How Much Have the Circuits Paid Their Top Ropers in 2023?
A look into which circuits' top 12 have the most money won in the team roping as of Aug. 31, 2023.
Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson roping a steer at the 2023 Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colorado.
Kellan Johnson and Carson Johnson were 9.7 on two head at the 2023 Rooftop Rodeo in Estes Park, Colorado, to win third in the average and bring home a solid circuit check. | Avid Visual Imagery photo

With only four weeks remaining in the 2023 ProRodeo season, every dollar counts, even on the circuit level. Full-time ropers and weekend warriors alike have been battling throughout the year for a spot within the top 12 of their respective circuits, aiming to qualify for their circuit finals and seize the opportunity for extra cash and a trip to the NFR Open.

With differences in added money, rodeo counts and outside competitors entering the biggest rodeos in most circuits, not all circuits are equal, and thus the money won in each circuit varies greatly.

As the year winds down and the top 12 contestants in each circuit are soon to be determined, we delve into into which circuit has the most money won in the team roping thus far.

The Method: To keep it as simple as possible, the current earnings of the top 12 headers and heelers in each circuit were taken. The top 12 were added together for both the headers and heelers. Those totals were then added to get an overall circuit earnings amount. This is JUST a representation of how much money has been won in the top 12 of each circuit at this point in the year; it is NOT a look into which circuits have the most money up for grabs each year.


13. First Frontier Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $71,451.11 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $67,431.87 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $138,882.98 

Headers  Heelers  
1Zane Kilgus$10,215.461Shane Jenkins$10,215.46
2Darren Morgan$9,716.092Britt Bockius$8,344.63
3Robbie Erck$7,220.793Riley Quinn$7,055.17
4Chase Quinn$7,055.174Derek Carey$6,204.73
5Eric Fabian$6,204.735Fred Brunelle$6,130.39
6Chuck Smith$5,125.806Kevin Brown$5,125.80
7Waylon Cameron$4,888.427Angel Mota$4,657.12
8Jose Mota$4,657.128Brock Hower$4,321.66
9Ryan Whetham$4,355.979Scot Brown$4,158.92
10Lance Hower$4,321.6610Mike Charles$3,869.52
11Kyle Letzelter$3,878.1911Drew Carnes$3,811.71
12Tim Carnes$3,811.7112Kelton Brown$3,536.76
HEADER TOTAL$71,451.11 HEELER TOTAL$67,431.87 
COMBINED$138,882.98 

12. Turquoise Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $86,448.13 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $90,834.78 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $177,282.91

Headers  Heelers  
1Chris Francis$12,400.441Cade Passig$12,400.44
2Derrick Begay$7,761.282Tanner Luttrell$8,904.72
3Shain Sproul$7,728.663Seth Hall$8,555.10
4Corey Whinnery$7,309.904Colter Todd$7,761.28
5Tanner Baldwin$7,094.045B.J. Campbell$7,728.66
6Choc Westcott$6,968.276Junior Zambrano$7,343.64
7Michael Calmelat$6,618.117Robert Murphy$7,309.90
8Erich Rogers$6,515.058Kolt Campbell$6,931.29
9Kesley Phillips$6,301.159TJ Brown$6,618.11
10Tom Richards$6,089.6710Paul Eaves$6,515.05
11Tyler Waters$6,023.8011Cashton Weidenbener$5,637.76
12James Arviso$5,637.7612Tye Reddell$5,128.83
HEADER TOTAL$86,448.13 HEELER TOTAL$90,834.78 
COMBINED$177,282.91 

11. Badlands Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $112,194.93 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $111,855.82

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $224,050.75 

Headers  Heelers  
1Bodie Mattson$14,068.761Cash Hetzel$15,006.41
2Braden Pirrung$11,879.292Jade Nelson$11,879.29
3Guy Howell$11,830.383Riley Curuchet$11,830.38
4Brent McInerney$11,137.364Tucker White$10,865.49
5Cooper White$10,865.495Tanner McInerney$10,199.71
6Jr. Dees$8,363.106Taylor Brower$8,422.58
7Jade Schmidt$8,262.267Ross Ashford$8,363.10
8Reece Weber$8,006.208Jace Engesser$7,780.93
9Trevor Olson$7,780.939Conner Herren$7,314.74
10Jon Peterson$6,973.1610Trae Smith$6,973.16
11Tucker Dale$6,774.5311Matt Kasner$6,966.56
12Clay Holz$6,253.4712Matt Zancanella$6,253.47
HEADER TOTAL$112,194.93 HEELER TOTAL$111,855.82 
COMBINED$224,050.75 

10. Southeastern Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $122,546.57 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $123,557.68 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $246,104.25 

Headers  Heelers  
1Marcus Theriot$12,900.641Justin Yost$15,427.92
2Braxton Culpepper$11,392.532Cole Curry$12,900.64
3Bart Brunson$11,355.533Reno Gonzales$11,431.44
4Clint Wallace$11,015.344Brad Culpepper$11,392.53
5Justin Johnson$10,505.915Bryce Graves$10,505.91
6Cole Thomas$10,265.696Derrick Crawford$10,084.99
7Will Clark$10,084.997Clay Green$10,083.56
8Koby Sanchez$10,078.268Zack Mabry$9,738.76
9Shane Overby$9,341.059Morgan Jones$8,991.33
10Bradley Massey$9,291.0610Tanner Brown$8,017.53
11Clint Keller$8,991.3311Brady Barretine$7,824.28
12Travis Dorman$7,324.2412Colton Allen$7,158.79
HEADER TOTAL$122,546.57 HEELER TOTAL$123,557.68 
COMBINED$246,104.25 

9. California Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $138,460.80

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $123,608.84 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $262,069.64 

Headers  Heelers  
1Dan Williams$17,053.811Cody Stewart$13,669.81
2Blake Hirdes$14,001.122Mike George$12,797.35
3Lane Karney$13,490.343Jason Johe$12,269.05
4Preston Burgess$13,481.184Dalton Pearce$11,538.53
5Cutter Machado$12,212.985Brushton Minton$11,013.99
6Tanner James$12,007.746Cody Cowden$10,205.56
7Marcus Battaglia$11,598.117Wyatt Hansen$9,837.61
8Mike Christensen$11,016.718Rhett Kennedy$9,517.41
9Spencer Mitchell$10,130.319Wyatt Cox$8,731.07
10Jaxson Tucker$7,863.5310Joseph Shawnego$8,105.75
11Corey Fitze$7,829.0311Brent Lockett$8,093.68
12Colton Campbell$7,775.9412Adam Fitze$7,829.03
HEADER TOTAL$138,460.80 HEELER TOTAL$123,608.84 
COMBINED$262,069.64 
Dan Williams Todd Hampton California Circuit Finals team ropers
Dan Williams and Todd Hampton at the California Circuit Finals. | Crystal Amen Photography

8. Montana Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $140,530.30

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $125,648.16

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $266,178.46 

Headers  Heelers  
1Brady Tryan$25,281.091Ike Folsom$22,660.79
2Dustin Bird$21,504.952Zachary Schweigert$16,304.65
3Shawn Bird$16,026.643Ryan Zurcher$13,588.30
4Delon Parker$13,588.304Mason Trollinger$11,190.63
5Gunner Plenty$11,190.635Coley Nicholls$9,675.37
6Wheaton Williams$10,632.596Sam Levine$9,462.76
7Cameron Irwin$10,535.477Justin Viles$9,407.68
8Radley Day$8,404.058Jared Bilby$8,404.05
9Ian Austiguy$7,252.589Bryan Lemmon$8,043.59
10Cash Duty$6,175.2010Sid Sporer$6,175.20
11Miles Kobold$5,002.6811Colten Fisher$5,612.28
12Jason Carlson$4,936.1212Chase Tryan$5,122.86
HEADER TOTAL$140,530.30 HEELER TOTAL$125,648.16 
COMBINED$266,178.46 
Brady Tryan turning a steer for Calgary Smith in Red Lodge, Montana, in 2023.
Brady Tryan spinning one for Calgary Smith in Red Lodge, Montana, over the Fourth. | Avid Visual Imagery

7. Columbia River Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $125,512.81 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $142,065.75 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $267,578.56 

Headers  Heelers  
1Riley Minor$16,509.931Jason Duby$16,840.86
2Garrett Rogers$15,156.342Brady Minor$16,509.93
3Brenten Hall$11,743.003Jake Minor$15,156.34
4Jordan Tye$11,448.394Ryan Motes$12,183.20
5Jeff Flenniken$11,379.395Jason Minor$11,953.49
6Jack Fischer$10,953.926Paden Bray$11,743.00
7Kolton Schmidt$10,242.597Tyler Worley$11,379.39
8Clayton Hansen$9,822.928Andy Carlson$11,275.43
9Hayes Smith$8,693.529Taylor Duby$10,953.92
10Charlie White$7,635.0310Chase Hansen$9,822.92
11Jack Graham$6,488.1611Justin Davis$8,755.44
12Mo Mundim Mundim$5,439.6212Ty Jacobs$5,491.83
HEADER TOTAL$125,512.81 HEELER TOTAL$142,065.75 
COMBINED$267,578.56 

6. Prairie Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $157,170.77 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $157,582.14 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $314,752.91 

Headers  Heelers  
1Andrew Ward$20,203.101Buddy Hawkins$20,203.10
2Curry Kirchner$16,839.062Tanner Braden$16,294.41
3Paul David Tierney$16,294.413Billie Jack Saebens$15,559.25
4Jake Clay$14,015.154Gralyn Elkins$14,163.09
5Brye Crites$13,760.365Kollin VonAhn$14,015.15
6Tyler Hobert$12,627.366Rance Doyal$13,760.36
7Justin Pruitt$12,471.917Shannon Frascht$12,627.36
8Coleman Proctor$11,412.078Logan Medlin$11,412.07
9Rowdy Jones$10,099.079Gage Williams$10,099.07
10J.C. Yeahquo$10,075.5410L.J. Yeahquo$10,075.54
11Cam Hoelting$9,965.0911Dawson McMaster$9,965.09
12Peyton Holliday$9,407.6512Kolton Good$9,407.65
HEADER TOTAL$157,170.77 HEELER TOTAL$157,582.14 
COMBINED$314,752.91 

5. Great Lakes Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $158,085.84 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $163,660.79 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $321,746.63 

Headers  Heelers  
1Lane Goebel$19,383.39 1Clay Clayman$17,942.62
2Adam Rose$18,024.762Gus Mosley$17,446.71
3Dalton Turner$17,942.623Ranger Hill$17,116.30
4Ryan Von Ahn$17,116.304Wyatt Kanan$16,844.85
5Cooper Bruce$16,844.855Levi Pettigrew$16,383.41
6Joe Beaver$16,383.416J.W. Beck$16,153.08
7Cole Smith$12,981.027Reed Boos$13,798.82
8Cody Reed$10,177.508Cole Stevens$11,305.05
9Cory Petska$9,233.539Iceman Miller$11,260.17
10Dylan Breitsprecher$7,356.5910Jace McDaniel$10,177.50
11Trent Vaught$6,634.8711Blaine Turner$8,445.76
12Chance Oftedahl$6,007.0012J.W. Nelson$6,786.52
HEADER TOTAL$158,085.84 HEELER TOTAL$163,660.79 
COMBINED$321,746.63 
Cole Smith turning a steer for Reed Boos at the 2023 Iowa's Championship Rodeo in Sidney.
Cole Smith and Reed Boos, Sidney, Iowa. | Avid Visual Imagery photo.

4. Texas Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $163,062.84 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $171,187.31 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $334,250.15 

1Cyle Denison$18,601.361Boogie Ray$18,310.75
2Coy Brittain$16,523.002Colton Brittain$17,293.33
3Manny Egusquiza$15,383.813Corey Hendrick$15,783.80
4McCray Profili$15,315.274McCoy Profili$15,315.27
5Chace Thompson$14,505.315Caleb Green$15,143.85
6Tanner Green$14,072.616Whit Kitchens$14,030.48
7Billy Bob Brown$12,740.347Chad Williams$13,974.68
8Dustin Egusquiza$11,907.258Jake South$13,948.37
9Payden Emmett$11,296.359Kirby Blankenship$12,740.34
10Casey Tew$11,084.0610Jake Long$12,402.87
11Andrew Livingston$11,001.9111Logan Moore$11,403.17
12Slade Wood$10,631.5712Evan Arnold$10,840.40
HEADER TOTAL$163,062.84 HEELER TOTAL$171,187.31 
COMBINED$334,250.15 

3. Mountain States Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $175,866.30 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $159,663.99 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $335,530.29 

Headers  Heelers  
1Jay Tittel$21,219.221T.J. Watts$21,219.22
2Clayton Van Aken$20,524.192Cullen Teller$20,524.19
3Eric Martin$20,223.613Ryon Tittel$20,223.61
4Kellan Johnson$18,397.894Carson Johnson$18,397.89
5Pedro Egurrola$17,090.145Edgar Villegas$13,213.44
6Austin Crist$15,004.686Trey Yates$12,536.79
7Edgar Aguilar$13,213.447JC Flake$10,965.95
8Chad Masters$12,536.798Jesse Jolly$10,184.82
9Garrett Tonozzi$10,261.319Dusty Taylor$9,521.12
10Jase Staudt$9,951.8510J.W. Borrego$8,393.61
11Zane Murphy Murphy$9,521.1211Clancey Kreutzer$7,922.06
12Kyon Kreutzer$7,922.0612Jason DeVore$6,561.29
HEADER TOTAL$175,866.30 HEELER TOTAL$159,663.99 
COMBINED$335,530.29 
Edgar Aguilar and Edgar Villegas roping a steer at the 2023 Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Edgar Aguilar and Edgar Villegas, Cheyenne 2023. | Click Thompson photo

2. Wilderness Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $170,348.84 

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $179,330.04 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $349,678.88 

Headers  Heelers  
1Kaleb Driggers$47,162.381Junior Nogueira$47,162.38
2Hagen Peterson$20,171.652Caleb Hendrix$18,705.25
3Pace Freed$15,616.903Cole Wilson$17,416.06
4Cole Eiguren$13,090.534Jared Fillmore$15,817.13
5Rhen Richard$12,958.535Max Kuttler$13,436.02
6Travis Whitlow$11,004.896Tyler Eiguren$12,809.92
7Brian Winn$10,206.177Matt Liston$10,206.17
8Brodi Jones$9,780.878Dylin Ahlstrom$9,498.17
9Quinn Kesler$9,439.329Wyatt Thomas$9,439.32
10Chaz Kananen$7,334.5110Tyler Whitlow$9,194.21
11Cory Kidd$6,989.5711Zackery Lewis$8,310.90
12Rhett Anderson$6,593.5212Britt Newman$7,334.51
HEADER TOTAL$170,348.84 HEELER TOTAL$179,330.04 
COMBINED$349,678.88 
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira roping their steer in the short round at the 2023 Reno Rodeo.
Driggers and Nogueira got the 2023 Reno Rodeo win with 18.4 seconds on three head. Photo by Click Thompson.

1. Maple Leaf Circuit

Total Money Won on the Head Side: $192,736.82

Total Money Won on the Heel Side: $214,700.55 

Total Money Won by Top 12 (combining headers and heelers): $407,437.37 

Headers  Heelers  
1Dawson Graham$30,877.201Dillon Graham$30,877.20
2Logan Bonnett$20,340.932Tyce McLeod$25,900.28
3Roland McFadden$19,488.003Keely Bonnett$25,210.28
4Tate Schmidt$17,596.674Tyrel Flewelling$19,488.00
5Tee McLeod$17,563.195Denim Ross$18,393.86
6Brett Buss$15,942.756Logan Spady$17,728.41
7Grady Quam$14,472.057Kagen Schmidt$17,596.67
8Clay Ullery$13,352.418Jeremy Buhler$17,316.05
9Levi Simpson$12,330.099Logan Cullen$13,522.72
10Tuftin McLeod$11,844.4710Kasper Roy$12,745.59
11Kash Bonnett$10,616.0311Brett McCarroll$10,120.95
12Braden Koch$8,313.0312Riley Warren$5,800.54
HEADER TOTAL$192,736.82 HEELER TOTAL$214,700.55 
COMBINED$407,437.37 

PRCA Rulebook Spotlight

B9.4.5.1 Required Participation Rule.

In order to satisfy the Required Participation Rule, a contestant must comply with the following:

(1) If the contestant’s Place of Residence is within his Designated Circuit, said contestant must compete in either 40% of the rodeos with that event within that Circuit (based on the total number of rodeos during the previous circuit Rodeo Year which held the particular event for which the contestant seeks to become a CFR Contestant) or 15 rodeos with that event within that Circuit, whichever is less; or

(2) Each Circuit Board of Directors must designate prior to the circuit Rodeo Year Cutoff Date whether the non- resident Required Participation Rule will be based on 40%/15 or 50%/15 requirement as provided in the nextsentence. If the contestant’s Place of Residence is not within his Designated Circuit, said contestant must compete in either 40% (or 50% if so elected by the Circuit Board of Directors) of the rodeos with that event within the Circuit (based on the total number of rodeos during the previous circuit Rodeo Year which held the particular event for which the contestant seeks to become a CFR Contestant) or 15 rodeos with that event within that Circuit, whichever is greater (provided that, if there are less than 15 rodeos with a particular event in a circuit during a circuit Rodeo Year, a non-resident may satisfy this rule if he competes in 100% of the rodeos with that particular event in the circuit during that Rodeo Year). After a contestant has designated a circuit for five consecutive years, he will no longer have to meet the non-resident required participation rule to qualify for the Circuit Finals. After five years such contestant will have to meet the same requirements as a circuit resident.


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