The fifth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo wasn’t a productive one for cowboys with Wyoming ties Monday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
One night after Buffalo bareback bronc rider Cole Reiner, former Sheridan College saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston and former Casper College team roper Trey Yates (with partner Tyler Wade) all earned Round 4 wins, no cowboys with Wyoming ties finished in the top six in Round 5.
Hillsdale saddle bronc rider Brody Cress came the closest, finishing in a tie for seventh with an 87.0-point ride in a packed field. Logan Hay won the round with an 89.0, followed by Lefty Holman (88.5), Layton Green and Ryder Wright (88.0) and Kade Bruno and Dawson Hay (87.5).
Thurston was ninth with an 86.5 but maintained his lead in the average with 435.0 points on five head.
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Daniel’s Tanner Butner was 11th in the round with an 84.5.
Reiner had an 84.0 but still placed 11th in the round, which was one spot above former Central Wyoming College cowboy Ty Breuer, who had an 80.5. R.C. Landingham won the round with a 90.5 and Jess Pope, who leads the world standings, was second with an 88.0.
Pope’s finish allowed him to increase his lead in the world standings over No. 2 Reiner to almost $55,000.
Yates and Ward had a no-time — their second of the NFR — in an event in which the teams of Coleman Proctor and Logan Medlin and Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill tied for the top spot with 3.8-second runs.
There was also a tie for the top spot in barrel racing, with Lisa Lockhart and Hailey Kinsel both recording times of 13.52 seconds.
Tristen Hutchings won the bull riding with a 90.5, Kincade Henry and Marty Yates split the win in tie-down roping with 7.3-second runs and Ty Erickson won the steer wrestling with a time of 3.9 seconds.