Roper Durfey top Washington cowboy at NFR
LAS VEGAS – The big prize escaped Washington cowboys but as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo drew to a close Saturday night, they could say it was a pretty good 10-day run.
Colbert tie-down roper Tyson Durfey was the only placer, tying for third with a 7.3-second run, good for $7,912.66.
Cheney bareback rider Ryan Gray finished out of the money with a 69.5 on Hard Times. Grand Coulee bull rider Shane Proctor bucked off Mr. Show Biz. And Ellensburg brothers Riley and Shane Minor, who had a chance to capture the team roping championship, had a no-time.
But when added up, the four entries took home a pretty good chunk of change.
The Minors won the most. They placed in four rounds, all top three, including two wins, good for almost $60,000. Fourth place in the average was good for another $22,536. That pushed their season winnings to $160,503.69, putting Riley third among headers and Brady fourth among heelers in the final standings.
Proctor placed in just three rounds, but he won the first two and with $30,649.04 for placing third in the average he won almost $73,000. The 2011 world champion climbed to fourth place in the overall standings with $148,575.19.
Gray won almost $47,500 by placing in five rounds and just missed placing in the average. However, one night after failing to score he won the ninth round, the third first in his eight trips to the NFR.
“With five checks … I can’t complain,” Gray told ProRodeo News after his win. And with his wife Lacy expecting their first child Jan. 4, he cracked, “That money will go a long way in the diaper world.”
Gray finished fifth in the final standings with $155,762.53.
Durfey had a tough time but placed in four rounds and won almost $27,000. He ended up seventh in the world standings with $124,978.54.