From Bareback Ponies to Bucking Bulls, Bingham Qualifies for his First National Finals Rodeo

Twenty three year old Tim Bingham of Honeyville, Utah joined the PRCA in 2011. $176,114.00 later he is headed to his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the number 4 position.  Just behind Cody Teel with earnings of $85,634 this year, Bingham is inspired about going to Vegas for the first time as a contestant.  

“I had it on my mind I was going to make the NFR after two years of injuries keeping me out”, said the talkative bull rider who got his start competing by riding bucking bareback ponies at age 8.

Bingham, who rodeos mostly with his younger brother Tyler, is a favorite among bull riders on the rodeo trail with his positive attitude and friendly demeanor.  The mostly healthy bull rider is proud to say he went the entire season without turning out due to a doctor’s release after the previous two years he had struggled with injuries while trying to compete.

Bingham entered the 2014 season as one of the top 5 bull riders which allowed him to be entered in some of the larger PRCA sanctioned events.  Competing in 107 rodeos this year he was mostly inspired when traveling with 2014 CBR World Champion Sage Kimzey.

 “My brother was hurt this summer and then was planning to get married, so I traveled with Sage (Kimzey) for the second half of the rodeo season”, continued Bingham.  “Sage is never satisfied unless he wins, and that raises your level of riding when you are with him. It helps a lot and you feed off of them. You see them make those rides and it ups your game. You know you better step up your riding or you are not going to make it.”

 After a long 12 months riding of competing in all levels of the professional industry including CBR and PRCA, Tim is going to follow advice from his Dad regarding his future. 

“If you are going to do it, then do it right and all the way. When you don’t like it anymore then don’t do it,” are the words he respects from his father who is a general contractor when he is not watching his sons ride bulls.  

“That always fires me up when he says that, and it makes me think about remembering to enjoy where I am right now,” laughed Bingham.

Right now is not such a bad place for the 2013 National Intercollegiate National (NIRA) Finals Rodeo Champion. Representing Hillsboro College in 2013, Bingham won the title with three of four qualified rides. After winning the first round of the NIRA National Championship with a score of 83.5, Bingham landed on his free hand and broke his wrist and arm in three places. He proceeded to ride three more times and scored twice (79.5 and 79 in the championship round) to claim the title.

If that does not impress you should know that he started the competition with a broken foot! 

“He is the new face of the rodeo cowboy,” Hill College Rodeo Head Coach Paul Brown said. “With Tim’s guts, determination and brains he will go far in the rodeo world. Bingham is also a model student athlete as he not only won the NIRA National Championship in bull riding, but he will also be an (2013) Academic All-American this year.”

Although the records show is his best ride was in Hempstead three years ago when he was 92 points, Bingham says his favorite and what he thinks was his best ride was an 89 on White Magic in Caldwell.

Bingham enters the WNFR with a 36.1 riding percentage over the last 12 months and plans to familiarize himself with the stock list. Mostly knowing you have to ride them all jump for jump, he studies the bulls enough to know the tricky ones. “You can pretty much tell if someone doesn’t like their draw - you better find out why,” said Bingham.

Following the WNFR, Bingham is looking forward to the 2015 Road to Cheyenne after making his first event in the CBR count. He was second with a 90 point ride in round one on Reserve Bucking Bull of the Year, Ragin JT (Craig and Barrett) at the Conroe Bull Mania on October 4th, propelling him to the Final Four Shootout Round in his first CBR appearance.  

The two time Utah High School Bull Riding State Champion will be joined in Las Vegas by his Mom and Dad, brother and his new wife, and a host of cowboy friends to cheer him on.


Professional PRCA 2014 Highlights

• Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.)

• Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Spanish Fork, Utah)

• Won the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo Xtreme Bulls (Lovington, N.M.)

• Won the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo

• Won the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco)

• Won the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo

• Won the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Division 2 Xtreme Bulls

• Co-champion at the Days of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah)

• Co-champion at the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede

• Co-champion at the Magic Valley Stampede (Filer, Idaho)


Career Highlights

• 2013: Won the American Royal (Kansas City, Mo.); finished 77th in the world standings with $15,383

• 2012: Won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, the day before his 21st birthday; the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo; the Helldorado Days Rodeo (Las Vegas); the Fort Herriman PRCA Rodeo (Herriman, Utah); That Famous Preston (Idaho) Night Rodeo and the Waller County Fair & Rodeo (Hempstead, Texas). Finished 20th in the world standings with $53,186

• 2011: Won the Longview (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo and the Summit County Fair & Rodeo (Coalville, Utah). Finished 74th in the world standings and seventh in the rookie standings with $17,664

• 2010: Co-champion at the Ute Stampede (Nephi, Utah); earned $6,866 on his permit