Tate Kirchenschlager and Buddy Hawkins II won the Ellensburg Rodeo, moving Kirchenschlager in serious NFR contention for what could be his first trip to the Thomas & Mack.

As 2019 PRCA rodeo's regular season comes close to an end, cowboys are in the hunt to secure a spot in the top 15 of the PRCA world standings.

Yuma, Colorado's, Tate Kirchenschlager, now in serious contention for what could be his first Wrangler NFR, launched from the bubble spot to 11th in the PRCA world standings with $71,079.79 in season earnings thanks to a win at the Ellensburg (Washington) Rodeo.

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"I think a person needs to win $75,000," Kirchenschlager said. "It's just like everything else—depends on who does good where. Dustin Egusquiza—I know he's back there a ways, but I don't think a person can ever count him out. He's liable to win three rodeos in a row and with $12,000. I think a person needs to go ahead and separate himself a little bit."

Kirchenschlager and Columbus, Kansas', Buddy Hawkins II (currently 32nd in the PRCA world standings) roped three head in 15.9 seconds, adding $4,950 to their earnings for the average alone.

"I needed to win," Kirchenschlager said. "If I didn't win there I wasn't going to have a chance anymore—I needed to catch up. I'm not in, by no means. I need to win some more. That was probably bigger that winning San Antone this winter. That was a real big win."

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They won the first round with a 4.4-second run, worth $3,300 a man, and won the third round with a 5.0-second run, adding $1,167 to their earnings. 

"I try not to think about it. I know I have a chance to make it, but I don't want to overwhelm myself and start roping bad. Chad (Masters) told me to 'just finish out the year. Don't even look at the standings or how many rodeos you've got or what others got, just look at there's three weeks left in the season—go for three more weeks and then see what it looks like.'"

Kirchenschlager is also sitting in the number-one spot of the Mountain States circuit with $14,085.94 won. 

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Tate Kirchenschlager turning a black steer for heeler Buddy Hawkins II at the Ellensburg Rodeo.

Tate Kirchenschlager eyes chances at first trip to NFR with the help of two-time NFR qualifier Buddy Hawkins II.

Top 20 Headers: 

1. Clay Smith, $135,565.26

2. Kaleb Driggers, $101,355.53

3. Ty Blasingame, $99,933.45

4. Coleman Proctor, $98,964.32

5. Riley Minor, $95,056.73

6. Clay Tryan, $94,648.13

7. Chad Masters, $88,675.58

8. Luke Brown, $79,901.41

9. Cody Snow, $77,382.98

10. Brenten Hall, $72,225.36

11. Tate Kirchenschlager, $71,079.79

12. Tyler Wade, $70,690.49

13. Jake Cooper, $69,541.40

14. Matt Sherwood, $69,470.19

15. Erich Rogers, $68,428.74

16. Paul David Tierney, $61,944.22

17. Dustin Egusquiza, $60,375.66

18. Spencer Mitchell, $58,070.84

19. Nelson Wyatt, $57,910.10

20. Tanner Baldwin, $55,780.98

Top 20 Heelers: 

1. Ryan Motes, $103,812.06

2. Junior Nogueira, $101,355.53

3. Jake Long, $95,069.48

4. Brady Minor, $95,056.73

5. Travis Graves, $94,648.13

6. Kyle Lockett, $94,329.86

7. Jade Corkill, $93,690.97

8. Joseph Harrison, $89,763.71

9. Paul Eaves, $83,956.85

10. Hunter Koch, $79,657.34

11. Chase Tryan, $72,225.36

12. Caleb Anderson, $69,541.40

13. Wesley Thorp, $68,215.50

14. Tyler Worley, $66,393.79

15. Billie Jack Saebens, $61,470.69

16. Paden Bray, $60,845.78

17. Levi Lord, $59,046.80

18. Cole Davison, $58,081.08

19. Nano Garza, $57,968.61

20. Tanner Braden, $56,602.85

Lewiston, Idaho (IN PROGRESS) 1. (tie) Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison and Dustin Egusquiza/Jake Long, 4.3 seconds each; 3. (tie) Clay Tryan/Travis Graves and Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 4.5 each; 5. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.6; 6. Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 4.9.

Blackfoot, Idaho 1. Zane Barnson/Olin Pulham, 4.3 seconds, $1,125 each; 2. Cole Sherwood/JC Flake, 4.6, $931; 3. J.B. James Jr/Brock Hanson, 5.6, $737; 4. Max Kuttler/Cole Wilson, 6.1, $543; 5. Jaguar Terrill/Jason Warner, 10.5, $349; 6. (tie) Chaz Kananen/Tyler Whitlow and Clint Kap/Justin Hodson, 11.0, $97 each.

Weatherford, Okla. 1. Blake Hughes/Braden Harmon, 6.0 seconds, $1,034 each; 2. Brice Boatright/Casey McCleskey, 6.2, $776; 3. Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 6.3, $517; 4. (tie) Ethan Price/Bo Yaussi and Miles Baker/Jace Crabb, 6.7, $129 each.

White Sulphur Spring, Mont. 1. Travis Tryan/Justin Viles, 4.5 seconds, $920 each; 2. Kal Fuller/Kasper Roy, 5.7, $761; 3. Dustin Bird/Sid Sporer, 5.8, $603; 4. (tie) Brady Tryan/Clay Futrell and Kade Sherwood/Kory Mytty, 5.9, $365 each; 6. Ben Ayre/Bill Ayre, 6.0, $159.

Lakeview, Ore. 1. C.J. DeForest Jr./Andy Holcomb, 4.7 seconds, $2,420 each; 2. Joshua Torres/Jonathan Torres, 4.8, $2,165; 3. Nick Sartain/Austin Rogers, 4.9, $1,911; 4. (tie) Jr. Dees/Lane Siggins, Clay Ruiz/Brent Lockett and Clayton Van Aken/Trey Yates, 5.1, $1,401 each; 7. Dex Maddock/Kurtis Barry, 5.2, $892; 8. Steven Duby/Jason Duby, 5.5, $637; 9. Cully Stafford/Dayton Stafford, 5.7, $382; 10. Jack Graham/Sam Levine, 5.8, $127.

Parowan, Utah 1. Robby Farias/Jade Anderson, 5.3 seconds, $1,636 each; 2. Max Kuttler/Cole Wilson, 5.6, $1,354; 3. Chaz Kananen/Tyler Whitlow, 5.7, $1,072; 4. Thad Ward/Matt Cumbie, 6.4, $790; 5. Tanner Bryson/Tyler Getzwiller, 6.8, $508; 6. Brodi Jones/Jake Freeland, 7.0, $282.

Evanston, Wyo. 1. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.7 seconds, $1,990 each; 2. Jaguar Terrill/Jason Warner, 5.1, $1,647; 3. Zane Barnson/Olin Pulham, 5.2, $1,304; 4. Hagen Peterson/Jace Nielsen, 5.7, $961; 5. Jesse Sheffield/Derek Pake Younger, 5.9, $618; 6. Payson Munns/Britt Newman, 6.2, $343.

Dayton, Iowa 1. Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 5.1 seconds, $1,799 each; 2. Coy Rahlmann/Ryan Von Ahn, 5.5, $1,489; 3. Butch Levell/J.W. Beck, 6.7, $1,179; 4. Mitchell Barney/J.W. Nelson, 7.0, $869; 5. Brant Spurgin/Gabe Gwaltney, 7.1, $558; 6. (tie) Ryan Alexander/Cole Stevens and Tate Oftedahl/Chance Carlson, 7.3, $155 each.

Ellensburg, Wash. First round: 1. Tate Kirchenschlager/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.4 seconds, $3,300 each; 2. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.5, $2,869; 3. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Cody Doescher and Tyler Smith/Andy Carlson, 4.7, $2,224 each; 5. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.8, $1,578; 6. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.9, $1,148; 7. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 5.0, $717; 8. Cory Kidd V/Kory Koontz, 5.1, $287. Second round: 1. Tanner Baldwin/Nano Garza, 4.1 seconds, $3,300 each; 2. Billy Bob Brown/Evan Arnold, 4.2, $2,869; 3. (tie) Clayton Van Aken/Trey Yates and Brady Tryan/Clay Futrell, 4.4, $2,224 each; 5. Rhen Richard/Dustin Searcy, 4.5, $1,578; 6. Blake Teixeira/Jordan Ketscher, 4.7, $1,148; 7. Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 4.8, $717; 8. (tie) Britt Smith/Jake Smith and Dustin Egusquiza/Jake Long, 4.9, $143 each. Finals: 1. Tate Kirchenschlager/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.0 seconds, $1,167 each; 2. (tie) Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley and Shane Erickson/Brent Falon, 5.1, $865 each; 4. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 5.2, $564; 5. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 5.5, $362; 6. Tyler Smith/Andy Carlson, 10.6, $201. Average: 1. Tate Kirchenschlager/Buddy Hawkins II, 15.9 seconds on three head, $4,950 each; 2. (tie) Shane Erickson/Brent Falon and Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 16.3, $3,981 each; 4. Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley, 16.5, $3,013; 5. Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 17.0, $2,367; 6. Tyler Smith/Andy Carlson, 21.8, $1,722; 7. (tie) Dustin Egusquiza/Jake Long and Tanner Green/Jake Clay, 10.8 on two head, $753 each.

Killdeer, N.D. 1. Guy Howell/Levi O'Keeffe, 4.6 seconds, $1,280 each; 2. Cooper White/Jerren Johnson, 4.8, $1,059; 3. Cody Hilzendeger/Cash Hetzel, 5.2, $839; 4. Wyatt Bice/Parker Murnion, 5.4, $618; 5. Braden Pirrung/Matt Zancanella, 5.8, $397; 6. (tie) Layne Carson/Hank Hollenbeck and Jason Thorstenson/Jade Nelson, 6.1, $110 each.

Merritt, British Columbia 1. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch/Matt Sherwood and Kal Fuller/Kasper Roy, 4.2 seconds, $1,253 each; 3. Tee McLeod/Trey Gallais, 4.7, $991; 4. Wyatt Hayes/Wyatt Eirikson, 5.2, $816; 5. Clint Buhler/Chase Simpson, 5.3, $641; 6. (tie) Levi Simpson/Cole Davison and .Clay Ullery/Riley Warren, 6.0, $374; 8. Justin McCarroll/Brett McCarroll, 6.4, $117.

Pine City, Minn. 1. Ryan Alexander/Cole Stevens, 8.8 seconds, $728 each; 2. Ryan Melby/Steve Kuntz, 11.1, $546; 3. Joe Jacobsen/Randy Melby, 12.5, $364; 4. Lane Goebel/Lucas Falconer, 13.2, $182.

Dillon, Mont. 1. Quinn Kesler/Colby Siddoway, 3.9 seconds, $2,429 each; 2. Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 4.4, $2,173; 3. Hagen Peterson/Jace Nielsen, 4.5, $1,918; 4. Jade Stoddard/Cole Cooper, 4.6, $1,662; 5. Delon Parker/Ryan Zurcher, 5.1, $1,406; 6. Jaguar Terrill/Jason Warner, 5.4, $1,151; 7. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 5.6, $895; 8. Josh Boka/Clayton Hass, 5.7, $639; 9. Jason Carlson/Kyle DeSaveur, 6.1, $384; 10. Tanner Pallesen/John Flinders, 6.5, $128.

Henryetta, Okla. 1. Brett Christensen/Chase Boekhaus, 5.7 seconds, $1,128 each; 2. Cash Hendrick/Heath Williams, 6.1, $846; 3. Coleman Proctor/Griffin Passmore, 6.3, $564; 4. (tie) Curry Kirchner/Blayne Horne and Cole Morgan/Brye Crites, 6.4, $141 each.

Palestine, Ill. 1. Cory Petska/Brent Miller, 5.9 seconds, $1,663 each; 2. Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 6.3, $1,376; 3. Joe Jacobsen/Randy Melby, 6.5, $1,089; 4. Brant Spurgin/Gabe Gwaltney, 6.6, $803; 5. Will Clark/Kelsey Parchman, 7.0, $516; 6. John Alley/Clark Adcock, 8.9, $287.

Elk City, Okla. 1. Dylan Gordon/Brady Norman, 5.3 seconds, $1,231 each; 2. Maverick Harper/Jayden Johnson, 7.1, $1,019; 3. Jesse Stipes/Cody Heflin, 7.2, $806; 4. Jake South/Robert Murphy, 7.5, $594; 5. Kash Koch/Zack Woods, 10.5, $382; 6. Kelton Hill/Derrick Jantzen, 10.7, $212.

Walla Walla, Wash. First round: 1. (tie) Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord and Steven Duby/Jason Duby, 4.7 seconds, $2,164 each; 3. (tie) Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan and Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 5.1, $1,560 each; 5. Britt Smith/Jake Smith, 5.2, $1,107; 6. Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch, 5.3, $805; 7. (tie) Clay Smith/Jade Corkill and Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis, 5.4, $352 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Garett Chick/Ross Ashford and Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 4.4 seconds, $2,164 each; 3. (tie) Spencer Mitchell/Cody Doescher and Cyle Denison/Lane Mitchell, 4.7, $1,560 each; 5. Bubba Buckaloo/Shay Dixon Carroll, 4.8, $1,107; 6. Kal Fuller/Kasper Roy, 4.9, $805; 7. Tyler Wade/Billie Jack Saebens, 5.1, $503; 8. (tie) Paul David Tierney/Ryan Motes and Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, 5.2, $101 each. Average: 1. Chad Masters/Joseph Harrison, 10.6 seconds on two head, $3,472 each; 2. (tie) Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord and Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch, 10.8, $2,793 each; 4. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 10.9, $2,114; 5. Levi Simpson/Cole Davison, 11.6, $1,661; 6. Nick Sartain/Austin Rogers, 11.8, $1,208; 7. Brady Tryan/Clay Futrell, 11.9, $755; 8. Charly Crawford/Logan Medlin, 12.6, $302.

Killdeer, N.D. 1. (tie) Chance Rosencrans/Jesse Fredrickson and Guy Howell/Levi O'Keeffe, 4.7 seconds, $1,125 each; 3. Alfred Hansen/Levi Tyan, 4.9, $806; 4. Tyler Thiel/Jade Nelson, 5.3, $594; 5. Radley Day/Taylor Williams, 5.5, $382; 6. (tie) Cooper White/Jerren Johnson and Reece Weber/Matt Kasner, 5.7, $106 each.

Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J. 1. Kody Koser/Mason Brehm, 7.3 seconds, $640 each; 2. Terry Shetron/Kenny Brown, 7.7, $480; 3. Lance Hower/Kelton Brown, 11.4, $320; 4. A.J. Williams/Chris Boxler, 11.9, $160.

Socorro, N.M. 1. Chase Massengill/Kory Bramwell, 5.0 seconds, $1,034 each; 2. Michael Calmelat/TJ Brown, 5.6, $776; 3. Blaine Garley/Tim Gonzales, 7.1, $517; 4. Robert Ansley/Paul Gutierrez, 15.1, $259.

Lake Luzerne, N.Y. 1. Waylon Cameron/Ryan Whetham, 5.1 seconds, $563 each; 2. Darren Morgan/Drew Carnes, 5.4, $422; 3. Jacob Rounds/Shawn Quinn, 6.3, $281; 4. Keith Warner/Cody Warner, 7.1, $141.

Ocala, Fla. 1. Hayden Grant/Dillon Bird, 5.7 seconds, $922 each; 2. Travis Dorman/Spunk Sasser, 6.1, $691; 3. Bradley Massey/Britt Bockius, 6.3, $461; 4. Tim Pharr/Zak Richardson, 6.5, $230.

Longford, Kan. 1. Cole Remington/Mitch Murray, 7.4 seconds, $679 each; 2. Nick Becker/Dawson McMaster, 16.8, $509; no other qualified runs.

Plains, Mont. 1. Cody Tew/Landon Williams, 5.4 seconds, $1,336 each; 2. Ian Austiguy/Chase Briggs IV, 5.7, $1,106; 3. Shawn Bessette/Ike Folsom, 6.1, $875; 4. (tie) Will Powell/Riley Bailey and Jack Graham/Sam Levine, 6.2, $530 each; 6. Nolan Conway/Shawn Bird, 6.6, $230.

Manila, Utah 1. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.7 seconds, $1,636 each; 2. Zane Barnson/Olin Pulham, 4.9, $1,354; 3. Robby Farias/Jade Anderson, 5.0, $1,072; 4. Tanner Pallesen/John Flinders, 6.8, $790; 5. Philip Schuman/Josh Fillmore, 7.0, $508; 6. Quinn Kesler/Colby Siddoway, 10.4, $282.

Filer, Idaho 1. Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira, 4.1 seconds, $4,554 each; 2. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 4.3, $4,075; 3. Lane Ivy/Cesar de la Cruz, 4.4, $3,596; 4. Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 4.7, $3,116; 5. (tie) Quinn Kesler/Colby Siddoway, Clay Smith/Jade Corkill and Luke Brown/Paul Eaves, 4.8, $2,157 each; 8. (tie) Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis and Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, 4.9, $959 each; 10. Tanner Baldwin/Nano Garza, 5.0, $240.

Armstrong, British Columbia 1. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 4.1 seconds, $2,115 each; 2. Justin McCarroll/Brett McCarroll, 4.5, $1,939; 3. Dustin Bird/Riley Wilson, 4.7, $1,704; 4. Kolton Schmidt/Jeremy Buhler, 4.8, $1,469; 5. (tie) Brett Buss/Klay Whyte and Wyatt Hayes/Wyatt Eirikson, 5.1, $1,116 each; 7. Matt Sherwood/Hunter Koch, 5.2, $764; 8. Trey Gallais/Tee McLeod, 5.4, $646; 9. Clay Ullery/Riley Warren, 5.9, $529; 10. Logan Bonnett/Keely Bonnett, 6.3, $353.

Vinita, Okla. First round: 1. Jesse Stipes/Cody Heflin, 6.5 seconds, $382 each; 2. Blake Deckard/Kyle Horton, 9.5, $287; 3. Cole Morgan/Brye Crites, 11.6, $191; 4. Casey Hicks/Steve Orth, 14.9, $96. Second round: 1. Casey Hicks/Steve Orth, 6.0 seconds, $382 each; 2. Cole Morgan/Brye Crites, 6.8, $287; 3. Coleman Proctor/Griffin Passmore, 7.1, $191; 4. Jesse Stipes/Cody Heflin, 19.3, $96. Average: 1. Cole Morgan/Brye Crites, 18.4 seconds on two head, $574 each; 2. Casey Hicks/Steve Orth, 20.9, $430; 3. Coleman Proctor/Griffin Passmore, 23.0, $287; 4. Jesse Stipes/Cody Heflin, 25.8, $143.

Socorro, N.M. 1. Josh Siggins/Junior Zambrano, 6.4 seconds, $1,081 each; 2. Travis Bard/Clinton Teller, 6.6, $811; 3. Chase Massengill/Kory Bramwell, 6.7, $541; 4. Tanner Bryson/Tyler Getzwiller, 7.5, $270.

Lake Luzerne, N.Y. 1. Eric Fabian/Derek Carey, 5.9 seconds, $640 each; 2. Jacob Rounds/Shawn Quinn, 7.3, $480; 3. Gary Dubois/Robbie Erck, 7.8, $320; 4. Kyle Gardner/JB Burgess, 9.0, $160.

Lake Luzerne, N.Y. 1. Bronc Vogele/Colt Vogele, 8.0 seconds, $601 each; 2. Roger Stockton/Tye Eglin, 8.5, $451; 3. Troy Musser/Abdiel Zamora, 11.1, $301; 4. Eric Fabian/Derek Carey, 11.2, $150.

Pueblo, Colo. First round: 1. (tie) Travis Bounds/T.J. Watts, Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn and Jade Stoddard/Cole Cooper, 6.0 seconds, $1,141 each; 4. Calvin Brevik/Kory Bramwell, 6.7, $666; 5. Ken McKibbin/Jorge Cruz, 6.9, $428; 6. Braxton Morgan/C.L. Morgan, 7.0, $238. Second round: 1. Jase Staudt/Clancey Kreutzer, 5.3 seconds, $1,379 each; 2. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 5.9, $1,141; 3. Travis Bounds/T.J. Watts, 6.3, $903; 4. Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 6.5, $666; 5. Jade Stoddard/Cole Cooper, 6.9, $428; 6. (tie) Philip Schuman/Josh Fillmore and Corey Whinnery/Robert Murphy, 7.7, $119 each. Average: 1. Travis Bounds/T.J. Watts, 12.3 seconds on two head, $2,068 each; 2. Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn, 12.5, $1,711; 3. Jade Stoddard/Cole Cooper, 12.9, $1,355; 4. Philip Schuman/Josh Fillmore, 15.1, $998; 5. Chris Francis/Cade Passig, 17.0, $642; 6. Jesse Sheffield/Derek Pake Younger, 19.6, $357.

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