Presley Smith didn’t plan on taking the rodeo world by storm in 2022, but if you ask her, she’ll say God arranged it that way. She and Jerry McGuire made headlines in May when they topped the inaugural Resistol Rookie Roundup—and popped back on the scene in a big way as the summer run kicked off.
Smith’s 15.35-second run in Mt Pleasant Texas earned her the win, then it was on to Hugo, Oklahoma, where her 15.32-second run meant another win, and $1,995 in her jeans. Her efforts moved her to No. 2 in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Resistol Rookie standings with $20,471.50 in 30 rodeos, behind No. 1 position holder Bayleigh Choate, who has $27,923.64 racked up in 43 rodeos.
After the Rookie Roundup, Jerry McGuire had the chance to run a few circuit rodeos and spend a lot of time relaxing at Smith’s home in Denham Springs, Louisiana. While the buckskin gelding rested, things began to shift around in Smith’s life at breakneck speed, and they led her to one conclusion: it was time for her to hit the road.
With all the pieces rapidly falling into place, Smith couldn’t help but make the leap to head out for the summer.
“I’m super excited. This wasn’t planned at all. I’ve always dreamed of getting to go out west for the summer and rodeo, but I never really thought it would happen, at least not this early in my life,” Smith said. “I try to keep telling myself it doesn’t matter how I do out there, it’s just a blessing to get to go.”
WPRA Resistol Rookie Standings as of June 06, 2022.
|1||Bayleigh Choate (R)||Fort Worth, TX||$27,923.64||43|
|2||Presley Smith (R)||Denham Springs, LA||$20,471.50||30|
|3||Kailee Murdock (R)||Litchfield Park, AZ||$17,689.95||20|
|4||Taycie Matthews (R)||Wynne, AR||$17,126.35||32|
|5||Jamie Olsen (R)||Brock, TX||$13,817.72||48|
|6||Katie Chism (R)||Tiskilwa, IL||$9,792.47||15|
|7||Laura Mote (R)||Llano, TX||$9,209.75||19|
|8||Bugg Beeler (R)||Terrell, TX||$7,219.65||33|
|9||Jordan Driver (R)||Garden City, TX||$6,452.93||31|
|10||Chelsie Stodghill (R)||Prineville, OR||$3,866.56||9|