BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN @PRORODEOBRETT

Stetson Wright and Josh Frost have both gotten off to terrific starts in June and with seven-time World Champion Sage Kimzey out for the rest of the season, it is shaping up to potentially be a battle of Utah natives at the top. 

1. Stetson Wright, $169,925

Wright is 4-for-6 in June with all four rides marked 83 points or higher. His stellar riding has lead to two wins, a second place and a third place finish. The two wins, which came at the Livermore Rodeo (California) and Ute Mountain Round-Up (Colorado), paid him more than $16,000 combined.

2. Josh Frost, $123,327 

Frost, last year's NFR Average winner, is doing everything he can to keep up with Wright. He won the Take the Oath Xtreme Bulls (Utah) on May 30 and since then, has finished in the Top 3 at four rodeos. He is 4-for-6 with an average score of 84.6 in June. 

3. Sage Kimzey, $115,633 

Kimzey racked up all of his money at just 20 total events before announcing that shoulder surgery would keep him out the rest of 2022. 

4. Jeff Askey $73,457 

On both his last ride of May and first ride of June, Askey brought in a check of more than $2,000. The 34-year-old ended May with an 85 point ride to take second at Atoka Xtreme Bulls (Oklahoma) to collect $4,194 and then made $2,164 for his 86 point ride for third at Old Fort Days (Arkansas). 

5. Roscoe Jarboe, $72,145

Jarboe is 3-for-5 with three rides of 85 points or better so far in June. His biggest ride was a 90 at the Sisters Xtreme Bulls (Oregon) to get a win that paid more than $4,000. The five-time NFR qualifier was also the champion of the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show on June 12. 

6. Lukasey Morris, $66,414 

The highest ranked rookie in the World Standings continues to keep pace with the perennial NFR qualifiers. Morris has already gotten on 11 bulls in June and ridden four of them to win a total of about $6,500. He has ridden 39 percent of his bulls this year. 

7. Trey Kimzey, $57,615 

Kimzey is looking to return to the NFR after a two year drought and his scorching start to June should help. Last weekend, he covered three bulls and won the Gladewater Xtreme Bulls (Texas) and 101 Wild West Rodeo (Oklahoma). Both paid more than $3,000. 

8. Ky Hamilton, $55,851 

On the weekend of June 12, Hamilton won two rodeos just like Kimzey did. The two-time NFR qualifier was 88.5 points to win the Sisters Rodeo and was 85 to win the Eagle Rodeo (Idaho). Hamilton's average score of 85.2 points per qualified ride is the highest of his very productive young career.  

9. Ernie Courson, $51,732 

Courson has tallied a total of nine rodeo wins already in the 2022 season and two of those came in June. He won Gladewater on June 11 and the Crossett Riding Club PRCA Rodeo (Arkansas) on June 4. Courson has already won 12 Go-Rounds in 2022, twice as many in 2020 and 2021 combined.  

10. Garrett Smith, $49,228 

Since May 30, Smith has made three rides of 85+ points and placed at four rodeos. After riding 24-of-90 bulls across 2020 and 2021, the three-time NFR qualifier is 22-of-49 so far in 2022. 

11. Bubba Greig, $48,992 

Greig is another highly ranked rookie, but he has cooled down since a scorching start to his pro career. He has not rodeoed since May 26 and has ridden 1-of-8 bulls since April 27. 

12. Cole Fischer, $47,798

Fischer has bucked off of his last six bulls, but prior to that, he placed in four events between May 14 and May 26. The Missouri native is averaging 80.7 points per qualified ride and it would be his first time clearing an average of 80 in his career if he can keep it up. 

13. JR Stratford, $46,251 

Stratford has bucked off of three in a row, but before that, he had stretch of five straight qualified rides from April 15-June 4. That included two 90 point rides and two wins, one of which earned him $7,304 in Redding (California). 

14. Scottie Knapp, $43,428 

Knapp has been out since March 20 due to leg surgery and is expected to return in about a month. He was No. 5 in the PRCA World Standings when he was sidelined. 

15. Toby Collins, $43,031 

Collins has been bucked off his last 10 bulls but that's probably easier to stomach knowing the last one he rode was for 90 points to win more than $5,000 at Atoka Xtreme Bulls. 

16. Trevor Kastner, $42,221 

Kastner got a huge boost when he won close to $6,000 for winning the Woodward Elks Rodeo on June 11. It was the 34-year-old's check since a fifth place finish at the George Paul Memorial (Texas) on April 30. 

17. Clayton Savage, $42,207 

Savage got himself in contention for a fourth NFR thanks to a third place finish in Redding (California) and a win at the Beef Empire Days (Kansas) the last two weekends of May. 

18. Grayson Cole, $39,970 

Cole has been bucked off his last eight bulls and has one qualified ride, for 78 points, in June. 

19. Koby Radley, $38,460 

Radley has won checks at four of his last six rodeos including $2,227 for a second place finish at the Coleman PRCA Rodeo (Texas) on June 11. As part of that stretch, he was also second at the Durant Pro Rodeo (Oklahoma).

20. Maverick Potter, $37,621 

Potter got a big win to start the month by going 90 on I'm A Savage to win Old Fort Days on June 4. That same weekend, he split second in Durant with Radley.