Western Industry News | June 8

Western Industry News Updates for May 31 – June 8, 2022

It’s been a busy couple of weeks but it’s time to get back into it. Below we dive into the Pro Rodeo Standings, Rodeo News, PBR Team Roster Updates and so much more! A lot has happened since the last update so let’s jump right in.

Rodeo News

Below you will find all of the updates from the previous week with any and all rodeo news. This includes rodeo athlete updates, event updates, rodeo standings updates, and more!

Rocker Steiner Announced Winner of Darby Riggin Rally

This was weekend was the long-awaited Dary Riggin Rally, held in Darby Montana. A couple of years ago, the Steiner family had the novel idea to produce an event strictly for bareback riders, which was unheard of. Now a regularly occurring event, Riggin Rally gives an opportunity to bareback riders and horses to show up and do what they do best. This last weekend, we saw Rocker Steiner steal the Riggin Rally win with a record-breaking 95-point ride on good ole Virgil. In case you didn’t know, a 95-point ride is the highest scored ride we have ever seen in the history of the sport. Read the full release here.

Credit to ProRodeo.com

NFR Breakaway Championships Relocating to the South Point Hotel & Casino for 2022

We were all rooting for the NFR to finally bring in breakaway for the performances, but unfortunately, that won’t be happening this year. It does get a little better though, you can expect to find the NFR World Champion Breakaway Ropers competing at the South Point Hotel and Casino on November 29 & 30th, 2022. This sets this event up to take place just a couple of days prior to the NFR kicking off whereas last year, it was held concurrently with the NFR itself. It will be interesting to check out the new format and if you have any thoughts on this, make sure to drop them below and read the full release here.

PRCA Rodeo Athlete & Standings Updates

This summer is going to be a huge run for most athletes. With the cost of fuel, athletes are having to pick and choose which events they want to go to. It would be interesting to get an inside perspective on how they pick which rodeos to go to. I know for a fact, that they don’t have that chance as they will attend any event that gets them closer to the NFR. The regular PRCA season ends September 30th, which means the 2023 season will actually start in October.

  • All Around – Changes in the Top 5 – Being led by Stetson Wright with $209,478.89 Your other top five leaders include 2. Zack Jongbloed, 3. Rhen Richard, 4. Paul David Tierney holds fourth (moved up from last week) and Taylor Santos holds fifth in the all-around standings. We are seeing Taylor and Paul consistently switching between 4th and 5th.
  • Bareback Riding – No changes from last week – Jess “The Pope” is leading the bareback standings with $110,610.52. Clayton Biglow brings up the number two spot with $65,749.15 and Cole Reiner moves up to third, with $63,056.68 in earnings. Your top three bareback riders are completely solid and moving up at the same pace. All three of your top three won money in the last couple of week. Cole Franks and Tim O’Connell are closing their gap in the number four and five positions.
  • Saddle Bronc Riding – Sage Newman still holds the lead for saddle bronc with $129,637.30 in earnings. Sage earned roughly $20K in the last couple of weeks so we saw a HUGE jump there for him as he clenches the number one spot even further. If things weren’t shaken up enough, we saw Brody Cress move into the number two spot with Stetson Wright right on his heels. This standing will likely change with only $1K between the 2 and 3 spot. Your other top five competitors are still 4. Wyatt Casper and 5. Ryder Wright.
  • Bull Riding Stetson Wright is still holding a solid front lead with $149,962.16 in earnings. We did see some movement in the rest of your top five, the standings are now 2. Josh Frost with $116,703.84 (moved up from third), 3. Sage Kimzey with $110,806.38 (moved down from second), 4. Jeff Askey and 5. Roscoe Jarboe.
  • Steer Wrestling – No changes from last week – Hunter has been leading the steer wrestling pack with $70,633.69 for the last couple of weeks but Tyler Waguespack is closing Hunter’s lead in second place with $65,989.16. Your other top steer wrestlers are 3. Tristan Martin, 4. J.D. Struxness, and 5. Tanner Brunner.
  • Team Roping – No changes from last week – Team roping has been pretty stagnant in your top three the last several weeks. On the heading side, Kaleb Driggers is STILL holding the number one spot with $79,993.41 and Junior Nogueria on the heeling side with $79,993.42. Your other top five teams are: 2. Tryan/Long, 3. Ward/Hawkins, 4. Aguilera/Torres, and 5. Snow/Thorp.
  • Tie Down – No changes from last week – Let’s hear it for John Douch! He is still in the lead for the tie-down standings with a solid $94,681.88. Shad “money” Mayfield is holding 2nd place with $70,592.32 with Tyler Milligan right behind him with $69,776.00. We saw Tuf Cooper move to the number four spot sitting with $65,600.28. Your number five tie down roper is still Marty Yates.

Upcoming Rodeos

Professional Bull Riding News

Now that the PBR Finals have come and gone, the sole focus of the PBR will now be on their team series which kicked off two weeks ago. Moving forward, you can expect team updates and updates on scoring. Below I will be covering how the team rosters will be constructed and what to expect in the coming weeks.

PBR Team Series Updates

  • All eight founding teams have yet to fill their rosters which will end up consisting of 12 riders total, seven Protected Roster riders and five Practice Squad riders.
  • The season opener event will take place at Cheyenne Frontier Days July 25-26, 2022.
  • During the regular season, each event day will feature all teams competing in games. The game format will be five-on-five, head-to-head matchups between two teams. There will be four games (i.e., eight teams) per event day.
  • You can view this press release for all of the information on this new season of PBR.
Credit to PBR.com

PBR Team Series Rosters

Below is the full breakdown of team rosters as of June 8, 2022.

  • Austin Gamblers Riders: 10/12 spots filled
    • Jose Vito Leme
    • Austin Richardson
    • Lucas Divino
    • Claudio Montanha Jr.
    • Conner Halverson
    • Dakota Louis
    • Ezekiel Mitchell
    • Griffin Smeltzer
    • Blake Smith
    • Elijah Mora
  • Nashville Stampede: 11/12 spots filled
    • Matt Triplett
    • Aaron Williams
    • Dustin Ortiz
    • Mason Moody
    • Thiago Salgado
    • Jaxton Mortenson
    • Joao Lucas
    • Manoelito De Souza
    • Ryan Dirteater
    • Dener Barbosa
    • Kaique Pacheco
  • Texas Rattlers: 9/12 spots filled
    • Joao Ricardo Vieira
    • Cody Jesus
    • Brady Oleson
    • Brady Fielder
    • JC Mortensen
    • Ednelio Almeida
    • Rafael Jose de Brito
    • Marco Juarez
    • Travis Wimberley
  • Kansas City Outlaws: 10/12 spots filled
    • Dalton Kasel
    • Kyler Oliver
    • Rafael de Santos
    • Bob Mitchell
    • Tate Pollmeier
    • Dustin Martinez
    • Marcus Mast
    • Cole Melancon
    • Sam Woodall
    • Clancy Hart
  • Missouri Thunder: FULL ROSTER
    • Colten Fritzlan
    • Clayton Sellars
    • Cody Teel
    • Andrew Alvidrez
    • Jesse Petri
    • Luke Parkinson
    • Marcelo Procopio
    • Fletcher Jowers
    • Callum Miller
    • Leandro Machado
    • Jestyn Woodward
    • Adriano Salgado
  • Arizona Ridge Riders: FULL ROSTER
    • Luciano de Castro
    • Mauricio Moreira
    • Eduardo Aparecido
    • Chase Dougherty
    • Marco Eguchi
    • Sandro Batista
    • Koltin Hevalow
    • Alisson de Souza
    • Josh Steele
    • Ross Freeman
    • Tyce Willis
    • Vitor Losnake
  • Carolina Cowboys: 10/12 spots filled
    • Daylon Swearingen
    • Mason Taylor
    • Boudreaux Campbell
    • Ramon de Lima
    • Cannon Cravens
    • Cooper Davis
    • Junior Patrick Souza
    • Lane Nobles
    • Wingson da Silva
    • Nathan Hatchel
  • Oklahoma Freedom: 11/12 spots filled
    • Eli Vastbinder
    • Derek Kolbaba
    • Chase Outlaw
    • Briggs Madsen
    • Caden Bunch
    • Jess Lockwood
    • Shawn Bennett Jr.
    • Deklan Garland
    • Trevor Kastner
    • Kyle McDaniel
    • Kasy Roberts

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Western Industry News Recap, looking forward to reporting weekly so make sure to check back!

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