To have a chance to reach the $6 million Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas requires a year of bouncing all over North America, chasing opportunities and checks. Bull riders can count 125 rodeos toward their world standings, so they are sort of the ultimate road warriors. Tyler Willis of Wheatland, Wyo., led all PRCA cowboys by competing in 117 events during the 2011 season, followed by fellow bull rider Seth Glause (111).

Five of the seven cowboys who competed in 100 or more were bull riders, the exceptions being bareback rider George Gillespie IV and saddle bronc rider Sterling Crawley, who tied for third on the list with 106 apiece.