Shane Proctor has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the first time in his career.
It’s not that the roughstock cowboy hasn’t been at the top of his game before, but he’s focused his attention on the Professional Bull Riders organization. Proctor is also a saddle bronc rider, and he heads into the NFR No. 2 in the all-around world standings. He’d love to win enough money in Las Vegas to surge past record-setting all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile, who has a $120,517 lead.
Brazile, as always, has the upper hand — he’s the only cowboy in the field who has qualified for the NFR in two events and has also qualified for next week’s Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping; that’s three events to Proctor’s one.
Besides, money Proctor has earned in the Xtreme Bulls Tour doesn’t count toward the all-around standings. That $53,000 can make the world of difference in the 10-day championship in Las Vegas.
Besides, Brazile knows how to win; he’s struggled a little in calf roping and team roping late this year. The last thing any other contender wants is Brazile even more focused when $18,000 is on the line every night.