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Egusquiza Winning Knife Fight at Top of PRCA’s 2023 World Heading Standings
Dustin Egusquiza, with an NFR qualification already certain, is a man on a mission.
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Egusquiza spins his short round steer for Lord to win $22,500 in San Antonio | Hailey Rae Photo

The PRCA world heading standings heading into ProRodeo’s Northwest run in 2023 are as tight as they’ve ever been, with 27-year-old Dustin Egusquiza narrowly leading the pack with $123,173.78 as of August 9.

NFR Open Champ Nelson Wyatt is second with $118,898.00, while reigning World Champ Kaleb Driggers—who’s on his regular mission to win the regular season—is third with $114,402.64. Houston champ Rhen Richard is fourth with $110,066.86—putting four men over the $100,000 mark in the heading before the major Northwest rodeos, Playoffs in Puyallup, Washington, and Tour Finale in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Together, the top four headers in the PRCA world standings have amassed $466,541.28 in earnings with nearly two months left in the regular season.

Egusquiza—roping with Levi Lord—has already made three 3-second runs in 2023, including a 3.5 at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo en route to the title there, a 3.4 to win the second round at Nampa, Idaho’s Snake River Stampede, and a 3.5 August 9 at Loveland, Colorado’s Larimer County Fair & Rodeo to bank $3,140 a man. Lord, 27, for his part, now sits atop the heeling standings, too, with $123,173.78 won as well.

@teamropingjournal Give @DustinEgusquiza and @levilord21 a one-header with a short score on the last night of the rodeo and watch what happens… Champs at Loveland, CO with this 3.5. #heelshot #heading #teamroping @resistol1927 #weliveiteveryday ♬ Batter Up – Nelly

Egusquiza and Lord were the high-money winners over Cowboy Christmas, winning Livingston, Montana, Mandan, North Dakota, and Basin City, Washington, and placing at Prescott, Arizona, Oakley City, Utah, and St. Paul, Oregon.

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