Hayes Weight Turns Best Season of Career Into First NFR Appearance

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Hayes Weight earned more in the 2023 regular season than the rest of his career combined. Weight finished No. 7 in the PRCA Bull Riding World Standings with $154,695 earned this season.

After finishing last year at No. 18, he got over the hump and made his first career NFR at age 24.


Reno Rodeo, $18,736

The biggest payday of the year came at the Reno Rodeo for Weight. He opened the rodeo with an 83-point ride which won him Round 1 and a check for over $9,400. In the Finals, Weight tied for second with another 83-point ride to earn another $1,500. The two rides helped Weight place second in the Average, however, his $18,000+ was more than any other bull rider earned at the event.

Ellensburg Rodeo Xtreme Bulls (Washington), $11,841

Weight was marked 88.5 pints to share the Round 1 victory with fellow NFR qualifier Creek Young to pick up a crucial check of more than $9,000 to start September. While Weight would fail to go the full eight seconds in the Finals, he would still place sixth in the Average thanks to having the best total on one head. Weight was No. 15 to begin August, but after Ellensburg, he was No. 9


Oakley Independence Day Rodeo (Utah), 88.5 Points

Weight tied his highest marked ride of the year at Oakley Independence Day Rodeo to place third in the rodeo. The ride on Midnight Special earned Weight a check of over $3,300. He placed at four rodeos total over the Fourth of July.

Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo, 88.5 Points

Weight posted another 88.5-point ride in the Finals on Dirty Mike to win the round and take third in the Average with 172 points on two.


Mountain Valley Stampede (Utah), 87 Points

In early August, Weight was 87 points to win the rodeo and marked the second consecutive year he won a rodeo in his home state. Weight was 9-for-16 on the year in the State of Utah.

Missoula Stampede (Montana), 88 Points

Weight followed up his win at the Mountain Valley Stampede with another win the following weekend at the Missoula Stampede. He won the rodeo with an 88-point ride on Lapua to earn over $3,800.

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