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Braden, Frost Win Round 7

Submitted by Kashly Schweer on 12/15/2017

Las Vegas —  Seasoned veterans are expected to have a competitive edge under the bright lights of the Thomas and Mack Center during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR), but the rookie from Oklahoma seems to be escaping the first-time jitters. Hardy (Chad) Braden has cashed checks in six of the eight rounds of the saddle bronc riding, winning $80,173 with two performances left to go.

Braden started the finals visiting South Point for the gold buckle presentation, and on night seven, the mullet-rocking kid was back thanks to his 88-point ride. He sits sixth in the aggregate race that will pay a nice bonus at the end of the week.

Audy Reed is 100 percent in the saddle bronc riding by making the whistle on all eight broncs that he has tightened his cinch on. The Spearman, Texas cowboy made it to the pay window three times and is fourth in the aggregate at the conclusion of round 8.

After a rocky start to the WNFR, Clay Elliott collected his first paycheck last night for his 87.50-point effort. Taos Muncy also hasn’t had the picture-perfect trip to Vegas, but over $52,000 remain up for grabs in these final two rounds.

In the bull riding, Joe Frost is in a familiar spot; battling for first. The Utah cowboy made his first trip across the stage after winning the seventh round with an 87-point ride. By relying on his fundamentals, Frost has covered 6/8 bulls. He is second in the aggregate; 11 points behind 3x World Champion, Sage Kimzey.

Orin Larsen continues to make qualified rides in the bareback riding and splits seventh and eighth place overall. He too has a chance at an extra bonus at the conclusion of Saturday night.

As the excitement continues to build in Vegas, don’t miss a minute of the action. The WNFR is aired nightly on CBS Sports at 9 p.m. CST and available for streaming at