Jul. 14—Thousands of dollars will be up for grabs on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tour this week.
The 50th annual Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, which is one of 27 pro rodeos from July 15-18, will attract hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls in search of money.
The four-day starts at 8 p.m. Thursday and continues through Sunday at Horseman's Sports Arena. Thursday's action is a Mustang Seeds Xtreme Bulls event, with regular rodeo action taking place at 8 p.m. from Friday-through-Sunday.
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The stampede features bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Onida's Sutton Rodeo Company will provide the stock for the event.
The rodeo committee posted $10,000 in added money for Thursday's bull riding, while the total payout for the rodeo is $33,000.
Here are the top competitors watch at this week's Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo:
Sellars highlights Xtreme Bulls lineup
Clayton Sellars highlights Thursday's bull riding lineup.
The Fruitland Park, Florida, bull rider leads the Xtreme Bulls money earnings list with $49,667. The two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier has earned $331,178 since 2017. At last season's WNFR, he finished eighth in the average and took home $29,885. He also finished 12th in the last year's world standings with $83,279. This season, he won the Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls event. He's pocketed a total of $75,000 this season and is third in the world standings.
Dustin Boquet and Creek Young are also among the top riders in the Xtreme Bulls standings. Boquet, who is from Bourg, Louisiana, sits third in the standings with $25,550. He's earned $392,778 in his career and is a two-time WNFR qualifier. He finished 11th last season in the standings with $124,778. This season, he's won Xtreme Bulls events in San Antonio, Texas and Enid, Oklahoma. Boquet has racked up $49,946 this season and is 10th in the world standings.
Young, who hails from Fort Scott, Kansas, has earned $18,931 riding at Xtreme Bulls events this season. Young won the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo earlier this season. Young has captured $62,114 this season and is seventh in the world standings.
Top bareback riders to perform Sunday
There will be no shortage of top bareback riders scheduled for Sunday's performance. Eight of the 16 bareback riders rank in the top-30 in the PRCA RAM World Standings are slated to compete on Sunday.
Granite Falls, Minnesota, bareback rider Tanner Aus headlines the group. He's ninth in the world standings ($46,591) and is a five-time WNFR qualifier. He's earned $1,154,952 in his career and finished fourth in the world last season.
Estherwood, Louisiana's Taylor Broussard is 11th in the world standings with $40,376 and qualified for the 2019 WNFR. He's won rodeos in Florida (twice) and Texas this season.
Rapid City's Shane O'Connell sits 13th in the world standings ($34,504) and advanced to the 2018 WNFR. He's pocketed $360,062 in his seven-year career.
Jamie Howlett (Roma, Queensland, Australia), Chad Rutherford (Hillsboro, Texas), Will Lowe (Amarillo, Texas), Jayco Roper (Oktaha, Oklahoma) and Ty Breuer (Mandan, North Dakota) are among the other top riders on Sunday.
Lowe is a 15-time WNFR qualifier and has earned $2,702,785 since 2001.
PRCA's world all-around leader set to compete
The PRCA's world all-around leader — Stetson Wright — is scheduled to ride at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. He's set to compete in Sunday's bull riding performance.
The Milford, Utah, cowboy has compiled $163,510 and has a $49,000 lead in the standings. He's racked up $104,756 in bull riding this season and is second in the world standings behind Sage Kimzey ($125,300). He's second in the saddle bronc standings with $97,326, while his brother Ryder is No. 1 in the world with $118,151.
Stetson Wright, who is a three-time WNFR qualifier, has won rodeos in Utah, Alabama, Texas and California this season.