Seven rounds are in the books at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and it was a very good night for the Wyoming contingent. In the saddle bronc, former Sheridan College cowboy Zeke Thurston had an amazing 92.5 point ride to take 1st in the round and earned $26, 230.77. Thurston who was the 2016 world champion in this event is #1 in the world standings and moved up to 4th in the average.

Cheyenne East high school grad Brody Cress took 4th place in the round last night and he’s been in that 4 spot just about the entire time at the NFR. He had an 86th so he won $11,000. Cress is the 4th in the world standings and moved up to 1st in the aggregate. In the tie-down roping, Riley Pruitt, the former Eastern Wyoming College Cowboy had an 8-4 on Wednesday night so that put him 4th in the round. He hits the pay window for $11,000 and he is now 2nd in the world standings and 6th in the average.

Over in the team roping, Ty Blasingame who has been calling Casper home, won some money for the first time in 7 rounds. He and his partner Travis Lee Graves posted a 4 and 2 last night and that was 2nd in the round. That earned them a paycheck of $20,730.77. Blasingame is 11th in the world and 13th in the average. Former Central Wyoming College cowboy Ty Breuer an 82 in the bareback Wednesday night but he was out of the money. Breuer is 11th in the world and 13th in the aggregate. The 8th round of the National Finals Rodeo will be tonight from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.