Three dollars may keep a cowboy from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas.
The top 15 earners in each event qualify for the NFR. When the Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association released its tentative final standings for heelers in team roping, Dakota Kirchenschlager was in the 15th spot.
The Texas cowboy had earned $60,554 when the season ended Sept. 30. In 16th with $60,551 earned was Oklahoma cowboy Kollin VonAhn. “Whether it was $3 or $300, it’s all the same,” VonAhn told the PCRA. “For 10 minutes when I found out I missed it by $3 I could not believe it. Then I was over it. I could have made it by $1. I’m fine with it. This year’s plan didn’t work. We’ll come up with a new plan and be ready to go next year.”
Nothing will be official until the auditors have had their say on the final world standings. Also, competitors have two weeks to file an appeal.
Another cowboy who is in 16th is Timber Lake bullrider Corey Maier, whose $61,769 total is just behind the $63,912 behind 15th place Tag Elliott of Utah. Maier’s brother Ardie is in as Ardie Maier is in sixth with $90,191. Other South Dakotas who appear to have qualified is Todd Suhn of Hermosa (ninth in steer wrestling with $66,136), Chad Ferley of Oelrichs (sixth in saddle bronc with $76,366), Cole Elshere of Faith (13th in saddle bronc with $65,837), Jess Tierney of Hermosa (fifth in steer roping with $40,361), Nikki Steffes of Vale (sixth in barrel racing with $86,722) and Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs (ninth in barrel racing with $72,462).