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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Shane Proctor has bull-riding lead at halfway point of NFR

LAS VEGAS – Shane Proctor keeps piling up the money at the National Finals Rodeo.

The 2011 bull riding champion from Grand Coulee reached the midway point of the rodeo by placing in every round – very unusual in his demanding event – after finishing second in Round 5 on Monday.

Proctor scored an 86.50 on Johnny West, good for $20,730. He easily leads the average as the only bull rider to make all five rides so far in the 10-day rodeo to determine world champions. He has won almost $80,000 and has moved from 15th to second in the world standings.

Cheney barrel racer Pamela Capper, who won Round 1, was third with a 13.8-second run, earning $15,653.85. She sits third in the average, less than a half-second behind the leader.

Of note, 18-year-old Ryder Wright, who won the first four rounds in saddle bronc riding, was bucked off by Spring Planting, the two-time bronc of the year of the Flying 5 Rodeo Co. out of Ritzville.

Tie down roper Tyson Durfey, a one-time Colbert resident, and the Minor brothers, team ropers from Ellensburg, finished out of the money. Durfey and the Minors are fifth in the average.