Hold on for a moment while I pat myself on the back … there I’m done. In not-so-shocking-but-very-arrogant news, I was correct with my pick of Scott Snedecor winning the steer roping Gold Buckle. The now-four-time world and two-time defending champion made up a $19,000 deficit to Tuf Cooper while benefitting from Cooper’s sub-par finals. Cooper suffered six no-times but won first place two out of the three rounds he placed. Snedecor placed in four rounds, winning the first two, and finished fourth in the average.

It continues the streak of either Snedecor, Trevor Brazile or Rocky Patterson winning the world title I discussed last week. Brazile placed third and Patterson was fourth.

Cooper and Brazile picked up some much-needed coin in the All-Around race, giving them an in my opinion insurmountable lead over Rhen Richard and Ryle Smith. Although Brazile’s $44,477 at the NFSR was almost double Cooper’s $22,730, cutting Cooper’s lead in the All-Around to $5,700. Can’t wait to watch that play out.

Let’s also discuss a little bit of Canadian Finals Rodeo, shall we?

Ellensburg’s Minor brothers started off with a bang, as Brady and Riley won the first round and split the go-round win with Levi Simpson and Jeremy Buhler. Unfortunately, the team suffered inconsistency and finished third in the Canadian standings with $37,844 (roughly $28,761 after the exchange). Simpson and Buhler — the 2016 world champions — won the Canadian title.

Louisiana cowboy Shane Hanchey won his third title up north, pocketing about $65,338 in Canadian dollars on the season, including nearly $42,000 of that coming at last week’s finals.

The most dominant display of talent though had to be from Hermiston’s Callahan Crossley. The blonde barrel racer won four of six rounds and placed second in the other two, winning the average by nearly three seconds. Crossley had $25,615 in Canadian earnings before last week’s Finals. She earned $73,575 (about $56,000 U.S. dollars) last week alone.

We’re in the prime season of picks: NFSR last week, NFR in a few weeks, now it’s time for the PBR pick. The PBR World Finals begin tomorrow and the Guddat Family is continuing with their picks.

“I don’t know, I need to see,” Delaney said before deciding on the 13th-ranked Walla Walla bull rider. “Derek Kolbaba, because he’s local…ish. Because I’ve heard his name before. Mr. Wood will probably read this tomorrow, right?”

Yes, Delaney, that’s right, be more concerned about your PE teacher’s opinion in front of your class.

Addy wasn’t shy about her pick.

“I pick Claudio (Montanha, she stumbled in pronouncing his last name),” going into her reasoning about the third-ranked Brazilian without being prompted. “Because I like his name. It sounds mysterious.”

Brittany went with a pick many of us know as the 2012 PRCA champion. “Cody Teel, because I know him.”

Me? I went with Kaique Pacheco. I know it’s an easy pick because he’s No. 1 in the world, but the dude is still looking for his first world title after placing second, second and fifth the past three years. It’s his time now.

Who’s right? We’ll find out starting tomorrow once the PBR finals begin.

Jon Guddat covers rodeo — from the kids to the kids at heart — with a weekly rodeo column in the Daily Record. Contact Jon with story ideas at jonguddat@yahoo.com.


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