Local athlets on bubble entering Cowboy Capital PRCA Rodeo

Travis Graves is one of the local cowboys who is a safe bet to make the National Finals Rodeo while others are scrambling to lock up their spot. || Courtesy DUDLEY BARKER/DudleyDoRight.com


STEPHENVILLE (September 20, 2016) — Among team roping heelers, Wesley Thorp is currently 15th in the world and Logan Medlin is 16th.

After a year of traveling and grinding from rodeo to rodeo, the two Stephenville cowboys are separated by about $2,700. And if the regular season ended today, Thorp would be headed to the National Finals Rodeo, and Medlin would be left on the outside looking in.


The NFR bubble will burst next week, with some athletes receiving invitations to the NFR and others not. And as one of the final rodeos of the regular season, the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville this weekend will play a large role in shaping the field for the Super Bowl of the sport.

As cowboys vie for spots in the top 15 in the final regular season standings, the Stephenville rodeo is vying for its own spot in glory – it is again among the five events nominated for PRCA mid-size rodeo of the year, a title determined by a vote of PRCA-member athletes. Public performances at the local rodeo are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Lone Star Arena.


Here is a look at local athletes in the top 50 of their respective events. In parenthesis is the winnings of the 15th ranked athlete in each event:

Bareback riding ($63,176.86)
15. Richmond Champion, Dublin $63,176.86

Team roping headers ($59,521.34)
1. Kaleb Driggers, Stephenville $116,010.55
2. Luke Brown, Stephenville $103,205.77
6. Colby Lovell, Stephenville $94,475.92
14. Billy Bob Brown, Carbon $59,838.38
22. Jake Cooper, Stephenville $47,250.37
34. Blaine Vick, Dublin $31,708.84

Team roping heelers ($58,866.47)
2. Paul Eaves, Huckabay $103,480.64
3. Jake Long, Morgan Mill $99,861.17
6. Travis Graves, Morgan Mill $78,681.00
9. Shay Carroll, Hico $73,316.69
10. Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill $71,462.46
15. Wesley Thorp, Stephenville $58,866.47
16. Logan Medlin, Stephenville $56,144.62
28. Kory Koontz, Stephenville $37,205.68
29. Walt Woodard, Stephenville $35,995.08
32. Jim Ross Cooper, Stpehenville $32,906.82
40. Travis Woodard, Stephenville $29,502.30
43. Cole Davison, Stephenville $27,703.92

Saddle bronc riding ($67,418.55)
1. Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville $166,024.53
10. Sterling Crawley, Stephenville $70,256.41

Tie-down roping ($59,817.49)
14. Marty Yates, Stephenville $62,627.63
21. Sterling Smith, Stephenville $52,495.84
23. Chase Williams, Stephenville $50,111.62
35. Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville $34,449.57


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