Bareback rider Cole Franks out a few weeks with wrist injury 2022

Sans protection rider Cole Franks, who completed third in the 2021 PRCA | World Standings as a newbie, is supposed to be down and out for half a month with a right wrist injury.

Franks hurt the wrist on his riding hand in a non-rodeo mishap.

“I hurt my wrist (May 2) and I rode May 7 in Guymon (Okla.), yet I didn’t realize it was down and out when I rode in Guymon,” said Franks, 21. “I’m wanting to ride at the College National Finals (June 12-18, in Casper, Wyo.) and afterward I will see what PRCA rodeos I will go to. My most memorable PRCA rodeos back will probably be Pecos (Texas) and Springdale (Ark.) (which start June 22).”

Franks last ride was May 7 at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, where he had a 77-point stumble on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Night Livin’. Franks is fifth on the planet standings with $55,727.

Franks said his wrist wasn’t placed in a cast.

“The specialists told me just to attempt and not do a lot with it,” Franks said.

Franks is the ruling without any protection riding champion at the College National Finals Rodeo. He brought home the championship a year prior vieing for Clarendon (Texas) College. He since moved to Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.

Franks was the 2021 Resistol Bareback Riding Rookie of the Year. He completed the season with $227,422. He procured $150,029 at the NFR, setting in seven rounds, incorporating putting second in Round 5 and Round 8.

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