The three roughstock leaders in the ProRodeo world standings should find another event in which to compete.
As of today, bareback rider Tim O’Connell has the highest earnings of any PRCA contestant with $177,500. He is followed by bull rider Sage Kimzey ($168,712) and saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley ($166,025).
Meanwhile the all-around race is led by Josh Peek, who has earned a combined $116,603 in steer wrestling and tie-down roping – that’s nearly $50,000 behind Crawley and more than $60,000 behind O’Connell.
In order to qualify, they’d need to earn $3,000 in another event to qualify for the all-around. There are two roughstock cowboys among the top 20 in the all-around standings, Cole Elshere and Josh Frost.
Elshere has qualified twice to the NFR in saddle bronc riding but also has been making money in bull riding; Frost has competed in bull riding and several timed events through his college career.
The last time a roughstock cowboy won the all-around gold buckle was 1998, when three-event NFR qualifier Ty Murray earned his seventh.
While I realize that time has run out on the 2016 season – all entries for the closing weekend the regular season are set – it is fun to think about, especially since nobody will qualify for the NFR in more than one event.
Peek leads the all-around and is seventh in steer wrestling. He sits 26th in the tie-down roping standings and won’t advance after the regular season. Still, he has more in combined earnings than any other multi-event cowboy, so he has earned that No. 1 spot this season.