Oakes, Durfey earn NFR cash
LAS VEGAS – Local cowboys Zack Oakes of Elk and Tyson Durfey of Colbert finished in the money in the seventh round of the National Finals Rodeo on Wednesday night.
In bull riding, Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Okla., won for the second straight round, scoring 88 points on Black Gold. The win, worth $17,139, moved Navarre from third to second in the world with $149,010.
Bobby Welsh of Gillette, Wyo., who is the only rider besides Navarre to cover four of his seven bulls, fell to second behind Navarre, who has 320 points on four bulls, in the aggregate race with 315 points. Oakes took third with a score of 84 to win $10,228.
Only four of the 15 bull riders covered in round seven, and the bulls have now won 78 of the 103 matchups.
In tie-down roping, Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, and Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., tied for first in 7.1 seconds. Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, who placed sixth in 7.8, held on to the aggregate score lead with a time of 59.2 over seven rounds. Durfey was fourth in tie-down roping at 7.6 seconds, winning $7,188.
Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, who didn’t place among the top six, remained the world standings leader with $166,227. Clint Robinson of Spanish Fork, Utah, who finished out of the money in round seven, was second in the world standings with $129,698.
In bareback riding, world standings leader Clint Cannon of Waller, Texas, ended a five-round streak of not finishing in the top six and not collecting a paycheck when he tied for first with D.V. Fennell of Neosho, Mo. with a score of 84.5 on Mad Money. Fennell, a 36-year-old NFR rookie, rode Brother.
Cannon, who set a PRCA record in 2009 for most regular-season money won in any event with $233,504, increased his world standings total to $251,243. Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., was second with $216,643, including an NFR best $46,304.
Ryan Gray of Cheney finished out of the money with a ninth-place score of 80.
In all-around, Brazile had $324,664 and remained in first place in his bid for his seventh world title.
He has exceeded $300,000 for a record four years in a row. Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo., was second with $186,370.