Former Northwestern Oklahoma State University rodeo team member Stockton Graves is currently leading the steer wrestling event after five rounds at the 50th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, Nev.
Graves, a 2002 NWOSU graduate from Newkirk, is competing for the fourth straight year in steer wrestling. After Monday night’s fifth round performance in which he won the event with a 3.9, Graves was in 7th place in the world standings with earnings of $107,531, including nearly $35,000 in the first five rounds of the 2008 NFR. Through five rounds, he owns first place by 0.6 of a second after recording times of 4.8, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2 and 3.9.
Since joining the PRCA in 1997, Graves has earned more than $671,000.
The NFR features the top 15 money earners in each event in a 10-day competition that ends Saturday, Dec. 15. Standings are determined by how much money each cowboy wins during the year in each event.
The NFR posts $5.625 million in total prize money for the 10 rounds. First place in each round in each event is worth more than $16,000 and prize money is paid for the first six places. The average or “aggregate” (the best total times or scores for the 10 rounds) will pay approximately $44,000 for first place and lesser amounts through eighth place. Money earned during the NFR is added to that earned during the regular season to determine the year’s champion in each event.
The Dec. 10-12 broadcasts all will be shown live at 9 p.m. on ESPN Classic. The remaining four days of coverage will be aired on a taped-delay basis, all on ESPN2. The climactic 10th round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be on a one-hour delay (9 p.m.), as opposed to the two-hour delay on Dec. 5, 8 and 9 (11 p.m.).
A complete television schedule, along with round-by-round results, biographies of competitors and other information, is available at http://www.prorodeo.com/. More information can be found at http://sports.espn.go.com/rodeo/index.
Tue, December 9, 2008
by Ryan Hintergardt