Eight 90-Point Plus Rides Drive Brennon Eldred’s Road to Cheyenne

Last year’s profile and preview of Sulphur, Oklahoma’s Brennon Eldred predicted he would be a contender at the CBR World Finals. That was an understatement.

Brennon Eldred, the number three ranked cowboy of the CBR heading into the World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days, is very comfortable at Frontier Park Arena.  Last year he appeared in front of the grandstands as a rookie, but there was nothing rookie about his performance.

Riding five for five, Eldred left Wyoming with the winning average and the CBR World Finals event champion title and prizes package, finishing third in the final 2015 CBR World Standings.

In 2016, we saw Eldred continue to build on his resume. Riding in each and every CBR Road to Cheyenne tour stop, Eldred boasts eight 90-point plus rides with a career high 94 point ride in Del Rio to win the coveted George Paul Memorial Bull Riding buckle at the end of April.

“I have been struggling, getting down in the four man where those valuable points count for the World Standings. I was coming in fifth and I was upset with myself and not where I wanted to be. I wanted to win Del Rio to put myself in the mix going into Cheyenne.”

He also won Tuff Hedeman’s Hobbs, New Mexico event for the second consecutive year.

“I relaxed and had fun, I was getting too tense and I just had to let loose a little and get that buckle in my mind to make it work,” said Eldred after a three 90-point plus rides to win the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding in Del Rio, Texas, the last stop on the Road to Cheyenne’s regular season.

Eldred secured five top five finishes and advanced to the final four man Shoot Out Round five times. 11 times he rode he progressed to the second round. His ride average within CBR competition is slightly higher than 50 percent heading into the World Finals, an increase of seven points from last year’s 43 percent ride average going into the finals. Eldred posted sixteen qualified rides on thirty-two attempts. But the statistic that stands out is the average score – Eldred averaged 89.56 points per ride on the 2016 Road to Cheyenne… with eight 90-point plus scores.

Being on the stage in an arena where so many cowboys have made history, Eldred plans to enjoy his second CBR World Finals.

When asked which is more important, the money or the titles, 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.

Many consider him currently one of the best bull riders on the professional circuits and at CBR events he relies on words of wisdom from someone he considers one of the greatest bull riders that ever was.

“That was bad ass, that was cool. It takes a lot to do that,” were the words Eldred heard from Tuff Hedeman after he made that 94-point career high score in Del Rio.

But it’s the words before he nods his head that Eldred appreciates the most.

“Stay to the front - if you don’t he’ll get you raised up and slam you,” said Hedeman to Eldred before the ride. “He was 100% right, if I get on the end of my arm I get bucked off.”

“It’s amazing to be getting advice from one of the greatest bull riders ever, if you do what he tells you to do you have a good chance of winning,” continued Eldred.

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 Rockin 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.   

Eldred has no need to study the stock list as he rode in every CBR 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.


It’s All in the Family

But who helped Eldred in the early days?

PRCA Livestock Director for the National Finals Rodeo and CBR broadcast commentator, Cody Whitney. “He taught me how to ride and has been there for me since day one,” said Eldred.