DENVER - Kanin Asay got a jump-start on the rest of the competition, winning the bull riding title at the recent National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.
Asay, of Powell, Wyo., rode three bulls for 264 points and earned more than $14,000. The money won has lifted the two-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier to the top of the PRCA world bull riding standings.
Asay has already won $25,580 for 2009. Sitting second in the standings is Clayton Savage, of Casper, Wyo., with $14,981. There are five Wyoming bull riders among the top 10 in the world standings and six in the top 20.
Other winners at Denver were: Tim Shirley, Dustin Reeves, bareback; Curtis Cassidy, Jake Rinehart, steer wrestling; Josh Peek, tie-down roping; Bradley Harter, saddle bronc; Chad Masters, Michael Jones, team roping; Nancy Hunter, barrel racing. Hunter, of Neola, Utah, was the high-money winner with $16,357 by winning two rounds and the average.