Western Industry Updates | May 9

Western Industry News Updates for May 2 – May 9, 2022

Welcome to the Weekly Western Industry News Recap. In this series, you can find everything you need to know about rodeo, western sports, business, and events going on in the western industry. In addition, I hope to be providing exclusive interviews and stories along the way so if you have a story idea, please drop them in the comments!

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!

Rodeo Athlete & Standings Updates

  • All Around is being led by Stetson Wright with $205,299.64 (No changes). Your other top five leaders include 2. Zack Jongbloed, 3. Rhen Richard, 4. Paul David Tierney and Taylor Santos hold fourth and fifth in the all-around standings.
  • Bareback Riding – Jess “The Pope” is leading the bareback standings with $98,300.61. Clayton Biglow brings up the number two spot with$59,454.36 and Cole Reiner moves up to third, with $57,889.03 in earnings. These standings have been a bit slow the last couple of weeks as we haven’t seen much change so far.
  • Saddle Bronc Riding – Sage Newman still holds the lead for saddle bronc with $113,703.74 in earnings and doesn’t look like he’s letting up any time soon. The lead for saddle bronc is growing with a $20,000 gap between Sage and Stetson Wright, who is second in the standings right now. Your other top five competitors are 3. Wyatt Casper (moved up from 5th), 4. Brody Cress (moved up since last week) 5. Brody Cress (moved down from third).
  • Bull Riding – Stetson Wright is holding a tight lead with $148,563.70 in earnings. Your top five competitors are now 2. Sage Kimzey with $110,410.80 (up from third), 3. Josh Frost with $105,080.17 (moved down from 2nd), 4. Jeff Askey (moved up from 5th) and 5. Roscoe Jarboe (moved down).
  • Steer Wrestling – Hunter has been leading the steer wrestling pack with $69,243.85 for the last couple of weeks but Tyler Waguespack is not far behind him with $63,238.79 and closing the gap quickly. I am predicting that Tyler takes the number one spot this week unless we see Hunter take another win.
  • Team Roping – Team roping has been on fire this month. On the heading side, Kaleb Driggers is holding the number one spot with $79,993.41 and Junior Nogueria on the heeling side with $79,993.42. Jake and Clay aren’t far behind in second place! (No changes).
  • Tie Down – New fan favorite, John Douch is still in the lead for the tie-down standings with a solid $89,858.74. As far as second and third, it has been changing every week. Shad “money” Mayfield snuck back up into 2nd place with $69,531.66 with Tuf Cooper right on his heels with $65,600.28.

My personal thoughts on the current standings and rodeo schedule are that right now we are seeing a lot of county rodeos and smaller rodeos. I think that the top competitors are taking a break from the 10-14 long stock shows that just finished and are taking it easy heading into Cowboy Christmas which is right around the corner. At that point, you will start seeing these standings make a little more movement. Do you have thoughts on this? Let me know below!

Upcoming Rodeos

Professional Bull Riding News

Below is everything you need to know from last week in the PBR as we head into the finals this coming weekend. Who will be the new World Champion? Wanna take bets? Drop your ideas below!

PBR Bull Standings

I really thought the race for the YETI World Champion Bull couldn’t get any tighter, but I was proved wrong. Ridin Solo and Woopaa are currently TIED heading into the World Finals. So when I say it is anyone’s game, I mean it really is anyone’s game. Best of luck to the bulls and cowboys this weekend!

PBR Standings – Top 10

Can we talk about Daylon moving into the number one spot heading into the finals?! Talk about a comeback, he has worked his butt off to get there with about a $60K spread between him and Joao. Only time and the finals will tell who will be the champion!

RankNameCountryPointsPoints behind leaderEarningseventswinsoutsrides
1DAYLON SWEARINGENUSA884.49$303,481.633356831
2JOÃO RICARDO VIEIRABRA875.50-8.99$243,2713056128
3KAIQUE PACHECOBRA795-89.49$199,1942224525
4JOSE VITOR LEMEBRA623.50-260.99$159,737.391933819
5KYLER OLIVERUSA610.50-273.99$141,270.952234219
6LUCIANO DE CASTROBRA593-291.49$91,799.812735424
7MAURICIO GULLA MOREIRABRA592.50-291.99$141,118.212524618
8DALTON KASELUSA585.50-298.99$138,249.332835020
9AUSTIN RICHARDSONUSA549.50-334.99$127,645.481823614
10ELI VASTBINDERUSA465.16-419.33$61,095.112825323

Upcoming PBR Events

  • PBR WORLD FINALS: UNLEASH THE BEAST | FORT WORTH, TX | DICKIES ARENA | MAY 13 – 22

New PBR Team Series Draft

The 2022 PBR Team Series Draft, presented by ZipRecruiter, is set to take place immediately following World Finals on May 23 at Texas Live! in Arlington, Texas, starting at 6 pm. The eight founding teams of the inaugural PBR Team Series will be participating in an initial five-round draft, beginning the process of selecting which riders will be riding for them once the season begins.

General Western Industry News

This section of our Western Industry News recap includes anything and everything going on in the industry. If you would like to be featured, please send me an email and I would be happy to give you a shoutout in the next article. Lots of rodeos news in the last couple of weeks!

Award-Winning Bullfighter Dusty Tuckness is Recovering From his Broken Leg

The 10-time PRCA Bullfighter of the Year looked down at his left leg, knowing it was broken after Sankey ProRodeo and Phenom Genetics bull Bouchon stepped on him as he stepped in to help Braden Richardson escape following his Round 9 ride at the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge and knew it was a major injury. Read the full story on PRCA’s Website.

Upcoming Rookie of the Year: Statler Wright Snags First Title

Wright, the latest to join the PRCA in a family full of successful saddle bronc riders, posted an 88.5-point ride aboard Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Border Town at the historic Cowtown Coliseum during the Cowboy Channel’s newest event, Rookie Round-Up presented by Resistol. Statler is the next athlete with the last name Wright to make a splash in the ranks just as his family has done so far. Read the full story here.

Frost Aiming to Qualify for PBR World Finals and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Josh Frost is right in the mix for a PRCA world title, but the No. 2 ranked bull rider in the PRCA is not going to miss out on a chance at qualifying for the 2022 PBR World Finals on May 13-22 in Fort Worth, Texas. According to Wrangler Network, there are several different ways that Frost can get there, so he is going to be one to watch to see if he squeaks into the finals. Get the full story here.

Pro Rodeo Sports News Releases First Round Picks in New Rodeo Draft

According to ProRodeo.com, they were inspired by the NFL Draft Picks and wanted to throw out their own list of draft picks. For the first round, they chose Roughstock Riders and Timed Event Competitors. Here’s who they chose:

Roughstock Picks

  • Billy Etbauer, 5-time PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding World Champ, 51 National Finals Rodeo round wins
  • Kaycee Feild, 6-time PRCA Bareback Riding World Champ, event-record 27 NFR round wins
  • Donnie Gay, PRCA record holder with eight bull riding world titles, also had 16 NFR round wins
  • Ty Murray, nine-time PRCA All-Around World Champ; two in bull riding
  • Jim Shoulders, 16-time PRCA World Champion – five all-around, seven bull riding and four in bareback riding

Timed-Event Picks

  • Guy Allen, 18 steer roping PRCA World Championships 
  • Trevor Brazile, 26 PRCA World Championships; ProRodeo’s only $7-million cowboy, has 26 gold buckles that include a PRCA-record 14 in all-around, three in tie-down roping and one in team roping and eight in steer roping.
  • Cody Ohl, six world championships, one all-around, five in tie-down roping, 55 NFR round wins
  • Dean Oliver, 11 world championships; eight in tie-down roping; three in tie-down roping
  • Roy Cooper, known as Super Looper, eight world titles, six in tie-down roping, one in steer roping and one all-around

The Western Industry Women’s Summit

Hosted by Sophie Sulzer, this virtual summit was announced last week and looks like it’s going to be magical! Featuring 12 rock star women of the western industry over the course of two days, it sounds like it’s going to be jam-packed with great information. See below for more information!

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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