Labor Day weekend not only unofficially ends the summer, it also signals the end of another season of action along the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls Tour. So, while many people will be enjoying a day off relaxing and maybe enjoying a bar-b-que, the top 40 bull riders in the PRCA will be tackling some of the toughest bulls in professional rodeo for a share of the $75,000 added purse.
For the fifth straight year, and sixth overall, the Ellensburg (WA) Rodeo is hosting the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale. The event will be held August 31, 2013 at 7:45 p.m.
Kanin Asay is the defending champion and the only two-time winner in the ten-year history of the bull riding only tour. However, neither Asay nor Seth Glause, last year’s Finale Champ, will be competing in Ellensburg this year due to injuries. Despite having hip surgery back in June, Asay is still the standings leader entering the Finale.
Asay’s lead over second ranked Tyler Smith is just over $1,000, and only $5,500 better than third ranked Josh Koschel. In the event a rider sweeps the long round, short round and average during the Finale, that cowboy could win $21,500. Mathematically, that means any one of the top 10 ranked cowboys has a chance to claim the season title.
While all eyes will surely be focused on the chase for the Xbulls season title, and the effect money won in Ellensburg will have on the World title race, several cowboys enter the event on the opposite side of the standings. Nearly every cowboy from eighth ranked Elliot Jacoby to 18th ranked Scottie Knapp will be on hand in Ellensburg. With just one month left of pro rodeo’s regular season, and only 15 positions available at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in December, those bubble cowboys have an opportunity to make their season with a big win at the Finale.
As in the past, fans who are unable to attend in person can catch all the action live via Internet radio on ProRodeoLive.com.
History of the Xtreme Bulls
The Xtreme Bulls Tour began in 2003 as a way to provide a bull riding only venue as a complimentary asset to professional rodeo. Stops along the Tour count for bull riders’ standing in the PRCA World standings provided the riders compete in a minimum number of rodeos during the season; most stops involve the top bull riders in the standings competing in a long go round with the top rides advancing to a finals.
2011 World Champion Shane Proctor capitalized on the Xtreme Bulls tour during his championship season. In a decade, only Proctor and Matt Austin (2005) have claimed the Xbulls season title in the same year they won a World Championship although half of the champions have won a world title in their careers.
2003 Mike Moore
2004 B.J. Schumacher
2005 Matt Austin
2006 Zeb Lanham
2007 Kanin Asay
2008 Chance Smart
2009 Cody Hancock
2010 Wes Silcox
2011 Shane Proctor
2012 Kanin Asay
Xtreme Bulls Records
Three-time World Champion J.W. Harris holds the Xbulls record for the highest marked ride at 96 points; the score was earned aboard Flying U Rodeo’s Werewolf in Reno, Nevada in 2006.
2005 World Champ Matt Austin holds a pair of Xbulls records. His eight career event wins is two better than the next cowboy in line, fellow World Champ B.J. Schumacher. In addition, Austin holds the record for the most event wins in a single season at five.
2013 Event Results
Tyler Smith is ranked second in the current Xtreme Bulls standings after a big win early in the season at Rapid City, South Dakota and another win in Reno in June.
Other event winners in 2013 include:
Reigning World Champion Cody Teel (Fort Worth)
Steve Woolsey (Okeechobee, Florida)
Josh Koschel (San Antonio)
Cody Campbell (Mercedes, Texas)
Cole Echols (Austin)
Howdy Cloud / Cheyne Olney (Fort Mohave, Arizona)
Scottie Knapp (Sisters, Oregon)
Kody Lohstoh (Elizabeth, Colorado)
Jason Beck (Greeley, Colorado)
Teel (Cody, Wyoming)
Brett Stall (Lovington, New Mexico)
Chandler Bownds (Kennewick, Washington)
Jordan Wacey Spears (Bremerton, Washington)
Current Xtreme Bulls Standings
Kanin Asay already holds a record as the only two-time winner of the Xbulls season title and is leading for a third in 2013; however, injury will prevent the cowboy from competing at the Finals in Ellensburg, Washington and almost surely eliminates his chance of extending the record.
1 Kanin Asay Powell, Wyo. $36,842.00*
2 Tyler Smith Fruita, Colo. $35,749.00
3 Josh Koschel Nunn, Colo. $31,305.00
4 Cody Teel Kountze, Texas $28,587.00
5 J.W. Harris Mullin, Texas $22,589.00
6 Tyler Willis Wheatland, Wyo. $21,654.00
7 Corey Navarre Weatherford, Okla. $20,328.00
8 Howdy Cloud Kountze, Texas $19,602.00
9 Cooper Davis Jasper, Texas $18,836.00
10 Cody Campbell Summerville, Ore. $18,577.00
11 Parker Breding Edgar, Mont. $15,441.00
12 Scottie Knapp Albuquerque, N.M. $15,102.00
13 Bobby Welsh Gillette, Wyo. $14,828.00
14 Steve Woolsey Payson, Utah $14,526.00
15 Cole Echols Elm Grove, La. $12,866.00
16 Dustin Elliott North Platte, Neb. $12,079.00
17 Cheyne Olney Toppenish, WA Neb. $11,617.00
18 Chris Roundy Spanish fork, Utah $9,454.00
19 Elliot Jacoby Fredricksburg, Texas $8,916.00
20 Blaine Skaggs Hubbard, Ore. $8,353.00
21 Brett Stall Detroit Lakes, Minn. $8,122.00
22 Beau Schroeder China, Texas $7,754.00
23 Ardie Maier Timber Lake, S.D. $7,724.00
24 Ryan Shanklin Rocksprings, Texas $7,351.00
25 Cody Samora Cortez, Colo. $7,318.00
26 Jeff Askey Martin, Tenn. $7,012.00
27 Kody Lostroh LaSalle, Colo. $6,927.00
28 Chandler Bownds Lubbock, Texas $6,813.00
29 Brant Atwood Pampa, Texas $5,508.00
30 Jordan Spears Redding, Calif. $4,874.00
31 Nate Perry Elk City, Okla. $4,639.00
32 Trevor Kastner Ardmore, Okla. $4,604.00
33 Boss Votaw Liberty, Texas $4,491.00
34 Beau Hill West Glacier, Mont. $4,230.00
35 Rorey Maier Timber Lake, S.D. $4,201.00
36 Tim Bingham Honeyville, Utah $3,756.00
37 Matt Pojanowski Woodbury, Minn. $3,487.00
38 Stormy Wing Dalhart, Texas $3,243.00
38 Lon Danley Tularosa, N.M. $3,243.00
40 Paul Coppini Kuna, Idaho $3,158.00
41 Ty Clearwater LaCygne, Kan. $3,075.00
42 Abe Dillman Grassy Butte, N.D. $3,027.00
43 Jason Beck Prairieville, La. $3,001.00
44 Nevada Newman Melstone, Mont. $2,919.00
45 Shane Semien Dayton, Texas $2,867.00
46 Taylor Toves Stephenville, Texas $2,853.00
47 Dustin Bowen Odessa, Texas $2,697.00
48 Tanner Bothwell Rapid City, S.D. $2,397.00
49 Tag Elliott Thatcher, Utah $2,387.00
50 Corey Maier Timber Lake, S.D. $2,369.00
*Bold indicates cowboys who are not competing at the Xtreme Bulls Finals August 31, 2013.