Fritzlan currently 6th in the ranking of sires | Sports
With the busy July 4th rodeo schedule now over, the race to Las Vegas is officially warming up.
Last year’s bull rookie of the year, Colten Fritzlan, currently sits sixth in the standings with almost $ 67,000.
The top 15 in the standings will advance to the National Rodeo Finals, which will take place from December 2-11. The NFR returns to Las Vegas this year after a one-year hiatus in Arlington, Texas due to COVID-19.
Fritzlan, from Rifle, caused a sensation in his first NFR in 2020. He won the third round of the NFR and placed in five more rounds to finish third in the overall world standings. His consistency in the 10 rounds of the NFR has also earned him the title of average which goes to the runner with the highest average of all his outings.
In last year’s abbreviated timeline due to the pandemic, Fritzlan still finished with $ 241.00 in prize money, including $ 183,000 at the NFR.
This year, Fritzlan’s biggest win was at the American Rodeo in Arlington.
Sage Kimzey currently leads the bull ranking with just over $ 120,000. Kimzey saw his streak of six straight world titles shattered last year when Utah’s Stetson Wright won the title.
Wright of Milford, Utah, who also won the world all-around title last year, is currently second in bull riding with around $ 94,000.
Another Western Slope Bull Rider who has had a spectacular season in 2020 has yet to compete in 2021.
Ty Wallace, originally from Collbran but now living in Oklahoma, had his best season in 2020, finishing second in the world rankings with $ 256,000, including $ 196,000 in the NFR. He won two rounds and was co-winner of a third at the NFR last year.
In 2019, Wallace placed third in the world rankings.
The 2021 season runs until September, then the top 15 qualifiers in each category are determined.