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11.30.2015
Brennon Eldred; Way Above Average

Brennon Eldred, currently the No. 3 bull rider ranked in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, charged onto the dirt in Cheyenne for the Tuesday night marquee event, a world-class matchup thought to be between Cody Teel and Sage Kimzey, but Brennon came out ahead of both who are unarguably his good friends, rivals, traveling partners, and the guys he learns from.

It took less than a year for Eldred’s execution to match their zeal – they both wear World Champion buckles – but riding 5 for 5 to win the CBR World Finals average title definitely upped this cowboy athlete’s bull riding stock as he will be gunning for the 2015 WNFR World title in a race he led many months of this year’s PRCA bull riding calendar.

Along the way, Eldred gathered sponsors, fans, a new homestead, and in less than two weeks he will pick up his second NFR back number in Las Vegas.

Last year he had the distinction of being the youngest competitor at this year’s WNFR and his six week advantage over Sage Kimzey keeps him in that title. But what Eldred may be lacking in years, he certainly makes up for in talent and experience.

 

BACKGROUND

After joining the PRCA in 2013, Eldred won one of the most prestigious rodeos, Reno, Nev. He earned $7,583 as a rookie where he was one of only two men to cover two bulls.

Eldred made the trip to Reno with WNFR, CBR, and PBR qualifier and veteran bull rider Cody Whitney. Eldred met Whitney when he was just nine years old.

“Brennon always had such a good mind set,” Whitney said of the humble Eldred. “He is one of the best kids I’ve ever met. He is great inside and out of the arena, just a good person.”

 

BULLS

“Yes I have seen it (list of WNFR bulls) once or twice, and I think it is the best pen put together that I have seen all year,” began Eldred.

“Each year you are going to get on a bucker, they are there for a reason, but the bulls are getting better all the time, more rankers ones this year for sure – I think I have been on about half of them.”

When asked who he would like to draw he said he would like a rematch with Kish’s Crystal Deal and anything of D&H Cattle Company’s.

“Happy with whatever you draw.”

 

PREPARATION

Eldred has been preparing physically by working on his new place and in the gym.  His last out was at the CBR in Mercedes, Texas on October 17.

“I have been eating healthy and making sure I don’t get fat,” joked the always in a good mood Eldred.

You can’t get top heavy laughed Eldred as he answered the perennial question on how to stay in bull riding shape while you are not riding bulls.

I have been riding the barrel, getting on a few practice bulls, but mostly working hard on the new place which is South of Ada, Oklahoma and close enough to the Rockin R Ranch (Chad Ramer) to not have to buy too many practice bulls.

As far as mental preparation, Eldred claims he will be more relaxed without the first year jitters and will be busier this year with sponsor appearances and autograph signings.

He plans to approach the event as another rodeo and go do what he has been doing all year.

That would be winning. With $110,041 in his PRCA standings race and the significant increase in money on the line, he could very well walk out of the Thomas and Mack with a gold World Champion buckle.

 

IN HIS OWN WORDS

“I feel confident and as healthy as I can be, you just have to go ride which bulls they give you, see where the chips fall after 10 rounds.

My advice to aspiring rodeo athletes is to have fun ‘If we didn’t enjoy it or have fun, we wouldn’t do it.’

Whatever you believe you can do, that is what you can do, you can go as far as you let yourself go, if you believe in yourself,” recounted Eldred.

“Sage, and Cody Teel taught me that.”

 

Professional Highlights

2015 CBR World Finals Average Champion

 

2015 PRCA Highlights

• Won the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho)

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

• Won Iowa's Championship Rodeo (Sidney)

• Won Kansas' Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg)

• Won the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fair PRCA Rodeo

• Co-champion at the St. Paul, (Ore.) Rodeo

• Co-champion at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

• Co-champion at the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo

• Co-champion at the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Rapid City, S.D.)


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