LAS VEGAS – Very quietly, tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett has made a significant run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Over the first three nights of competition, the Comanche, Okla., cowboy has placed in two go-rounds and earned $20,733. Better yet, he’s moved up from 13th to 10th in the world standings, and there are seven rounds remaining in ProRodeo’s grand finale.
On Saturday night, Jarrett posted his fastest run of the rodeo, roping and tying his calf in 7.5 seconds. It earned him a fourth-place check worth $7,813. He’ll need to continue his streak if he hopes to continue up the world standings – in rodeo, dollars equal points, and the contestants in each event who finish the NFR with the most season earnings will be crowned world champions.
Jarrett knows that feeling well. In his first venture to the Nevada desert for rodeo’s super bowl, the Georgia-raised cowboy won the tie-down roping average championship and parlayed that into the all-around gold buckle, the most coveted trophy in the game.