Brasfield Braces for His First World Finals

The 22-year-old right-handed bull rider from Lane, Oklahoma is making his first appearance at a Championship Bull Riding World Finals, but he will be in very friendly territory when he takes the dirt on Monday night in front of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo grandstands.

CFD rodeo fans will remember Brasfield who finished second in the bull riding in the 2015 PRCA rodeo division of CFD and won the short round in Cheyenne, but it will be his first appearance at night.

Riding fifty percent of the bulls he attempted, Brasfield describes his style as “loose and wild, all the time.” Brasfield did not hesitate when asked who has inspired his career. He looks to Lane Frost and Tuff Hedeman for his bull riding inspiration.

"You can't say one without the other," said Brasfield with a smile who enjoys and appreciates the rider friendly atmosphere created at CBR events.

Brasfield competed in fourteen of the fifteen Road to Cheyenne tour events. Impressively, he qualified for the final four man Shoot Out Round five times and advanced to the semifinal round eight times. He covered a total of 13 bulls during his second CBR season.

But one of the most impressive statistics on Brasfield’s record is the jump from his 2015 final ranking of thirty-fifth (9 events) to his current No. 6 position heading into the World Finals.

Newt Brasfield has plenty of bull riding event champion buckles in his trophy room, but the titles that elude him are from CBR. After not qualifying for last year’s finals and finishing thirty-fifth on the season, Newt Brasfield began the 2015-16 season on an entirely changed course.

The Lane, Oklahoma native rode 50 percent of the bulls he attempted in CBR competition this season. His rise to the top ten in the World Standings began on the second tour stop, Window Rock, Arizona on September 9, where he rode two to advance to the final round.

He was 89 points on 75 Mr. Wilson to win round one in Window Rock and posted an 86.5 on Championship Pro Rodeo’s One More Dip in the semifinal round. Advancing for the first time to the Shoot Out round, he could not get passed 165 Sam Crowe, but finished the event in third place.

Moving on to Laughlin, he rode two for 178.5 points to advance for the second time to the final four round. Finishing second with an 88 on Championship Pro Rodeo and Cude’s 908 Catahoula in round one gave him the No. 2 position coming back for the semifinal round where he won the round with a 90.5 on Mike Rawson’s 92 White Wolf.

In the final round, he would buck off Painkiller (West), but gather valuable CBR World Standings points and finish the event at his season high CBR ranking, No. 3.

He missed the Mercedes tour stop which is the last on the 2015 calendar but showed up in January in Jackson, Tennessee with the same consistency he enjoyed in the first quarter of the CBR’s 2016 season.

Beginning in El Paso in February, Newt would ride at least one bull in Lufkin and Bossier City picking up valuable points towards the CBR World Standings.

During March at the Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shoot Out, Brasfield, making his third Shoot Out Round at the time on the season, Brasfield persevered past eight rookies, two World Champions and sixteen other seasoned bull riders to collect the $12,000 check, and prize package of a pair of custom Fenoglio boots, a western hat from American Hat Co., and a custom engraved Hyo Silver buckle, but more importantly his first CBR event championship.

“I usually have a little bit of a game plan, but a bull is going to do what he wants to everyday and you have to adjust,” said the calm cool and collected cowboy who wears an LF patch on his shirt. Growing up one mile from the late Lane Frost’s home, Brasfield credits his good neighbors for his bull riding success.

"Clyde and Elsie Frost, my Dad and Ricky Jones got me started on calves and I was lucky to have those guys showing me the basics," said Brasfield.

His high marked ride this season was 90.5 points on Mike Rawson’s 92 White Wolf in the semifinal round in Laughlin, Nevada.

Brasfield is a 2011 National High School Rodeo Finalist who turned professional in 2015.

“It’s my first year for the Finals in Cheyenne, it’s sure enough a big deal for me, I grew up hearing about Cheyenne all my life from Clyde and Elsie and where I am from Cheyenne is about the biggest rodeo next to the NFR that is,” added Brasfield.  


It’s All in the Family

Brasfield and his wife and son are enjoying their summer together traveling the rodeo circuit and will be making the trip to the CBR World Finals where they will be joined by his parents as well. Newt’s sponsors are part of his rodeo family and Dufur Quarter Horses will also be making the trip to Cheyenne next week.

But also important to Newt is another family’s heart that he wears on his sleeve on the Road to Cheyenne. He was chosen by the Frost’s to represent the Lane Frost Brand. The LF brand is to honor the late great Lane Frost who was a small town guy who won over the world with his bull riding ability and personality.