Challenge of the Champions

The Cinch Ranch Sorting National Championships Challenge of the Champions is a way to honor contestants in each division for their outstanding success and contribution to Cinch RSNC’s mission of preserving and enhancing the ranching lifestyle.
The top 5 money earners in their division in Cinch RSNC sanctioned events this season will get the opportunity to face off with the other division qualifiers in a “Challenge of the Champions” Round Robin.  The contender in each division with the most cows, in the least time at the conclusion of the Round Robin, will be crowned the division “Champion of Champions”!  Each of the top 5 qualifiers will be awarded a Cinch Shirt, Felt Back Tag, and a Challenge of the Champions Qualifier Award! The back tags will be numbered 1 thru 20, back tag number 1 being awarded to the overall highest money earner in the contest.
This season began after the 2022 World Finals and concludes May 31st, 2023 to allow for proper recognition and sizing of qualifiers.  Prizes or bonuses (Lottery Sort Highpoint bonus) do not count toward annual earnings, only money won in Cinch RSNC events via fast-go, incentive, or average payouts are included.  The top 10 season money earners will be listed here throughout the season, so you can see who the contenders may be. The Challenge of the Champions will have a thrilling contest between the most successful sorters of the year in the following divisions: Open (#7 – #9 rated riders), Amateur (#4 – #6 rated riders), Novice/Graduated Novice, and Rookie/Graduated Rookie.
To create the fairest and most competitive environment for all, if a member’s rating is moved up during the season they will have the opportunity to finish the season in their original Challenge of the Champions division.  Their rating will be moved, but they will remain in the division that they began the season in for the Challenge of the Champions.  In the event a  member is moved up two ratings, they will compete in the division applicable for the rating below their new rating.  If a member is moved down, they will be eligible to compete in their new division for the Challenge of the Champions.  This ruling is applicable to all rating changes that take place after the annual, season-end rating reviews.
Example explanation:
If a member is moved up from A to B during the season, they should be included in the A CoC Division
If a member is moved down from B to A during the season, they should be included in the A CoC Division
If a member is moved up from A to C during the season, they should be included in the B CoC Division
This improvement to the Challenge of the Champions program is to maintain a competitive incentive program while upholding the integrity of the Cinch RSNC rating system.
The Challenge of the Champions Round Robins will take place at the World Finals event on June 11-18th, 2022.  Members will ride at their current rating in the Challenge of the Champion Round Robins, even if they are in a different division. If any of the top five money earners will not be in attendance, the spot will be filled by the next eligible money earner in that division. We are incredibly proud of each and every member of the Cinch Ranch Sorting National Championships Challenge of the Champions.  Good luck to all!

Open Class - Top 10 Money Earners

1st
Joel 
Lesh 
$16,671.00

2nd
Brandon 
Kruger 
$10,014.00

3rd
Tony 
Louis 
$9,452.00

4th
Kody 
Ward 
$8,450.00

5th
Dan 
Weigand 
$8,172.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Remy 
Greer 
$7,689.00

7th
James 
Greer 
$6,747.00

8th
Travis 
Freiheit 
$6,607.00

9th
Roger 
Braa 
$5,863.00

10th
Jessie 
Wolfe 
$5,726.00



Amateur/Graduated Amateur Class - Top 10 Money Earners

1st
Joe 
Burns 
$13,782.00

2nd
Preston 
Lesh 
$13,559.00

3rd
Steven 
Fox 
$13,397.00

4th
Cheyenne 
Barcelona 
$11,562.00

5th
Tanner 
Sperle 
$10,907.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Bob 
McPherson 
$10,538.00

7th
Mary 
Richards 
$8,250.00

8th
Randy 
Graham 
$8,185.00

9th
Adele 
Howard 
$7,647.00

10th
Larry 
Jordan 
$7,487.00



Novice/Graduated Novice Class - Top 10 Money Earners

1st
Britney 
Judd 
$8,036.00

2nd
Bo 
Wells 
$7,889.00

3rd
Kori 
Haile 
$7,240.00

4th
Scott 
Finley 
$6,618.00

5th
Sheri 
Stec 
$6,123.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Terri 
Barham 
$5,711.00

7th
Robin 
Woessner 
$5,513.00

8th
Blake 
Hensley 
$5,042.00

9th
Edwin 
Pflum 
$4,982.00

10th
Lynn 
Zylstra 
$4,649.00



Beginner/Rookie/Graduated Rookie Class - Top 10 Money Earners

1st
Dena 
Finley 
$7,792.00

2nd
Jason 
Anderson 
$6,000.00

3rd
Mark 
Exposito 
$5,201.00

4th
Will 
McKee 
$4,767.00

5th
Denise 
Mott 
$4,628.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Viann 
Hegge 
$4,084.00

7th
Bill 
Key 
$3,673.00

8th
Jason 
Ortiz 
$3,109.00

9th
Lisa 
Fast 
$2,821.00

10th
Kris 
Johnson 
$2,734.00