#MotivationalMonday – NFR Style

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Motivational Monday

With the National Finals Rodeo just around the corner, three days away to be exact, I decided there was no better time to showcase a little Motivational Monday – pro rodeo style.

Yes today may be Monday, where all around the country people dreaded the return to work after a Thanksgiving Day break (at least I hope you were lucky enough to have a holiday break), but in the pro rodeo world it’s time to pack up and head to the infamous Thomas and Mack Arena. I myself had to mentally drag myself out of bed this morning. Thousands of people spent the holiday break eating entirely too much and many partook in a long weekend of Black Friday shopping where they were up at the rooster’s crow, stood in line, pushed, shoved and battled for the best deals in the retail world! Most ironic about this American pastime is that not only were thousands of people running and fighting for all those awesome deals to get that perfect Christmas present, or the best new electronic out there, but they were doing this only one day after (or in many cases the same day!) that we have all should have spent giving thanks to our friends, families, loved ones and The Lord for all the blessings we already have in our lives.

Anyway, at risk of going into a rant about the ridiculousness that Black Friday has become, I will continue with today’s Motivational Monday.

So, three days away from the opening ceremonies of possibly the greatest annual rodeo event in the world it seems only appropriate to hit the highlights of the top 15 in each event who will be present this year in Las Vegas! These men and women are prime examples of what Motivational Monday is all about, (at least in my mind). Every time I put together a Motivational Monday picture, or every time I put a leg over The Pony, I think about what it would be like to be in the top 15 in the world. Every time my hand touches my rope and every first-stride out of the box I think about world championship titles. Those are my dreams and my motivation and I think I’m correct in assuming they are the dreams of many of you out there. So, without further hesitation, here are the best examples of motivation in the rodeo industry.

Being a bit of a “die-hard tie-hard” kind of gal as many of you already know about me, I will be starting with my favorite NFR event, the tie-down roping, (if only we could get them to include Breakaway roping in the PRCA… a girl can dream right?)

Leading the world in the calf roping this year is none other than Tuf Cooper from Decatur, Texas. (Now ladies, despite your personal preferences for this young man I have to admit for all of us, he is an exceptional roper.) Coming into the NFR in the top spot with a lead of more than $36,000 over the second place man, Cooper tops the standings with $153,822. Coming in right behind Cooper is Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, with $116,983. And the No. 3 man in the tie-down this year is another Decatur man, that’s right you’ve guessed it, the one and only, arguably the best rodeo athlete of our time, Mr. Trevor Brazile. He’s going into the NFR with $93,849 in the calf roping standings, but in true Brazile fashion he also holds the lead in the All Around, is No. 3 in the Heading and is the No. 1 man in the Steer Roping.

I could talk about each and every event individually and probably every qualifier too, (and maybe I should?) however in order to save you guys from drudging through all my rodeo sentiments I’ll just list the rest of the qualifiers in each event.

2014 WINDHAM WEAPONRY HIGH PERFORMANCE PRCA WORLD STANDINGS

Unofficial through Nov. 17, 2014 *These standings are pending both audit and appeals, and are not official

Tie-down Roping

1. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas – $153,822

2. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho – $116,983

3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas – $93,849

4. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah – $85,893

5. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas – $83,188

6. Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla. – $81,533

7. Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. – $79,687

8. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas – $76,319

9. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas – $74,285

10. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas – $69,596

11. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas – $69,401

12. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas – $68,197

13. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas – $66,317

14. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas – $65,282

15. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash. – $64,240

All-around

1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas – $303,119

2. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas – $158,537

3. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah – $88,683

4. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas – $86,832

5. Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah – $86,668

6. Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. – $80,309

7. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta – $74,496

8. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. – $61,394

9. Russell Cardoza, Terrebonne, Ore. – $56,980

10. Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif. – $56,317

11. Ryan Jarrett, Comanche, Okla. – $55,187

12. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas – $52,422

13. Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. – $46,935

14. Payden Emmett, Ponca, Ark. – $41,062

15. Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. – $39,567

Bareback Riding

1. Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah – $172,384

2. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore. – $126,929

3. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. – $122,717

4. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa – $102,890

5. Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas – $99,013

6. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore. – $95,309

7. Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas – $89,935

8. Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah – $84,225

9. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. – $73,039

10. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. – $70,208

11. Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta – $67,786

12. Jessy Davis, Power, Mont. – $67,686

13. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas – $65,779

14. Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla. – $65,178

15. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. – $64,567

Steer Wrestling

1. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore. – $91,804

2. K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas – $82,055

3. Casey Martin, Sulphur, La. – $80,278

4. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. – $77,754

5. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas – $76,576

6. Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas – $69,216

7. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb. – $67,832

8. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif. – $65,992

9. Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev. – $63,015

10. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. – $59,736

11. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta – $57,449

12. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla. – $57,406

13. Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho – $57,188

14. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo. – $52,933

15. Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont. – $52,470

Team Roping (header)

1. Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont. – $110,181

2. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz. – $101,421

3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas – $101,399

4. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont. – $90,643

5. Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. – $82,889

6. Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga. – $81,470

7. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore. – $79,491

8. Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla. – $76,963

9. Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla. – $75,710

10. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas – $73,062

11. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz. – $72,341

12. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore. – $71,559

13. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas – $69,310

14. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz. – $68,074

15. Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz. – $66,744

Team Roping (heeler)

1. Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev. – $110,181

2. Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz. – $101,769

3. Travis Graves, Jay, Okla. – $101,399

4. Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo. – $93,735

5. Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash. – $82,889

6. Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas – $81,470

7. Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M. – $79,491

8. Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas – $76,963

9. Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan. – $76,710

10. Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo. – $72,618

11. Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla. – $70,062

12. Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas – $65,950

13. Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz. – $62,333

14. Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev. – $60,255

15. Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz. – $58,515

Saddle Bronc Riding

1. Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. – $126,879

2. Cody Wright, Milford, Utah – $111,085

3. Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb. – $102,413

4. Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La. – $92,574

5. Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas – $88,729

6. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa – $83,875

7. Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn. – $77,694

8. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah – $77,495

9. Bradley Harter, Loranger, La. – $74,836

10. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D. – $73,705

11. Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D. – $71,109

12. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La. – $66,683

13. Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah – $60,265

14. Jake Wright, Milford, Utah – $59,795

15. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta – $59,357

Steer Roping

1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas – $112,692

2. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla. – $72,191

3. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla. – $60,017

4. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D. – $58,004

5. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas – $56,341

6. Jason Evans, Huntsville, Texas – $55,739

7. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas – $51,958

8. Brady Garten, Claremore, Okla. – $51,766

9. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz. – $51,517

10. Scott Snedecor, Fredericksburg, Texas – $48,348

11. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan. – $43,152

12. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla. – $42,933

13. Tony Reina, Wharton, Texas – $41,969

14. Brodie Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla. – $36,169

15. Troy Tillard, Douglas, Wyo. – $33,155

Bull Riding

1. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla. – $143,165

2. Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas – $125,547

3. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas – $102,589

4. Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah – $85,634

5. Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla. – $77,830

6. J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas – $77,307

7. Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas – $76,227

8. Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo. – $72,837

9. Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif. – $72,139

10. Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo. – $70,040

11. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah – $69,558

12. Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo. – $67,577

13. Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont. – $67,158

14. Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas – $66,546

15. Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas – $65,039

2014 Barrel Racing (through Nov. 17, 2014)

Barrel racing standings, provided by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), are unofficial, subject to audit and may change. Unofficial WPRA Standings are published by the PRCA as a courtesy. The PRCA is not responsible for the verification or updating of WPRA standings.

1. Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. – $155,280

2. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas – $131,471

3. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. – $121,617

4. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah – $104,289

5. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D. – $102,947

6. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas – $100,645

7. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas – $99,712

8. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. – $93,135

9. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. – $93,048

10. Kassidy Dennison, Roosevelt, Utah – $92,051

11. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo. – $91,736

12. Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas – $90,431

13. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb. – $74,385

14. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas – $70,577

15. Jana Bean, Ft. Hancock, Texas – $70,416

** photo credit:  Official NFR Experience Facebook Page.

 

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