Five Fast Facts: Keenan Hayes Dominating Rookie Season, Saddle Bronc Riders Cross Big Milestone, and More

As we enter the final month of the 2023 regular season we can begin to look at athlete’s seasons as a whole and several stand out. Here are your Five Fast Facts looking at some of the biggest storylines of the 2023 season.

1. Bareback Rider Keenan Hayes has earned $67,000 more than any other Bareback Rider entering the final month of the season. A year ago Cole Reiner entered the NFR in the No. 1 spot with $167,000. This year, Keenan Hayes has already earned over $216,000.

2. No. 2 Tie-Down Roper Haven Meged made over $14,000 over the weekend, including a win at the Golden Spike Stampede. Meged is closing in on crossing the $200,000 mark for the fourth time in five years.

3. Three Saddle Bronc Riders have already cleared the $200,000 mark in earnings this season. It is the only event with three athletes over the mark with Sage Newman, Stetson Wright, and Zeke Thurston doing so.

4. Bareback Riders Richmond Champion and Clayton Biglow have combined to win 12 rodeos in the month of August. Champion’s biggest win came at Lea County while Biglow’s came at the Golden Spike Stampede.

5. Every cowboy ranked inside the Top 10 entering September last season would go on to make the NFR.

Mayfield, the 2020 champion in San Antonio, proved he is a threat to win it again in 2024
The first set of Semifinal contestants are ready to be back in Frost Bank Center
Winning two of three go-rounds lands Lefty Holman in the No. 1 spot in Bracket 5 moving on.
Cash Robb stayed consistent in his bracket to advance to San Antonio’s Semifinals.
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Dantan Bertsch matched up with J Bar J’s Gronk to win the final go-round of Bracket 5 at Frost Bank Center.
One of the biggest rodeos in the Southeast paid out more than $264,000 over nine performances and two slack rounds
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