The summer run is off to a strong start, with the No. 1 Resistol Rookies on the heading and heeling side averaging $21,219 in earnings with just under four months to go in the 2023 season.
Two men will be crowned Resistol Rookies of the Year—an honor that often bodes well for a strong roping career. These are the top five Resistol Rookies as of June 7, 2023.
No. 1 Cole Thomas
Hometown: Emelle, Alabama
Partner: Clay (Marshall) Green
Fast Fact: Thomas—who was the Resistol Rookie Roundup Champion with Kaden Profili—is currently sitting No. 2 in the Southeastern Circuit with $10,505 earned.
No. 2 Cutter Machado
Hometown: Santa Maria, California
Partner: Dalton Pearce
Fast Fact: Machado is attending Cal Poly University while rodeoing on the California Circuit.
No. 3 Tyler Jackson
Hometown: Salem, Arkansas
Partner: Josh Hamby
Fast Fact: Jackson is rodeoing on the Great Lakes Circuit with the goal of making the 2024 NFR Open. He says if his and Hamby’s summer goes well, they’ll push harder for the Resistol Rookie race.
No. 4 Chet Weitz
Hometown: London, Texas
Partner: Cutter Thomison
Fast Fact: Weitz has taken some time off due to a shoulder surgery but plans to make his comeback at the Reno Rodeo in Nevada June 16–June 24, 2023.
No. 5 Tate Schmidt
Hometown: Barrhead, Alberta, Canada
Partner: Kagen Schmidt
Fast Fact: Schmidt is staying close(r) to home and rodeoing on the Maple Leaf Circuit.
No. 1 Clay Clayman
Hometown: Highlandville, Missouri
Partner: Dalton Turner
Fast Fast: Clayman, who is the 2022 Junior Ironman Champion, has Dalton Tuner on the heels. Turner headed for 2022 Resistol Rookie of the Year Runner-Up Blaine Tuner. Now, Clayman and Turner are hitting up the Great Lakes Circuit while trying to break into the top 40 in the world to get the invitation to the bigger winter rodeos for 2024.
No. 2 Kaden Profili
Hometown: Jacksonville, Texas
Partner: Ty Arnold
Fast Fact: Profili earned the 2023 Resistol Rookie Roundup Championship, and ropes for Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas.
No. 3 Cutter Thomison
Hometown: Hermleigh, Texas
Partner: Chet Weitz
Fast Fast: Thominson rodeos for Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas.
No. 4 Landen Glenn
Hometown: McAlester, Oklahoma
Partner: Kreece Thompson
Fast Fact: Glenn recently tied for third at the Old Fort Days Rodeo in Fort Smith, Arkansas, winning $2,140 a man.
No. 5 JR Gonzalez
Hometown: Maypearl, Texas
Partner: Bubba Buckaloo
Fast Fact: Gonzalez and NFR header Buckaloo picked up a second-place check worth $1,767 a man at the Crossett Riding Club Rodeo in Crossett, Arkansas.
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