy, 4.1, $17,255; 4. (tie) Kyle Irwin and Dirk Tavenner, 4.2, $9,793 each; 6. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen, J.D. Struxness and Dakota Eldridge, 4.3, $1,555; 9. Timmy Sparing, 4.5; 10. Tristan Martin, 4.6; 11. Hunter Cure, 4.8; 12. (tie) Tanner Brunner and Jesse Brown, 5.8; 14. Ty Erickson, 25.3; 15. Rowdy Parrott, NT. Average leaders: 1. Kyle Irwin, 36.8 seconds on eight head; 2. Jesse Brown, 41.0; 3. Will Lummus, 42.6; 4. Tyler Waguespack, 49.1; 5. Stetson Jorgensen, 50.5; 6. Tanner Brunner, 61.1; 7. Tristan Martin, 30.4 seconds on seven head; 8. Hunter Cure, 32.0; 9. Rowdy Parrott, 32.1; 10. J.D. Struxness, 33.5; 11. Dakota Eldridge, 33.6; 12. Dirk Tavenner, 44.8; 13. Timmy Sparing, 45.7; 14. Ty Erickson, 52.6; 15. Nick Guy, 37.4 seconds on six head. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $235,288; 2. Will Lummus, $231,212; 3. Tyler Waguespack, $201,727; 4. Ty Erickson, $187,737; 5. Hunter Cure, $177,357; 6. Tristan Martin, $170,981; 7. J.D. Struxness, $167,381; 8. Kyle Irwin, $165,948; 9. Nick Guy, $148,880; 10. Dakota Eldridge, $142,467; 11. Tanner Brunner, $130,754; 12. Rowdy Parrott, $129,371; 13. Jesse Brown, $129,228; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $127,177; 15. Timmy Sparing, $93,644.

Team Roping: Eighth round: 1. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 3.5 seconds, $28,914 each; 2. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 3.8, $22,851; 3. (tie) Jr. Dees/Levi Lord and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 3.9, $14,690; 5. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.0, $6,063; 7. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 4.1; 8. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.5; 9. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.5; 10. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 9.2; 11. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 19.0; 12. (tie) Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres and Clay Smith/Jake Long, NT. Average leaders: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 45.1 seconds on eight head; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 60.3 seconds on seven head; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 63.7; 4. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 29.5 seconds on six head; 5. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 34.5; 6. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 35.3; 7. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 36.1; 8. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 36.6; 9. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 38.4; 10. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 26.6 seconds on five head; 11. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 27.6; 12. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 41.0; 13. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 32.3 seconds on four head; 14. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 50.6; 15. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 14.2 seconds on two head. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $280,549; 2. Clay Tryan, $232,310; 3. Tanner Tomlinson, $197,814; 4. Andrew Ward, $191,747; 5. Coleman Proctor, $188,234; 6. Jr. Dees, $184,547; 7. Dustin Egusquiza, $183,643; 8. Tyler Wade, $173,862; 9. Chad Masters, $149,131; 10. Lightning Aguilera, $137,963; 11. Cody Snow, $132,700; 12. Clay Smith, $131,807; 13. Jake Orman, $129,422; 14. Rhen Richard, $126,534; 15. Riley Minor, $103,686. World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $280,549; 2. Jade Corkill, $198,503; 3. Patrick Smith, $197,814; 4. Buddy Hawkins II, $190,204; 5. Logan Medlin, $188,234; 6. Levi Lord, $185,945; 7. Travis Graves, $184,358; 8. Jake Long, $173,287; 9. Trey Yates, $170,300; 10. Joseph Harrison; $153,802; 11. Wesley Thorp, $132,700; 12. Brye Crites, $130,764; 13. Jonathan Torres, $130,509; 14. Jeremy Buhler, $127,469; 15. Brady Minor, $103,686.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Eighth round: 1. Stetson Wright, 90.5 points on Bar T Rodeo's Hell Boy, $28,914; 2. Zeke Thurston, 89.5, $22,851; 3. Lefty Holman, 88, $17,255; 4. Dawson Hay, 87.5, $12,125; 5. (tie) Logan Hay and Chase Brooks, 87, $6,063 each; 7. Ryder Wright, 86.5; 8. Kade Bruno, 85.5; 9. Sage Newman, 85; 10. Layton Green, 84.5; 11. Kolby Wanchuk, 83.5; 12. Kole Ashbacher, 79.5; 13. Tanner Butner, 76.5; 14. (tie) Brody Cress and Wyatt Casper, 69. Average leaders: 1. Zeke Thurston, 699 points on eight head; 2. Logan Hay, 690.5; 3. Kolby Wanchuk, 658.5; 4. Tanner Butner, 646.5; 5. Brody Cress, 628; 6. (tie) Stetson Wright and Lefty Holman, 609.5; 8. Dawson Hay, 596.5; 9. Kade Bruno, 589; 10. Sage Newman, 577.5; 11. Kole Ashbacher, 572.5; 12. Wyatt Casper, 565.5; 13. Chase Brooks, 512 points on six head; 14. Layton Green, 497.5; 15. Ryder Wright, 494.5. World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $308,349; 2. Stetson Wright, $299,887; 3. Zeke Thurston, $285,504; 4. Lefty Holman, $283,562; 5. Logan Hay, $267,116; 6. Brody Cress, $198,707; 7. Ryder Wright, $186,610; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, $181,631; 9. Layton Green, $175,808; 10. Chase Brooks, $173,658; 11. Dawson Hay, $166,021; 12. Kade Bruno, $165,914; 13. Wyatt Casper, $145,150; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Eighth round: 1. Hunter Herrin, 7.2 seconds, $28,914; 2. Zack Jongbloed, 7.6, $22,851; 3. Tuf Cooper, 7.8, $17,255; 4. Caleb Smidt, 8.0, $12,125; 5. Cory Solomon, 8.5, $7,462; 6. Shad Mayfield, 8.6, $4,664; 7. Tyler Milligan, 9.3; 8. Marty Yates, 9.4; 9. John Douch, 9.7; 10. Ty Harris, 13.2; 11. Shane Hanchey, 16.5; 12. Haven Meged, 16.7; 13. Macon Murphy, 17.6; 14. (tie) Riley Webb and Kincade Henry, NT. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 64.2 seconds on eight head; 2. Cory Solomon, 72.8; 3. Zack Jongbloed, 78.3; 4. Shad Mayfield, 92.8; 5. Macon Murphy, 95.4; 6. Haven Meged, 96.5; 7. Tyler Milligan, 101.6; 8. Shane Hanchey, 104.3; 9. Riley Webb, 66.8 seconds on seven head; 10. Hunter Herrin, 71.2; 11. Ty Harris, 81.6; 12. Marty Yates, 53.3 seconds on six head; 13. Kincade Henry, 38.3 seconds on five head; 14. John Douch, 31.5 seconds on four head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 33.9 seconds on three head. World standings: 1. Caleb Smidt , $300,587; 2. Shad Mayfield, $269,936; 3. John Douch, $237,121; 4. Kincade Henry, $217,108; 5. Hunter Herrin, $211,045; 6. Cory Solomon, $197,682; 7. Riley Webb, $188,597; 8. Haven Meged, $188,257; 9. Marty Yates, $187,068; 10. Zack Jongbloed, $174,269; 11. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 12. Tuf Cooper, $151,637. 13. Tyler Milligan, $135,703; 14. Macon Murphy, $130,717; 15. Ty Harris, $128,937.

Barrel Racing: Eighth round: 1. Leslie Smalygo, 13.41 seconds, $28,914; 2. Emily Beisel, 13.43, $22,851; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 13.49, $17,255; 4. Hailey Kinsel, 13.54, $12,125; 5. Kassie Mowry, 13.56, $7,462; 6. (tie) Jessica Routier and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.58, $2,332 each; 8. Jordon Briggs, 13.59; 9. Stevi Hillman, 13.60; 10. Shelley Morgan, 13.65; 11.  Bayleigh Choate, 13.67; 12. Margo Crowther, 18.54; 13. Sissy Winn, 18.71; 14. Dona Kay Rule, 18.85; 15. Wenda Johnson, 18.89. Average leaders: 1. Shelley Morgan, 110.30 seconds on eight runs; 2. Bayleigh Choate, 111.53; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 114.41; 4. Jordon Briggs, 114.91; 5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 115.39; 6. Wenda Johnson, 115.44; 7. Sissy Winn, 116.03; 8. Hailey Kinsel, 119.37; 9. Leslie Smalygo, 119.55; 10. Margo Crowther, 120.03; 11. Kassie Mowry, 120.25; 12. Jessica Routier, 120.98; 13.     Emily Beisel, 123.49; 14. Dona Kay Rule, 126.47; 15.   Stevi Hillman, 130.67. World standings: 1. Hailey Kinsel, $237,350; 2. Jordon Briggs, $232,082; 3. Wenda Johnson, $206,677; 4. Lisa Lockhart, $199,566; 5. Emily Beisel, $198,867; 6. Dona Kay Rule, $164,956; 7. Leslie Smalygo, $158,343; 8. Shelley Morgan, $156,370; 9. Kassie Mowry, $150,121; 10. Margo Crowther, $149,775; 11. Stevi Hillman, $138,064; 12. Sissy Winn, $136,565; 13. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $135,973; 14. Bayleigh Choate, $118,148; 15. Jessica Routier, $111,320.  

Bull Riding: Eighth round: 1. (tie) Stetson Wright, on Bar T Rodeo's Angels Landing and Ky Hamilton, on Dakota Rodeo's Bubba G, 90 points, $26,815 each; 3. (tie) Trey Kimzey and Trey Holston, 86, $15,623 each; 5. Josh Frost, 85.5, $8,394; 6. (tie) Jeff Askey, Garrett Smith, Tristen Hutchings, Trevor Kastner, Maverick Potter, Jared Parsonage, Creek Young and Cole Fischer, NS. 13. JR Stratford, Lukasey Morris, and Reid Oftedahl, Out. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, 602.0 points on seven head; 2. Josh Frost, 589.5; 3. Trevor Kastner, 429 points on five head; 4. Ky Hamilton, 422; 5. Trey Kimzey, 347 points on four head; 6. Tristen Hutchings, 269 points on three head; 7. Garrett Smith, 256.5; 8. Creek Young, 169 points on two head; 9. Cole Fischer, 159.5; 10. (tie) Jeff Askey and JR Stratford, 90 points on one head; 12. Trey Holston, 86; 13. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 14. (tie) Maverick Potter and Lukasey Morris, NS. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $509,599; 2. Josh Frost, $349,470; 3. Trevor Kastner, $229,996; 4. Tristen Hutchings, $227,756; 5. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 6. Ky Hamilton, $212,657; 7. Garrett Smith, $185,002; 8. Trey Kimzey, $183,811; 9. JR Stratford, $142,943; 10. Trey Holston, $134,515; 11. Creek Young, $127,692; 12. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 13. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 14. Cole Fischer, $110,994; 15. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 16. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $641,308; 2. Caleb Smidt, $298,815; 3. Josh Frost, $247,542; 4. Coleman Proctor, $193,401; 5. Marty Yates, $184,694; 6. Zack Jongbloed, $175,568; 7. Haven Meged, $174,666; 8. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 9. Rhen Richard, $129,783; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Top Gun leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, $156,201; 2. Caleb Smidt, $151,071; 2. Jess Pope, $149,128; 4. Zeke Thurston, $141,666; 5. Lefty Holman, $133,583; 6. Logan Hay, $127,676; 7. Hailey Kinsel, $117,960; 9. Kincade Henry, $115,162; 10. Leighton Berry, $111,897. 

 
 
NFR Round Seven Highlights - Hat Trick for Logan Hay

Logan Hay - 3rd straight round winDecember 7, 2022 l Airdrie, AB
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It could come down to a Canadian versus Canadian showdown in the bronc riding at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In go-round number seven, rookie finalist Logan Hay won his third go round in a row, this one courtesy of a 90-point ride on Hi Lo Pro Rodeo’s Garden City Gal. Two-time world champion, Zeke Thurston was 88.5 for second place on Corey and Lange’s Monster while the younger Hay brother, Dawson, picked up a 5/6 split with a solid 86-point effort as the six-man Canadian contingent continues to make a whole lot of noise at the Thomas and Mack Arena. In the world race Thurston sits 4th with Logan Hay just a thousand dollars back. But the key is the average because the three men ahead of them in the standings, Lefty Holman, Stetson Wright and leader, Sage Newman, are sixth, seventh and twelfth respectively in that all-important, and very lucrative average. The other three Canadians in the bronc riding were out of the money on Wednesday night with Kole Ashbacher, who has been riding with a knee injury, bucking off for the first time in the seven rounds to date.

It was all about Jess Pope in the bareback riding. The man who has won the average at the last two NFR’s, but came up short in his title quest, matched up with Big Stone Rodeo’s Mayhem and the result was electric. The Waverly, Kansas cowboy posted a sensational 89 on the nine-year-old ranch-raised bay. And with three rounds remaining, Pope sits number one in the average and number one in the world standings as well with a $73,000 lead over the second-place man—six time and reigning champ, Kaycee Field. Canada’s Orin Larsen is out of the Finals with an injured thumb that will require surgery.

Jess Pope on Big Stone's MayhemThe 2019 World Champion steer wrestler, Ty Erickson, was a very rapid 3.7 to capture the first-place cheque in the bulldogging. Neither of the top two men ion the world standings, Stetson Jorgensen and Will Lummus hit the pay window, so Jorgensen remains on top with a slender $28,000 lead. But the advantage might be with Lummus as he sits in 4th place in the average with Jorgensen back in sixth spot. It may well come down to who can be mistake-free in the final three rounds.

The team roping duo of Tyler Wade and Trey Yates showed the way in round seven with a 3.9 second run. Meanwhile the world standings leaders, Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira had trouble for the third night in a row and could manage only an 18.4 but most importantly stayed solidly in second spot in the average behind Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith. Driggers and Nogueira still enjoy a large margin over the rest of the field as we move into the final critical rounds.

Another rookie who has enjoyed a terrific first trip to Las Vegas is tie-down roper, Kincaid Henry. The talented Texan has topped the $100,000 mark in NFR earnings with two go-round wins, a couple of second place finishes and a sixth. The overall leader, Caleb Smidt, played it safe in a night when more than half the ropers had trouble and settled for a fourth place run that keeps the three-time world champion first overall and first in the average as well.

NFR Opening CeremoniesRound seven saw big changes in the barrel racing leaderboard. Oklahoma cowgirl, Wenda Johnson and her gelding, Mo, made a move as they clocked an impressive 13.60 to win the round and add $28,914 to their overall earnings. The three time NFR qualifier moved to third overall and first in the average. Veteran barrel racer, Lisa Lockhart, had a disappointing performance as the the 16 time qualifier, who had six clean rounds on her resume, hit a barrel to move from first to fifth in the all important average and fourth overall, opening the door for Johnson to move into the driver’s seat. Defending Champion, Jordan Briggs leads the World standings but sits sixth in the average, while three time champion, Hailey Kinsel is second overall but is out of the average with only three rounds remaining.

In the bull riding event, it was the eliminator pen of bulls and they… well… eliminated. Only three men rode and only one, Trevor Kastner, made a really solid ride, posting a 90.5 in mastering Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Midnight Rider. Stetson Wright hung on for second and continues to completely dominate the event with the gold buckle now a formality and the only question remaining is what will be the margin of victory. Right now, Wright’s lead is a remarkable $141,000. And he is also leading the average. Canada’s Jared Parsonage was not able to make the horn in this round, as he fell victim to Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Vitalix Center Fold.

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 7, Dec. 7

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Seventh round: 1. Jess Pope, 89 points on Big Stone Rodeo Inc.'s Mayhem, $28,914; 2. Kaycee Feild, 87, $22,851; 3. Tilden Hooper, 86.5, $17,255; 4.   Leighton Berry, 86, $12,125; 5. Cole Franks, 84.5, $7,462; 6. Tanner Aus, 81.5, $4,664; 7. (tie) Caleb Bennett and Garrett Shadbolt, 81; 9. (tie) Cole Reiner and Ty Breuer, 79; 11. R.C. Landingham, 78.5; 12. Rocker Steiner, 77; 13. Tim O'Connell, 74.5; 14. (tie) Orin Larsen and Clayton Biglow, NS. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 606 points on seven head; 2. Kaycee Feild, 594.5; 3. (tie) R.C. Landingham and Cole Franks, 592; 5. Cole Reiner, 587.5; 6. Leighton Berry, 583; 7. Rocker Steiner, 582; 8. Tim O'Connell, 579.5; 9. Ty Breuer, 574; 10. Garrett Shadbolt, 565; 11. Caleb Bennett, 554.5; 12. Tilden Hooper, 510.5 points on six head; 13. Clayton Biglow, 503.5; 14. Tanner Aus, 488.5; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5 points on three head. 
World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $290,976; 2. Kaycee Feild, $217,158; 3. Leighton Berry, $213,177; 4. Cole Reiner, $207,346; 5. R.C. Landingham, $194,309; 6. Tanner Aus, $184,700; 7. Tilden Hooper, $183,814; 8. Cole Franks, $179,746; 9. Rocker Steiner, $179,304; 10. Tim O'Connell, $172,440; 11. Caleb Bennett, $163,353; 12. Clayton Biglow, $142,671; 13. Garrett Shadbolt, $134,002; 14. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 15. Ty Breuer, $115,749.

Steer Wrestling: Seventh round: 1. Ty Erickson, 3.7 seconds, $28,914; 2. Dirk Tavenner, 3.8, $22,851; 3. J.D. Struxness, 3.9, $17,255; 4. (tie) Tanner Brunner, and Rowdy Parrott, 4.0, $9,793; 6. Tristan Martin, 4.2, $4,664; 7. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen and Dakota Eldridge, 4.3; 9. Will Lummus, 4.4; 10. Kyle Irwin, 4.7; 11. Hunter Cure, 5.1; 12. Jesse Brown, 5.9; 13. Timmy Sparing, 8.4; 14. Tyler Waguespack, 15.6; 15. Nick Guy, NT. Average leaders: 1. Rowdy Parrott, 32.1 seconds on seven head; 2. Kyle Irwin, 32.6; 3. Jesse Brown, 35.2; 4. Will Lummus, 39.0; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 45.5; 6. Stetson Jorgensen, 46.2; 7. Tanner Brunner, 55.3; 8. Tristan Martin, 25.8 seconds on six head; 9. Hunter Cure, 27.2; 10. Ty Erickson, 27.3; 11. J.D. Struxness, 29.2; 12. Dakota Eldridge, 29.3; 13. Dirk Tavenner, 40.6; 14. Timmy Sparing, 41.2; 15. Nick Guy, 33.3 seconds on five head. 
World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $233,733; 2. Will Lummus, $205,330; 3. Ty Erickson, $187,737; 4. Hunter Cure, $177,357; 5. Tyler Waguespack, $175,844; 6. Tristan Martin, $170,981; 7. J.D. Struxness, $165,827; 8. Kyle Irwin, $156,155; 9. Dakota Eldridge, $140,913; 10. Nick Guy, $131,625; 11. Tanner Brunner, $130,754; 12. Rowdy Parrott, $129,371; 13. Jesse Brown, $129,228; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $117,383; 15. Timmy Sparing, $93,644.

Team Roping: Seventh round: 1. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 3.9 seconds, $28,914; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.0, $22,851; 3. (tie) Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 4.4, $14,690 each; 5. (tie) Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, Clay Smith/Jake Long and Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.5, $4,042 each; 8. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves and Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 9.1; 10.      Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 9.4; 11. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 13.7; 12. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 18.4; 13. (tie) Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler and Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, NT. Average leaders: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 41.0 seconds on seven head; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 56.3 seconds on six head; 3. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 58.2; 4. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 25.0 second on five head; 5. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 26.6; 6. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 27.4; 7. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 30.5; 8. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 31.8; 9. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 32.2; 10. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 34.6; 11. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 22.0 seconds on four head; 12. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 23.7; 13. Lightning Aguilera, Ocala, Fla., 32.3; 14. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 50.6; 15. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 14.2 seconds on two head.
World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $274,486; 2. Clay Tryan, $226,248; 3. Tanner Tomlinson, $197,814; 4. Andrew Ward, $191,747; 5. Tyler Wade, $173,862; 6. Jr. Dees, $169,857; 7. Dustin Egusquiza, $160,792; 8. Coleman Proctor, $159,321; 9. Chad Masters, $149,131; 10. Lightning Aguilera, $137,963; 11. Clay Smith, $131,807; 12. Jake Orman, $129,422; 13. Rhen Richard, $126,534; 14. Cody Snow, $118,010; 15. Riley Minor, $103,686.
World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $274,486; 2. Patrick Smith, $197,814; 3. Jade Corkill, $192,440; 4. Buddy Hawkins II, $190,204; 5. Jake Long, $173,287; 6. Levi Lord, $171,255; 7. Trey Yates, $170,300; 8. Travis Graves, $161,506. 9. Logan Medlin, $159,321; 10. Joseph Harrison, $153,802; 11. Brye Crites, $130,764; 12. Jonathan Torres, $130,509; 13. Jeremy Buhler, $127,469; 14. Wesley Thorp, $118,010; 15. Brady Minor, $103,686.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Seventh round: 1. Logan Hay, 90 points on Hi Lo ProRodeo's Garden City Gal, $28,914; 2. Zeke Thurston, 88.5, $22,851; 3. Lefty Holman, 87, $17,255; 4. Kade Bruno, 86.5, $12,125; 5. (tie) Chase Brooks and Dawson Hay, 86, $6,063; 7. Ryder Wright, 78; 8. Layton Green, 77; 9. Tanner Butner, 76; 10. Brody Cress, 74; 11. Sage Newman, 71.5; 12. Kolby Wanchuk, 63.5; 13. (tie) Stetson Wright, Wyatt Casper and Kole Ashbacher, NS. Average leaders: 1. Zeke Thurston, 609.5 points on seven head; 2. Logan Hay, 603.5; 3.    Kolby Wanchuk, 575; 4. Tanner Butner, 570; 5. Brody Cress, 559; 6. Lefty Holman, 521.5 points on six head; 7. Stetson Wright, 519; 8. Dawson Hay, 509; 9. Kade Bruno, 503.5; 10. Wyatt Casper, 496.5; 11. Kole Ashbacher, 493; 12. Sage Newman, 492.5; 13. Chase Brooks, 425 points on five head; 14. Layton Green, 413; 15. Ryder Wright, 408. 
World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $308,349; 2. Stetson Wright, $270,974; 3. Lefty Holman, $266,307; 4. Zeke Thurston, $262,653; 5. Logan Hay, $261,054; 6. Brody Cress, $198,707; 7. Ryder Wright, $186,610; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, $181,631; 9. Layton Green, $175,808; 10. Chase Brooks, $167,595; 11. Kade Bruno, $165,914; 12. Dawson Hay, $153,896; 13. Wyatt Casper, $145,150; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Seventh round: 1. Kincade Henry, 7.1 seconds, $28,914; 2. Hunter Herrin, 7.6, $22,851; 3. Cory Solomon, 8.0, $17,255; 4. Caleb Smidt, 10.5, $12,125; 5. Riley Webb, 11.5, $7,462; 6. Zack Jongbloed, 13.5, $4,664; 7. Macon Murphy, 13.9; 8. Haven Meged, 18.7; 9. Shad Mayfield, 19.0; 10. Shane Hanchey, 19.7; 11. Tyler Milligan, 20.2; 12. (tie) John Douch, Marty Yates, Tuf Cooper and Ty Harris, NT. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 56.2 seconds on seven head; 2. Cory Solomon, 64.3; 3. Riley Webb, 66.8; 4. Zack Jongbloed, 70.7; 5. Macon Murphy, 77.8; 6. Haven Meged, 79.8; 7. Shad Mayfield, 84.2; 8. Shane Hanchey, 87.8; 9. Tyler Milligan, 92.3; 10. Hunter Herrin, 64.0 seconds on six head; 11. Ty Harris, 68.4; 12. Kincade Henry, 38.3 seconds on five head; 13. Marty Yates, 43.9; 14. John Douch, 21.8 seconds on three head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 26.1 points on two head.
World standings: 1. Caleb Smidt, $288,462; 2. Shad Mayfield, $265,273; 3. John Douch, $237,121; 4. Kincade Henry, $217,108; 5. Cory Solomon, $190,220; 6. Riley Webb, $188,597; 7. Haven Meged, $188,257; 8. Marty Yates, $187,068; 9. Hunter Herrin, $182,132; 10. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 11. Zack Jongbloed, $151,418; 12. Tyler Milligan, $135,703; 13. Tuf Cooper, $134,382; 14. Macon Murphy, $130,717; 15. Ty Harris, $128,937.

Barrel Racing: Seventh round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 13.60 seconds, $28,914; 2. Leslie Smalygo, 13.64, $22,851; 3. Sissy Winn, 13.66, $17,255; 4. (tie) Jordon Briggs and Emily Beisel, 13.68, $9,793; 6. Shelley Morgan, 13.71, $4,664; 7. Margo Crowther, 13.72; 8. Hailey Kinsel, 13.73; 9. Kassie Mowry, 13.77; 10. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.87; 11. Bayleigh Choate, 13.98; 12. Jessica Routier,18.35; 13. Lisa Lockhart, 18.57; 14. Stevi Hillman, 18.58; 15. Dona Kay Rule, 19.05. Average leaders: 1. Wenda Johnson, 96.55 seconds on seven runs; 2. Shelley Morgan, 96.65; 3. Sissy Winn, 97.32; 4. Bayleigh Choate, 97.86; 5. Lisa Lockhart, 100.92; 6. Jordon Briggs, 101.32; 7. Margo Crowther, 101.49; 8. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 101.81; 9. Hailey Kinsel, 105.83; 10. Leslie Smalygo, 106.14; 11. Kassie Mowry, 106.69; 12. Jessica Routier, 107.40; 13. Dona Kay Rule, 107.62; 14. Emily Beisel, 110.06; 15. Stevi Hillman, 117.07.
World standings: 1. Jordon Briggs, $232,082; 2. Hailey Kinsel, $225,225; 3. Wenda Johnson, $206,677; 4. Lisa Lockhart, $182,312; 5. Emily Beisel, $176,016; 6. Dona Kay Rule, $164,956; 7. Shelley Morgan, $156,370; 8. Margo Crowther, $149,775; 9. Kassie Mowry, $142,659; 10. Stevi Hillman, $138,064; 11. Sissy Winn, $136,565; 12. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $133,641; 13. Leslie Smalygo, $129,429; 14. Bayleigh Choate, $118,148; 15. Jessica Routier, $108,988.

Bull Riding: Seventh round: 1. Trevor Kastner, 90.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Midnight Rider, $36,997; 2. Stetson Wright, 75.5, $30,935; 3.   Josh Frost, 69.5, $25,338; 4. (tie) Jeff Askey, Garrett Smith, Tristen Hutchings, Maverick Potter, Trey Kimzey, Ky Hamilton, Jared Parsonage, Trey Holston, Creek Young, Lukasey Morris and Cole Fischer, NS. 15. (tie) JR Stratford, Reid Oftedahl, Out. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, 512 points on six head; 2. Josh Frost, 504; 3. Trevor Kastner, 429 points on five head; 4. Ky Hamilton, 332 points on four head; 5. Tristen Hutchings, 269 points on three head; 6. Trey Kimzey, 261; 7. Garrett Smith, 256.5; 8. Creek Young, 169 points on two head; 9. Cole Fischer, 159.5; 10. (tie) Jeff Askey and JR Stratford, 90; 12. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 13. (tie) Maverick Potter, Trey Holston, Lukasey Morris and Reid Oftedahl, NS.
World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $482,784; 2. Josh Frost, $341,076; 3. Trevor Kastner, $229,996; 4. Tristen Hutchings, $227,756; 5. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 6. Ky Hamilton, $185,842; 7. Garrett Smith, $185,002; 8. Trey Kimzey, $168,189; 9. JR Stratford, $142,943; 10. Creek Young, $127,692; 11. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 12. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 13. Trey Holston, $118,892; 14. Cole Fischer, $110,994; 15. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 16. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $586,512; 2. Caleb Smidt, $286,690; 3. Josh Frost, $240,080; 4. Marty Yates, $184,694; 5. Haven Meged, $174,666; 6. Coleman Proctor, $164,487; 7. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 8. Zack Jongbloed, $152,717; 9. Rhen Richard, $129,783; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Top Gun leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, $138,946; 2. Jess Pope, $131,717; 3. Stetson Wright, $130,318; 4. Logan Hay, $121,613; 5. Zeke Thurston, $118,815; 6. Lefty Holman, $116,328; 7. Kincade Henry, $115,162; 8. Hailey Kinsel, $105,835; 9. Josh Frost, $101,405; 10. Stetson Jorgensen, $99,073.

 
 
NFR Round Six Highlights - Canadian Bronc Riders Continue to Shine

Logan HayDecember 6, 2022 l Airdrie, AB
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After five rounds of the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the six qualifying Canadian bronc riders had won fifteen of the thirty placings, fifty per cent. The boys from north of ’49 decided to go one better in round six as they took four of the six money spots in the round or sixty-six and two-thirds per cent.

Team Canada was led this time around by Logan Hay as he won back-to-back rounds, this one on Frontier Rodeo’s Yellowstone, good for 87.5 points and the $28,914 first place cheque. Zeke Thurston was third with an 87 point effort on Outlaw Buckers’ Lunatic Party, Layton Green marked 85.5 for fourth on Big Stone Rodeo’s Rubels and Kolby Wanchuk continued his consistent streak with an 84.5 on Pete Carr’s Big Tex for the sixth and final payoff spot. Meanwhile at the top of the bronc riding leaderboard, things continue to get more and more interesting. One of the top contenders, Lefty Holman, missed his horse out and was disqualified leaving season leader Sage Newman still on top with $308,000 in 2022 earnings. But Newman’s lead has shrunk to just $38,000 over number two man, Stetson Wright, $59,000 over Holman, $69,000 over Thurston and $76,000 over Logan Hay who is now solidly in contention. With the average sure to play a big role in determining the champion ($74,000 to win first in the average), Thurston is first, Wright is second, Hay is third with Holman back in ninth and Newman having fallen all the way to eleventh.

Rocker Steiner on Wayne Vold Rodeo's True Grit You knew it was just a matter of time until Rocker Steiner made his first victory lap around the Thomas and Mack Arena. Turns out it was go-round number six at this year’s NFR when the dynamic bareback rookie would break through. The 19-year old was a popular winner aboard Wayne Vold’s outstanding horse, True Grit, a four-legged athlete that had forced the Weatherford, Texas talent to double grab and take a disqualification at Strathmore, Alberta back in August. Tonight’s ride was a redemption moment for Steiner. Overall leader in the bareback riding, Waverly, Kansas cowboy Jess Pope marked an 85 on Tuesday night and finished out of the money but continues to sit comfortably atop the season standings with $262,000 won, $55,000 more than second place Cole Reiner.

During the steer wrestling, a power outage in the Thomas and Mack building, and the resulting delay, didn’t hamper Tristan Martin as he bounced back from a no-time 24 hours earlier to win round six with a 3.5 second run. But the drama is at the top of the bulldogging leaderboard as Stetson Jorgensen maintains his lead over Will Lummus but has seen that lead shrink to just $28,000. Jorgensen sits sixth in the all-important average, one spot behind Lummus as the two men could well go down to the last steer to decide the world title.

Shad Mayfield - tied arena recordThere was a record-equalling time in the tie down roping as Shad (Money) Mayfield clocked a blistering 6.5 second run to tie the existing record, shared by rodeo legends Cody Ohl and Trevor Brazile. But even that spectacular performance by the 2020 World Champion failed to slow the runaway train known as Caleb Smidt. The three-time and reigning world title holder is on target for a fourth gold buckle as he posted his fifth sub-eight second run of the finals and sits number one in both the average and the world standings.

The team ropers struggled a little on night six with only four clean runs in the round. Chad Masters and Joseph Harrison took home the first-place cheques courtesy of a 4.0 second run with Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira still on top of the world standings and sitting fourth in the average. Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith are holding down top spot in the average and are third overall. The run of bad luck continued for Canadian Jeremy Buhler and his heading partner, Utah cowboy Rhen Richard as they had to settle for a no time.

Making ten clean barrel racing runs at the National Finals Rodeo is no small feat. Of the 15 women competing at this year’s NFR, only five have kept the barrels up over six rounds. One of those contestants, veteran Lisa Lockhart, who came into this year’s NFR in 14th spot, has moved to third in the world and first in the average courtesy of a round win and four additional placings. Defending Champion Jordan Briggs hit her first barrel in round six, dropping the second generation cowgirl from second to sixth in the average, though she maintains her hold on second spot overall. The lead is still in the hands of three time world champion, Hailey Kinsel though the Texan (who ran one of the fastest times of the Finals in round five) has dropped well down in the average rankings, due in part to a tipped barrel in round six. Tonight’s win was shared by Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Emily Beisel who turned in a pair of speedy 13.57 second runs.

And in the bull riding, Tristen Hutchings of Monteville, Idaho made it back-to-back go-round wins with an 88-point ride on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Caddyshack to increase his overall earnings to $227,000, third best for the year and almost exactly half of the amount amassed by the unstoppable man on top--Stetson Wright. Wright was second in the round and is a lock for the title with $451,000 already banked. Two time Canadian champion, Jared Parsonage, bucked off Universal Pro Rodeo's Chandler's Dream.

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 6, Dec. 6

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Sixth round: 1. Rocker Steiner, 88.5 points on Wayne Vold Rodeo's True Grit, $28,914; 2. Tanner Aus, 88, $22,851; 3. Leighton Berry, 87.5, $17,255; 4. Cole Franks, 87, $12,125; 5. (tie) Kaycee Feild and R.C. Landingham, 86.5, $6,063 each; 7. Cole Reiner, 85.5; 8. (tie) Jess Pope, Tilden Hooper, and Clayton Biglow, 85; 11. Ty Breuer, 84; 12. Garrett Shadbolt, 82; 13. Tim O'Connell, 81; 14. Caleb Bennett, 79; 15. Orin Larsen, Out. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 517 points on six head; 2. R.C. Landingham, 513.5; 3. Cole Reiner, 508.5; 4. (tie) Kaycee Feild and Cole Franks, 507.5; 6. (tie) Tim O'Connell and Rocker Steiner, 505; 8. Clayton Biglow, 503.5; 9. Leighton Berry, 497; 10. Ty Breuer, 495; 11. Garrett Shadbolt, 484; 12. Caleb Bennett, 473.5; 13. Tilden Hooper, 424 points on five head; 14. Tanner Aus, 407; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5 points on three head. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $262,063; 2. Cole Reiner, $207,346; 3. Leighton Berry, $201,052; 4. R.C. Landingham, $194,309; 5. Kaycee Feild, $194,306; 6. Tanner Aus, $180,036; 7. Rocker Steiner, $179,304; 8. Tim O'Connell, $172,440; 9. Cole Franks, $172,284; 10. Tilden Hooper, $166,559; 11. Caleb Bennett, $163,353; 12. Clayton Biglow, $142,671; 13. Garrett Shadbolt, $134,002; 14. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 15. Ty Breuer, $115,749.

Steer Wrestling: Sixth round: 1. Tristan Martin, 3.5 seconds, $28,914; 2. Will Lummus, 3.8, $22,851; 3. (tie) Tanner Brunner and Nick Guy, 3.9, $14,690 each; 5. J.D. Struxness, 4.0, $7,462; 6. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and Timmy Sparing, 4.1, $2,332 each; 8. Rowdy Parrott, 4.2; 9. (tie) Ty Erickson and Jesse Brown, 4.5; 11. Tyler Waguespack, 4.7; 12. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen, Hunter Cure, 4.8; 14. Kyle Irwin, 5.3; 15. Dirk Tavenner, 5.4. Average leaders: 1. Kyle Irwin, 27.9 seconds on six head; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 28.1; 3. Jesse Brown, 29.3; 4. Tyler Waguespack, 29.9; 5. Will Lummus, 34.6; 6. Stetson Jorgensen, 41.9; 7. Tanner Brunner, 51.3; 8. Tristan Martin, 21.6 seconds on five head; 9. Hunter Cure, 22.1; 10. Ty Erickson, 23.6; 11. Dakota Eldridge, 25.0; 12. J.D. Struxness, 25.3; 13. Timmy Sparing, 32.8; 14. Nick Guy, 33.3; 15. Dirk Tavenner, 36.8. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $233,733; 2. Will Lummus, $205,330; 3. Hunter Cure, $177,357; 4. Tyler Waguespack, $175,844; 5. Tristan Martin, $166,318; 6. Ty Erickson, $158,823; 7. Kyle Irwin, $156,155; 8. J.D. Struxness, $148,572; 9. Dakota Eldridge, $140,913; 10. Nick Guy, $131,625; 11. Jesse Brown, $129,228; 12. Tanner Brunner, $120,961; 13. Rowdy Parrott, $119,578; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $94,532; 15. Timmy Sparing, $93,644.

Team Roping: Sixth round: 1. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 4.0 seconds, $28,914 each; 2. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 4.1, $22,851; 3. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 4.3, $17,255; 4. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 4.7, $12,125; 5. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 8.6, $7,462; 6. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 8.9, $4,664; 7. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 9.0; 8. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 9.1; 9. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 9.2; 10. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 9.9; 11. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 14.4; 12. (tie) Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler and Clay Smith/Jake Long, NT. Average leaders: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 31.6 seconds on six head; 2. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 31.8 seconds on five head; 3. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 32.2; 4. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 37.9; 5. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 44.5; 6. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 20.6 seconds on four head; 7. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 22.7; 8. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 22.9; 9. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 25.5; 10. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 26.5; 11. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 17.6 seconds on three head; 12. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 19.2; 13. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 23.2; 14. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 46.1; 15. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 14.2 seconds on two head. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $274,486; 2. Clay Tryan, $203,397; 3. Tanner Tomlinson, $197,814; 4. Andrew Ward, $177,056; 5. Jr. Dees, $169,857; 6. Dustin Egusquiza, $160,792; 7. Coleman Proctor, $159,321; 8. Tyler Wade, $144,948; 9. Lightning Aguilera, $137,963; 10. Chad Masters, $134,441; 11. Clay Smith, $127,765; 12. Rhen Richard, $126,533; 13. Jake Orman, $125,380; 14. Cody Snow, $113,968; 15. Riley Minor, $103,686.

World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $274,486; 2. Patrick Smith, $197,814; 3. Buddy Hawkins II, $175,514; 4. Levi Lord, $171,255; 5. Jade Corkill, $169,589; 6. Jake Long, $169,245; 7. Travis Graves, $161,506; 8. Logan Medlin, $159,321; 9. Trey Yates, $141,386; 10. Joseph Harrison, $139,112; 11. Jonathan Torres, $130,509; 12. Jeremy Buhler, $127,469; 13. Brye Crites, $126,722; 14. Wesley Thorp, $113,968; 15. Brady Minor, $103,686.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Sixth round: 1. Logan Hay, 87.5 points on Frontier Rodeo's Yellowstone, $28,914; 2. Stetson Wright, 87, $22,851; 3. Zeke Thurston, 86, $17,255; 4. Layton Green, 85.5, $12,125; 5. Wyatt Casper, 85, $7,462; 6. Kolby Wanchuk, 84.5, $4,664; 7. Brody Cress, 84; 8. (tie) Sage Newman, Kole Ashbacher and Tanner Butner, 82.5; 11. Dawson Hay, 82; 12. Kade Bruno, 81.5; 13. (tie) Ryder Wright, Lefty Holman, and Chase Brooks, NS. Average leaders: 1. Zeke Thurston, 521 points on six head; 2. Stetson Wright, 519; 3. Logan Hay, 513.5; 4. Kolby Wanchuk, 511.5; 5. Wyatt Casper, 496.5; 6. Tanner Butner, 494; 7. Kole Ashbacher, 493; 8. Brody Cress, 485; 9. Lefty Holman, 434.5 points on five head; 10. Dawson Hay, 423; 11. Sage Newman, 421; 12. Kade Bruno, 417; 13. Chase Brooks, 339 points on four head; 14. Layton Green, 336; 15. Ryder Wright, 330. World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $308,349; 2. Stetson Wright, $270,974; 3. Lefty Holman, $249,052; 4. Zeke Thurston, $239,802; 5. Logan Hay, $232,140; 6. Brody Cress, $198,707; 7. Ryder Wright, $186,610; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, $181,631; 9. Layton Green, $175,808; 10. Chase Brooks, $161,533; 11. Kade Bruno, $153,789; 12. Dawson Hay, $147,833; 13. Wyatt Casper, $145,150; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Sixth round: 1. Shad Mayfield, 6.5 seconds, $28,914; 2. John Douch, 6.6, $22,851; 3. Caleb Smidt, 7.5, $17,255; 4. Riley Webb, 7.7, $12,125; 5. Macon Murphy, 7.8, $7,462; 6. Cory Solomon, 8.0, $4,664; 7. Zack Jongbloed, 8.5; 8. Marty Yates, 9.3; 9. Shane Hanchey, 9.4; 10. Hunter Herrin, 10.2; 11. Ty Harris, 11.3; 12. Tyler Milligan, 13.8; 13. Haven Meged, 18.0; 14. (tie) Tuf Cooper and Kincade Henry, NT. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 45.7 seconds on six head; 2. Riley Webb, 55.3; 3. Cory Solomon, 56.3; 4. Zack Jongbloed, 57.2; 5. Haven Meged, 61.1; 6. Macon Murphy, 63.9; 7. Shad Mayfield, 65.2; 8. Shane Hanchey, 68.1; 9. Ty Harris, 68.4; 10. Tyler Milligan, 72.1; 11. Marty Yates, 43.9 seconds on five head; 12. Hunter Herrin, 56.4; 13. Kincade Henry, 31.2 seconds on four head; 14. John Douch, 21.8 seconds on three head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 26.1 seconds on two head. World standings: 1. Caleb Smidt, $276,337; 2. Shad Mayfield, $265,273; 3. John Douch, $237,121; 4. Haven Meged, $188,257; 5. Kincade Henry, $188,194; 6. Marty Yates, $187,068; 7. Riley Webb, $181,136; 8. Cory Solomon, $172,965; 9. Hunter Herrin, $159,280; 10. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 11. Zack Jongbloed, $146,755; 12. Tyler Milligan, $135,703; 13. Tuf Cooper, $134,382; 14. Macon Murphy, $130,717; 15. Ty Harris, $128,937.

Barrel Racing: Sixth round: 1. (tie) Emily Beisel and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.57 seconds, $25,882 each; 3. Bayleigh Choate, 13.63, $17,255; 4. Lisa Lockhart, 13.64, $12,125; 5. Jessica Routier, 13.65, $7,462; 6. Shelley Morgan, 13.70, $4,664; 7. Wenda Johnson, 13.76; 8. Dona Kay Rule, 13.78; 9. Sissy Winn, 13.85; 10. Leslie Smalygo, 18.54; 11. Jordon Briggs, 18.70; 12. Margo Crowther, 18.78; 13. (tie) Stevi Hillman and Hailey Kinsel, 18.83; 15. Kassie Mowry, 19.14. Average leaders: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 82.35 seconds on six runs; 2. Shelley Morgan, 82.94; 3. Wenda Johnson, 82.95; 4. Sissy Winn, 83.66; 5. Bayleigh Choate, 83.88; 6. Jordon Briggs, 87.64; 7. Margo Crowther, 87.77; 8. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 87.94; 9. Dona Kay Rule, 88.57; 10. Jessica Routier, 89.05; 11. Hailey Kinsel, 92.10; 12. Leslie Smalygo, 92.50; 13. Kassie Mowry, 92.92; 14. Emily Beisel, 96.38; 15. Stevi Hillman, 98.49. World standings: 1. Hailey Kinsel, $225,225; 2. Jordon Briggs, $222,289; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $182,312; 4. Wenda Johnson, $177,763; 5. Emily Beisel, $166,222; 6. Dona Kay Rule, $164,956; 7. Shelley Morgan, $151,706; 8. Margo Crowther, $149,775; 9. Kassie Mowry, $142,659; 10. Stevi Hillman, $138,064; 11. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $133,641; 12. Sissy Winn, $119,310; 13. Bayleigh Choate, $118,148; 14. Jessica Routier, $108,988; 15. Leslie Smalygo, $106,578.

Bull Riding: Sixth round: 1. Tristen Hutchings, 88 points on Rocky Mountain Rodeo's Caddyshack, $28,914; 2. Stetson Wright, 86.5, $22,851; 3. (tie) Josh Frost and Trevor Kastner, 85.5, $14,690 each; 5. Garrett Smith, 84, $7,462; 6. (tie) Ky Hamilton and Creek Young, 82.5, $2,332 each . 8. Cole Fischer, 74; 9. (tie) Jeff Askey, Maverick Potter, Trey Kimzey, Jared Parsonage, Trey Holston, JR Stratford, Lukasey Morris, Reid Oftedahl, NS. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, 436.5 points on five head; 2. Josh Frost, 434.5; 3. Trevor Kastner, 338.5 points on four head; 4. Ky Hamilton, 332; 5. Tristen Hutchings, 269 points on three head; 6. Trey Kimzey, 261; 7. Garrett Smith, 256.5; 8. Creek Young, 169 points on two head; 9. Cole Fischer, 159.5; 10. (tie) Jeff Askey and JR Stratford, 90 points on one head; 12. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 13. (tie) Maverick Potter, Trey Holston, Lukasey Morris, Reid Oftedahl, NS.

World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $451,850; 2. Josh Frost, $315,738; 3. Tristen Hutchings, $227,756; 4. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 5. Trevor Kastner, $192,999; 6. Ky Hamilton, $185,841; 7. Garrett Smith, $185,002; 8. Trey Kimzey, $168,189; 9. JR Stratford, $142,943; 10. Creek Young, $127,692; 11. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 12. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 13. Trey Holston, $118,892; 14. Cole Fischer, $110,994; 15. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 16 Reid Oftedahl, $107,944.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $563,661; 2. Caleb Smidt, $274,565; 3. Josh Frost, $222,825; 4. Marty Yates, $184,694; 5. Haven Meged, $174,666; 6. Coleman Proctor, $164,487; 7. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 8. Zack Jongbloed, $148,053; 9. Rhen Richard, $129,783; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Top Gun Leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, $126,821; 2. Stetson Wright, $107,467; 3. Hailey Kinsel, $105,835; 4. Jess Pope, $102,804; 5. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen and Lefty Holman, $99,073 each; 7. Lisa Lockhart, $97,441; 8. Tristen Hutchings, $96,741; 9. Zeke Thurston, $95,964; 10. Logan Hay, $92,699.

 
 
NFR Round Five Highlights - First Go-Round Buckle for Logan Hay
 

Logan Hay - Round 5 NFR Saddle Bronc winnerDecember 5, 2022 l Airdrie, AB
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What a difference 24 hours can make.

In round number four at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, a couple of event leaders ran into some trouble and watched some of those in pursuit draw a lot closer. But that was round four.

This was round five. And bareback rider Jess Pope was the first to right the ship with an 88 score for second in the round, right behind the spectacular 90.5 of R.C. Landingham on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Top Notch. With Cole Reiner failing to place in the round, Pope sits solidly in first overall and first in the average. Canada’s Orin Larsen has been riding hurt in the last couple of rounds but the thumb injury he sustained in round two kept him on the sideline tonight.

One night ago, things looked a little black for steer wrestler, Stetson Jorgensen. The Blackfoot, Idaho cowboy struggled to a 21.2 while his closest rival, Hunter Cure won the round. But round five was, once again, a different story. On a night when 2019 World Champion Ty Erickson won the round with a 3.9, Jorgensen split 2/3 and Cure took a no-time. All that means Jorgensen is back where he wants to be at the halfway point in the NFR—first overall with a $51,000 cushion on the field.

Lisa Lockhart - NFR 2022 Round WinIt was another celebration for Canadian fans as three of the six Canuck bronc riders made trips to the pay window. They were led by NFR rookie, Logan Hay, who rode Pete Carr’s Larry Culpepper to a picture-perfect 89 for the win, $28,914 and his first NFR go-round buckle. Layton Green split ¾ with his 88 mark on the PRCA Horse of the year, The Black Tie. And the younger Hay brother, Dawson, split 5/6 in the round, courtesy of his 87.5 point effort. The bronc riding followed a bit of different script as things got a little tougher for Montana’s Sage Newman who came to the NFR with a huge lead. After bucking off in round four, Newman made the horn tonight but managed only 79 points while three competitors: Canadian, Zeke Thurston (the two time World champion); Stetson Wright and Lefty Holman are all nipping enthusiastically at the leader’s heels. While Holman was the only one of the three to win money in round five, Thurston, Holman and Wright sit 1-2-3 respectively in the average.

Not a lot of big changes in the team roping as a pair of teams shared top honours with identical 3.8 times. The superstar team of Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill matched the 3.8 of Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin. Season leaders Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira took a step back as they missed their steer and fell to fifth in the average but the ropers still maintain a solid lead on both sides of the steer.

It was an outstanding night of barrel racing with 16 time NFR qualifier, Lisa Lockhart sharing the round win with three time World Champion Hailey Kinsel. Both women clocked 13.52, the fastest time of this year’s Finals to date. Lockhart - who has placed in four of five rounds - sits fourth overall but leads the average - which she has won on two previous occasions. Kinsel is first overall but is well down in the average standings (in eighth spot) courtesy of a tipped barrel opening night while defending champion, Jordon Briggs, who ran an impressive 13.69 on night five, holds down second in the average and second overall.

Four bull riders made eight second rides, led by Tristen Hutchings, who rode Frontier Rodeo’s County Jail to 91.5 points. Josh Frost won second place money with an 88 on the Canadian bull from Ward Macza, OLS TUBS Sunny. Stetson Wright picked up a fourth-place cheque and is in another time zone in terms of money won with $428,000 plus in bull riding alone for 2022. At the NFR he has placed in four of five rounds, won two of them and sits first in the average.

The tie-down roping continues to be the Caleb Smidt show. In five rounds, the three time World Champion’s longest time was 8.1 seconds. In round five, he extended his lead over second place roper, Shad Mayfield with a third place run of 7.9. The two men to best Smidt on Monday night were veteran Marty Yates and the young gun, Kincaid Henry, both of whom turned in 7.3 second runs.

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 5, Dec. 5

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Fifth round: 1. R.C. Landingham, 90.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo Co.'s Top Notch, $28,914; 2. Jess Pope, 88, $22,851; 3. (tie) Tim O'Connell and Leighton Berry, 87.5, $14,690 each; 5. (tie) Rocker Steiner and Cole Franks, 86.5, $6,063 each; 7. Caleb Bennett, 86; 8. Tanner Aus, 85; 9. (tie) Kaycee Feild and Clayton Biglow, 84.5; 11. Cole Reiner, 84; 12. Ty Breuer, 80.5; 13. Garrett Shadbolt, 76; 14. Tilden Hooper, NS; 15. Orin Larsen, Out. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 432 points on five head; 2. R.C. Landingham, 427; 3. Tim O'Connell, 424; 4. Cole Reiner, 423; 5. Kaycee Feild, 421; 6. Cole Franks, 420.5; 7. Clayton Biglow, 418.5; 8. Rocker Steiner, 416.5; 9. Ty Breuer, 411; 10. Leighton Berry, 409.5; 11. Garrett Shadbolt, 402; 12. Caleb Bennett, 394.5; 13. Tilden Hooper, 339 points on four head; 14. Tanner Aus, 319; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5 points on three head. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $262,063; 2. Cole Reiner, $207,346; 3. R.C. Landingham, $188,247; 4. Kaycee Feild, $188,244; 5. Leighton Berry, $183,797; 6. Tim O'Connell, $172,440; 7. Tilden Hooper, $166,559; 8. Caleb Bennett, $163,353; 9. Cole Franks, $160,159; 10. Tanner Aus, $157,185; 11. Rocker Steiner, $150,390; 12. Clayton Biglow, $142,671; 13. Garrett Shadbolt, $134,002; 14. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 15. Ty Breuer, $115,749.

Steer Wrestling: Fifth round: 1. Ty Erickson, 3.9 seconds, $28,914; 2. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen and Will Lummus, 4.0, $20,053 each; 4. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Kyle Irwin, 4.3, $9,793 each; 6. Jesse Brown, 4.4, $4,664; 7. (tie) Tanner Brunner and Timmy Sparing, 4.6; 9. Dirk Tavenner, 4.9; 10. J.D. Struxness, 5.0; 11. Rowdy Parrott, 5.7; 12. Nick Guy, 6.6; 13. (tie) Hunter Cure, Dakota Eldridge and Tristan Martin, NT. Average leaders: 1. Kyle Irwin, 22.6 seconds on five head; 2. Rowdy Parrott, 23.9; 3. Jesse Brown, 24.8; 4. Tyler Waguespack, 25.2; 5. Will Lummus, 30.8; 6. Stetson Jorgensen, 37.1; 7. Tanner Brunner, 47.4; 8. Hunter Cure, 17.3 seconds on four head; 9. Tristan Martin, 18.1; 10. Ty Erickson, 19.1; 11. Dakota Eldridge, 20.9; 12. J.D. Struxness, 21.3; 13. Timmy Sparing, 28.7; 14. Nick Guy, 29.4; 15. Dirk Tavenner, 31.4. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $233,733; 2. Will Lummus, $182,478; 3. Hunter Cure, $177,357; 4. Tyler Waguespack, $175,844; 5. Ty Erickson, $158,823; 6. Kyle Irwin, $156,155; 7. J.D. Struxness, $141,110; 8. Dakota Eldridge, $138,581; 9. Tristan Martin, $137,404; 10. Jesse Brown, $129,228; 11. Rowdy Parrott, $119,578; 12. Nick Guy, $116,935; 13. Tanner Brunner, $106,271; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $94,532; 15. Timmy Sparing, $91,312.

Team Roping: Fifth round: 1. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 3.8 seconds, $25,882 each; 3. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 3.9, $17,255; 4. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 4.9, $12,125; 5. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.2, $7,462; 6. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.4, $4,664; 7. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 8.6; 8. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 14.2; 9. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison and Jake Orman/Brye Crites, NT. Average leaders: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 27.3 seconds on five head; 2. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 31.8; 3. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 20.6 seconds on four head; 4. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 27.5; 5. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 28.0; 6. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 30.1; 7. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 13.7 seconds on three head; 8. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 14.1; 9. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 16.6; 10. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 17.4; 11. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 46.1; 12. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 10.2 seconds on two head; 13. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 13.6; 14. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 14.2; 15. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 19.1. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $274,486; 2. Clay Tryan, $203,397; 3. Tanner Tomlinson, $180,559; 4. Andrew Ward, $177,056; 5. Coleman Proctor, $159,321; 6. Jr. Dees, $157,732; 7. Dustin Egusquiza, $156,129; 8. Tyler Wade, $137,487; 9. Clay Smith, $127,765; 10. Rhen Richard, $126,534; 11. Jake Orman, $125,380; 12. Lightning Aguilera, $115,111; 13. Cody Snow, $113,968; 14. Chad Masters, $105,527; 15. Riley Minor, $103,686. World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $274,486; 2. Patrick Smith, $180,559; 3. Buddy Hawkins II, $175,514; 4. Jade Corkill, $169,589; 5. Jake Long, $169,245; 6. Logan Medlin, $159,321; 7. Levi Lord, $159,130; 8. Travis Graves, $156,843; 9. Trey Yates, $133,924; 10. Jeremy Buhler, $127,469; 11. Brye Crites, $126,722; 12. Wesley Thorp, $113,968; 13. Joseph Harrison, $110,199; 14. Jonathan Torres, $107,658; 15. Brady Minor, $103,686.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Fifth round: 1. Logan Hay, 89 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Larry Culpepper, $28,914; 2. Lefty Holman, 88.5, $22,851; 3.     (tie) Ryder Wright and Layton Green, 88, $14,690 each; 5. (tie) Kade Bruno and Dawson Hay, 87.5, $6,063 each; 7. (tie) Stetson Wright and Brody Cress, 87; 9. Zeke Thurston, 86.5; 10. Wyatt Casper, 85; 11. Tanner Butner, 84.5; 12.           Kolby Wanchuk, 84; 13. Chase Brooks, 82.5; 14. Kole Ashbacher, 82; 15. Sage Newman, 79.5. Average leaders: 1. Zeke Thurston, 435 points on five head; 2.      Lefty Holman, 434.5; 3. Stetson Wright, 432; 4. Kolby Wanchuk, 427; 5. Logan Hay, 426; 6. (tie) Wyatt Casper and Tanner Butner, 411.5; 8. Kole Ashbacher, 410.5; 9. Brody Cress, 401; 10. Dawson Hay, 341 points on four head; 11. Chase Brooks, 339; 12. Sage Newman, 338.5; 13. Kade Bruno, 335.5; 14. Ryder Wright, 330; 15. Layton Green, 250.5 points on three head. World standings: 1.

1. Sage Newman, $308,349; 2. Lefty Holman, $249,052; 3. Stetson Wright, $248,123; 4. Zeke Thurston, $222,547; 5. Logan Hay, $203,226; 6. Brody Cress, $198,707; 7. Ryder Wright. $186,610; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, $176,967; 9. Layton Green, $163,683; 10. Chase Brooks, $161,533; 11. Kade Bruno, $153,789; 12. Dawson Hay, $147,833; 13. Wyatt Casper, $137,688; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Fifth round: 1. (tie) Marty Yates and Kincade Henry, 7.3 seconds, $25,882; 3. Caleb Smidt, 7.9, $17,255; 4. Riley Webb, 8.2, $12,125; 5. Zack Jongbloed, 8.5, $7,462; 6. Tyler Milligan, 8.6, $4,664; 7. Shane Hanchey, 9.5; 8. Haven Meged, 10.1; 9. Ty Harris, 10.3; 10. Macon Murphy, 12.7; 11.   Cory Solomon, 13.1; 12. Shad Mayfield, 18.3; 13. (tie) John Douch and Tuf Cooper, NT. Average leaders: 1.Caleb Smidt, 38.2 seconds on five head; 2. Haven Meged, 43.1; 3. Riley Webb, 47.6; 4. Cory Solomon, 48.3; 5. Zack Jongbloed, 48.7; 6. Macon Murphy, 56.1; 7. Ty Harris, 57.1; 8. Tyler Milligan, 58.3; 9. (tie) Shad Mayfield and Shane Hanchey, 58.7; 11. Kincade Henry, 31.2 seconds on four head; 12.      Marty Yates, 34.6; 13. Hunter Herrin, 46.2; 14. John Douch, 15.2 seconds on two head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 26.1. World standings: 1. Caleb Smidt, $259,082; 2. Shad Mayfield, $236,359; 3. John Douch, $214,270; 4. Haven Meged, $188,257; 5. Kincade Henry, $188,194; 6. Marty Yates, $187,068; 7. Riley Webb, $169,011; 8. Cory Solomon, $168,302; 9. Hunter Herrin, $159,280; 10. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 11. Zack Jongbloed, $146,755; 12. Tyler Milligan, $135,703; 13. Tuf Cooper, $134,382; 14. Ty Harris, $128,937; 15. Macon Murphy, $123,255.

Barrel Racing: Fifth round: 1. (tie) Hailey Kinsel and Lisa Lockhart, 13.52 seconds, $25,882 each; 3. Kassie Mowry, 13.57, $17,255; 4. (tie) Jordon Briggs and Shelley Morgan, 13.69, $9,793 each; 6. Jessica Routier, 13.72, $4,664; 7. Margo Crowther, 13.73; 8. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.75; 9. Wenda Johnson, 13.84; 10. Sissy Winn, 13.87; 11. Bayleigh Choate, 13.93; 12. Dona Kay Rule, 13.96; 13. Emily Beisel, 18.29; 14. Leslie Smalygo, 18.47; 15. Stevi Hillman, 18.61. Average leaders: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 68.71 seconds on five runs; 2. Jordon Briggs, 68.94; 3. Margo Crowther, 68.99; 4. Wenda Johnson, 69.19; 5. Shelley Morgan, 69.24; 6. Sissy Winn, 69.81; 7. Bayleigh Choate, 70.25; 8. Hailey Kinsel, 73.27; 9. Kassie Mowry, 73.78; 10. Leslie Smalygo, 73.96; 11. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 74.37; 12. Dona Kay Rule, 74.79; 13. Jessica Routier, 75.40; 14. Stevi Hillman, 79.66; 15. Emily Beisel, 82.81. World standings: 1. Hailey Kinsel, $225,224; 2. Jordon Briggs, $222,289; 3. Wenda Johnson, $177,763; 4. Lisa Lockhart, $170,186; 5. Dona Kay Rule, $164,956; 6. Margo Crowther, $149,775; 7. Shelley Morgan, $147,043; 8. Kassie Mowry, $142,659; 9. Emily Beisel, $140,340; 10. Stevi Hillman, $138,064; 11. Sissy Winn, $119,310; 12. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $107,759; 13. Leslie Smalygo, $106,578; 14. Jessica Routier, $101,527; 15. Bayleigh Choate, $100,893.

Bull Riding: Fifth round: 1. Tristen Hutchings, 90.5 points on Frontier Rodeo's County Jail, $31,945; 2. Josh Frost, 88, $25,882; 3. Trey Kimzey, 87.5, $20,286; 4. Stetson Wright, 86.5, $15,156; 5. (tie) Jeff Askey, Garrett Smith, Trevor Kastner, Maverick Potter, Ky Hamilton,      Jared Parsonage, Trey Holston, Cole Fischer, Creek Young and Lukasey Morris, NS; 15. Reid Oftedahl and JR Stratford, Out. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, 350 points on four head; 2. Josh Frost, 349; 3.    Trey Kimzey, 261 points on three head; 4. Trevor Kastner, 253; 5. Ky Hamilton, 249.5; 6. Tristen Hutchings, 181 points on two head; 7. Garrett Smith, 172.5; 8. (tie) Jeff Askey and JR Stratford, 90 points on one head; 10. Creek Young, 86.5; 11.      Cole Fischer, 85.5; 12. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 13. (tie) Maverick Potter, Trey Holston, Lukasey Morris, and Reid Oftedahl, NS. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $428,999; 2. Josh Frost, $301,048; 3. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 4. Tristen Hutchings, $198,842; 5. Ky Hamilton, $183,510; 6. Trevor Kastner, $178,309; 7. Garrett Smith, $177,540; 8. Trey Kimzey, $168,189; 9. JR Stratford, $142,943; 10. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 11. Creek Young, $125,360; 12. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 13. Trey Holston, $118,892; 14. Cole Fischer, $110,994; 15. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 16. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $517,959; 2. Caleb Smidt, $257,310; 3. Josh Frost, $208,135; 4. Marty Yates, $184,694; 5. Haven Meged, $174,666; 6. Coleman Proctor, $164,487; 7. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 8. Zack Jongbloed, $148,053; 9. Rhen Richard, $129,783; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Top Gun Leader: 1. Caleb Smidt, $109,566; 2. Hailey Kinsel, $105,835; 3. Jess Pope, $102,804; 4. (tie) Stetson Jorgensen and Lefty Holman, $99,073 each; 6. Kincade Henry, $86,248; 7. Lisa Lockhart, $85,316; 8. Stetson Wright, $84,616; 9. Zeke Thurston, $78,709; 10. (tie) Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith, $73,190 each.

 
 
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Round 4 Highlights - Zeke Thurston - Making a Move
 

December 4, 2022 l Airdrie, AB
For immediate release

A couple of races that looked all but over got a whole lot more interesting in round number four of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

One of the biggest moves came in the bronc riding. On a night that pitted the cowboys against the eliminator pen of broncs, Canada’s Zeke Thurston showed exactly how he won two world titles and is on the prowl for a third. The Big Valley, Alberta cowboy rode Heaven on Earth from Championship Pro Rodeo for 88.5 and a half-point victory over Montana’s Chase Brooks to take home the whopping first place cheque of $28,914. Just as importantly for the second generation Canadian, the man who held a commanding lead coming into the Finals, Sage Newman, bucked off on Sunday night. That meant that the gap between Newman and Thurston, who sits 4th overall is still $86,000 but Newman is out of the very lucrative average for the moment. Two more Canadians went to the pay window—Kolby Wanchuk who has placed in every round and sits 4th in the average, was 86.5 to split 3/4 while Logan Hay captured 4th place with an 84.5.

In the bareback riding, things got interesting as well. Cole Reiner, who came to Las Vegas as the overall leader had seen his lead evaporate; he got back on track Sunday night, winning the round with an 89 score on Sankey Pro Rodeo and Phenom Genetics Southlands Shoutin’ Shoes. Reiner was able to regain some of the ground he had lost to Jess Pope who has won the average at each of the last two NFR’s but has come up just short of the world title in each of those years. Pope stays on top of the world standings and still leads the average but there’s a lot of rodeo to go and the race is definitely on. Canadian Orin Larsen, who has taken a pounding through the first four rounds, was off the pace in round number four.

On a night that saw a new name atop the overall leaderboard in the tie down roping—three-time champion Caleb Smidt—it was Marty Yates who cashed the big cheque (and his first at this Finals) with a sparking 7.4 second run. And in the team roping it was Tyler Wade and Trey Yates who posted the fast time—a lightning quick 3.9 second run. Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira remain in the driver’s seat with close to a hundred-thousand-dollar lead on the field. Canadian Jeremy Buhler and his Utah partner, Rhen Richard, took a no-time in the round.

Another event that saw things tighten up a bunch was the steer wrestling as two-time world champion, Hunter Cure, won his second round of the four nights to date to consolidate his hold on first place in the average and second place overall as season leader Stetson Jorgensen had a rough night with a 21.2 second run to fall to 9th place in the average.

Stetson Wright was up to his old tricks--doing Stetson Wright things in the bull riding with a sensational 92 point ride to extend his world standings lead to an incredible $138,000. Another highlight-reel moment came when Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Alberta Prime Devil’s Advocate, Canadian Bull of the Year flung both his rider, Jeff Askey and bullfighter, Dusty Tuckness into the upper reaches of the storied Thomas and Mack Arena. Fortunately, everyone was okay.

Veteran Emily Beisel and her horse, Chongo, turning in a very rapid 13.60 second run for the round win in barrel racing. One of the feel-good stories of the NFR—Lisa Lockhart from Oelrichs, South Dakota (also a four-time Canadian Champion) has placed in three of four rounds and has the lead in the average. Reigning champion, Jordon Briggs, remains first overall and is in second spot in the average.

 

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results
Round 4, Dec. 4th

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Fourth round: 1. Cole Reiner, 89 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics' Southland's Shoutin' Shoes, $28,914; 2. (tie) Cole Franks and Garrett Shadbolt, 87, $20,053 each; 4. (tie) Jess Pope, Caleb Bennett, Kaycee Feild and Tilden Hooper, 85.5, $6,063 each; 8. (tie) Tim O'Connell and R.C. Landingham, 84.5; 10. Rocker Steiner, 84; 11. Leighton Berry, 83; 12. Ty Breuer, 82.5; 13. Clayton Biglow, 80.5; 14. Orin Larsen, 68.5; 15. Tanner Aus, NS. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 344 points on four head; 2. (tie) Cole Reiner and Tilden Hooper, 339; 4. (tie) Tim O'Connell, Kaycee Feild and R.C. Landingham, 336.5; 7. (tie) Cole Franks and Clayton Biglow, 334; 9. Ty Breuer, 330.5; 10. Rocker Steiner, 330; 11. Garrett Shadbolt, 326; 12. Leighton Berry, 322; 13. Caleb Bennett, 308.5; 14. Tanner Aus, 234 points on three head; 15. Orin Larsen, 217.5. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $239,212; 2. Cole Reiner, $207,346; 3. Kaycee Feild, $188,244; 4. Leighton Berry, $169,107; 5. Tilden Hooper, $166,559; 6. Caleb Bennett, $163,353; 7. R.C. Landingham, $159,333; 8. Tim O'Connell, $157,750; 9. Tanner Aus, $157,185; 10. Cole Franks, $154,096; 11. Rocker Steiner, $144,328; 12. Clayton Biglow, $142,671; 13. Garrett Shadbolt, $134,002; 14. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 15. Ty Breuer, $115,749.

Steer Wrestling: Fourth round: 1. Hunter Cure, 3.4 seconds, $28,914; 2. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Rowdy Parrott, 3.8, $20,053 each; 4. (tie) Will Lummus and Dakota Eldridge, 4.1, $9,793 each; 6. Tristan Martin, 4.3, $4,664; 7. Nick Guy, 4.4; 8. Timmy Sparing, 4.9; 9. Kyle Irwin, 5.2; 10. Jesse Brown, 6.5; 11. Tanner Brunner, 7.4; 12. Dirk Tavenner, 13.8; 13. Stetson Jorgensen, 21.2; 14. (tie) J.D. Struxness and Ty Erickson, NT. Average leaders: 1. Hunter Cure, 17.3 seconds on four head; 2. Tristan Martin, 18.1; 3. Rowdy Parrott, 18.2; 4. Kyle Irwin, 18.3; 5. Jesse Brown, 20.4; 6. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Dakota Eldridge, 20.9; 8. Will Lummus, 26.8; 9. Stetson Jorgensen, 33.1; 10. Tanner Brunner, 42.8; 11. Ty Erickson, 15.2 seconds on three head; 12. J.D. Struxness, 16.3; 13. Nick Guy, 22.8; 14. Timmy Sparing, 24.1; 15. Dirk Tavenner, 26.5. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $213,680; 2. Hunter Cure, $177,357; 3. Tyler Waguespack, $166,051; 4. Will Lummus, $162,425; 5. Kyle Irwin, $146,362; 6. J.D. Struxness, $141,110; 7. Dakota Eldridge, $138,581; 8. Tristan Martin, $137,404; 9. Ty Erickson, $129,909; 10. Jesse Brown, $124,564; 11. Rowdy Parrott, $119,578; 12. Nick Guy, $116,935; 13. Tanner Brunner, $106,271; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $94,532; 15. Timmy Sparing, $91,312.

Team Roping: Fourth round: 1. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 3.9 seconds, $28,914 each; 2. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.5, $22,851; 3. (tie) Jr. Dees/Levi Lord and Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 4.7, $14,690; 5. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 5.0, $7,462; 6. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 8.8, $4,664; 7. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 8.9; 8. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 9.2; 9.          Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 10.1; 10. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 33.4; 11. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, NT. Average leaders: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 22.4 seconds on four head; 2. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 28.0; 4. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 13.3 seconds on three head; 5. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 13.7; 6. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 14.1; 7. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 15.4; 8. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 24.7; 9. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 10.2 seconds on two head; 10. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 12.7; 11. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 13.6; 13. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 14.2; 14. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 19.1; 15. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 37.5. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $274,486; 2. Clay Tryan, $177,514; 3. Andrew Ward, $169,595; 4. Tanner Tomlinson, $168,434; 5. Jr. Dees, $157,732; 6. Dustin Egusquiza, $138,874; 7. Tyler Wade, $137,487; 8. Coleman Proctor, $133,438; 9. Clay Smith; $127,765; 10. Rhen Richard, $126,534; 11. Jake Orman, $125,380; 12. Lightning Aguilera, $115,111; 13. Cody Snow, $113,968; 14. Chad Masters, $105,527; 15. Riley Minor, $99,022. World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $274,486; 2. Jake Long, $169,245; 3. Patrick Smith, $168,434; 4. Buddy Hawkins II, $168,053; 5. Levi Lord, $159,130; 6. Jade Corkill, $143,706; 7. Travis Graves, $139,588; 8. Trey Yates, $133,924; 9. Logan Medlin, $133,438; 10. Jeremy Buhler, $127,469; 11. Brye Crites, $126,722; 12. Wesley Thorp, $113,968; 13. Joseph Harrison, $110,199; 14. Jonathan Torres, $107,658; 15. Brady Minor, $99,022.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Fourth round: 1. Zeke Thurston, 88.5 points on Championship Pro Rodeo's Heaven On Earth, $28,914, 2. Chase Brooks, 88, $22,851; 3. (tie) Stetson Wright and Kolby Wanchuk, 86.5, $14,690 each; 5. Logan Hay, 84.5, $7,462; 6. (tie) Lefty Holman and Wyatt Casper, 82, $2,332; 8.           Ryder Wright, 78.5; 9. Kole Ashbacher, 77.5; 10. Brody Cress, 76.5; 11. Tanner Butner, 74.5; 12. (tie) Sage Newman, Layton Green, Kade Bruno and Dawson Hay, NS. Average leaders: 1. Zeke Thurston, 348.5 points on four head; 2. Lefty Holman, 346; 3. Stetson Wright, 345; 4. Kolby Wanchuk, 343; 5. Logan Hay, 337; 6. Kole Ashbacher, 328.5; 7. Tanner Butner, 327; 8. Wyatt Casper, 326.5; 9. Brody Cress, 314; 10. Sage Newman, 259 points on three head; 11. Chase Brooks, 256.5; 12. Dawson Hay, 253.5; 13. Kade Bruno, 248; 14. Ryder Wright, 242; 15. Layton Green, 162.5 points on two head. World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $308,349; 2. Stetson Wright, $248,123; 3. Lefty Holman; $226,201; 4. Zeke Thurston, $222,547; 5. Brody Cress, $198,707; 6. Kolby Wanchuk; $176,967; 7. Logan Hay, $174,312; 8. Ryder Wright, $171,920; 9. Chase Brooks, $161,533; 10. Layton Green, $148,993; 11. Kade Bruno, $147,726; 12. Dawson Hay, $141,771; 13. Wyatt Casper, $137,688; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Fourth round: 1. Marty Yates, 7.4 seconds, $28,914; 2. John Douch, 7.7, $22,851; 3. Riley Webb, 7.8, $17,255; 4. (tie) Haven Meged and Caleb Smidt, 8.1, $9,793 each; 6. Kincade Henry, 8.4, $4,664; 7. Tyler Milligan, 9.4; 8. Zack Jongbloed, 10.6; 9. Cory Solomon, 10.7; 10. Ty Harris, 11.3; 11. Macon Murphy, 11.4; 12. Hunter Herrin, 11.6; 13. Shad Mayfield, 12.5; 14. Shane Hanchey, 13.2; 15. Tuf Cooper, 18.0. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 30.3 seconds on four head; 2. Haven Meged, 33.0; 3. Cory Solomon, 35.2; 4. Riley Webb, 39.4; 5. Zack Jongbloed, 40.2; 6. Shad Mayfield, 40.4; 7. Macon Murphy, 43.4; 8. Hunter Herrin, 46.2; 9. Ty Harris, 46.8; 10. Shane Hanchey, 49.2; 11. Tyler Milligan, 49.7; 12. Kincade Henry, 23.9 seconds on three head; 13. Marty Yates, 27.3; 14. John Douch, 15.2 seconds on two head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 26.1. World standings: 1. Caleb Smidt, $241,827; 2. Shad Mayfield, $236,359; 3. John Douch, $214,270; 4. Haven Meged, $188,257; 5. Cory Solomon, $168,302; 6. Kincade Henry, $162,312; 7. Marty Yates, $161,185; 8. Hunter Herrin, $159,280; 9. Riley Webb, $156,885; 10. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 11. Zack Jongbloed, $139,293; 12. Tuf Cooper, $134,382; 13. Tyler Milligan, $131,039; 14. Ty Harris, $128,937; 15. Macon Murphy, $123,255.

Barrel Racing: Fourth round: 1. Emily Beisel, 13.60 seconds, $28,914; 2. (tie) Margo Crowther and Lisa Lockhart, 13.65, $20,053 each; 4. Hailey Kinsel, 13.66, $12,125; 5. Stevi Hillman, 13.67, $7,462; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.73, $4,664; 7. Leslie Smalygo, 13.75; 8. Jordon Briggs, 13.77; 9. Kassie Mowry, 13.78; 10. Shelley Morgan, 13.80; 11. Jessica Routier, 13.91; 12. Sissy Winn, 13.96; 13. Wenda Johnson, 14.05; 14. Bayleigh Choate, 14.23; 15. Dona Kay Rule, 14.29. Average leaders: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 55.19 seconds on four runs; 2. Jordon Briggs, 55.25; 3. Margo Crowther, 55.26; 4. Wenda Johnson, 55.35; 5. Leslie Smalygo, 55.49; 6. Shelley Morgan, 55.55; 7. Sissy Winn, 55.94; 8. Bayleigh Choate, 56.32; 9. Hailey Kinsel, 59.75; 10. Kassie Mowry, 60.21; 11. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 60.62; 12. Dona Kay Rule, 60.83; 13. Stevi Hillman, 61.05; 14. Jessica Routier, 61.68; 15. Emily Beisel, 64.52. World standings: 1. Jordon Briggs, $212,496; 2. Hailey Kinsel, $199,342; 3. Wenda Johnson, $177,763; 4. Dona Kay Rule, $164,956; 5. Margo Crowther, $149,775; 6. Lisa Lockhart, $144,304; 7. Emily Beisel, $140,340; 8. Stevi Hillman, $138,064; 9. Shelley Morgan, $137,250; 10. Kassie Mowry, $125,404; 11. Sissy Winn, $119,310; 12. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $107,759; 13. Leslie Smalygo, $106,578; 14. Bayleigh Choate, $100,893; 15. Jessica Routier, $96,863.

Bull Riding: Fourth round: 1. Stetson Wright, 92 points on Salt River Rodeo Company's Belly Dump, $28,914; 2. Trevor Kastner, 89, $22,851; 3. Trey Kimzey, 87.5, $17,255; 4. (tie) Josh Frost and Ky Hamilton, 86.5, $9,793 each; 6. Cole Fischer, 85.5, $4,664; 7. (tie) Jeff Askey, Garrett Smith, Tristen Hutchings, Maverick Potter, Jared Parsonage, Trey Holston, JR Stratford, Creek Young, Lukasey Morris and Reid Oftedahl, NS. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, 263.5 points on three head; 2. Josh Frost, 261; 3. Trevor Kastner, 253; 4. Ky Hamilton, 249.5; 5. Trey Kimzey, 173.5 points on two head; 6. Garrett Smith, 172.5; 7. Tristen Hutchings, 90.5 points on one head; 8. (tie) Jeff Askey, and JR Stratford, 90; 10. Creek Young, 86.5; 11. Cole Fischer, 85.5; 12. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 13. (tie) Maverick Potter, Trey Holston, Lukasey Morris, NS. 16. Reid Oftedahl, Out. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $413,842; 2. Josh Frost, $275,165; 3. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 4. Ky Hamilton, $183,510; 5. Trevor Kastner, $178,309; 6. Garrett Smith, $177,540; 7. Tristen Hutchings, $166,897; 8. Trey Kimzey, $147,903; 9. JR Stratford, $142,943; 10. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 11. Creek Young, $125,360; 12. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 13. Trey Holston, $118,892; 14. Cole Fischer, $110,994; 15. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 16. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $505,834; 2. Caleb Smidt, $240,055; 3. Josh Frost, $185,284; 4. Haven Meged, $174,666; 5. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 6. Marty Yates, $158,811; 7. Zack Jongbloed, $140,592; 8. Coleman Proctor, $138,605; 9. Rhen Richard, $129,783; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Top Gun Leader: 1. Caleb Smidt, $92,311; 2. (tie) Hailey Kinsel and Jess Pope, $79,953 each; 4. Stetson Jorgensen, $79,020; 5. Zeke Thurston, $78,709; 6. Lefty Holman, $76,222; 7. Stetson Wright, $72,491; 8. Hunter Cure, 67,827; 9. (tie) Levi Lord and Jr. Dees, $61,065 each.

 
 
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - Round 3 Highlights

Garrett Smith - NFR 2022December 3, 2022 l Airdrie, AB
For immediate release

A pair of 90 point rides highlighted a great night of bull riding in the third round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas with Montana hand, Garrett Smith, the 2017 Canadian Champion, sharing the round win with JR Stratford. Smith had Stace Smith Rodeo’s Evil Intentions while Stratford got by Pete Carr’s Curly Bill, with each man pocketing $25,882. The lone Canadian in the field, Jared Parsonage came up just short on Powder River’s sensational Chiseled while overall leader, Stetson Wright, bucked off tonight but continues to hold a seemingly insurmountable $120,000 lead.

Things got a little quick in the team roping on night number three of the NFR, but nobody was faster than Tanner Tomlinson and Patrick Smith who turned in a lightning-fast 3.6 to take home the $28,914 first place cheques. And the Canadian flags were waving as 2016 World Champion Jeremy Buhler on the heeling side and his heading partner, Rhen Richard, captured third place in the round with a 4.1 second run for $17,255 each.

Jesse Pope has been second in the world the last two years and the Waverly, Kansas bareback rider is doing all he can to climb that last rung on the championship ladder and win the coveted title. In round three, Pope put together an outstanding 86.5-point ride on Stace Smith’s Mr. Harry to extend his lead at the top of the standings to $51,000 over second place man and six-time world champion, Kaycee Field. Canadian Orin Larsen had to battle to get by Legend Rodeo’s Illegal Smile and was well out of the money with a 63-point result.

In the bronc riding, Lefty Holman made it back-to-back round wins with a spectacular 90.5 score on Kirsten Vold Rodeo’s Sun Glow. The Visalia, California cowboy moved to third overall behind Stetson Wright in second place while Montana’s Sage Newman continues to hold a solid (but shrinking) lead atop the leaderboard. Holman is also first in the all-important average with Canadian Zeke Thurston right behind in second spot; Newman sits third, with Wright in fourth. Kolby Wanchuk was the top Canadian in the round with an 87.5 for fifth place and a $7462 payday while Thurston split sixth in the round with an 87 for $2332.

Hailey Kinsel climbed on the back-to-back-win-train as she and her horse, Sister, posted a superb 13.59, two one hundredths of a second faster than her winning time 24 hours earlier. The three-time world champion sits second in the world standings behind reigning champion Jordon Briggs but her quest for a fourth title will be hampered by a tipped barrel on night number one that has her ninth in the average.

Veteran tie-down roper, Cory Solomon, posted the first sub-seven second run, a 6.9 to claim top spot in the round with three-time and reigning champ, Caleb Smidt moving to within $3300 of overall leader Shad (Money) Mayfield, but Smidt has the advantage of sitting atop the average with Mayfield in fourth spot.

And it was all about Stetson Jorgensen in the steer wrestling. The Blackfoot, Idaho bulldogger was first in the round (3.5 seconds), is first in the average and first in the world standings with a commanding $61,000 advantage over second place man, Will Lummus.

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results

Round 3, Dec. 3

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Third round: 1. Jess Pope, 86.5 points on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo's Mr. Harry, $28,914; 2. Clayton Biglow, 85.5, $22,851; 3. R.C. Landingham, 85, $17,255; 4. Kaycee Feild, 84, $12,125; 5. Cole Reiner, 83.5, $7,462; 6. Tim O'Connell, 82.5, $4,664; 7. Tilden Hooper, 81.5; 8. (tie) Rocker Steiner and Leighton Berry, 80; 10. Ty Breuer, 79.5; 11. Cole Franks, 78; 12. Garrett Shadbolt, 73; 13. Caleb Bennett, 70.5; 14. Tanner Aus, 66.5; 15. Orin Larsen, 63. Average leaders: 1. Jess Pope, 258.5 points on three head; 2. (tie) Tilden Hooper and Clayton Biglow, 253.5; 4. (tie) Tim O'Connell, and R.C. Landingham, 252; 6. Kaycee Feild, 251; 7. Cole Reiner, 250; 8. Ty Breuer, 248; 9. Cole Franks, 247; 10. Rocker Steiner, 246; 11. (tie) Leighton Berry and Garrett Shadbolt, 239; 13. Tanner Aus, 234; 14. Caleb Bennett, 223; 15. Orin Larsen, 149 points on two head. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $233,149; 2. Kaycee Feild, $182,181; 3. Cole Reiner, $178,432; 4. Leighton Berry, $169,107; 5. Tilden Hooper, $160,496; 6. R.C. Landingham, $159,333; 7. Tim O'Connell, $157,750; 8. Caleb Bennett, $157,290; 9. Tanner Aus, $157,185; 10. Rocker Steiner, $144,328; 11. Clayton Biglow, $142,671; 12. Cole Franks, $134,043; 13. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 14. Ty Breuer, $115,749; 15. Garrett Shadbolt, $113,949.

Steer Wrestling: Third round: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, 3.5 seconds, $28,914; 2. Will Lummus, 3.8, $22,851; 3. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and Kyle Irwin, 4.1, $14,690 each; 5. J.D. Struxness, 4.3, $7,462; 6. Tristan Martin, 4.5, $4,664; 7. Rowdy Parrott, 4.6; 8. Hunter Cure, 4.7; 9. Jesse Brown, 5.0; 10. Ty Erickson, 5.4; 11. Tyler Waguespack, 6.8; 12. Tanner Brunner, 13.6; 13. Timmy Sparing, 14.2; 14. (tie) Dirk Tavenner and Nick Guy, NT. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, 11.9 seconds on three head; 2. Kyle Irwin, 13.1; 3. Tristan Martin, 13.8; 4. (tie) Hunter Cure and Jesse Brown, 13.9; 6. Rowdy Parrott, 14.4; 7. Ty Erickson, 15.2; 8. J.D. Struxness, 16.3; 9. Dakota Eldridge, 16.8; 10. Tyler Waguespack, 17.1; 11. Will Lummus, 22.7; 12. Tanner Brunner, 35.4; 13. Dirk Tavenner, 12.7 seconds on two head; 14. Nick Guy, 18.4; 15. Timmy Sparing, 19.2. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen; $213,680; 2. Will Lummus, $152,632; 3. Hunter Cure, $148,443; 4. Kyle Irwin, $146,362; 5. Tyler Waguespack, $145,998; 6. J.D. Struxness, $141,110; 7. Tristan Martin, $132,740; 8. Ty Erickson, $129,909; 9. Dakota Eldridge, $128,788; 10. Jesse Brown, $124,564; 11. Nick Guy, $116,935; 12. Tanner Brunner, $106,271; 13. Rowdy Parrott, $99,525; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $94,532; 15. Timmy Sparing, $91,312.

Team Roping: Third round: 1. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 3.6 seconds, $28,914 each; 2. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 3.8, $22,851; 3. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 4.1, $17,255; 4. (tie) Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, Jr. Dees/Levi Lord and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 4.3, $8,083 each; 7. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.4; 8. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 4.8; 9. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.9; 10. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 9.1; 11. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 10.1; 12. (tie) Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, Riley Minor/Brady Minor and Clay Smith/Jake Long, NT. Average leaders: 1. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II,15.4 seconds on three head; 2. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 17.4; 3. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 18.8; 4. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 19.2; 5. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 8.6 seconds on two head; 6. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 9.2; 7. (tie) Tyler Wade/Trey Yates and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 10.2; 9. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 13.6; 11. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 14.2; 12. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 14.6; 13. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 3.8 seconds on one head; 14. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 4.1; 15. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 14.4. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $269,823; 2. Clay Tryan, $177,514; 3. Andrew Ward, $169,595; 4. Tanner Tomlinson, $160,972; 5. Jr. Dees, $143,042; 6. Dustin Egusquiza, $138,874; 7. Coleman Proctor, $133,438; 8. Clay Smith, $127,765; 9. Rhen Richard, $126,534; 10. Cody Snow, $113,968; 11. Tyler Wade, $108,573; 12. Chad Masters, $105,527; 13. Jake Orman, $102,529; 14. Lightning Aguilera, $100,421; 15. Riley Minor, $99,022. World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $269,823; 2. Jake Long, $169,245; 3. Buddy Hawkins II, $168,053; 4. Patrick Smith, $160,972; 5. Levi Lord, $144,440; 6. Jade Corkill, $143,706; 7. Travis Graves, $139,588; 8. Logan Medlin, $133,438; 9. Jeremy Buhler, $127,469; 10. Wesley Thorp, $113,968; 11. Joseph Harrison, $110,199; 12. Trey Yates, $105,011; 13. Brye Crites, $103,871; 14. Brady Minor, $99,022; 15. Jonathan Torres, $92,968.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Third round: 1. Lefty Holman, 90.5 points on Vold Rodeo Company's Sun Glow, $28,914; 2. Stetson Wright, 88.5, $22,851; 3. (tie) Sage Newman and Chase Brooks, 88, $14,690 each; 5. Kolby Wanchuk, 87.5, $7,462; 6. (tie) Zeke Thurston and Tanner Butner, 87, $2,332; 8. Ryder Wright, 86; 9. (tie) Logan Hay and Kole Ashbacher, 85; 11. Dawson Hay, 84.5; 12. Kade Bruno, 82.5; 13. Layton Green, 82; 14. (tie) Brody Cress and Wyatt Casper, 79. Average leaders: 1. Lefty Holman, 264 points on three head; 2. Zeke Thurston, 260; 3. Sage Newman, 259; 4. Stetson Wright, 258.5; 5. Kolby Wanchuk, 256.5; 6. Dawson Hay, 253.5; 7. (tie) Logan Hay and Tanner Butner, 252.5; 9. Kole Ashbacher, 251; 10. Kade Bruno, 248; 11. Wyatt Casper, 244.5; 12. Brody Cress, 237.5; 13. Chase Brooks, 168.5 points on two head; 14. Ryder Wright, 163.5; 15. Layton Green, 162.5. World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $308,349; 2. Stetson Wright, $233,433; 3. Lefty Holman, $223,869; 4. Brody Cress, $198,707; 5. Zeke Thurston, $193,633; 6. Ryder Wright, $171,920; 7. Logan Hay, $166,851; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, $162,277; 9. Layton Green, $148,993; 10. Kade Bruno, $147,726; 11. Dawson Hay, $141,771; 12. Chase Brooks, $138,682; 13. Wyatt Casper, $135,356; 14. Tanner Butner, $133,481; 15. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543.

Tie-Down Roping: Third round: 1. Cory Solomon, 6.9 seconds, $28,914; 2. Kincade Henry, 7.4, $22,851; 3. (tie) John Douch and Caleb Smidt, 7.5, $14,690 each; 5. Macon Murphy, 7.6, $7,462; 6. (tie) Haven Meged and Tyler Milligan, 7.7, $2,332 each; 8. Tuf Cooper, 8.1; 9. Shane Hanchey, 8.3; 10. Shad Mayfield, 9.3; 11. (tie) Zack Jongbloed and Riley Webb, 11.1; 13.     Ty Harris, 17.5; 14. Hunter Herrin, 18.4; 15. Marty Yates, NT. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 22.2 seconds on three head; 2. Cory Solomon, 24.5; 3. Haven Meged, 24.9; 4. Shad Mayfield, 27.9; 5. Zack Jongbloed, 29.6; 6. Riley Webb, 31.6; 7. Macon Murphy, 32.0; 8. Hunter Herrin, 34.6; 9. Ty Harris, 35.5; 10. Shane Hanchey, 36.0; 11. Tyler Milligan, 40.3; 12. Kincade Henry, 15.5 seconds on two head; 13. Marty Yates, 19.9; 14. John Douch, 7.5 seconds on one head; 15. Tuf Cooper, 8.1. World standings: 1. Shad Mayfield, $236,359; 2. Caleb Smidt, $232,033; 3. John Douch, $191,419; 4. Haven Meged, $178,463; 5. Cory Solomon, $168,302; 6. Hunter Herrin, $159,280; 7. Kincade Henry, $157,648; 8. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 9. Riley Webb, $139,631; 10. Zack Jongbloed, $139,293; 11. Tuf Cooper, $134,382; 12. Marty Yates, $132,272; 13. Tyler Milligan, $131,039; 14. Ty Harris, $128,937; 15. Macon Murphy, $123,255. 

Barrel Racing: Third round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 13.59 seconds, $28,914; 2. Dona Kay Rule, 13.74, $22,851; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 13.78, $17,255; 4. Shelley Morgan, 13.80, $12,125; 5. Jordon Briggs, 13.86, $7,462; 6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.87, $4,664; 7. Sissy Winn, 13.91; 8. Leslie Smalygo, 13.93; 9. Kassie Mowry, 13.94; 10. (tie) Margo Crowther and Jessica Routier, 13.97; 12. Wenda Johnson, 13.98; 13. Stevi Hillman, 14.03; 14. Bayleigh Choate, 14.17; 15. Emily Beisel, 18.53. Average leaders: 1. Wenda Johnson, 41.30 seconds on three runs; 2. Jordon Briggs, 41.48; 3.       Lisa Lockhart, 41.54; 4. Margo Crowther, 41.61; 5. Leslie Smalygo, 41.74; 6. Shelley Morgan, 41.75; 7. Sissy Winn, 41.98; 8. Bayleigh Choate, 42.09; 9. Hailey Kinsel, 46.09; 10. Kassie Mowry, 46.43; 11. Dona Kay Rule, 46.54; 12. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 46.89; 13. Stevi Hillman, 47.38; 14. Jessica Routier, 47.77; 15. Emily Beisel, 50.92. World standings: 1. Jordon Briggs, $212,496; 2. Hailey Kinsel, $187,217; 3. Wenda Johnson, $177,763; 4. Dona Kay Rule, $164,956; 5. Shelley Morgan, $137,250; 6. Stevi Hillman, $130,602; 7. Margo Crowther, $129,722; 8. Kassie Mowry, $125,404; 9. Lisa Lockhart, $124,251; 10. Sissy Winn, $119,310; 11. Emily Beisel, $111,426; 12. Leslie Smalygo, $106,578; 13. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $103,095; 14. Bayleigh Choate, $100,893; 15. Jessica Routier, $96,863.

Bull Riding: Third round: 1. (tie) Garrett Smith, on Stace Smith Pro Rodeo's Evil Intentions, and JR Stratford, on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Curly Bill, 90 points, $25,882 each; 3. (tie) Josh Frost and Creek Young, 86.5, $14,690 each; 5. Ky Hamilton, 85.5, $7,462; 6. Trevor Kastner, 75, $4,664; 7. (tie) Stetson Wright, Jeff Askey, Tristen Hutchings, Maverick Potter, Trey Kimzey, Jared Parsonage, Trey Holston, Lukasey Morris, Cole Fischer, NS; 16. Reid Oftedahl, Out. Average leaders: 1. Josh Frost, 174.5 points on two head; 2. Garrett Smith, 172.5; 3. Stetson Wright, 171.5; 4. Trevor Kastner, 164; 5. Ky Hamilton, 163; 6. Tristen Hutchings, 90.5 points on one head; 7. (tie) Jeff Askey and JR Stratford, 90; 9. Creek Young, 86.5; 10. Trey Kimzey, 86; 11. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 12. (tie) Maverick Potter, Trey Holston, Lukasey Morris and Cole Fischer, NS. 16. Reid Oftedahl, Out. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $384,929; 2. Josh Frost, $265,372; 3. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 4. Garrett Smith, $177,540; 5. Ky Hamilton, $173,717; 6. Tristen Hutchings, $166,897; 7. Trevor Kastner, $155,458; 8. JR Stratford, $142,943; 9. Trey Kimzey, $130,648; 10. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 11. Creek Young, $125,360; 12. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 13. Trey Holston, $118,892; 14. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 15. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944; 16. Cole Fischer, $106,330.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $462,230; 2. Caleb Smidt, $230,261; 3. Josh Frost, $175,491; 4. Haven Meged, $164,872; 5. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 6. Zack Jongbloed, $140,592; 7. Coleman Proctor, $138,605; 8. Marty Yates, $129,898; 9. Rhen Richard, $129,783; 10. Paul David Tierney, $118,792.

Top Gun Leader: 1. Caleb Smidt, $82,517; 2. Stetson Jorgensen, $79,020; 3. (tie) Jess Pope and Lefty Holman, $73,890 each; 5. Hailey Kinsel, $67,827; 6. Wenda Johnson, $56,169; 7. Kincade Henry, $55,702; 8. Sage Newman, $55,158; 9. (tie) Patrick Smith and Tanner Tomlinson, $53,604 each.

 
 
2022 WNFR – Round 2 Highlights

Hunter Cure - WNFR Round 2 WinDecember 2, 2022 - Two time world champion Hunter Cure led the bulldoggers on night two at the Thomas and Mack. The Holliday, Texas cowboy—who qualified for the 2019 Canadian Finals Rodeo—was a rapid 3.7 to earn his first 2022 NFR cheque. Cure is second overall in the World standings $35,000 back of leader, Stetson Jorgensen.

For the second night in a row, three of the six Canadians in the bronc riding at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo pocketed sizeable pay cheques.

In an all-Canadian matchup, Logan Hay met up with the Calgary Stampede’s Zoaria Hills for 85.5 points to be part of a three-way tie (2-4) with fellow countryman and two-time world title-holder Zeke Thurston, each of them earning $17,410. Thurston, fresh from his third Canadian title now sits fifth in the world standings, $102,000 back of Montana’s Sage Newman. And while that deficit sounds insurmountable, a slip or two by Newman and Thurston, the Big Valley, Alta. talent, could move into contention for a third world crown. Newman managed an 84-point effort in go-round number two and a split of sixth that included the third Canadian money-winner on this night, Kolby Wanchuk. Both men registered 82 points to collect $1555.

It was a bounce back night for Leighton Berry in the bareback riding at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. After a disappointing 72.5 score on night number one, the Texas cowboy, who was at his first Canadian Finals Rodeo just a month ago, put together a round-winning 86.5 score on Top Egyptian from Pickett Pro Rodeo for a tidy $28,914 payday. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well for Canadian Orin Larsen who failed to make a qualified ride on the former World Champion, Full Baggage.

Leighton BerryAmong the other go-round winners was three-time world champion Hayley Kinsel with the barrel racing win courtesy of her 13.61 second time on her stand-out partner—Sister, and team ropers Clay Smith and Jake Long were 4.1 for top honours in their event.

Caleb Smidt continued his mastery of the Thomas and Mack Arena with a second straight go-round win, this one by virtue of a blistering 7.2 second run. The three-time World Champion has closed to within $20,000 of Shad Mayfield, the leader coming in.

And only two men made the whistle in the bull riding that featured the semi-eliminators (aka rank bulls). Season leader Stetson Wright racked up an 88-point mark and Ky Hamilton chalked up a 77.5 for second. The two padded their bank accounts by $49,666 and $42,604 respectively. Canadian Champion, Jared Parsonage, was among the thirteen men who were unsuccessful in performance two.

2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results

Round 2, Dec. 2

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: Second round: 1. Leighton Berry, 86.5 points on Pickett Pro Rodeo Company’s Top Egyptian, $28,914; 2. (tie) Tanner Aus and Tilden Hooper, 85.5, $20,053 each; 4. Jess Pope, 85, $12,125; 5. Tim O’Connell, 84, $7,462; 6. (tie) R.C. Landingham, Cole Franks, Ty Breuer, 83.5, $1,555 each; 9. (tie) Cole Reiner and Clayton Biglow, 83; 11. Garrett Shadbolt, 82.5; 12. Rocker Steiner, 81; 13.  Kaycee Feild, 79.5; 14. Caleb Bennett, 73.5; 15. Orin Larsen, NS. Average leaders: 1. (tie) Jess Pope and Tilden Hooper, 172 points on two head; 3. Tim O'Connell, 169.5; 4. Cole Franks, 169; 5. Ty Breuer, 168.5; 6. Clayton Biglow, 168; 7. Tanner Aus, 167.5; 8. (tie) Kaycee Feild and R.C. Landingham, 167; 10. Cole Reiner, 166.5; 11. (tie) Rocker Steiner and Garrett Shadbolt, 166; 13. Leighton Berry, 159; 14. Caleb Bennett, 152.5; 15. Orin Larsen, 86 points on one head. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $204,235; 2. Cole Reiner, $170,971; 3. Kaycee Feild, $170,056; 4. Leighton Berry, $169,107; 5. Tilden Hooper, $160,496; 6. Caleb Bennett, $157,290; 7. Tanner Aus, $157,185; 8. Tim O’Connell, $153,087; 9. Rocker Steiner, $144,328; 10. R.C. Landingham, $142,078; 11. Cole Franks, $134,043; 12. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 13. Clayton Biglow, $119,820; 14. Ty Breuer, $115,749; 15. Garrett Shadbolt, $113,949.

Steer Wrestling: Second round: 1. Hunter Cure, 3.7 seconds, $28,914; 2. Stetson Jorgensen, 4.2, $22,851; 3. Kyle Irwin, 4.3, $17,255; 4. Tyler Waguespack, 4.4, $12,125; 5. Tristan Martin, 4.6, $7,462; 6. Rowdy Parrott, 4.7, $4,664; 7. Jesse Brown, 4.9; 8. (tie) Will Lummus and Timmy Sparing, 5.0; 10. J.D. Struxness, 5.2; 11. Ty Erickson, 5.3; 12. Dirk Tavenner, 5.7; 13. Dakota Eldridge, 6.7; 14. Tanner Brunner, 10.2; 15. Nick Guy, 14.6. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, 8.4 seconds on two head; 2. Jesse Brown, 8.9; 3. Kyle Irwin, 9.0; 4.   Hunter Cure, 9.2; 5. Tristan Martin, 9.3; 6. (tie) Ty Erickson and Rowdy Parrott, 9.8; 8. Tyler Waguespack, 10.3; 9. J.D. Struxness, 12.0; 10. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and Dirk Tavenner, 12.7; 12. Nick Guy, 18.4; 13. Will Lummus, 18.9; 14.  Tanner Brunner, 21.8; 15. Timmy Sparing, 5.0 seconds on one head. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $184,767; 2. Hunter Cure, $148,443; 3. Tyler Waguespack, $145,998; 4. J.D. Struxness, $133,649; 5. Kyle Irwin, $131,672; 6. Ty Erickson, $129,909; 7. Will Lummus, $129,781; 8. Tristan Martin, $128,077; 9. Jesse Brown, $124,564; 10. Nick Guy, $116,935; 11. Dakota Eldridge, $114,098; 12. Tanner Brunner, $106,271; 13. Rowdy Parrott, $99,525; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $94,532; 15. Timmy Sparing, $91,312.

Team Roping: Second round: 1. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 4.1 seconds, $28,914 each; 2. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.3, $22,851; 3. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 4.4, $14,690 each; 5. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.8, $7,462; 6. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.9, $4,664; 7. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.1; 8. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 5.4; 9. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 8.9; 10. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 9.3; 11. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 10.1; 12. (tie) Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, Jr. Dees/Levi Lord and Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, NT. Average leaders: 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 9.1 seconds on two head; 2. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 9.5; 3. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 10.2; 4. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 13.8; 5. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 14.5; 6. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 14.6; 7. Clay Smith/Jake Long, 4.1 seconds on one head; 8. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 4.3; 9. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.5; 10. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 4.8; 11. Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, 5.4; 12. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 9.3; 13. Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, 10.1; 14. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 14.4; 15. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, NT. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $269,823; 2. Clay Tryan, $177,514; 3. Andrew Ward, $169,595; 4. Jr. Dees, $134,959; 5. Tanner Tomlinson, $132,058; 6. Clay Smith, $127,765; 7. Coleman Proctor, $125,355; 8. Dustin Egusquiza, $116,022; 9. Cody Snow, $113,968; 10. Rhen Richard, $109,279; 11. Tyler Wade, $108,573; 12. Jake Orman, $102,529; 13. Lightning Aguilera, $100,421; 14. Riley Minor, $99,022; 15. Chad Masters, $97,444. World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $269,823; 2. Jake Long, $169,245; 3. Buddy Hawkins II, $168,053; 4. Jade Corkill, $143,706; 5. Levi Lord, $136,357; 6. Patrick Smith, $132,058; 7. Logan Medlin, $125,355; 8. Travis Graves, $116,737; 9. Wesley Thorp, $113,968; 10. Jeremy Buhler, $110,214; 11. Trey Yates, $105,011; 12. Brye Crites, $103,871; 13. Joseph Harrison, $102,115; 14. Brady Minor, $99,022; 15. Jonathan Torres, $92,968.

Saddle Bronc Riding: Second round: 1. Lefty Holman, 87 points on Four Star Rodeo's Wall Street, $28,914; 2. (tie) Zeke Thurston, Logan Hay and Tanner Butner, 85.5, $17,410 each; 5. Stetson Wright, 85, $7,462; 6.           (tie) Sage Newman, Kolby Wanchuk and Wyatt Casper, 82, $1,555 each; 9. Dawson Hay, 81.5; 10. (tie) Kade Bruno and Kole Ashbacher, 81; 12. Chase Brooks, 80.5; 13. Brody Cress, 72; 14. (tie) Ryder Wright and Layton Green, NS. Average leaders: 1. Lefty Holman, 173.5 points on two head; 2. Zeke Thurston, 173; 3. Sage Newman, 171; 4. Stetson Wright, 170; 5. (tie) Kolby Wanchuk and Dawson Hay, 169; 7. Logan Hay, 167.5; 8. Kole Ashbacher, 166; 9. (tie) Kade Bruno, Wyatt Casper and Tanner Butner, 165.5; 12. Brody Cress, 158.5; 13. (tie) Layton Green and Chase Brooks, 80.5 points on one head; 15. Ryder Wright, 77.5. World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $293,659; 2. Stetson Wright, $210,581; 3. Brody Cress, $198,707; 4. Lefty Holman, $194,956; 5. Zeke Thurston, $191,301; 6. Ryder Wright, $171,920; 7. Logan Hay, $166,851; 8. Kolby Wanchuk, $154,816; 9. Layton Green, $148,993; 10. Kade Bruno, $147,726; 11. Dawson Hay, $141,771; 12. Wyatt Casper, $135,356; 13. Tanner Butner, $131,150; 14. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543; 15. Chase Brooks, $123,992.  

Tie-Down Roping: Second round: 1. Caleb Smidt, 7.2 seconds, $28,914; 2. Shad Mayfield, 7.4, $22,851; 3. Hunter Herrin, 7.7, $17,255; 4. Shane Hanchey, 7.8, $12,125; 5. (tie) Haven Meged, Zack Jongbloed and Ty Harris, 8.4, $4,042 each. 8. Cory Solomon, 8.8; 9. Marty Yates, 9.8; 10. Riley Webb, 11.8; 11.      Macon Murphy, 12.0; 12. Tyler Milligan, 15.5; 13. (tie) John Douch, Tuf Cooper and Kincade Henry, NT. Average leaders: 1. Caleb Smidt, 14.7 seconds on two head; 2. Hunter Herrin, 16.2; 3. Haven Meged, 17.2; 4. Cory Solomon, 17.6; 5. Ty Harris, 18.0; 6. Zack Jongbloed, 18.5; 7. Shad Mayfield, 18.6; 8. Marty Yates, 19.9; 9. Riley Webb, 20.5; 10. Macon Murphy, 24.4; 11. Shane Hanchey, 27.7; 12. Tyler Milligan, 32.6; 13. Kincade Henry, 8.1 seconds on one head; 14. (tie) John Douch and Tuf Cooper, N.T. World standings: 1. Shad Mayfield, $236,359; 2. Caleb Smidt, $217,343; 3. John Douch, $176,729; 4. Haven Meged, $176,132; 5. Hunter Herrin, $159,280; 6. Shane Hanchey, $154,908; 7. Riley Webb, $139,631; 8. Cory Solomon, $139,388; 9. Zack Jongbloed, $139,293; 10. Kincade Henry, $134,797; 11. Tuf Cooper, $134,382; 12. Marty Yates, $132,272; 13. Ty Harris, $128,937; 14. Tyler Milligan, $128,708; 15. Macon Murphy, $115,793.

Barrel Racing: Second round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 13.61 seconds, $28,914; 2. Margo Crowther, 13.72, $22,851; 3. Wenda Johnson, 13.75, $17,255; 4. Lisa Lockhart, 13.78, $12,125; 5. Sissy Winn, 13.88, $7,462; 6. Shelley Morgan, 13.91, $4,664; 7. Jordon Briggs, 13.92; 8. Bayleigh Choate, 13.95; 9. Leslie Smalygo, 14.01; 10. Emily Beisel, 18.57; 11. Kassie Mowry, 18.84; 12. Dona Kay Rule, 18.89; 13. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 18.93; 14. Stevi Hillman, 19.18; 15. Jessica Routier, 19.40. Average leaders: 1. Wenda Johnson, 27.32 seconds on two runs; 2. Jordon Briggs, 27.62; 3. Margo Crowther, 27.64; 4. Lisa Lockhart, 27.76; 5. Leslie Smalygo, 27.81; 6. Bayleigh Choate, 27.92; 7. Shelley Morgan, 27.95; 8. Sissy Winn, 28.07; 9. Emily Beisel, 32.39; 10. Kassie Mowry, 32.49; 11. Hailey Kinsel, 32.50; 12. Dona Kay Rule, 32.80; 13. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 33.02; 14. Stevi Hillman, 33.35; 15. Jessica Routier, 33.80. World standings: 1. Jordon Briggs, $205,034; 2. Wenda Johnson, $177,763; 3. Hailey Kinsel, $158,303; 4. Dona Kay Rule, $142,105; 5. Stevi Hillman, $130,602; 6. Margo Crowther, $129,722; 7. Kassie Mowry, $125,404; 8. Shelley Morgan, $125,124; 9. Sissy Winn, $119,310; 10. Emily Beisel, $111,426; 11. Lisa Lockhart, $106,996; 12. Leslie Smalygo, $106,578; 13. Bayleigh Choate, $100,893; 14. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $98,433; 15. Jessica Routier, $96,863.

Bull Riding: Second round: 1. Stetson Wright, 88 points on Dakota Rodeo's Pookie Holler, $49,666; 2. Ky Hamilton, 77.5, $43,604; 3. (tie) Josh Frost, Jeff Askey, Garrett Smith, Tristen Hutchings, Trevor Kastner, Maverick Potter, Trey Kimzey, Jared Parsonage, Trey Holston, JR Stratford, Creek Young, Lukasey Morris, Reid Oftedahl, Cole Fischer, NS. Average leaders: 1. Stetson Wright, 171.5 points on two head; 2. Tristen Hutchings, 90.5 points on one head; 3. Jeff Askey, 90; 4. Trevor Kastner, 89; 5. Josh Frost, 88; 6. Trey Kimzey, 86; 7. Garrett Smith, 82.5; 8. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 9. Ky Hamilton, 77.5; 10. (tie) Maverick Potter, Trey Holston, JR Stratford, Creek Young, Lukasey Morris, Reid Oftedahl and Cole Fischer, NS. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $384,929; 2. Josh Frost, $250,682; 3. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 4. Tristen Hutchings, $166,897; 5. Ky Hamilton, $166,255; 6. Garrett Smith, $151,658; 7. Trevor Kastner, $150,795; 8. Trey Kimzey, $130,648; 9. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 10. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 11. Trey Holston, $118,892; 12. JR Stratford, $117,061; 13. Creek Young, $110,670; 14. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 15. Reid Oftedahl, $107,943; 16. Cole Fischer, $106,330.

All-Around: 1. Stetson Wright, $460,131; 2. Caleb Smidt, $215,571; 3. Haven Meged, $162,541; 4. Josh Frost, $160,801; 5. Taylor Santos, $159,179; 6. Zack Jongbloed, $140,592; 7. Coleman Proctor, $130,521; 8. Marty Yates, $129,898; 9. Paul David Tierney, $118,792; 10. Rhen Richard, $112,528.

 
 
2022 WNFR – Round 1 Highlights
Sage Newman & Big Stone Rodeo's RubelsThree of the six Canadian bronc riders at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo hit the pay window in first go-round action. On a night that saw three of the top four placings coming on Canadian horses, Dawson Hay on Outlaw Buckers’ Lunatic Party and two-time World titleist, Zeke Thurston, split 2/3 and collected $20,053 each. Kolby Wanchuk rode Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Double Red to fourth place and $12,125. Montana’s Sage Newman padded his lead atop the world standings with an outstanding 89 points on Big Stone Rodeo’s Rubels to win the round and the sizable $28,914 first place cheque. The other three Canadians on the roster, Kole Ashbacher, Logan Hay and Layton Green, all made qualified rides but finished out of the money.

Six-time World Champion bareback rider, Kaycee Field, wasted no time in getting after another title. The Utah superstar posted an 87.5 for a first place $28,914 payday. Canadian Orin Larsen collected a fourth place $12,125 to kickstart his NFR.

In the bull riding, two-time and reigning Canadian Champion, Jared Parsonage, matched up with Summit Pro Rodeo’s Grey Denim for 81.5 points on the Maple Creek, Saskatchewan cowboy’s first-ever NFR appearance. Parsonage finished just out of the money as Tristen Hutchings topped the field with an electric 90.5 point effort.

Other round winners from the first night were Nick Guy (3.8 seconds) in steer wrestling, three-time and reigning tie down roping champ, Caleb Smidt (7.5 seconds), team ropers JR Dees and Levi Lord (4.3 seconds) and Wenda Johnson with a blistering 13.57 run in barrel racing.

Check back tomorrow (Dec 2) evening for more National Finals Rodeo action.
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2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Results

Round 1, Dec. 1

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Bareback Riding: First round: 1. Kaycee Feild, 87.5 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics’ Bronc Riding Nation, $28,914; 2. Jess Pope, 87, $22,851; 3. Tilden Hooper, 86.5, $17,255; 4. Orin Larsen, 86, $12,125; 5. (tie) Tim O’Connell and Cole Franks, 85.5, $6,063; 7. (tie) Rocker Steiner, Clayton Biglow and Ty Breuer, 85; 10. (tie) Cole Reiner, R.C. Landingham and Garrett Shadbolt, 83.5; 13. Tanner Aus, 82; 14. Caleb Bennett, 79; 15. Leighton Berry, 72.5. World standings: 1. Jess Pope, $192,110; 2. Cole Reiner, $170,971; 3. Kaycee Feild, $170,056; 4. Caleb Bennett, $157,290; 5. Tim O’Connell; $145,625; 6. Rocker Steiner; $144,328; 7. R.C. Landingham, $140,524; 8. Tilden Hooper, $140,443; 9. Leighton Berry, $140,194; 10. Tanner Aus, $137,132; 11. Orin Larsen, $133,784; 12. Cole Franks, $132,489; 13. Clayton Biglow, $119,820; 14. Ty Breuer, $114,195; 15. Garrett Shadbolt, $113,949.

Steer Wrestling: First round: 1. Nick Guy, 3.8 seconds, $28,914; 2. Jesse Brown, 4.0, $22,851; 3. Stetson Jorgensen, 4.2, $17,255; 4. Ty Erickson, 4.5, $12,125; 5. (tie) Tristan Martin and Kyle Irwin, 4.7, $6,063 each; 7. Rowdy Parrott, 5.1; 8. Hunter Cure, 5.5; 9. Tyler Waguespack, 5.9; 10. Dakota Eldridge, 6.0; 11. J.D. Struxness, 6.8; 12. Dirk Tavenner, 7.0; 13. Tanner Brunner, 11.60; 14. Will Lummus, 13.9; 15. Timmy Sparing, NT. World standings: 1. Stetson Jorgensen, $161,916; 2. Tyler Waguespack, $133,872; 3. J.D. Struxness, $133,649; 4. Ty Erickson, $129,909; 5. Will Lummus, $129,781; 6. Jesse Brown, $125,564; 7. Tristan Martin, $120,615; 8. Hunter Cure, $119,529; 9. Nick Guy, $116,935; 10. Kyle Irwin, $114,417; 11. Dakota Eldridge, $114, 098; 12. Tanner Brunner, $106,271; 13. Rowdy Parrott, $94,861; 14. Dirk Tavenner, $94,532; 15. Timmy Sparing, $91,312.

Team Roping: First round: 1. Jr. Dees/Levi Lord, 4.3 seconds, $28,914; 2. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 4.5, $22,851; 3. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.7, $17,255; 4. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.2, $12,125; 5. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.3, $7,462; 6. Coleman Proctor/Logan Medlin, 5.6, $4,664; 7. Tanner Tomlinson/Patrick Smith, 9.4; 8. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 9.5; 9. Lightning Aguilera/Jonathan Torres, 14.4; 10. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves and Rhen Richard/Jeremy Buhler, Tyler Wade/Trey Yates, Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, Clay Smith/Jake Long and Jake Orman/Brye Crites, NT. World standings (headers): 1. Kaleb Driggers, $255,133; 2. Clay Tryan, $177,514; 3. Andrew Ward, $146,744; 4. Jr. Dees, $134,959; 5. Coleman Proctor, $125,355; 6. Tanner Tomlinson, $117,368; 7. Dustin Egusquiza, $116,022; 8. Cody Snow, $109,304; 9. Rhen Richard, $109,279; 10. Tyler Wade, $108,573; 11. Lightning Aguilera, $100,421; 12. Riley Minor, $99,022; 13. Clay Smith, $98,852; 14. Chad Masters, $97,444; 15. Jake Orman, $95,067. World standings (heeler): 1. Junior Nogueira, $255,133; 2. Buddy Hawkins II, $145,201; 3. Jade Corkill, $143,706; 4. Jake Long, $140,332; 5. Levi Lord, $136,357; 6. Logan Medlin, $125,355; 7. Patrick Smith, $117,368; 8. Travis Graves, $116,737; 9. Jeremy Buhler, $110,214; 10. Wesley Thorp, $109,304; 11. Trey Yates, $105,011; 12. Joseph Harrison, $102,115; 13. Brady Minor, $99,022; 14. Brye Crites, $96,410; 15. Jonathan Torres, $92,968.

Saddle Bronc Riding: First round: 1. Sage Newman, 89 points on Big Stone Rodeo Inc.’s Rubels, $28,914; 2. (tie) Zeke Thurston and Dawson Hay, 87.5, $20,053 each; 4. Kolby Wanchuk, 87, $12,125; 5. (tie) Brody Cress and Lefty Holman, 86.5, $6,063 each; 7. (tie) Stetson Wright and Kole Ashbacher, 85; 9. Kade Bruno, 84.5; 10. Wyatt Casper, 83.5; 11. Logan Hay, 82; 12. Layton Green, 80.5; 13. Tanner Butner, 80; 14. Ryder Wright, 77.5; 15. Chase Brooks, NS. World standings: 1. Sage Newman, $292,105; 2. Stetson Wright, $203,120; 3. Brody Cress, $198,707; 4. Zeke Thurston, $173,891; 5. Ryder Wright, $171,920; 6. Lefty Holman, $166,042; 7. Kolby Wanchuk, $153,261; 8. Logan Hay, $149,441; 9. Layton Green, $148,993; 10. Kade Bruno, $147,726; 11. Dawson Hay, $141,771; 12. Wyatt Casper, $133,802; 13. Kole Ashbacher, $127,543; 14. Chase Brooks, $123,992; 15. Tanner Butner, $113,739.

Tie-Down Roping: First round: 1. Caleb Smidt, 7.5 seconds, $28,914; 2. Kincade Henry, 8.1, $22,851; 3. Hunter Herrin, 8.5, $17,255; 4. Riley Webb, 8.7, $12,125; 5. (tie) Haven Meged and Cory Solomon, 8.8, $6,063 each; 7. Ty Harris, 9.6; 8. (tie) Marty Yates and Zack Jongbloed, 10.1; 10. Shad Mayfield, 11.2; 11. Macon Murphy, 12.4; 12. Tyler Milligan, 17.1; 13. Shane Hanchey, 19.9; 14. (tie) John Douch and Tuf Cooper, NT. World standings: 1. Shad Mayfield, $213,508; 2. Caleb Smidt, $188,430; 3. John Douch, $176,729; 4. Haven Meged, $172,090; 5. Shane Hanchey, $142,782; 6. Hunter Herrin, $142,026; 7. Riley Webb, $139,631; 8. Cory Solomon, $139,388; 9. Zack Jongbloed, $135,251; 10. Kincade Henry, $134,797; 11. Tuf Cooper, $134,382; 12. Marty Yates, $132,272; 13. Tyler Milligan, $128,708; 14. Ty Harris, $124,895; 15. Macon Murphy, $115,793.

Barrel Racing: First round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 13.57 seconds, $28,914; 2. Kassie Mowry, 13.65, $22,851; 3. Jordon Briggs, 13.70, $17,255; 4.   Leslie Smalygo, 13.80, $12,125; 5. Emily Beisel, 13.82, $7,462; 6. Dona Kay Rule, 13.91, $4,664; 7. Margo Crowther, 13.92; 8. Bayleigh Choate, 13.97; 9. Lisa Lockhart, 13.98; 10. Shelley Morgan, 14.04; 11. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 14.09; 12. Stevi Hillman, 14.17; 13. Sissy Winn, 14.19; 14. Jessica Routier, 14.40; 15. Hailey Kinsel, 18.89. World standings: 1. Jordon Briggs, $205,034; 2. Wenda Johnson, $160,508; 3. Dona Kay Rule, $142,105; 4. Stevi Hillman, $130,602; 5. Hailey Kinsel, $129,390; 6. Kassie Mowry, $125,404; 7. Shelley Morgan, $120,461; 8. Sissy Winn, $111,848; 9. Emily Beisel, $111,426; 10. Margo Crowther, $106,871; 11. Leslie Smalygo, $106,578; 12. Bayleigh Choate, $100,893; 13. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $98,432; 14. Jessica Routier, $96,863; 15. Lisa Lockhart, $94,871.

Bull Riding: First round: 1. Tristen Hutchings, 90.5 points on Stockyards Pro Rodeo’s Party Animal, $28,914; 2. Jeff Askey, 90, $22,851; 3. Trevor Kastner, 89, $17,255; 4. Josh Frost, 88, $12,125; 5. Trey Kimzey, 86, $7,462; 6. Stetson Wright, 83.5, $4,664; 7. Garrett Smith, 82.5; 8. Jared Parsonage, 81.5; 9. (tie) Maverick Potter, Ky Hamilton, Trey Holston, JR Stratford, Creek Young, Lukasey Morris, Reid Oftedahl, Cole Fischer, NS. World standings: 1. Stetson Wright, $335,262; 2. Josh Frost, $250,682; 3. Jeff Askey, $216,848; 4. Tristen Hutchings, $166,897; 5. Garrett Smith, $151,658; 6. Trevor Kastner, $150,795; 7. Trey Kimzey, $130,648; 8. Maverick Potter, $126,065; 9. Ky Hamilton, $122,651; 10. Jared Parsonage, $122,314; 11. Trey Holston, $118,892; 12. JR Stratford, $117,061; 13. Creek Young, $110,670; 14. Lukasey Morris, $110,667; 15. Reid Oftedahl, $107,944; 16. Cole Fischer, $106,330.

 
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - presented by Teton Ridge - Kicks Off Tonight!
NFRDec 1, 2022 - 120 of the world’s best rodeo athletes—nine of them Canadian—take centre stage tonight at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas for the first of ten rounds at the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

All of those cowboys and cowgirls have two things in mind—the gold buckle that symbolizes a world title and a share of the $10.9 million prize money that will be doled out over the ten go rounds that wrap on Saturday, December 10.

The Canadian maple leaf will make its presence felt, not only on Canadian Night at the December 8 performance but with a solid contingent of contestants—six bronc riders, one bareback rider, one team roper (heeler) and one bull rider—all intent on adding their names to the page of rodeo history that will be written over the next then days.
The last time there were six Canadians on the bronc riding roster was 1968 in Oklahoma City; it was a year that saw one of the six, the legendary Kenny McLean, capture the average championship.

Joining the Canadians at this year’s Finals are a select group of CPRA members and CFR qualifiers. They include Texan, Ty Harris, who captured the Canadian Tie-Down Roping championship just weeks ago in Red Deer, four-time Canadian champion, Shane Hanchey in tie down roping and Lisa Lockhart in barrel racing and 2022 Canadian and World Rookie of the Year, barrel racer Bayleigh Choate.

Canadian stock contractors will send forty-two of their four-legged superstars to Las Vegas including all of this year’s Canadian champions: Duane Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Alberta Prime Devil’s Advocate, Macza Pro Rodeo’s OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks in bareback riding and the much-celebrated OLS Tubs Get Smart in the bronc riding. The little horse with the huge heart will be making his final appearance before Ward Macza and company usher Get Smart into a well-deserved retirement.

Look for nightly results, highlights and images every night at rodeocanada.com


Congratulations 2022 National Finals Rodeo Athletes & Stock Selections/Stock Contractors, among them Canadian Champions & CFR Qualifiers:

CPRA MEMBER NFR QUALIFIERS
SADDLE BRONC BAREBACK TIE DOWN ROPING TEAM ROPING
Zeke Thurston Caleb Bennett Shane Hanchey Jeremy Buhler
Logan Hay Leighton Berry Tuf Cooper Rhen Richard
Layton Green Orin Larsen Ty Harris  
Kolby Wanchuk   Haven Meged BARREL RACING
Kole Ashbacher BULL RIDING   Bayleigh Choate
Dawson Hay Jared Parsonage BREAKAWAY ROPING Lisa Lockhart
  Garrett Smith Shelby Boisjoli  

CANADIAN ROUGH STOCK SELECTIONS
BAREBACK RIDING    
A-91 Agent Lynx Calgary Stampede
A-6 Annual News Calgary Stampede
A-47 Arbitrator Joe Calgary Stampede
601 Black Feathers C5 Rodeo
C19 Free Shipping Outlawbuckers Rodeo
156 Illegal Smile Legend Rodeo Stock
G7 Little Rotten Duane Kesler
313 Mayhem Big Stone Rodeo Inc.
118 OLS Tubs Stevie Knicks Macza Pro Rodeo
44- Sesame Street C5 Rodeo
307 Snap Chat Wayne Vold Rodeo
520 Sunday Sinner C5 Rodeo
73 True Grit Wayne Vold Rodeo
122 Turn Back Time Outlawbuckers Rodeo
F13 Virgil C5 Rodeo
X-9 Xplosive Skies Calgary Stampede
Y-92 Yippee Kibitz Calgary Stampede
     
SADDLE BRONC RIDING    
32 Alberta Moon Wayne Vold
446 Chucky Duane Kesler
C-9 Cloudy Skies Calgary Stampede
C-78 Come Along Calgary Stampede
0 Double D C5 Rodeo
476 Double Red Duane Kesler
52 Elvira Wayne Vold Rodeo
333- Kitty Whistle C5 Rodeo
508 Lunatic Party Outlawbuckers Rodeo
242 OLS Tubs Get Smart Macza Pro Rodeo
53 One More Reason Wayne Vold Rodeo
711 Rubels Big Stone Rodeo Inc.
T-77 Tokyo Bubbles Calgary Stampede
3003 Trump Card C5 Rodeo
W-1 Weekend Departure Calgary Stampede
W-16 Wild Cherry Calgary Stampede
Y-38 Yesterdays Delivery Calgary Stampede
Z-63 Zastron Acres Calgary Stampede
Z-37 Zoaria Hills Calgary Stampede
     
BULL RIDING    
690 Afraid to Nod Outlawbuckers Rodeo
731 Alberta Prime Devil's Advocate Duane Kesler
502 By The Batch Wayne Vold
409 Mr. Clean Big Stone Rodeo Inc.
15 OLS Tubs Sunny Macza Pro Rodeo
639 OLS Tubs Ugly Wish Macza Pro Rodeo
     
* list is subject to change    


Congratulations to Canadian athletes & stock who were recognized by the PRCA as 2022 year end award winners and top five contenders:
 
* Dashin Haze (Tyson) - owned by Curtis Cassidy - Nutrena Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year presented by the AQHA. 2nd time Tyson has earned this honour
* Tyler Kraft - Alternate NFR Pick-Up Man
* Bareback Riding Horse of the Year - Reserve/2nd - OLS Tubs Stevie Nicks, Macza Pro Rodeo
* Saddle Bronc Riding Horse of the Year - Reserve/2nd - OLS Tubs Get Smart, Macza Pro Rodeo
* Piper Yule & Madison MacDonald (Dress Act of Year Top 5 Finalist)
 
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