BILLINGS – Helena’s Ty Erickson is one of only seven cowboys in the world having earned over $100,000 this PRCA season and it’s good enough to lead steer wrestling by over $30,000 entering pro rodeo’s richest week of the regular season.
As cowboys and cowgirls crisscross the nation this week chasing paychecks to reach the Top 15 in their respective events, Erickson is sitting on $102,142.14. Canadian cowboy Scott Guenthner is second with $70,952.54. Belgrade’s Josh Clark is gunning for his first trip to December’s National Finals Rodeo and sits 19th with $33,970.76.
Corvallis cowboy Caleb Bennett sits 8th in bareback earning $54,800.86 to this point. Utah world champion Kaycee Feild leads the world with $115,965.14.
Edgar bull rider Parker Breding has his first world championship in sight. Breding is third with $93,556.54 behind Oklahomans Sage Kimzey ($136,968.37) and Trevor Kastner ($103,167.76).
Miles City tie down roper Haven Meged is No. 6 in his event with $58,360.56. Michael Otero is on top with $83,360.98. Meged is the first Montana or Wyoming cowboy in years to rank among the world’s Top 15 in tie down. He recently won a national title at the college finals.
Circle native Lisa Lockhart is 4th in the world among barrel racers.
The PRCA is hosting around 30 rodeos nationwide over the 4th of July week including the Cody Stampede (July 1-4), Red Lodge Home of Champions Rodeo (July 2-4) and Livingston Roundup (July 2-4).
Full PRCA world standings can be seen here .