So, I feel like a total slacker! I didn’t post a Motivational Monday and I haven’t posted a re-cap on the National Finals Rodeo yet. And I’m not making any excuses it should have been done, however it seems the universe is punishing me this week, as I have been sick for the majority of the weekend! I spent the entire Monday in bed, only to getting up to make myself some chicken noodle soup. So, apologies for the lack of blog material, but please bear with me, I’m trying to get over this garbage I’ve contracted.
Here are the 2014 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world champions
Tie Down Roping
World Champion – Tuf Cooper
Average Champion – Tuf Cooper
Team Roping (Header)
World Champion – Clay Tryan
Average Champion – Clay Tryan
Team Roping (Heeler)
World Champion – Jade Corkill
Average Champion – Jade Corkill
World Champion – Luke Branquinho
Average Champion – Luke Branquinho
World Champion – Fallon Taylor
Average Champion – Lisa Lockhart
World Champion – Spencer Wright
Average Champion – Spencer Wright
World Champion – Kaycee Field
Average Champion – Kaycee Field
World Champion – Sage Kimzey
Average Champion – Sage Kimzey
Taking reserve in both the tie down average and the world standings was The King of Cowboys, Trevor Brazile. He also took second place in the world standings in the heading division. He earned a fifth place ranking in the team roping average from his efforts during the NFR. From his efforts at the NFR he was able to rewrite the ProRodeo record books, yet again. He upped his record for most total world championships to 21 – with his record 12th all-around gold buckle, a record nine in a row. He also took his record total earnings past the $5.5 million mark ($5,532,121) and his record total of National Finals round wins to 60. Brazile’s partner, Travis Graves, took second in the world standings as a heeler and ended the season fifth in the average.
Jake Barnes earned himself a second place ranking in the average race in the team roping as a header. He finished fifth in the world standings. His partner, Junior Nogueira, placed second in the average as a heeler during the NFR and finished the season ranked seventh in the world standings.
Kyle Irwin ended his season second in the world standings of steer wrestling and took home fourth in the average. Ty Erickson rounded out the NFR with a second place in the average race and seventh in the world standings.
The Barrel Racing was an intense race during this year’s NFR. Lisa Lockhart ended up second in the world standings after her first place average win. Fallon Taylor took home second in the average, which earned her the world champion title. Kaley Bass, who entered the NFR leading the women in the world standings finished her season third in the average as well as in the world standings.
Spencer Wright finished strong in the saddle bronc riding, taking home first place honors in both the average and the world standings. Cort Scheer was the reserve champion in both the world and the average, while Wade Sundell took the third place spot in the world and fifth in the average.
Austin Foss finished behind world champ, Kaycee Field, in the Bareback. Field broke a few records him self during the year’s NFR. Field won his fourth-consecutive world championship and fourth-consecutive WNFR average title, a feat unmatched in rodeo history. The four consecutive average titles has only been managed one other time in any event, by team roping heeler Leo Camarillo (1968-71). Foss earned him self, fifth in the average, which helped clench his reserve world title in the bareback. Richie Champion ended NFR second in the average and third in the world.
Rookie of the Year, World Champion Bull Rider, Average champion and the Top Gun award ($175,466 at the NFR alone) all went to Sage Kimzey. The Oklahoma boy had a phenomenal showing at the 2014 NFR and was the first rookie in the bull riding to have won the world title in his rookie year since 1963 (only two have ever done this! Bill Kornell, 1963, was the first). He broke the rookie earnings record by more that $100,000, and broke the bull riding earnings record for the national finals with $175,466 and his final season total of $318,631 put him 11th on the all-time single-season earnings list. Another Oklahoma boy, Panhandle State University’s, Joe Frost, rounded out his year with reserve championships in both the average and the world.
I hope this was at least informative even though it’s a little behind the times! Hopefully, I’ll get over this cold or whatever it is and be back in top-form soon! Love, K