Tomlinson Inches Closer to Smith in Hotly Contested Resistol Rookie Title Race

Tanner Tomlinson continues to challenge Britt Smith for the Resistol Rookie heading title despite being in a small slump.
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With a few weeks left in ProRodeo's regular season Resistol Rookies, like Tanner Tomlinson, are adding as much earnings as they can to close the season and walk away with the Resistol Rookie heading and heeling titles. 

Resistol Rookie Heading Update:

Tanner Tomlinson is closing in on Resistol Rookie heading standings leader Britt Smith, now less than $2,000 behind after a weekend win at the (Douglas) Wyoming State Fair & Rodeo with a 4.4-second run, worth $1,757 a man.

Tomlinson, 19, of Angleton, Texas, now has $14,755.99 in season earnings, second behind Broken Bow, Oklahoma's Smith, 19, with $16,624.37. 

"It's a big accomplishment, but really I haven't been looking at that," Tomlinson said. "I'm just trying to get my roping back up and trying to get in the top 35 or so and just worry about next year. I'm just trying to set myself up for next year and get into all the buildings."

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Tanner Tomlinson has headed on his 14-year-old mare, Ivy, all season long. 

Tanner Tomlinson has headed on his 14-year-old mare, Ivy, all season long. 

Tomlinson, who is currently 44th in the PRCA world standings, has been on fire when it comes to turning steers, but a few broken barriers has cost the young header the earnings he needs to move up in both the PRCA world and Resistol Rookie standings. 

"I've kind of been in a slump," Tomlinson said. "I broke the barrier to win about $11,000 the other weekend. I roped a 4.1 at Lawton (Oklahoma), and I broke the barrier. We were 4-flat at Eureka, Kansas, and I broke out. I've just been struggling a little bit. It was good to finally win something to get some momentum going before the next couple of weeks."

Tomlinson is heading on his 14-year-old, white-faced sorrel mare, Ivy, whom is the only horse he has had in his rig all season long. He is adding a few more head horses to his team as he finishes out the 2020 campaign and prepares for the 2021 rodeo season. 

"She's been great," Tomlinson said. "She's as sound as can be—just perfect. She's felt good everywhere. She's one of the easiest horses for a short score. She leaves flat and scores good. She's real easy to be fast on.

"I got some new head horses. I have a horse that I just got called Thor that I'm planning on taking next year. I'm trying to get at least two more to take next year for the long-score rodeos, especially if everything kicks back up next year there will be a lot more rodeos."

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Resistol Rookie Heading Standings as of 8/19:

  1. Britt Smith, $16,624.37
  2. Tanner Tomlinson, $14,755.99
  3. Coy Rahlmann, $7,748.58
  4. Lathen Bryant, $5119.72
  5. Ryan Pope, $4,476.42
  6. Jaxson Tucker, $3,614.63
  7. Whit Harper, $2,891.67
  8. Lane Stock, $2,556.53
  9. Kade Smith, $2,479.30
  10. Jack Graham, $2,065.64

Resistol Rookie Heeling Standings as of 8/18:

  1. Clay Futrell, $25,873.63
  2. Zak Dobbins, $7,047.87
  3. Eddie Medina, $5,677.60
  4. Tanner McInerney, $4,616.11
  5. Jared Fillmore, $3,583.05
  6. Blaine Courson, $3,313.29
  7. Bradley Johnson, $3,175.30
  8. Abdiel Zamora, $2,246.17
  9. Joshua Smitherman, $2,246.15
  10. Matt Schieck, $1,628.09

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