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A closer look at the 13 National Finals Rodeo qualifiers with Wyoming ties:

RYAN GRAY

EVENT: Bareback Riding.

WYOMING TIE: Born in Laramie.

EARNINGS: $138,591.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Third (about $95,000 behind leader Clint Cannon).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Tied world record with 94-point ride at Eagle County (Colo.) Fair & Rodeo.

QUALIFICATION: Third (2007-2009).

PREVIOUS BEST FINISH IN WORLD STANDINGS: Fourth in 2008.

HEATH FORD

EVENT: Bareback riding.

WYOMING TIE: Attended Central Wyoming College and University of Wyoming.

EARNINGS: $118,664.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Fifth (about $115,000 behind Cannon).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Co-champion of Rodeo Austin, won San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

QUALIFICATION: Third (2006-07, 2009).

PREVIOUS BEST: Thirteenth in 2007.

KELLY TIMBERMAN

EVENT: Bareback riding.

WYOMING TIE: Mills native went to Casper College.

EARNINGS: $88,637.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Ninth (about $135,000 behind Cannon).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Will surpass $1 million in earnings if he makes about $3,500 at NFR.

QUALIFICATION: Sixth (2004-09).

PREVIOUS BEST: World champion in 2004.

JAKE RINEHART

EVENT: Steer wrestling.

WYOMING TIE: Went to Eastern Wyoming College.

EARNINGS: $110,927.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Third (Less than $10,000 behind leader Lee Graves).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Captured title at Cheyenne Frontier Days, earning nearly $25,000.

QUALIFICATION: Second (2007, 2009).

PREVIOUS BEST: Finished outside top 10 in 2007.

TODD SUHN

EVENT: Steer wrestling.

WYOMING TIE: Attended the University of Wyoming.

EARNINGS: $77,108.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Sixth (about $44,000 behind Graves).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Ranked first in the world for the early portion of the season before suffering broken wrist.

QUALIFICATION: 13th. (1996-2005, 2007-09).

PREVIOUS BEST: Fourth in 2004.

DEAN GORSUCH

EVENT: Steer wrestling.

WYOMING TIE: Attended Eastern Wyoming College.

EARNINGS: $74,075.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Seventh (about $47,000 behind Graves).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Won at least a share of a title at seven different rodeos.

QUALIFICATION: Fourth (2005-06, 2008-09).

PREVIOUS BEST: World champion in 2006.

CASEY McMILLEN

EVENT: Steer Wrestling

WYOMING TIE: Born in Laramie; attended Casper College and University of Wyoming.

EARNINGS: $59,570.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: 13th (about $62,000 behind Graves).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Won three different rodeos, including Snake River Stamped in Nampa, Idaho.

QUALIFICATION: Third (2007-09).

PREVIOUS BEST: 10th in 2007.

JHETT JOHNSON

EVENT: Team roping (heeler will rope with header Steve Purcella).

WYOMING TIE: From Casper.

EARNINGS: $59,482.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: 14th (about $58,500 behind leader Jade Corkill).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Made late run to qualify for NFR by winning Justin Boots Playoffs.

QUALIFICATION: Fourth (2005-07, 2009).

PREVIOUS BEST: Sixth in 2005.

BRYCE MILLER

EVENT: Saddle bronc riding.

WYOMING TIE: Went to Casper College.

EARNINGS: $84,893.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Seventh (about $45,000 behind leader Jesse Kruse).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Won $50,000 Shootout Round at Rodeo Houston, virtually sealing NFR spot early in the year.

QUALIFICATION: Fifth (2004-06, 2008-09).

PREVIOUS BEST: Sixth in 2008.

DUSTIN FLUNDRA

EVENT: Saddle bronc riding.

WYOMING TIE: Attended Central Wyoming College.

EARNINGS: $68,195.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: 13th (about $61,000 behind Kruse).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Won three different rodeos, including two in his home nation of Canada.

QUALIFICATION: First (2009).

PREVIOUS BEST: 17th in 2008.

BOBBY WELSH

EVENT: Bull riding.

WYOMING TIE: Lives in Gillette.

EARNINGS: $92,799.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Fourth (about $126,000 behind leader J.W. Harris).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Won four rodeos, including the Justin Boots Playoffs.

QUALIFICATION: Fifth (2005-09).

PREVIOUS BEST: Third in 2008.

KANIN ASAY

EVENT: Bull riding.

WYOMING TIE: Born in Worland, lives in Powell and attended Sheridan College.

EARNINGS: $92,169.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Fifth (about $127,000 behind Harris).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Won three rodeos, including National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver.

QUALIFICATION: Third (2007-09).

PREVIOUS BEST: Second in 2007.

CLAYTON SAVAGE

EVENT: Bull riding.

WYOMING TIE: Lives in Casper.

EARNINGS: $81,410.

PLACE ENTERING NFR: Seventh (about $138,000 behind Harris).

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Won seven titles, including Xtreme Bulls Tour stop in San Antonio.

QUALIFICATION: First. (2009).

PREVIOUS BEST: 23rd in 2008.

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