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NFR within Clint Summers’ Striking Distance; Bubble Battles to Watch in Final Week of 2023 ProRodeo
Days ahead of major payday potential at Sioux Falls, Clint Summers and Jake Long earned enough to put Summers in Top 15 contention.
Clint Summers heading a steer for Jake Long at the 2023 Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo.
Clint Summers and Jake Long earlier in the year in the first round of the 2023 Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo. | Avid Visual Imagery photo

With less than a week remaining in the 2023 ProRodeo season, Clint Summers is making every run count, jumping to No. 19 on the head side after the Sept. 20-24 week.

The two-time NFR qualifier and one of few NFR switchenders remains in the fight for his third Finals appearance after cashing in $5,807 between the Amarillo Tri-State Fair and Rodeo (Texas), Springhill PRCA Rodeo (Louisiana) and Poway Rodeo (California). Summers is now No. 19 in the world standings with $81,018.02 won on the year. 

Summers has been roping with 12-time NFR qualifier Jake Long, who is currently inside the Top 15 with $95,023.57 at No. 10. Though Summers is $8,735.30 behind 15th, his shot at the Finals isn’t over yet. Summers and Long qualified for the inaugural Governor’s Cup in Sioux Falls Sept. 28-30. With a grand prize of $25,000 to the overall winners and two rounds paying $10,000 to win, there is still plenty of money for Summers to win and push him inside the Top 15.

READ: Sioux Falls to Determine 2023 NFR Field

Money moves all around

Tyler Wade and Wesley Thorp are safe inside the Top 15, but it hasn’t kept them out of the winner’s circle. They split the win at the Cowboy Capital of The World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, with a 3.9 to both win $2,647. Their 4.1-second run also finished them third in Springhill for $1,858 a man. Wade is now No. 3 in the world standings with $137,941.67, and Thorp is No. 2 on the heel side with $155,168.94.

Derrick Begay and Colter Todd have kept the ball rolling, picking up the wins in Poway and at the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo in San Bernardino, California. They were 4.5 in San Bernardino to win $3,356 a man, and their 4.7 in Poway won them both $2,381. They also both took home $1,993 for fourth in Amarillo with a 4.1-second run. Their $7,730-weekend bumped Begay to No. 5 on the head side with $125,559.86 and Todd to No. 3 on the heel side with $140,727.06.

READ: The PRCA Playoff Series? What’s that?

Jake Clay and Tyler Worley made their way into the Top 15 after picking up some major money from the Pendleton Round-Up and placing at the Lion’s Dixie Roundup in St. George, Utah. They’re doing their best to hold on to their spots, winning sixth in Amarillo with a 4.2 for $1,518 a man and eighth in Springhill with a 4.7 for $1,084 a man. They need to keep this energy up, capitalizing everywhere they go this weekend, because they did not get a spot in the Governor’s Cup. Clay is currently No. 11 on the head side with $97,497.97, and Worley is No. 11 on the heel side with $93,983.17. Clay and Worley are entered together at the Comal County Fair & Rodeo in New Braunfels, Texas, Friday, Sept. 29, and the Young Living’s Last Chance Rodeo in Mona, Utah, Saturday, Sept. 30. Clay is also making some appearances elsewhere with other partners. He’s entered at the Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo (Texas) with Logan Moore, where they’ve already won fourth in the first round for $646 a man. 

World Champion Clay Smith made a small move to No. 14 in the world standings with $90,598.76 after winning fourth in Stephenville for $1,820 and sixth at the Omaha River City Rodeo (Nebraska) for $681. His heeler Coleby Payne remains at No. 17 in the world, but that $2,501-payday brought his earnings to $85,663.46, just $2,887.84 behind the No. 15 man. The team secured a spot in Sioux Falls to keep them alive in the NFR hunt.

READ: Staying Alive: Major 2023 World Standings Shuffle After Pendleton

World Standings

As of Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023

HEADERS

1Kaleb Driggers$160,185.89 
2Nelson Wyatt$145,083.21 
3Tyler Wade$137,941.67 
4Dustin Egusquiza$135,480.57 
5Derrick Begay$125,559.86 
6Rhen Richard$123,483.95 
7Erich Rogers$119,694.05 
8Tanner Tomlinson$118,705.98 
9Andrew Ward$114,765.21 
10Coleman Proctor$98,487.42 
11Jake Clay$97,497.97 
12Marcus Theriot$92,283.14 
13Luke Brown$91,775.50 
14Clay Smith$90,598.76 
15Cody Snow$89,753.32 
16Dawson Graham$87,694.33 
17Coy Rahlmann$87,352.31 
18Brenten Hall$86,680.56 
19Clint Summers$81,018.02
20Aaron Tsinigine$78,083.70 
21Chad Masters$76,632.27
22Jr. Dees$74,590.80 
23Pedro Egurrola$69,173.92 
24Keven Daniel$67,896.99 
25Tanner James$67,313.45
26Riley Minor$66,419.79 
27J.C. Yeahquo$66,383.16 
28Jake Smith$64,994.74 
29Paul David Tierney$63,494.69 
30Hagen Peterson$62,789.05 

HEELERS

1Junior Nogueira$160,185.89 
2Wesley Thorp$155,168.94 
3Colter Todd$140,727.06 
4Levi Lord$135,480.57 
5Jeremy Buhler$123,483.95 
6Paul Eaves$120,045.37 
7Patrick Smith$118,705.98 
8Buddy Hawkins$114,765.21 
9Logan Medlin$98,487.42 
10Jake Long$95,023.57
11Tyler Worley$93,983.17 
12Hunter Koch$91,775.50 
13Jonathan Torres$91,159.03 
14Cole Curry$88,681.17 
15Paden Bray$88,551.30 
16Dillon Graham$87,694.33 
17Coleby Payne$85,663.46 
18Billie Jack Saebens$80,630.19 
19Trey Yates$79,982.27 
20Justin Davis$79,321.91 
21Ryan Motes$78,710.72
22Chase Tryan$77,942.52 
23Ross Ashford$77,047.05 
24Travis Graves$74,193.18 
25Brady Minor$66,419.79 
26L.J. Yeahquo$66,383.16 
27Caleb Hendrix$64,291.11 
28Corey Hendrick$64,142.67 
29Tanner Braden$63,494.69 
30Wyatt Cox$62,780.44
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