Wyatt Denny qualifies for NFR
October 15, 2016
Wyatt Denny has now competed in 100 rodeo bareback riding events this year. More important, the Minden cowboy has achieved his goal of reaching the sport's World Series or Super Bowl — the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
This marks Denny's first qualifying berth to the NFR on Dec. 1-10 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Denny secured the final qualifying spot as he finished 15th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) bareback standings. He has $66,797.81 in earnings for the year. His training partner, Clayton Bigelow of Clement, Calif., also qualified in the No. 8 position.
Denny clinched his NFR berth on Sept. 30 with his second-place finish at the Young Living Rodeo in Mona, Utah, where he finished one-half point behind Ty Breuer.
This has already developed into a good year for Denny, the PRCA's 2015 Resistol Rookie of the Year in bareback riding who also captured the bareback riding championship this past June at the National College Finals Rodeo.
His older brother, Grant Denny, finished 33rd in the bareback standings, but was in contention for a top-15 finish until he suffered a broken collarbone Sept. 16 in Pendleton, Ore.