Kanin Asay photo courtesy of the PRCA.
Kanin Asay has “make history” at the top of his to-do list for his 8 p.m. (PT) Sept. 1 appearance at the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale in Ellensburg, Wash.
Asay won the 2007 Xtreme Bulls year-end title, is leading this year’s standings and is very much focused on becoming the first man in the 10-year history of the series to earn a second title.
The Powell, Wyo., cowboy has $44,960 in X Bulls earnings entering the finale at the Ellensburg Rodeo Arena, holding a lead of a bit more than $8,000 over second-place Cody Teel and more than $10,000 over three-time World Champion J.W. Harris.
Maximum prize money at the event – based on winning both rounds and the average – is $24,449 which means those top three bull riders are the only men with a mathematical chance to win the season title.
And there is, of course, more at stake than just the X Bulls Tour title for the expected sellout crowd of 10,000 to ponder.
The field includes 25 of the top 30 bull riders in the world standings, all of whom are hoping that a big payday in Ellensburg will assure their qualification into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and maybe even a leg up in the battle for the world championship.
Asay, Teel and Harris are all in the top four of the world standings, along with rookie Trey Benton III.
Asay is coming off a tumultuous year in 2011 in which he lost his mother in a tragic accident and he spent much of the year in rehabilitation from hip surgery. Continue Reading