Top Ranked Saddle Bronc Rider Sage Newman Strikes Gold in Alaska
The 49th State PRCA Xtreme Broncs event, held at the Alaska State Fairgrounds, showcased a matchup between the world’s best bronc riders and the top bucking horses from The Calgary Stampede. The evening was filled with impressive rides and a total payoff of $20,962.
World No. 1 Sage Newman emerged as the victor, capturing the top spot with an impressive 89-point ride on Borderline Untimely. Newman’s performance earned him a well-deserved prize of $6,289.
“That one I had, I’ve been on before and just a really good horse, she had a great day,” Newman said. “All the Calgary horses they bring here, they were all great. It was a great day of bronc riding.”
The rest of the leaderboard was well-stocked with 2022 NFR qualifiers.
Wyatt Casper claimed the second position with a score of 87.5, taking home $4,821. Reigning World Champion Zeke Thurston secured the third spot with an 86.5-point ride, earning $3,564.
Kade Bruno and Tanner Butner delivered equally impressive performances, resulting in a tie for fourth place, with both riders scoring 86 points and receiving $1,887 each.
Riggin Smith, the only non-NFR qualifier to cash a check, showcased his talent with an 85.5-point ride, securing sixth place and a $1,048 payout.
Chase Brooks and Layton Green tied for seventh place, each scoring 84.5 points, and earning $734 to round things out.