Tie-down roper Taylor Santos makes second NFR thanks to late charge
BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN
Taylor Santos was No. 18 in the PRCA Tie-Down Roping World Standings at the beginning of September and rose four spots by criss-crossing the country over the season’s final month.
He will enter the Wrangler NFR No. 14 in the World Standings with $89,038.
In the first week of September, he won three smaller rodeos - the Big Timber Weekly Rodeo (Montana), Ramona Rodeo (California) and another Big Timber Weekly. He was also second at the Lake County Round-Up in that timeframe, earning him close to $5,000 between Sept. 1-8.
SANTOS IN BIG TIMBER
The final week of the month was when Santos mounted the biggest charge. He finished third at he Amarillo Tri-State Fair and Rodeo and then placed in all three rounds at the ProRodeo Tour Finale. He was 12.1 seconds in the Finals to place second and collect $7,225 of the $11,257 he won in Salinas.
SANTOS IN SALINAS
While his final push was most apparent in September, Santos really started pressing for the NFR at the end of July when he stopped the clock at 7.5 seconds to win That Famous Preston Night Rodeo. He would go on to place at six rodeos over the next three weeks and in August’s final weekend, he was the champion at the Kitsap Stampede (Washington) and won a round at the Colorado State Fair and Rodeo, winning over $6,000.
Santos won half of his money for the season after July 20.
His biggest wins prior to that date were the Cody Stampede and West of the Pecos Rodeo.
The only other time he made the NFR, in 2019, he finished No. 10 in the World with $182,484.