Seven 90 Point Plus Scores Fuel Brennon Eldred’s First CBR World Finals

Brennon Eldred, the number five ranked cowboy of the CBR, is one of three new faces in the top ten that will ride as a rookie at the 2015 CBR World Finals held in conjunction with Cheyenne Frontier Days beginning next week in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the storied Frontier Park Arena.

Being on the stage in an arena where so many cowboys have made history, Eldred plans to make a little himself. He would like to be only the first rookie in the history of the CBR to be crowned the World Champion, but he will have to knock down and step over two World Champions, Cody Teel and Sage Kimzey, to put the $100,000 in the bank and be declared the 2015 CBR World Champion.  

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.

Brennon Eldred is technically a CBR rookie this season, and he's made an immediate impact in his first year in Championship Bull Riding. Picking up friends, fans and sponsors along the way, Eldred is currently fifth in the World Standings and 424 points behind Teel. The Oklahoma cowboy is also third in this year's PRCA World Standings after making his first appearance at the National Finals Rodeo last December. He has become one of the best bull riders in the world in 2015. He has two victories at CBR televised events this year, and he's tied for tops with five appearances in the Final Four Shootout Round. 

Eldred's wins came in Hobbs and Las Vegas, and he also finished third at Conroe, Rio Rancho, and Mulvane. He's ridden 43 percent (10 for 23) of his bulls, and his seven 90-point rides are easily the best in Championship Bull Riding this season. His 91-point ride aboard Raven's Mistake in Las Vegas was good enough for the victory. He rode Rubber Band for 91.5 points and Moonshine for 91 points in Hobbs en route to his first win of the year. This young gun has debuted in the CBR in a big way this season, and he's going to be a contender in Cheyenne, as well as the future.

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 Rocking 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.

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.   

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 has no need to study the stock list as he rode in every CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour event and no doubt is as familiar with the bovine talent being brought for the CBR World Finals as any cowboy in the standings. The 5’7”, 165-pound Eldred is staying in shape this summer on the PRCA rodeo trail in quest of his second National Finals Rodeo appearance. Traveling with PRCA and CBR World Champion Sage Kimzey, Eldred does not have to look far to find advice on riding bulls, but he has gathered valuable experience from additional seasoned athletes including World Champion Cody Custer last December. “You’ve done a good job this year and just keep doing what you do, it’s just another rodeo.”