Photo by Kirt Steinke
Luke Brown and Jake Long added another $26,230.77 to their PRCA world standings totals with a 4.0-second run in a go-round that showcased Wrangler National Finals veterans.
"It was kind of a blur," Brown said. "He turned his head when I nodded. He wouldn't ever get right. So I pulled, and he went to the right. And I just roped him and I turned off. Jake roped him like always."
Long said his AQHA/PRCA Horse of the Year, Colonel, had a lot to do with his ability to heel that steer despite his position.
"I got in a bad spot on him," Long said. "Colonel being awesome made up for it. It sounds stupid but it was kind of a blur for me too. I knew the general area he was in, so I just kind of threw it down there. I heel better with my eyes closed half the time anyway."
Dustin Bird and Russell Cardoza's 4.2-second run won the second place check, followed by Erich Rogers and Cory Petska at 4.3, Clay Smith and Paul Eaves with a 4.4, Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira with a 4.8 and Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler with a 4.9. Simpson and Buhler were the only team of WNFR rookies to pick up a check this round.
Brown and Long moved to first in the PRCA world standings with the round win with $154,397 and $151,052 respectively, while Bird and Cardoza moved to first in the average with 8.8 seconds on two head. Bird and Cardoza have made the greatest gains this week, already netting $51,461 a man. Brown and Long have won $49,557 each thus far.
Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens, Tyler Wade and Dakota Kirchenschlager and Riley and Brady Minor turned in the only no-times of the night.
Bird moved to first in the PRCA All-Around standings with $161,155.40. Cardoza is second with $151,694.44. Nogueira dropped to third with $147,324.48, and bull dogger Clayton Hass is fourth with $146,453.91.
1. Luke Brown/Jake Long, 4.0, $26,230.77
2. Dustin Bird/Russell Cardoza, 4.2, $20,730
3. Erich Rogers/Cory Petska, 4.3, $15,653.85
4. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 4.4, $11,000
5. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.8, $6,769.23
6. Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler, 4.9, $4,230.77