This season Barnes PRCA Rodeo bucking stock are helping several cowboys climb the ladder into the top 15. Several variables play into the success of the rodeo season. The "luck of the draw" is just one. Similar to the Milton Bradley board game Chutes and Ladders contestants know the race to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is up and down. The constant flux of climbing the ladder or sliding down (getting bucked off) has a great deal to do with the caliber of the draw.
The reigning World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O'Connell from Zwingle, Iowa is sitting second in the world standing race as of May 24, 2017 with $71,466.53. Tanner Aus from Granite Falls, Minn. is third with $64,410.43. R.C. Landingham from Hat Creek, Calif. leads with $76,100.45. The duo are also sitting 2nd and 3rd reversed in the Great Lakes Circuit standings. Both O'Connell and Aus cashed Barnes PRCA Rodeo checks this season. O'Connell drew Spooner's Best and Aus rodeo Undergrad in St. Paul, Minn to split 1/2 with their 85 point rides. Bareback Rider Tanner Phipps from Dalton, Ga. placed third on Barnes' horse Pull-Ups in St. Paul, Minn. He is sitting second in both the 2017 Resistol Rookie Standings and the Southeastern Circuit standings. The previous week he split 1/2 in Madison, Wis. with Tyler Waltz from Martin, Tenn. at the Barnes PRCA Rodeo during the Midwest Horse Fair.
The PRCA world standings race is gearing up for the summer run. Due to the quality bucking horses and rank bulls of Barnes' string cowboys can count on bank deposits with their draw. Money is made when solid performances, good timing and talent are paired between contestants and rough stock. The bay horse, Chamber Bucks, had a repeat performance in Madison, Wis. and St. Paul, Minn. Bronc Riders Jordan Corrigan from Toddville, Iowa won the Mdiwest Horse Fair and Jade Blackwell from Rapid City, S.D. won the Minnesota Horse Expo & PRCA Rodeo on the mare a week apart.
Tegan Smith from Winterset, Iowa cracked the Top 25 in the 2017 RAM Rodeo Saddle Bronc Permit Standings . He collected a check in St. Paul, Minn. on Brent's Double X. The horse is named after Smith's father Brent, a former bronc rider and traveling partner of Marty Barnes back in day. The younger Smith is also among the top four in the Great Lakes Circuit. His 80-point ride split 2/3 with Cody Burkholder from Clarksville, Iowa who rode Barnes' horse Jethro.
Smith is the reigning 2016 Iowa High School Rodeo Saddle Bronc State Champion. When asked about drawing the red roan in St. Paul he said, "I got on her my sophomore year of high school and was tickled that I drew her at a prorodeo." Smith finished fifth in the nation at the National High School Rodeo Finals in 2015. The recent high school graduate was pleased to cover Brent's Double X considering two years ago she bucked him off.
Levi Michael Berends from Maynard, Minn. rode Butter Biscuit for 88 points winning first in St. Paul, Minn. Fellow Minnesotan Brett Stall won a round on Butter Biscuit during the GLCF.