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Crook County cowboys in hunt to reach National Finals Rodeo

Brandon Beers, Charly Crawford, and Sean Santuccio all near the top of the PRCA standings in their respective events


The first week in July is frequently called “Cowboy Christmas” because of the large purses available that week on the Professional Rodeo Circuit.

In fact the entire month of July provides opportunities for Cowboys to make big runs in the standings.

That’s exactly what has happened to three Crook County cowboys. Heading into July, Brandon Beers, of Powell Butte, was far down the standings for team roping headers. Now, following a hot month, Beers sits in eighth place in the header standings with earnings of $54,389.11. Beers’ partner, Jim Ross Cooper, of Monument, N.M., is in even better shape, sitting in fifth place in the heeler standings with the same earnings.

With the top 15 athletes in each event qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev., it looks likely that the duo will return to the finals again. It would be Beers’ fourth appearance at the NFR.

Although Beers and Cooper are the local athletes who have made the biggest move in the standings, they are not the only ones who still have a chance to qualify for the NFR.

Fellow team roper Charly Crawford, of Prineville, has also made a move in the standings. Crawford is now just one spot away from qualifying for the national finals. Crawford currently sits in 16th place with earnings of $39,630.19 just $1,100 away from 15th place.

Should Crawford continue to move up the standings it would be his seventh national finals appearance.

The Final Crook County Cowboy with a chance to qualify for the NFR?is Sean Santucci. The steer wrestler is clinging to 17th place in the standings with $34,865.74 of earnings, less that $500 out of 15th place.

Several other Central and Eastern Oregon Cowboys are also having outstanding years. Bareback riders Austin Foss (Terrebonne), Steven Peebles (Redmond), and Bobby Mote (Culver) sitting in second, third, and fifth respectively. Steer wrestler Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon leads the standings, while his brother Blake, of Heppner, is in 14th in the standings.

Here’s hoping that all eight Oregon athletes reach the finals. It would certainly add interest when the NFR?kicks off its 10-day run on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Lon Austin is the sports editor for the Central Oregonian. He can be reached at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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