Some interesting things are happening on this, the final weekend of the 2013 ProRodeo season.
In Kansas City, Mo., 16th-ranked bulldogger Clayton Moore sits in a tie for second place with two other cowboys. More is about $4,000 out of the top 15, so he’s going to need a lot more help if he’s going to sneak into the field to play in Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Bareback rider Caleb Bennett is another cowboy on the bubble. He sits 15th in the world and is just $2,500 ahead of No. 16 R.C. Landingham. Bennett rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s Alberta Child for 85 points in Stephenville, Texas, on Friday night to help his cause. He leads the rodeo heading into the final two performances, but he should collect a good check in the Cowboy Capital of the World.
He is scheduled to ride this afternoon in Kansas City and has drawn Three Hills Rodeo’s Spoony. Landingham, too, is scheduled to compete during the 2 p.m. performance, so there’s going to be a lot on the line for them when the chute gates open.
Tie-down roper Cory Solomon is $832 behind Randall Carlisle for the coveted 15th spot on the money list. During slack on Wednesday, Solomon turned in a 10.4-second run. He sits eighth right now and holds only a small possibility that he will catch a check at the American Royal. Carlisle is out of the money in Kansas City, but he’s placing third in Poway, Calif.
While the top 12 in the world standings try to pad their pocketbooks in Omaha, those on the bubble are scrambling. It’s definitely exciting.