Former Oklahoma Wrestling Champion Qualifies for his First National Finals Rodeo

Brennon Eldred, the number five ranked cowboy of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association, and is one of ten new faces that will ride for the first time at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo beginning on December 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Thomas and Mack Center.

Being on the stage in an arena where so many cowboys have made history, Brennon Eldred plans to make a little himself. He would like to be only the second rookie in the history of the PRCA to be crowned the World Champion and he is poised with $77,829.70 in the bank to make a run at the money and the title.  Bill Kornell, back in 1962, is the only other rookie to win a bull riding gold buckle.

When asked which is more important, the money or the title, he answered emphatically – the title.

“The money helps you go down the road, and you can spend all the money, but you can’t take that title away,” said Eldred from his Oklahoma home base.

Eldred was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma the middle child of his family and got on rough stock for the first time at CBR contractor Chad Ramer’s Rockin R Ranch when he was 5 years old and according to Ramer he never looked back. He became interested in the sport by going to rodeos with his dad and uncle. He then rode calves, graduated to steers and eventually bulls. He learned to ride the rank ones on Tuesday nights at D&H Cattle Company buck outs. “I knew if I could ride them I could ride anything,” continued Eldred.

His father Todd is a welder and rode bareback horses and team ropes at amateur rodeos. His mother, Shelly is a nurse. Eldred has three brothers, Connor, Cooper, Destry, and Bailee, his sister. Bull riding is not his only athletic talent.  This basketball, baseball and football playing athlete won the won the Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association State Championship twice and finished second at nationals and in 2008 and 2009, he was the Oklahoma Jr. High School Bull Riding State Champion.   

Eldred’s hobbies include team roping, deer hunting and bass fishing. His favorite sports team is Florida State University football. He listens to hip hop and his favorite television show is Criminal Minds.

So what is the 19 year old cowboy doing 15 days before the NFR?

The 5’7, 165 pound Eldred is staying in shape by riding his bicycle and concentrating on core strengthening workouts.  He has watched previous WNFR’s and plans to get on a few practice bulls leading into the event.   

He has gathered valuable experience from seasoned athletes including World Champion Cody Custer who called him recently with this advice. “You’ve done a good job this year and just keep doing what you do, it’s just another rodeo.”

But who is behind this young gun? CBR commentator and former professional bull rider Cody Whitney. “He taught me how to ride and has been there for me since day one,” said Eldred.

Eldred will make the trip to Vegas alone meeting up with traveling partner Cody Teel when he arrives. His family will join him once the rodeo begins. He has reviewed the stock list of bulls and is excited about the availability of so many great bucking bulls.

So what does one do when you are only 19 and can’t gamble, or party in Vegas?  According to Eldred he plans to hang out with the other under aged bull riders when not at the event or making appearances.


PRCA Career Highlights

Joined PRCA: 2013

PRCA Career Earnings: $124,112.00

WNFR Qualifications: 1 (2014)

2014 earnings: $77,830

Tour Finale qualifications: 1 (2014)

Education: Hill College (Hillsboro, Texas)


2014 Highlights

High Marked Ride:  May, 2014 - Kish’s 836 What A Ball for 92 points in the PRCA rodeo in Redding.

• Won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo

• Won the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup

• Won the Hinton (Okla.) Crosstie PRCA Rodeo

• Co-champion at the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days


Career Highlights

• 2013: Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo; the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa) and the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo. Finished fourth in the PRCA Resistol Rookie Bull Riding Standings and 24th in the world standings with $46,282