After the first three rodeos of the regular season in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region, Tarleton State is ranked No. 1 in the men’s team standings.
Tarleton has earned 1,468 points. Western Texas is ranked No. 2 with 845 and Weatherford College is No. 3 with 760.
Last weekend, Tarleton competed in the Vernon College Rodeo, which was the third of 10 regional shows of the 2015-2016 regular season.
The Tarleton men’s team is the defending national champion.
In the NIRA’s Southern Region, Hill College is ranked No. 1 in the men’s team standings after earning 1,051 points this season. Wharton Junior College is ranked No. 2 with 828.
Last weekend, Hill competed in the Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo, which was the second of 10 regional shows of the regular season.
A history maker
Bareback rider Evan Jayne has earned a historical National Finals berth.
Jayne, who is from Marseille, France, is both the first French native and the first European to earn a National Finals number.
Jayne, who lives in Rockwall, finished the regular season ranked fourth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s bareback riding standings after earning $88,441 throughout the past year.
The top 15 advance to the National Finals, which is scheduled for Dec. 3-12 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
According to the PRCA, the closest Jayne had ever come to qualifying for the WNFR was 2007 when he finished 19th. He has finished in the top 25 twice more (23rd in 2008 and 24th in 2013). He finished 80th last year.
But this year, Jayne got on a roll at the early season rodeos and never looked back. He tied for second in bareback riding at the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo in February.
Jayne commanded respect in 2007 when he won the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo. He also won it in 2008.
On the Professional Bull Riders tour, J.B. Mauney won last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Tucson, Ariz., and extended his lead in the world standings.
Mauney, from North Carolina, has earned 5,032.5 points this season. Kaique Pacheco is ranked No. 2 with 3,782.5. Joao Ricardo Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is No. 3 with 3,635.
The Tucson show was the last regular season tour stop on the Ford Series for 2015. The World Finals is scheduled for Oct. 21-25 in Las Vegas.
Motes roping tough
Weatherford team roper Ryan Motes has earned his fourth National Finals berth in team roping heeling.
He is ranked fifth in the world standings with $82,637. Motes is the son of 1977 world champion David Motes.