LAS VEGAS – Coleman Proctor of Pryor, Okla., and Jake Long of Coffeyville, Kan., have earned a considerable amount of money over the years roping together.
None of those dollars compares to the $46,000 they’ve earned over the last seven days in Las Vegas, where they are battling for every penny at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. This is the grandest stage in the game where the world champions will be crowned Saturday night.
Proctor and Long have placed in five of seven go-rounds, including Wednesday, where they stopped the clock in 6.5 seconds for fifth place, worth $4,904. Proctor has moved his season earnings to $121,684. Long, who earned $1,000 more by roping with another header, is fifth in the world standings, while his partner is sixth.
They are about $26,000 away from the No. 1 team, Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill. In order to catch the reigning world champions, Proctor and Long will need to gather big money over the final three nights of the championship.
Tryan and Corkill are atop the average leaderboard, having downed all seven steers in a cumulative time of 54.9 seconds. Long and Proctor are third with a 38.8 on six. The average champion will earn a bonus of $48,732 when the NFR concludes Saturday night. Should the Oklahoma-Kansas duo remain in third, they will add $31,262.
How big is that? The cowboys in each discipline who finish the season with the most money will win the coveted gold buckle for the world title.
The race is on.