National rodeo: Utah's Wright brothers at top of saddle bronc standings
Las Vegas • Saddle bronc rider Jake Wright took over the season standings lead from his brother, Cody, during round seven of the National Finals Rodeo on Wednesday.
Jake Wright of Milford, Utah, won the round with an 84.5 on Special Time and took over first place in the standings with $156,905 and in event earnings with $68,810. He is third in the aggregate standings with 491.5 points for six rides.
Wright's brother and previous standings leader, two-time world champion Cody Wright, also of Milford, tied for fourth with a 79.5 on Get Smart and is now second with $154,244.
A third Wright brother, Jesse, is fifth in the standings with $132,388.
"Everybody thinks about winning a world title often, but I try not to think about it because it makes me so nervous I could puke," Jake Wright said. "But this is a long ways from over. ... I'm going to keep spurring them and see what happens."
In bareback riding, two-time defending world champion Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, placed first for the first time at the 2013 NFR with an 83 on Shadow Warrior and took over first place in the standings with $153,982.
Feild, who is seeking a third consecutive world title, also leads the aggregate standings with 579.5 points for seven rides. His $47,877 earned at the NFR is tops for all bareback riders.
"When you set your gear back down there with the top 15 in the world, you know anybody can take advantage like I did tonight," Field said. "I feel like I'm doing what I want, what I intended. I haven't made any mistakes."
Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., who didn't place among the top six, is second in the standings at $153,982.
In steer wrestling, Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas, finished first in 3.1, which is one-tenth of a second behind the Thomas & Mack Center arena record of 3.0 set by Steve Duhon in 1986 and matched by Bryan Fields in 2001.
With the win, Reeves vaults from fifth place to second in the standings with $127,625.
"I can't say that I made a perfect run, but when you rock his head, he is gone," Reeves said. "You can't safety up and be late. I got a great start tonight and we caught up fast. I really didn't know how fast it was, but I knew a lot of things happened real fast. That's the fastest time I've ever had."
Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., who placed sixth in 4.3, held on to the standings lead with $129, 371. Trevor Knowles, of Mount Vernon, Ore., dropped from second to third with $124,965 after finishing fifth in 4.1.
In team roping, standings leaders, header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and heeler Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nev., tied for first in 4.1 seconds with header Dustin Bird of Cut Bank, Mont., and heeler Paul Eaves of Lonedell, Mo.
In tie-down roping, six-time world champion Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, finished first for the fourth time, this time in 6.7, and leads the standings with $167,509 and all 15 tie-down ropers with $72,566 earned at the NFR.
Ohl's time tied the round-seven record set by Trevor Brazile in 2007. The victory was Ohl's 48th in tie-down roping and 51st overall, tying him for second place with Billy Etbauer on the career list.
Defending champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, who finished out of the top six in 22.4, is second in the standings. He is seeking his third straight title.
In barrel racing, NFR rookie Taylor Jacob of Carmine, Texas, placed first for the fourth time in the last five rounds with a time of 13.47. She leads all NFR competitors with $82,432 earned here and is third in the standings with $164,484.
In bull riding, three-time world champion J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, remained well ahead in the standings with $197,390 despite getting bucked off Bad Habit.
Harris leads all bull riders with $67,007 in NFR earnings and is first in the aggregate standings with 431 points for five rides.