July 13, 2015
• BRAZILE WATCH: Even with available prize money down by more than half from Cowboy Christmas levels of nearly $3.7 million a week ago, Trevor Brazile didn't have any appreciable drop-off. The 21-time world champion earned $16,788 for the week of July 6-12, winning titles in two of his three events and earning checks in all three. He won the steer roping and finished fourth in the tie-down roping at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo for $9,962 and the all-around title. Brazile also claimed the all-around at the Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colo., where he earned $6,588 by winning the team roping with Patrick Smith and finishing second to Jordan Ketscher by a tenth-of-a-second in the tie-down roping. With an additional check in the team roping at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo in Casper, Brazile upped his season total to $124,964 and his lead over Tuf Cooper in the all-around world standings to $56,660. He is third in steer roping, third among team roping headers and 12th in tie-down roping.
• BIG GAME HUNTER: A win in the second round of the Sheridan WYO Rodeo was the only check Hunter Herrin earned this weekend, but the $2,446 he collected was enough to push him into the tie-down roping world standings lead over Timber Moore by $2,273. Herrin is the third tie-down roper to hold the lead in the last month, Moore having taken over from Cory Solomon on June 29.
• BORING HE IS NOT: Saddle bronc rider Allen Boore figured out the very best way to bounce back from a disappointing Cowboy Christmas: go out and win three rodeos. His titles in Sheridan, Wyo.; Nephi, Utah, and Elko, Nev., last week netted him $8,850, way more than the $3,030 that he banked over the Fourth of July week and just enough to move him up from 17th to 14th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. Boore, of Axtell, Utah, has a season total of $38,016, which is more than his first two seasons as a card-holder (2013-14) combined.
• BY ALL WRIGHTS: With a second-place finish in Vernal, Utah, and another check in Casper, Wyo., two-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Cody Wright moved up to 25th in the world standings, giving the Wright clan six of the top 25 spots in that event. Cody follows his son, Rusty (sixth), his brothers, reigning World Champion Spencer Wright (fourth), Jake Wright (eighth), and 2012 World Champion Jesse Wright (20th), along with his brother-in-law, CoBurn Bradshaw (23rd). The margin between Cody, just coming back to form after time off due to injury, and the 15th spot in the standings is $16,881.
• PEEK-ING AT THE RIGHT TIME: Looking to make his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 2010, Josh Peek helped his cause greatly over the weekend with steer wrestling wins in Nephi, Utah, and Vernal, Utah, along with a round win in Casper, Wyo. It all added up to $7,234, bumping him from 15th a week ago to the No. 8 spot in the world standings. Peek, of Pueblo, Colo., also earned $1,502 for finishing third in the tie-down roping in Nephi and is eighth in the all-around world standings.
• FASTER THAN YOU CAN SAY WESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE COLLEGE: WOSC sophomore Jacob Edler, 21, posted the fastest steer wrestling time of the 2015 PRCA season when he won the July 9-11 Heart of the North Rodeo in Spooner, Wis., with a time of 3.2 seconds. It was a tenth-of-a-second quicker than the previous season-best shared by Jake Rinehart, Justin Shaffer, Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin. Conditions were so fast in Spooner that it took a 3.9-second run to land in the top five and a 4.4 to earn a check for eighth place.
• STAY AT HOME COWBOY: Without ever leaving his home state of Wyoming, bull rider Bobby Welsh won checks at three rodeos last week and moved from 30th to 20th in the world standings, vastly improving his chances of making it back to the Wrangler NFR for the first time since 2011. Welsh, 31, won the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo in Casper with an 89-point ride on Rocky Mountain Rodeo's Compact and also earned checks in Laramie and Sheridan.
• OHL MY! Six-time World Champion Cody Ohl, fighting his way back from a severe hamstring injury suffered at the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo last month that forced him to miss most of Cowboy Christmas, earned a second-place check in Sheridan, Wyo., worth $4,919.
• BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN: Hillsboro, Texas, bareback rider Jake Brown won at least a share of both rounds at the Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo and with his average check added in, he left Casper with $6,027. He followed that with another win at the Cattlemen's Days Rodeo in Gunnison, Colo., and a check at the Sheridan WYO Rodeo to finish the week with $7,487 in greenbacks to vault from 17th place in the world standings all the way to 10th.