The curtain closed on the 2023 ProRodeo season Saturday, Sept. 30, at the conclusion of the Cinch Playoffs Governor’s Cup in Sioux Falls, and the field for the tie-down roping at the 2023 NFR is set.
Let’s break down the world standings earnings and earnings after this week.
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2023 NFR Qualifiers
Shad Mayfield’s 7.3-second run in the four-man round of the 2023 Cinch Playoffs Governor’s Cup got him the inaugural win and $25,000. Between the $25,000 and what he won in the rounds, he was also able to jump to No. 2 in the tie-down roping world standings to finish off the year.
There are two NFR rookies in this year’s field: Beau Cooper and Brushton Minton. Cooper, the 22-year-old from Stettler, Alberta, enters the Finals No. 11 with $116,881.96, and Minton, the 25-year-old from Witter Springs, California, enters No. 12 with $116,551.48.
There was a nail-biting battle for the fifteenth spot in the tie-down roping world standings between Tuf Cooper and Luke Potter going into Sioux Falls. Potter was $8,828.91 behind Cooper going into Sioux Falls. With rounds paying $10,000 to win and Potter nabbing a spot in Sioux Falls but Cooper not, the stakes were high. Potter was unable to pick up a check in Sioux Falls, and Cooper prevailed when it was all said and done Cooper was able to pick up $4,477 between the Young Living’s Last Chance Rodeo in Mona, Utah, two Cumberland County Fair Rodeos in Maine and the Edmonton Pro Rodeo in Alberta.