Permit Holder Hayden Ford Takes Over Turquoise Circuit
Hayden Ford capitalized throughout Cowboy Christmas, putting himself at the top of the Turquoise Circuit standings.
Hayden Ford ropes a calf
Hayden Ford scooped up checks throughout Cowboy Christmas, boosting himself into Turquoise Circuit leader territory. Photo by Bobby Rosales

All eyes may be on the PRCA World Standings during Cowboy Christmas, but there are circuit cowboys like Hayden Ford taking advantage of the dozens of rodeos from June 28 to July 4.

Here are some of the circuit highlights.

Turquoise Circuit

Permit holder Hayden Ford dominated what is the biggest weekend for the Turquoise Circuit with rodeos in Prescott and Window Rock, Ariz. Ford won No. 3 and No. 2, respectively, to earn a whopping $7,270 and take over the circuit lead.

Ford just completed his sophomore season at Texas Tech where he rodeos for coach Jerrad Hofstetter, himself a Wrangler NFR qualifier. In fact, he has been borrowing Hofstetter’s son’s horse Boone.

“I’ve been riding him for most of the year because my good horse has been hurt,” Ford said. “I’ve done good on him, made some pretty big short rounds this year on him.”

In fact, Ford roped in the short go in Denver on his 20th birthday and also qualified to the last round in San Angelo.

Ford grew up in the east Texas town of Whitehouse and now resides in Lubbock while attending school. He had good reasons for choosing the Turquoise Circuit—comprised of Arizona and New Mexico—for his ProRodeo endeavors.

“I picked the Turquoise Circuit because it works best with my schedule,” Ford explained. “I’m able to pick which rodeos I want to go to and it doesn’t interfere with my school schedule.”

The ag business major has plans to be an entrepreneur after graduation, and that spirit is influencing his rodeo strategies, too.

“The circuit title was definitely the goal this year,” Ford said. “For the rest of the year, I’m going to try to get to every circuit rodeo to see if I can get my rodeo count and make a run at making the NFR Open next year.”

Ford orchestrated the standings assault despite never previously competing in Prescott or Window Rock.

“I have always watched Prescott since I was a little kid,” Ford noted. “It’s a prestigious rodeo but every time I back in the box, I try to have the same strategy . . . just don’t beat myself and have fun.”

The size of the checks available during the Fourth was shown in the impact in the standings: in addition to Ford, Joseph Parsons and Kalai Nobriga moved ahead of the pack to land No. 2 and No. 3. Parsons, a former NFR competitor, was the only other cowboy to place in both rodeos.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Hayden FordWhitehouse, Texas$10,340
2Joseph ParsonsMarana, Arizona$8,838.19
3Kalai NobrigaKealakekua, Hawaii$6,607
4Seth HallAlbuquerque, New Mexico$6,246
5Richard NewtonPotales, New Mexico$6,084
6Cory RowlandHobbs, New Mexico$5,915
7Colter SellersCasa Grande, Arizona$5,772
8Westyn HughesCaldwell, Texas$5,130
9Brody StallardFort Sumner, New Mexico$4,026
10Colten WallisBig Spring, Texas$3,159

Great Lakes Circuit

Albia, Iowa, roper Cody Huber was on fire during the four rodeo Fourth of July sweep in the Great Lakes Circuit. Huber won better than $4,000 including a win in Manawa, Wisconsin. He hopped to the lead from No. 3, distancing Blake Ash by almost $2,000.

Missouri cowboy Jesse Hinkle also enjoyed a good weekend with a couple of checks including a round win in Manawa to move from No. 8 to No. 4.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Cody HuberAlbia, Iowa$10,219
2Blake AshAurora, Missouri$8,383
3Hadley DeShazoAsh Flat, Arkansas$6,668
4Jesse HinkleHigbee, Missouri$6,285
5Luke MadsenMarshalltown, Iowa$6,136
6Fenton NelsenMarshall, Missouri$4,721
7Clay EllisDows, Iowa$4,687
8Dawson TurnerSidney, Arkansas$4,637
9Roy LeeMarshall, Missouri$4,618
10Dallen McIntireThayer, Iowa$4,523

Badlands Circuit

Ty Moser held his lead in the Dakotas with a little Fourth of July cash while the standings below him shifted. Trey Young closed to within a few hundred dollars thanks to a nice check at Mandan while Chase Lako picked up two checks worth nearly $3,000 to land third.

Meanwhile, Jason Schaffer went on a heater, taking second in Mandan and winning Mobridge right down the road to vault from No. 20 all the way to No. 5. He earned $5,991.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Ty MoserVolga, South Dakota$10,025
2Trey YoungDupree, South Dakota$9,649
3Chase LakoArthur, North Dakota$9,341
4Austin HurlburtNorfolk, Nebraska$7,529
5Jason SchafferBroadus, Montana$7,093
6Bodie MattsonSturgis, South Dakota$5,352
7Grant TurekSt. Paul, Nebraska$5,011
8Cole RobinsonMoorcroft, Wyoming$3,902
9Brock BelkhamFlandreau, South Dakota$3,663
10Thane LockhartOelrichs, South Dakota$3,181

Mountain States

For cowboys in Wyoming and Colorado, the two major rodeos in Greeley and Cody bookended their Fourth of July with stops in Steamboat Springs and Brush, Colorado, a new PRCA stop, tucked in between.

Wrangler NFR cowboy Riley Pruitt of Nebraska’s resurgence in 2023 has included within his circuit and he held his lead in the standings throughout the holiday weekend.

Loveland, Colorado’s Tyler Boxleitner was the biggest winner, earning a huge check in Cody to leap from No. 14 to No. 2 after earning $4,202.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Riley PruittGering, Nebraska$8,186
2Tyler BoxleitnerLoveland, Colorado$5,587
3JD McCuistionEstes Park, Colorado$4,255
4Jeremiah PeekPueblo, Colorado$4,136
5Cash EnderliLiberty, Texas$4,045
6Jase StaudtSaguache, Colorado$3,548
7Garrett BusbyBrock, Texas$3,292
8Seth PetersonWellington, Colorado$3,289
9Cason KingsburyOrchard, Colorado$3,241
10Hunter ReaumeMeeteetse, Wyoming$3,173

Wilderness Circuit

The Wilderness Circuit had two offerings for Cowboy Christmas in Oakley and West Jordan, two rodeos just 50 miles apart. Justin Brinkeroff pulled a small check at the latter to hold his lead in the circuit standings.

Britt Bedke closed the gap to $760 with a bigger West Jordan check. Elsewhere in the standings, Chance Thiessen cashed big in Oakley to the tune of $5,041 and leapt from No. 21 to No. 5.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Justin BrinkerhoffCorinne, Utah$9,467
2Britt BedkeOakley, Idaho$8,707
3Matt ShiozawaChubbuck, Idaho$7,080
4Josh JenningsGlendale, Utah$6,863
5Chance ThiessenElk City, Oklahoma$6,578
6Stetson VestChildress, Texas$6,509
7Clint RobinsonSpanish Fork, Utah$5,321
8Ryan ThibodeauxStephenville, Texas$4,646
9Ladd KingWest Weber, Utah$4,483
10Shane HancheySulphur, Louisiana$3,895

Columbia River Circuit

There were five rodeos with some big cash up for grabs for ropers in the Columbia River Circuit. Texan Ty Harris managed to keep his pre-Fourth of July lead, but the standings tightened up considerably with Kass Kayser now only $60 behind. Only $651 separates the top five.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Ty HarrisSan Angelo, Texas$5,679
2Kass KayserEllensburg, Washington$5,619
3Trevor HalePerryton, Texas$5,285
4Lane LivingstonSeymour, Texas$5,175
5Preston PedersonHermiston, Oregon$5,028
6Caleb McMillanSoap Lake, Washington$4,167
7Bo PickettCaldwell, Idaho$3,834
8Reese RiemerStinnett, Texas$3,441
9Chase JoyceDrewsey, Oregon$3,262
10Paden BrayStephenville, Texas$3,193

Texas Circuit

There were no changes in the top ten in Texas other than Lipan’s Cole Clemons putting another $1,281 between himself and the rest of the field with a win in Belton. Clemons’ lead is over $7,000.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Cole ClemonsLipan, Texas$23,475
2Sterling SmithStephenville, Texas$16,321
3Shad MayfieldClovis, New Mexico$14,609
4Blane CoxCameron, Texas$13,975
5Cody WaldropSan Angelo, Texas$13,487
6Charlie GibsonMidland, Texas$12,770
7Cory SolomonPrairie View, Texas$11,249
8John DouchHuntsville, Texas$11,034
9Monty LewisHereford, Texas$10,186
10Tyson DurfeyBrock, Texas$9,727

Montana Circuit

Though Montana hosted a trio of rodeos for Cowboy Christmas, much of the proceeds went to out-of-circuit cowboys, leaving little impact on the early season circuit standings.

James Ramirez of Churchill continues to lead the way with only Jesse Medearis making a move. On the wings of a big check in Livingston, Medearis went from No. 8 to No. 3.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1James RamirezChurchill, Montana$4,232
2Matt GutierrezStephenville, Texas$3,735
3Jesse MedearisBelgrade, Montana$3,621
4Kevin PetersonDillon, Montana$2,261
5Shay KellerRockglen, Saskatchewan$1,757
6Dillon HahnkampMelrose, Montana$1,452
7Ty HedrickJackson, Montana$1,374
8Kyle BagnellPolson, Montana$1,184
9Bode ScottPryor, Montana$888
10Ryan SiemsenWorden, Montana$884

First Frontier Circuit

In the Northeast, all around hand Zane Kilgus fared the best during the long weekend, moving up four spots to tuck into No. 2 behind Ty Rumford. Rodeo is just barely getting started in the First Frontier and the gap from first to fifth is only $1,000 thus far.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Ty RumfordAbbyville, Kansas$2,843
2Zane KilgusWatsontown, Pennslyvania$2,400
3JR MyersFelton, Pennslyvania$2,273
4Colby ClementMiddle Grove, New York$2,144
5Garrett FernandezGloversville, New York$1,813
6Lance HowerMilton, Pennslyvania$1,776
7Tyler ZebroviousFredonia, Pennslyvania$1,673
8Layne WeberReinholds, Pennslyvania$837
9Brady BrennanAshburnham, Massachusetts$763
10Charlie GoerlachGreenfield Center, New York$526

Maple Leaf Circuit

Logan Bird kept the lead thanks to placing at both Maple Leaf Circuit rodeos over the Fourth in Airdrie and Raymond, Alberta.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Logan BirdNanton, Alberta$15,932
2Shane SmithWimborne, Alberta$12,729
3Austin HinesMarwayne, Alberta$10,142
4Jason SmithWimborne, Alberta$8,441
5Kyle LucasCarstairs, Alberta$8,091
6Stran DunhamSouris, Manitoba$7,636
7Clay ElliottNanton, Alberta$6,964
8Copper ReschStettler, Alberta$6,289
9Steele De PaoliLongview, Alberta$4,485
10Logan SpadyAlliance, Alberta$4,347

Prairie Circuit

With only one rodeo on tap, the Prairie Circuit standings saw no changes.

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Ryan JarrettComanche, Oklahoma$12,384
2Cash HooperCarlsbad, New Mexico$8,337
3Cash FueszEureka, Kansas$8,239
4Glenn JacksonOkmulgee, Oklahoma$6,676
5Tom CrouseGallatin, Missouri$6,594
6Marley BergerUdall, Kansas$6,260
7Hagen HouckHenrietta, Texas$4,648
8Riley O’RourkeSkiutook, Oklahoma$4,115
9RJ StrawLenapah, Oklahoma$3,961
10Paul David TierneyOklahoma City, Oklahoma$3,637

While ropers in most circuits were scrambling from rodeo to rodeo, ropers in California and the Southeastern Circuits had no rodeos on the schedule, leaving standings unchanged.

California Circuit

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Jordan KetscherSquaw Valley, California$18,079
2Brush MintonWitter Springs, California$11,160
3Jason AndersenSalinas, California$10,975
4Tyler ForsbergFillmore, California$9,208
5Colton FarquerOakdale, California$8,738
6J. Cody JonesUkiah, California$6,125
7Cody StewartJanesville, California$6,110
8Doyle HoskinsPrunedale, California$4,086
9KC MillerCambria, California$3,859
10CJ DeForestWheatland, California$3,757

Southeastern Circuit

RankAthleteHometownMoney Won
1Blake ChauvinRaceland, Louisiana$13,479
2Michael OteroLowndesboro, Alabama$12,452
3Macon MurphyKeatchie, Louisiana$12,060
4Marcus TheriotLumberton, Mississippi$10,778
5Cole WalkerSparta, Tennessee$10,280
6Booker McCutchenHarrison, Arkansas$10,252
7Austin DavisMorton, Mississippi$10, 216
8Randall CarlisleAthens, Louisiana$10,110
9Polo BacqueScott, Louisiana$9,765
10West SmithEmmet, Arkanasa$8,867