PRCA Tie-Down Roping Standings Update: Shane Hanchey Goes from Outside Top 40 to Inside Top 15 and More
BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN @PRORODEOBRETT
The headline throughout ProRodeo this week has been Shane Hanchey jumping 30 spots in a single weekend thanks to his win in Clovis, but there are three other tie-down ropers who also deserve some recognition, and they are still ranked ahead of Hanchey.
With that in mind, let’s dive into Riley Pruitt, Brushton Minton and Blane Cox before we get to the 13-time NFR qualifier in this week’s Standings Update.
4. Riley Pruitt, $42,515
Pruitt has moved up six spots in the last two weeks thanks to one great run in Red Bluff and a solid weekend in Clovis, a pair of Playoff Series Rodeos in California that have taken place the last two weekends. In Red Bluff, Pruitt was 8.6 in Round 1 to take second place and the $2,100 check that came with it. In Clovis, he placed on his final three runs and won the Short Round. He ended up fifth in the Average and made a total of $4,191 there.
5. Brushton Minton, $42,473
Last weekend, Minton pulled two third place checks at two smaller California rodeos, Lakeside and Gold County, that were each worth more than $1,500. Those checks helped boost him up from No. 8 into the Top 5. Minton, who works three events but primarily tie-down ropes, is now about $8,000 shy of the best year of his career in a single event.
11. Blane Cox, $35,965
Blane Cox has been the biggest riser in the standings over the last few weeks thanks two terrific weekends out west. It started with a win in Red Bluff, where he cashed on all four of his runs, including a win in Round 3, to win the rodeo and pocket close to $9,000. He wasn’t done in California, however. In Clovis, he finished second in the Short Round and sixth in the Average to add another $3,762 to his season earnings. All told, Cox has moved up five spots since April 20.
13. Shane Hanchey, $27,266
After a slow start to his 2023 campaign, Hanchey got it all back and then some in Clovis. He finished first, second, second in the first three rounds and cashed in the Short Round to cruise to a win in the Average. He just about doubled his earnings for the entire year in one weekend and rocketed up from No. 43 all the way to No. 13. As recently as April 21, Hanchey was No. 50 in the PRCA World Standings.
Standings via ProRodeo.Com are accurate as of 1 PM ET on Thursday, May 4.