During his 14-year ProRodeo career, Tanner Aus has qualified for six Wrangler Rodeos National Finals. The bareback cyclist from Granite Falls, Minnesota is on track to book another trip to Las Vegas in 2022.
This week, Australia was one of the most active teams in qualifying. In the most recent PRCA | RAM World Standings, climbed from ninth to fifth.
Two rodeo wins at The End of the Trail Western Festival in Ogallala, Neb., and The Daily Record Xtreme Bares and Broncs in Ellensburg, Wash., contributed significantly to the increase. For his 16 seconds of work over the weekend, he was paid $7,442.
I’ve only been going to one or two events a weekend, drawing well and figuring out how to take advantage of my opportunities, the 31-year-old Aus said. It was a great winter and so far it’s been a great spring.
Aus rode Kirsten Vold’s Painted Playgirl Rodeo to a 90-point race at Nebraska, his highest-scoring race of the season. The trip to the Cornhusker Estate, he commented, could not have gone better.
He explained, that he knew he was a fantastic horse and that he would have a decent chance of making some money. It was fantastic. That horse bolted and was electrifying all the way down the front of the slides to the left.
I welcomed the opportunity and then one of my fellow passengers, Ty Breuer, came in second with 88.5 points. As a result, we went down to take care of business. It was a fantastic little meeting.
Any cowboy with NFR hopes will need to be consistent down the stretch. Aus understands that the ups and downs are part of the game.
All you can do is ride the ups and downs, he added. Just take it to the next one and expect to keep fleecing horses along the way. That’s how the rodeo works. Streaks never last, no matter how long or short they are. As a result, you need to persevere, play average, and be as consistent as possible.
The other cowboys who made it to the PRCA Top 15 | RAM world rankings are listed below.
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