CBR Riders Who Qualified for the 2010 National Finals Rodeo
The National Finals Rodeo really needs no introduction because it's the biggest rodeo event in the world. The world's best rodeo athletes battle it out all year in hopes of earning a spot in the top 15 and a trip to the NFR. This year, several CBR bull riders have earned a spot in the prestigious field, and some of them have a legitimate shot at winning a PRCA World Championship and gold buckle. If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and voice your opinion. Enjoy!Back
Wesley Silcox will go into this year's NFR in the top spot in the standings. The 2007 PRCA World Champion has a solid shot at winning a second gold buckle this season. He won the 2010 Xtreme Bulls Tour, and that will give him confidence in Vegas. Silcox has become a mainstay in the CBR as well, and he finished just outside the top 35 in 2010. He finished fifth in Hobbs in mid August, and he was just outside the top five at Tuff's event in Fort Worth.
Shawn Hogg is currently second in the 2010 PRCA standings, and he held the top spot a big part of the season. The Texas bull rider has had a breakout year in 2010, and he will be a definite contender at the NFR in early December. Hogg went to a few CBR events in 2010, and while he didn't have much luck, he will be one to watch in the future.
Steve Woolsey has had another consistent season in the PRCA, and he will head into the NFR third place in the standings. He made a nice jump after winning the Justin Boots Championship in Omaha a few weeks back. Woolsey is also coming off his best season in the CBR. He won the second night in Las Vegas earlier in the season, and he also won the second night of the Tour Finale earlier this month. The Utah bull rider finished second in the 2010 CBR season standings.
Clayton Williams is another bull rider who had a great deal of success this year in the PRCA and CBR. He is currently fifth in the PRCA season standings, and he will have a legitimate shot at making a run at the gold buckle. Williams also finished 15th in the final 2010 CBR standings. He won the first night in Las Vegas, and he is coming off a fourth-place finish on night one of the Tour Finale. Williams has a very bright future in both associations.
J.W. Harris is the two-time defending PRCA World Champion bull rider, and he is currently eighth in the PRCA standings. He has some ground to make up, but if anyone is capable, it's this guy. He has battled injuries throughout this season, and the fact he still qualified shows how much talent he has. Harris also made an impact in the CBR in 2010. He finished 21st in the final standings after a win in Tulsa and a third-place finish in Lufkin early in the season.
D.J. Domangue is currently ninth in the PRCA season standings after a very solid late-season surge. He won the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale in Ellensburg, WA, to lock up his spot at the NFR. He will have to ride extremely well in Vegas to win the gold buckle, but he is within shouting distance. Domangue had a little success during the 2010 CBR season, finishing 87th in the final standings.
Ardie Maier is coming off knee surgery which forced him out of the 2010 CBR Tour Finale, but he finished the season fourth in the final standings on the strength of his win in Hankinson, ND. The South Dakota bull rider is also 11th in the PRCA standings, and he will head into Vegas as a long shot to win the gold buckle. Nonetheless, the consistency he has shown in the CBR and PRCA in 2010 is an incredible accomplishment.
Cody Whitney snuck into this year's National Finals Rodeo in the 15th position, but he is capable of making an impact in Vegas. Whitney has been a mainstay in the CBR the last several years, and he is a four-time qualifier for the Tour Finale. He didn't enter many CBR events in 2010, but he did finish 20th in the 2009 season standings.