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Rodeo » Tag Elliott heads to NFR ranked 15th on the money list.


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No matter what happens, however, Tag Elliott’s biggest fan knows he has already won his most difficult battle.

"Whatever he does down in Las Vegas," his mother said, "is icing on the cake for me."

At a glance

Caleb Bennett

Event » Bareback

Residence » Morgan

2012 ranking » 9th ($73,218)

Previous NFR appearances » 0

Career highlights » Finished 17th in the world as a rookie in 2008. … No better than 30th during the next three seasons. … Won this year at Santa Maria (Calif.), Cedar City, Vernal, Logan and Salt Lake City (Days of ’47 Rodeo). … National high school champion in 2007.

Tag Elliott

Event » Bull riding

Residence » Thatcher

2012 ranking » 15th ($63,912)

Previous NFR appearances » 0

Career highlights » Missed second pro season because of injuries (2008). … Finished 28th in the world in 2010. … Won this year at Spanish Fork and Loveland (Colo.). … Won Extreme Bulls Division 2 at Austin (Texas) and Pocatello. … State H.S. champion in 2006.

Kaycee Feild

Event » Bareback

Residence » Payson

2012 ranking » 1st ($141,639)

Previous NFR appearances » 4

Career highlights » Defending world champion. … Won six rounds and $179,327 at the 2011 NFR. … Biggest wins this season at Caldwell (Idaho), Reno, Fort Worth, and the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha. … Won the College National Finals in 2008.

Tom Lewis

Event » Steer wrestling

Residence » Lehi

2012 ranking » 14th ($48,014)

Previous NFR appearances » 0

Career highlights » Wilderness Circuit champion in 2009 and 2011. … Finished 41st in the world last season. … Scored wins this year at Salinas (Calif.), Hayward (Calif.) and Cedar City. … Former Utah state high school qualifier in steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping.

Clint Robinson

Event » Tie-down roping

Residence » Spanish Fork

2012 ranking » 5th ($94,934)

Previous NFR appearances » 3

Career highlights » Also accomplished in steer wrestling. … Placed in five rounds in the 2009 National Finals, ending up fourth in the world. … Finished seventh in 2006 and 10th in 2008. … All-Around Rookie of the Year in 2003. … Biggest win this year at San Juan Capistrano (Calif.)

Kelli Tolbert

Event » Barrel racing

Residence » Hooper

2012 ranking » 11th ($63,681)

Previous NFR appearances » 1

Career highlights » Qualified for her second National Finals Rodeo in the last three years. … Wilderness Circuit Rookie of the Year in 2009. … Won the second round and placed in five others at the 2010 National Finals, when she finished seventh in the world with earnings of $132,240.

Cody Wright

Event » Saddle bronc

Residence » Milford

2012 ranking » 5th ($82,339)

Previous NFR appearances » 9

Career Highlights » World champion in 2008 and 2010. … Captured one round and placed in five others at the 2011 National Finals to end up fourth in the world. … Five other top-six finishes, going back to 2003. … Won his year at Lewiston (Idaho), Prescott (Ariz.) and Odessa.

Jake Wright

Event » Saddle bronc

Residence » Milford

2012 ranking » 8th ($74,583)

Previous NFR appearances » 0

Career Highlights » Finished 16th in the world last year. … Missed qualifying for the National Finals by $85. … Secured first NFR berth this season by winning at Redding (Calif.), Window Rock (Ariz.), Loveland (Colo.), Evanston (Wyo.), and Casper. … National high school champion in 2007.

Jesse Wright

Event » Saddle bronc

Residence » Milford

2012 ranking » 1st ($133,098)

Previous NFR appearances » 2

Career highlights » Rookie of the Year in 2009, when he finished 19th in the world standings. … Fifth in the world in 2010. … Second last year after winning four rounds and earning $241,274 at the National Finals Rodeo. … Won this year at Clovis (N.M.), Ellensburg (Wash.) and Omaha.

National Final Rodeo

When » Thursday through Dec. 15

Where » Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

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