The Governor’s Cup takes place September 28-30, 2023, and offers a payout across eight events of $1 million. The close of the PRCA regular season is September 30. That means that the following massive payouts will hit during the final days of the season and it will have an impact on who makes the National Finals Rodeo in December as the buzzer sounds.
Saturday, Sept. 30 Draw
Clean-slate round of eight, followed by a sudden-death round with the top four where $25,000 a man is up for grabs.
|1||Brenten Hall||Paden Bray|
|2||Clay Smith||Coleby Payne|
|3||Tyler Wade||Wesley Thorp|
|4||Luke Brown||Hunter Koch|
|5||Clint Summers||Jake Long|
|6||Marcus Theriot||Cole Curry|
|7||Coleman Proctor||Logan Medlin|
|8||Derrick Begay||Colter Todd|
Second Round Results
|1||Coleman Proctor||Logan Medlin||4.6||$10,000|
|2||Derrick Begay||Colter Todd||4.7||$7,500|
|3||Coy Rahlmann||Jonathan Torres||5.3||$3,750|
|4||Marcus Theriot||Cole Curry||5.3||$3,750|
Second Round Draw
First Round Results
|1||Clay Smith||Coleby Payne||3.6||$10,000|
|2||Brenten Hall||Paden Bray||3.9||$7,500|
|3||Tyler Wade||Wesley Thorp||4.0||$5,000|
|4||Derrick Begay||Colter Todd||4.1||$2,500|
The first performance of the 2023 Governor’s Cup started Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8:30 p.m. EST.
First Round Draw
READ: NFR within Clint Summers’ Striking Distance; Bubble Battles to Watch in Final Week of 2023 ProRodeo
So, how’s it work?
The top 23 athletes from the 2023 PRCA Playoff Series AND the 2023 NFR Open champs competed in Puyallup at the Washington State Fair September 7-10.
The teams who finish in the top four in Puyallup will meet up with the top eight in the 2023 PRCA Playoff Series standings (as of Sept. 18) and head to Sioux Falls.
Refresher on the PRCA Playoff Series: The PRCA Playoff Series? What's that?
What’s the big deal?
Money, baby. With a $244,444 purse in the team roping, meaning $122,222 on both ends, the Governor’s Cup is likely to determine who makes the NFR, at least in bubble territory. Here’s how the payout looks:
Rounds 1 & 2 (Thursday, Friday)
The Governor’s Cup will allow the 12 qualifying contestants to compete in rounds one and two of competition.
Those rounds will have the following payout:
Final Four Round (Saturday)
After the first two full rounds, the top eight teams on two head will advance to Saturday’s round. In Saturday’s clean-slate round, fifth-eighth place will pay $2,555 each, and the top four fastest times will advance to a four-man short round.
The four-man shootout round will pay the following amounts:
2023 World Standings
As of Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023.
|29||Paul David Tierney||$63,494.69|
|18||Billie Jack Saebens||$80,630.19|