For the first time in his career Glen Rose cowboy Jason Evans will enter the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kansas atop the WEATHER GUARD PRCA World Standings with $84,156.
The NFSR will take place taking place Nov. 10-11.
Evans’ season, and ultimately his sixth trip to the NFSR, was jumpstarted with his big performance in February at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, where he won a season-high $21,202.
In addition to San Antonio, Evans also had big pay days at Baker, Mont., ($6,191), Cheyenne, Wyo., ($4,439), and Sheridan, Wyo., ($4,238), en route to just missing breaking Guy Allen’s PRCA regular-season steer roping record of $87,927.
“The first of June I started roping better and things went well, and my horses were working good,” Evans said. “Once I got that momentum built up, I just kept it going.”
Evans will try and hold his top spot and capture his first steer roping gold buckle at Mulvane.
“The Kansas Star Arena is a great setup – the crowd is close and I really like competing there,” said Evans, who finished fourth in the world standings a year ago.
Evans, who has qualified for the NFSR six times (1996-97, 2002, 2014, 2016-17), has been using two bay gelding horses this season – Choctaw and Tuffy Two Bits.
Evans has been using two bay gelding horses – Choctaw and Tuffy Two Bits. Choctaw finished second in the AQHA/PRCA Steer Roping Horse of the Year voting in October.
“I think a lot of him and it makes you feel good when other people do, as well,” he said. “I will have both my horses at the NFSR, which I’m very fortunate to be able to do because I can step off one and get on the other. No matter which way I step, both horses are very good. It seems like at different times of the year, one of them has been working better than the other, so I will go with the one that is working the best.”
Vin Fisher Jr. enters the NFSR second in the standings. This marks his 14th NFSR qualification (2002-03, 2005-06, 2008-17). His career-best finish was second in 2015.
With the influx of money into the NFSR any of the 15 cowboys could walk away as the world champion. Since 2015, NFSR go-round winners earn $9,155; sixth place in a round pays $1,579. The first- and second-place finishers in the average collect $27,347 and $22,632, respectively. The sixth-place average finisher earns $4,715.
Chet Herren comes to the Kansas Star third in the world standings. Two-time world champion Scott Snedecor (2005 and 2008) and six-time steer roping gold buckle winner Trevor Brazile (2006-07, 2011, 2013-15) also can’t be overlooked.
Rocky Patterson, the reigning and four-time world champion, enters the NFSR in the No. 8 spot. Cody Lee checks in at No. 12. A year ago, Lee left the Kansas Star Arena smiling. He won an NFSR-record $70,651, breaking Brazile’s 2015 record of $62,390 and finishing second in the world standings with $124,455.