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 2021 World Finals and concludes June 1st, 2022 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 
$50,745.00

2nd
Logan 
Wolfe 
$34,101.00

3rd
Kody 
Ward 
$24,629.00

4th
Kason 
Wolfe 
$22,498.00

5th
Dave 
Schaffner 
$20,423.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Jessie 
Wolfe 
$19,914.00

7th
Kash 
VanTassell 
$15,557.00

8th
Travis 
Roberson 
$14,684.00

9th
Colette 
Lesh 
$14,612.00

10th
Dan 
Weigand 
$14,360.50



Amateur/Graduated Amateur Class - Top 10 Money Earners

1st
Bob 
McPherson 
$55,507.00

2nd
Tanner 
Sperle 
$45,131.00

3rd
Patrick 
Witham 
$36,290.00

4th
Doug 
Pritchett 
$26,529.00

5th
Larry 
Newport 
$22,692.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Kaitlyn 
Ruderer 
$21,894.00

7th
Mike 
Bloom 
$21,264.00

8th
Jeff 
Freitag 
$21,151.00

9th
John 
Spencer 
$20,057.00

10th
Pam 
Haar 
$19,191.00



Novice/Graduated Novice Class - Top 10 Money Earners

1st
Cheyenne 
Koesters 
$23,744.00

2nd
Mary 
Richards 
$16,046.00

3rd
Joe 
Meals 
$13,666.00

4th
Eddy 
Seaton 
$13,508.00

5th
Kylynn 
Hegge 
$12,783.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Jessica 
Jones 
$12,385.00

7th
Kim 
Christy 
$11,665.00

8th
Trish 
Lukassen 
$11,338.00

9th
Kiley 
Watkins 
$10,733.00

10th
Cole 
Duke 
$10,690.00



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

1st
Angelo 
Sarjeant Jr 
$15,098.00

2nd
David 
Hardie 
$14,791.00

3rd
Wyatt 
Anderson 
$12,290.00

4th
Emilee 
Duke 
$12,046.00

5th
Gail 
Grooms 
$11,434.00

FACE OFF ZONE
6th
Sherry 
Stewart 
$10,953.00

7th
Mikel 
Sorenson 
$9,656.00

8th
Kecia 
Adams 
$9,107.00

9th
Katy 
Sperle 
$8,670.00

10th
Casen 
Buzhardt 
$8,439.00