Ward, Hawkins II and Smith Shake Up the Prairie Circuit; Smith and Brown Surge for No.1 in First Frontier Circuit

The Prairie Circuit, Southeastern Circuit and the First Frontier Circuit standings saw some moves during a weekend full of ProRodeos.
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Heading into the new weekend of rodeo, here are the circuit team ropers coming off a hot-streak in their circuit contention: 

Prairie Circuit

The brother-in-law team of Andrew Ward and 2015 RNCFR Champion Heeler Buddy Hawkins II continue to rake in money to stay in the top two of the Prairie Circuit standings. 

They placed third at the Wilson County Fair Association PRCA Rodeo in Fredonia, Kansas with a 5.0-second run, worth $1,318 a man. The duo also had a strong finish at the Cheyenne Cheyenne (Wells, Colorado) County Pro Rodeo. They won it with a 5.8-second run, adding $1,288 to each man's earnings. 

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They won some round money in the second round at the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo, tying Britt Ellerman and Trey Johnson and Layne Carson and Jeff Nelson for fourth with a 4.9-second run, worth $1,279 a man, and tied Jaxson Tucker and Cesar de la Cruz for sixth with a 4.5-second run at the Deadwood (South Dakota) Days Of '76 Rodeo, worth $857 a man. 

Ward is currently leading the Prairie Circuit with $11,625.78 and is 13th in the PRCA world standings with $30,184.95 in season earnings. Hawkins is second in the Prairie Circuit with $9,627.82 and 13th in the PRCA world standings with $30,184.95 in season earnings.

Oklahoma's Thomas Smith, heeling for Landon McClaugherty, jumped right into the Prairie Circuit heeling standings after placing second at the Wilson County Fair Association PRCA Rodeo with a 4.6-second run, worth $1,551 a man, which put Smith at 18th in the circuit standings. 

Southeastern Circuit:

Florida's Justin Yost and Louisiana's Reno Gonzales made a move in the Southeastern Circuit standings after winning the Southeastern Pro Rodeo in Ocala, Florida. They stopped the clock in 5.2-second, adding $1,028 to each of their earnings. 

Yost is now 11th in the Southeastern Circuit heading standings with $5,781.85 won and Gonzales is 18th in the heeling standings with $3,007.98 in earnings.

First Frontier Circuit: 

Delaware's Chuck Smith and Maryland's Kevin Brown are shaking up the First Frontier standings. 

The North Easterners won the Cowtown Rodeo in Woodstown Pilesgrove, New Jersey with a 8.2-second run, adding $1,086 to each man's earnings. 

Smith and Brown are putting the pressure on the No.1 header and heeler in the First Frontier Circuit after jumping to No.2 with $2,095.20, each.

Note: These circuit standings will count for the 2021 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida, April 9-11. The 2020 RNCFR—to which contestants are already qualified based on their placing in the 2019 circuit standings or their circuit finals average win—has been rescheduled to Sept. 10-13 in Greeley, Colorado. How certain circuits—like the California Circuit and the Columbia River Circuit—will handle their circuit finals and year-end standings remains unclear. 

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Full Results: 

Woodstown Pilesgrove, N.J. 1. Chuck Smith/Kevin Brown, 8.2 seconds, $1,086 each; 2. Terry Shetron/J.R. Myers, 8.6, $815; 3. Mary Ann Brown/Kenny Brown, 9.0, $543; 4. Dylan Beam/T.R. Serio, 9.8, $272.

Mesquite, Texas 1. Chad Masters/Wesley Thorp, 5.1 seconds, $698 each; 2. (tie) Wyatt Imus/Joseph Harrison and Clint Summers/Douglas Rich, 5.3, $437 each; 4. Jason Burson/Corey Hendrick, 5.5, $175.

Ocala, Fla. 1. Justin Yost/Reno Gonzales, 5.2 seconds, $1,028 each; 2. Travis Dorman/Morgan Jones, 6.0, $771; 3. Ryan Pope/Chris Soto, 6.1, $514; 4. Cody Sessions/Parker Carbajal, 6.3, $257.

Fredonia, Kan. 1. Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 4.5 seconds, $1,784 each; 2. Landon McClaugherty/Thomas Smith, 4.6, $1,551; 3. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.0, $1,318; 4. Billy Bob Brown/Jake Edwards, 5.1, $1,086; 5. (tie) Casey Hicks/Steve Orth, Stran Morris/Austin Rogers and Jr. Dees/Coleby Payne, 5.2, $620 each; 8. Ryon Boatright/Tyrel Taton, 5.3, $155.

Libby, Mont. 1. Delon Parker/Matt Robertson, 5.9 seconds, $954 each; 2. Trent Sorey/Calgary Smith, 6.3, $790; 3. Cody Tew/Zachary Schweigert, 7.6, $625; 4. Jason Carlson/Kyle DeSaveur, 12.7, $461; 5. Dustin Bird/Sid Sporer, 13.0, $296; 6. Chris Westphal/Chad Johnson, 13.4, $165.

Peterson, Iowa 1. J.B. Lord/Matt Zancanella, 5.4 seconds, $1,533 each; 2. Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham, 5.8, $1,269; 3. (tie) Cooper White/Tucker White and Jeff Johnston/Ty Talsma, 5.9, $872 each; 5. (tie) Mitchell Barney/Jace Engesser and Brody Braden/Trent Vaught, 6.0, $370 each.

Burwell, Neb. 1. (tie) Luke Brown/Patrick Smith and Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes, 5.9 seconds, $3,921 each; 3. Nick Sartain/Blaine Vick, 6.1, $3,268; 4. (tie) Jake Orman/Brye Crites and Jake Cooper/Caleb Anderson, 6.3, $2,614 each; 6. Eli Lord/Haven Meged, 6.6, $1,961; 7. Rhett Anderson/Cullen Teller, 6.9, $1,525; 8. Levi Simpson/Shay Dixon Carroll, 7.0, $1,089; 9. (tie) Jaxson Tucker/Cesar de la Cruz and Jaguar Terrill/Tyler Whitlow, 7.1, $436 each.

Deadwood, S.D. First round: 1. Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes, 4.4 seconds, $2,675 each; 2. Jeff Flenniken/Tyler Worley, 4.8, $2,326; 3. (tie) Jake Orman/Brye Crites and Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves, 4.9, $1,803 each; 5. Jared Odens/Matt Zancanella, 5.0, $1,279; 6. (tie) Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan and Turner Harris/Jade Nelson, 5.2, $756 each; 8. (tie) Matt Sherwood/Trey Yates and Wyatt Imus/Joseph Harrison, 5.4, $116 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Reno Stoebner/Colton Brittain and Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, 4.1 seconds, $2,500 each; 3. Brent McInerney/Tanner McInerney, 4.5, $1,977; 4. (tie) Brit Ellerman/Trey Johnson, Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II and Layne Carson/Jeff Nelson, 4.9, $1,279 each; 7. Jr. Dees/Coleby Payne, 5.0, $581; 8. Brady Tryan/Levi Tyan, 5.2, $233. Average: 1. Jake Orman/Brye Crites, 10.6 seconds on two head, $4,012 each; 2. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 10.8, $3,489; 3. Turner Harris/Jade Nelson, 10.9, $2,965; 4. Levi Simpson/Shay Dixon Carroll, 11.7, $2,442; 5. Chad Masters/Wesley Thorp, 12.8, $1,919; 6. Dale Benevides/Jesse Hines, 13.8, $1,395; 7. Jason Thorstenson/Jace Crabb, 14.0, $872; 8. Jared Odens/Matt Zancanella, 15.5, $349.

Cheyenne Wells, Colo. 1. Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 5.8 seconds, $1,288 each; 2. (tie) Chad Masters/Wesley Thorp and Jase Staudt/Clancey Kreutzer, 5.9, $955 each; 4. Austin Crist/T.J. Watts, 6.5, $622; 5. Lee Kiehne/Ryon Tittel, 6.7, $400; 6. Paul Beckett/Jayden Johnson, 6.8, $222.

Spanish Fork, Utah First round: 1. Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 4.4 seconds, $3,033 each; 2. Spencer Mitchell/Evan Arnold, 4.5, $2,637; 3. Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 4.6, $2,242; 4. (tie) Tanner Tomlinson/Brady Norman and Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 4.7, $1,648 each; 6. Nick Sartain/Blaine Vick, 4.8, $1,055; 7. Clay Ullery/Tyce McLeod, 5.0, $659; 8. (tie) Garrett Tonozzi/Dustin Davis and Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 5.1, $132 each. Second round: 1. Nelson Wyatt/Levi Lord, 3.6 seconds, $3,033 each; 2. Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 4.0, $2,637; 3. Kaleb Driggers/Cory Petska, 4.2, $2,242; 4. Clint Summers/Douglas Rich, 4.3, $1,846; 5. Britt Smith/Jake Smith, 4.4, $1,451; 6. (tie) Jaxson Tucker/Cesar de la Cruz and Andrew Ward/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.5, $857 each; 8. (tie) Rhett Anderson/Olin Pulham, Riley Minor/Brady Minor and Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett, 4.6, $88 each. Average: 1. Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 9.4 seconds on two head, $4,549 each; 2. (tie) Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan and Riley Minor/Brady Minor, 9.8, $3,659 each; 4. (tie) Rhett Anderson/Olin Pulham and Colby Lovell/Paul Eaves, 9.9, $2,473 each; 6. Cody Snow/Junior Nogueira, 10.0, $1,582; 7. Kaleb Driggers/Cory Petska, 10.1, $989; 8. Coleman Proctor/Ryan Motes, 10.2, $396.

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