The Calgary Stampede concluded today, with $1,018,800 paid out on Showdown Sunday alone. Six contestants earned the coveted $100,000 first-place prize for posting the highest score or fastest run during the final round of competition.
That was nice, but so was the $25,000 for second, $15,000 for third and $10,000 for fourth.
The big-money winners were tie-down roper Bradley Bynum, bareback rider Caleb Bennett, steer wrestler Wade Sumpter, saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, barrel racer Jean Winters and bull rider J.B. Mauney. Scheer posted the highest-marked ride of the rodeo during the final round, scoring 93.5 on Spring Planting.
But the biggest prize goes to Winters, who will see $50,000 of that $100K go toward the world standings. That, combined with other earnings from Calgary, will move the Texline, Texas, cowgirl firmly into the top 10 on the WPRA’s money list – the WPRA agreed to count money won in Calgary toward the world standings, even though the PRCA does not.
So with two and a half months left in the 2013 season, Winters should sit somewhere near the No. 5 spot when the standings are released Monday. Three-time world champion Sherry Cervi, who placed third, earned $32,000 in Calgary and pushed her earnings past $102,000. She has been the standings leader, and she’ll continue that streak.
Reigning world champion Mary Walker, who placed second on Sunday, earned $40,000 in Alberta cash, sits second in the world with just shy of $95,000. Fallon Taylor, who placed fourth on Sunday, earned $23,000 and pushed her WPRA earnings to nearly $90,000.
Of course, that’s a journalist’s math, so take it for what it’s worth. The accountants will have a better handle on things tomorrow, but it surely is interesting in the race for the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.