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08.24.2015
#580

In July, just days before the CBR World Finals were to begin, Brennon Eldred declared in an interview for the Cheyenne Frontier Days website and media that he would make history in Cheyenne, and that he did.

Riding each and every bull he strapped himself to, twenty year old Eldred road five for five for an average score of 448, five points ahead of the World Champion, Cody Teel,  to win the Cheyenne World Finals average and with that the title of Cheyenne Event Champion.

With his grandfather, Glen Eldred, looking on, the younger Eldred completed his first season of Championship Bull Riding in the driver’s seat. Riding as a rookie just ten months prior at his first CBR event in Huron, Eldred claims to have learned a lot along the twelve month Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour where he finished the tour riding over 50% of his draws, a significant increase over the previous two years where his best year end average was 33%.

“Bull riding is a very humbling sport, it doesn’t matter who you are... it’s all about what you do,” according to Eldred. Consistency is what Eldred claims made the difference. It was the big lesson he had to learn, ride each and every one and the rest will take care of itself.  

“Putting three rides together at a CBR was hard for me at first, my mind wasn’t there yet,” claimed the Sulphur, Oklahoma cowboy.

Going one for three in the first three CBR events (Huron, Conroe, and Mercedes) would have discouraged even a veteran bull rider, but Eldred buckled down and by January he had control of his mindset which lead him to an incredible start to the 2015 portion of the CBR tour as he won Tuff Hedeman’s event in Hobbs, New Mexico.  

In addition to the Cheyenne World Finals average win, he had two victories during the regular season CBR televised events, and finished the season with more top Final Four Shootout Round appearances (6) than any other bull rider. 

Eldred's wins came in Hobbs, Las Vegas and Cheyenne. He finished third at Conroe, Rio Rancho, and Mulvane. His nine 90-point rides are easily the best in Championship Bull Riding this season. His best ride of the year was in Cheyenne on the last out of the night where the perennial bucker, Black Betty, assisted his 92.5 score to cinch the World Finals title against Cody Teel, who also went five for five, but with a final score of 443 points.  

Noticing the fans in Cheyenne holding up posters with Eldred’s name and #580 painted in bold letters, I finally asked, where did that come from?

“A bunch of us guys from Oklahoma started calling ourselves #580 when we were riding in the amateur and open rodeos, and then when we were re-connected with Kimzey, after high school rodeo, it just kind of took off,” said Eldred. With the top two bull riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association World Standings right now, Kimzey and Eldred, hailing from the 580 area code, the two are definitely riding billboards for the Department of Oklahoma travel and tourism.    

Eldred was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma the middle child of his family and got on rough stock for the first time at another #580 friends place. CBR contractor Chad Ramer’s Rockin R Ranch was the first to put Eldred on. He was 5 years old and according to Ramer, and 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 #580 young gun besides Chad Ramer? CBR commentator and former professional bull rider, also from 580, Cody Whitney. “He taught me how to ride and has been there for me since day one,” said Eldred.

But in addition to the guys from #580, Eldred received high praise from a cowboy he has looked up to his entire life. 

“That was bad a—, I am proud of you, it takes a lot to do that,” were the words Eldred recalls hearing from four time World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman. Words he will remember for the rest of his life. 

Eldred recently took two weeks hiatus to heal up a slightly pulled groin muscle, but is excited about the 2015-16 CBR season and plans to ride at each and every Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour event beginning in Huron next week.   

Personal Background:

5-7, 150 … Single … Father, Todd, is a welder and used to ride bareback horses and team rope at amateur rodeos; mother, Shelly, is a nurse; has three brothers, Connor, Cooper, Destry; sister, Bailee. Hobbies include team roping, deer hunting and bass fishing … Listens to hip hop … Favorite sports team is Florida State University football … Favorite TV show is Criminal Minds


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