Never underestimate the importance of money

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The money won at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo a couple of weeks ago does not count toward the world standings, but it can sure help rodeo cowboys and cowgirls with the expenses they incur on the rodeo trail.

That’s why total event earnings are an important statistic at an event like that.

Nobody won more money than barrel racing champion Brittany Pozzi, who pocketed $19,881. In fact, the No. 2 person on the earnings list was the No. 2 barrel racer, Carlee Pierce, who earned $18,578.

In comparison, other top money winners were bareback rider Tanner Aus, $13,094; steer wrestler Cody Cowan, $16,864; tie-down roper Blair Burk, $12,957; saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy, $13,457; team ropers Spencer Mitchell and Brady Minor, $10,283; and bull rider Bobby Welsh, $11,380.

More than $525,000 was paid out over the four days of competition. While some associations don’t post earnings at their respective events, I think it’s important to mention it on every turn.

Whether it’s Cody Teel winning the Tuff Hedeman Challenge in Fort Worth or Pozzi winning nearly $20,000 in Oklahoma City, the money is pretty important. It’s how rodeo contestants pay bills, and they only collect checks if they score better or run faster than most of the field.


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