BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN @PRORODEOBRETT

Sage Newman made his first NFR last year and has been holding steady in the No. 1 spot for almost all of the 2022 season. However, behind the 24-year-old sits a bevy of talent that has thrived on rodeo's biggest stage in recent years. 

Stetson Wright, the reigning PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion and three-time All-Around World Champion, is sitting No. 2. Wright has won nine rodeos this season in the saddle bronc riding, most notably San Antonio, Fort Worth, Reno and Cheyenne. 

No. 3 is Brody Cress, who has finished in the Top 3 in four of the last five seasons and won three Cheyenne Frontier Days and three NFR Average titles in that stretch. 

In fourth is Wyatt Casper, the 2020 Reserve World Champion and American Rodeo Champion. 

Rounding out the Top 5 is Ryder Wright. The 24-year-old has made six straight NFRs and won two World Championships since turning pro. He also has finished in the Top 5 in every one of those six years. 

Below is a full breakdown of the PRCA Saddle Bronc Riding Top 20. 

1. Sage Newman, $191,747 

Newman did not advance out of his Quarterfinal in Cheyenne, but did notch a fifth place at the Deadwood Days of '76 Rodeo (South Dakota). The weekend prior, he won the Long Round at California Rodeo Salinas with 89 points on Holy Hoppin' Hell of Summit Pro Rodeo. 

2. Stetson Wright, $130,533

Wright repeated as the Cheyenne Frontier Days Champion over the weekend and also won That Famous Preston Night Rodeo (Idaho) and finished second at the Red Desert Roundup (Wyoming). 

3. Brody Cress, $136,000

Cress has hit what could be considered a small rough patch for a bronc rider of his caliber. He has bucked off two of last three horses and the one he rode did not earn him a check. 

4. Wyatt Casper, $115,172

Casper had ridden three of his four broncs since July 24 and every time he made the whistle, he got a check of more than $1,000. He won $3,533 for a second place finish in his Quarterfinal in Cheyenne, $3,762 for a second place finish in Deadwood and $1,100 for fourth at the Champions Challenged (Nebraska). 

5. Ryder Wright, $107,080

Since July 18, Wright has surprisingly won just one check on his last 10 outs, that stretch includes four buck-offs as well. 

6. Kade Bruno, $103,608

Bruno has been one of the biggest movers in the PRCA World Standings in recent weeks. He has not slowed down since winning the NFR Open on July 16 and has gone from No. 10 to No. 6 since then. He's won two rodeos in the last two weeks, the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo (Colorado) and Ogden Pioneer Days (Utah).

7. Zeke Thurston $93,810 

Since a very profitable trip to The Calgary Stampede, Thurston is 7-for-7 with an average score of 85 points. He went to the pay window on five of those rides. He was the top money earner at Cheyenne Frontier Days with over $20,000. Since July 5, Thurston has moved up six spots.

8. Layton Green, $95,212 

Green has won one check on six outs since July 18.

9. Lefty Holman, $95,099 

Holman finished second at both rodeos he competed in last weekend, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Champions Challenge. He was also third in California Rodeo Salinas the weekend prior. 

10. Logan Hay, $83,853

Hay did not win any PRCA money last weekend, but a World Record 95.5 point ride at the Hardgrass Bronc Match in Alberta likely made him feel much better about that. 

11. Kolby Wanchuk, $80,428

Wanchuk made the Finals in Cheyenne and was bucked off in Deadwood. The weekend before, he also made the Finals in Salinas. 

12. Kole Ashbacher, $79,137

Since July 18, Ashbacher is 6-for-6 with four rides of 80 or more points, but he's been outside the money every time. 

13. Chase Brooks, $74,001

Brooks advanced to the Semifinals in Cheyenne and was fourth in Deadwood. 

14. Sterling Crawley, $73,495

Crawley averaged nearly 86 points on his three rides in Cheyenne and left with a fourth place finish and almost $11,000 to show for it. He competed in Deadwood and the Champions Challenge, but was marked below 80 at both of those rodeos. 

15. Tanner Butner, $69,113

After winning Salinas on July 24, Butner made the Finals in Cheyenne, where he rode for 85 points to finish sixth. Butner was ranked No. 21 two weeks ago. 

16. Damian Brennan, $63,715

Brennan is the only rookie flirting with an NFR appearance this year and he's averaging just over 80 points per ride. This past weekend, he made the Short Round in Cheyenne, but was bucked off. 

17. CoBurn Bradshaw, $63,064 

Bradshaw rode for 89 points on Lunatic from Hell to win Deadwood. The 27-year-old has made the NFR four times, but not since 2018.

18. Jacobs Crawley, $62,000

Crawley made a Finals appearance at the Snake River Stampede (Idaho) on July 23 and also notched seventh place finish at Ogden Pioneer Days (Utah) that same weekend. 

19. Ben Andersen, $61,137

Andersen, who qualified for his NFR last year, is a fresh face in the Top 20. He is up four spots from two weeks ago after winning the Snake River Stampede on July 23 and making the Finals in Salinas on July 25. 

20. Dawson Hay, $60,469

Hay has competed in one PRCA rodeo since The Calgary Stampede. In that time, he has dropped five spots.

STANDINGS ARE VIA PRORODEO.COM AND ARE ACCURATE AS OF 6 PM ET ON AUG. 3, 2022. 

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