I’m still awaiting official word on the PRCA standings – which will be released later today – but it looks like the dogfighting has begun for those hoping to secure their spots in the field for the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Take bareback riding, for example. Matt Bright, 29, of Azle, Texas, won two rodeo titles last week – he claimed the outright title in Kennewick, Wash., and shared the championship in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., with three-time world champion Will Lowe – and finished third in Lynden, Wash. At those three rodeos alone, Bright earned $11,382.
That moved his season earnings to $51,105 and up to about the 12th spot in the standings – only the top 15 in each event at the conclusion of the regular season advance to the year-end finale in Las Vegas.
Now Bright hopes that hot streak continues over the next month of the regular season so he can return for his third straight trip to the NFR. Once the standings are released, though, they will reveal he is among about 10 cowboys with similar earnings at this point in the 2012 campaign.
Let the dogfight begin.