PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding Bubble Report, Sept. 21

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BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN

In the saddle bronc riding, it likely comes down to four cowboys for the final three spots in Las Vegas this December.

At No. 12, Wyatt Casper is likely in already with $76,033, but things get very interesting starting at No. 13 with Wade Sundell.

Despite being 13th in the World Standings, Sundell is 31st in ProRodeo Tour points and the field for the Tour Finale in Salinas is based on the Top 24 in points, not money earned, so Sundell will not be competing for his share of the $1 million in prize money there. He will instead have to hold off those behind him by placing at smaller rodeos over the course of the season’s final week.

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The three cowboys giving chase, No. 14 Cody DeMoss ($73,799), No. 15 Spencer Wright (70,967) and No. 16 K’s Thomson ($69,586), will all be competing in Salinas.

In September, DeMoss is 10-for-10 and averaging 83 points per ride. His best finish of the month was second at the Tri State Rodeo with 87.5 points on Womanizer on Sept. 8 to win $4,500. DeMoss has 29 rides of 85 points or better in 2021, the most in his 18-year professional career.

Wright is looking to return to the Wrangler NFR after finishing 17th in 2020 and he has been consistent throughout the year. The three-time NFR qualifier is 11th in ProRodeo Tour points and finished 20th in Xtreme Broncs Tour points. That consistency has continued into September, Wright has already placed in nine Go-Rounds and he is 12-for-12 and averaging 82.8 points since the calendar turned from August.

K’s Thomson’s 2021 season has been all over the place. After Cowboy Christmas, he was barely in the Top 40, but clawed his way back into NFR contention, reaching as high as No. 9 on Aug. 23 after he won Gooding (Idaho) and Canby (Oregon) the same weekend. Now, Thomson is once again on the outside looking in with a week left in the season, but just $1,100 separates him and Spencer Wright.

The 22-year-old is still very much in the NFR mix, but if he doesn’t qualify, he’ll still have plenty to hang his hat on this year. Thomson is running away with the Resistol Saddle Bronc Riding Rookie of the Year and will likely finish third among all rookies in money won.

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