The PRCA’s Cowboy Christmas may have ended after the 4th of July week, but bull riders remained on the trail earning a living and battling for a top 15 spot on the PRCA’s roster when the NFR qualifying perior ends in late September.
On the rodeo road competing for a piece of the $1.8 million in prize money available for July 8 – 14 was a pack of rookie, veteran, and champion bull riders. Congratulations to Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour competitors who led the way:
Calgary Stampede Bull Riding Champion Sage Steele Kimzey wins an unprecedented 3rd title with a 92.5 point ride on c-201 Night Moves to claim the win worth $100,000.
Trevor Kastner won $17,800 from an 87.5 ride on Vold Rodeo’s Whirlwind to win Pikes Peaks or Bust Rodeo and the $17,800 prize check. Winning 3 of the 4 rounds and stacking up PRCA bucks were Koby Radley, Cole Melancon, and Tyler Bingham.
Prescott, AZ Bull riding champ was Parker McCown, 87 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo's Foolish Dreams for $6,806
Sheridan WYO, PRCA champ was Jordan Spears, 86.5 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo & Phenom Genetics' Ghost Rider, $5,635.
Isanti Firefighters Rodeo best bull rider was Matt Palmer who took 90 points on Dakota Rodeo's Gambini, $5,070.
Lyndal Hurst’s bull Yellow Hair assisted Estes Park Rodeo winner Nathan Hatchel who was 87.5 points to earn $4,202.
Jeff Askey for the win in Hamel, MN PRCA where he was 87 points on Trump Train and added $4,027 to his bank account.
Heart of the North winner was Rorey Maier, 88.5 points on Barnes PRCA Rodeo's Centrifuge, $3,550;
Winning close to home in Gallup, NM was Cody Jesus for 89 pts at the inaugural $10,000 Wild Thing Open Bull Riding Championship, a fundraiser for the Manuelito Children’s home.
Cattleman’s Days saw Trevor Kastner, 89 points on Universal Pro Rodeos' East Side, $2,540.
Brett Custer was 86.5 points on JK Rodeo's Reaper, $1,812 to win Laramie Jubilee Days in WY.
*PRCA’s Prorodeo.com referenced.