Two days ago, before the 60th edition of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo opened, saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer was sitting in ninth place and ready to make his first Finals appearance since 2015.
Over the next two days, Scheer has won back-to-back rounds, posted a round record, won $62,462 and climbed all the way to third in the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings.
Scheer won his second consecutive round Friday, Dec. 7, taking Round 2 with a 92-point ride on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Larry Culpepper in front of 16,893 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Scheer’s 92-point ride broke the previous Round 2 record of 90 points, set by Dan Mortensen in 2003.
“Oh, man, it was all horse again tonight, and that horse was half of it or more,” Scheer said. “My spur-out was good tonight, and I wanted to work on that, and I was having a lot of fun.”
Scheer won Round 1 with an 86.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Y U R Frisky.
No surprise, Scheer is rather enjoying all this winning.
“It’s the goal,” said Scheer, of Elsmere, Neb. “You want to win every round and keep building off it, and then take that momentum and just have fun tomorrow.”
Scheer had not been aboard Larry Culpepper before Friday. But he did a little research.
“I heard Bradley Harter got him in Albuquerque, and he could have been 90 on him,” Scheer said. “Jake Wright showed me a video, and I knew I had to stay under my rein.”
Scheer’s earnings in 2018 have grown to $164,304. He’s about $31,000 behind defending world champion Ryder Wright, who climbed into the lead Friday.
Scheer is hoping to just keep chipping away at those in front of him.
“It’s just building off it,” he said. “I’m drawing good and the chips are falling for me, so I’m praising God for it, and I know he has a lot more blessings left in him.”