Ponoka's Levi Simpson (team roping) and Jake Vold (bareback) both started the National Finals Rodeo Dec. 1 making making some money. Simpson and his partner Jeremy Buhler made waves after snagging the first spot with 4.4 seconds.

UPDATE: Ponoka cowboys making waves at Wrangler NFR

NFR UPDATE: Ponoka cowboys Levi Simpson and Jake Vold are making money at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Ponoka cowboys Levi Simpson and Jake Vold are putting the town on the map at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).

Bareback rider Vold walked away from day four and five with a a pair of first place rides. Riding Flying U Rodeo’s Lil Red Hawk, Vold landed an 89.5 – and just over $26,000 on day four and then on day five on Hi Lo ProRodeo’s Wilson Sanchez, Vold scored an 89 and another $26,000.

Bareback rider Jake Vold in a file photo. Vold has had strong performances so far at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

In the overall NFR standings Vold is sitting in fifth spot with $149,834 in earnings.

Team ropers continue strong runs

Team ropers – header Levi Simpson, and heeler Jeremy Buhler, from Arrowwood – are making waves as well with a lightning fast four seconds Dec. 5 to tie it with Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira on Day 5.

Day money for Simpson was Buhler was $23,480 each.

Ponoka cowboy Levi Simpson (header) is having a strong run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

In the world rankings Simpson now sits seventh at just over $129,000 in earnings with his heeler partner Buhler sitting sixth overall at just over $138,000.

Day six begins Dec. 6 with cowboys vying for top points.