Bingham Qualifies for His Second National Finals Rodeo

Entering the 2016 edition of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas next month in the number 13 position is Honeyville, Utah’s Tim Bingham. With $81,321 earned this year on the Pro Rodeo trail the left-handed bull rider will be making his second appearance at the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Associations super bowl of rodeo.

In 2014, Bingham made his first trip to the Thomas & Mack and finished second in Rounds 1 and 9 of his first NFR, earning approximately $30,000 while working in Vegas.  He would finish 7th that year in PRCA’s World Standings. His career PRCA earnings are $252,394.00 and he has been a member since 2011.

This year the twenty-five year old Bingham rode in approximately 120 rodeos and won eight titles on his way back to the PRCA’s premier event while also riding on CBR’s Road to Cheyenne pro tour.

“Dedication to your goals,” cited Bingham for his successful bid after missing the 2015 NFR.

“Excited to be going back where there are so many opportunities,” said the cowboy who traveled with Jordan Spears from June through the end of qualifying.

Bingham is a two time Utah High School Rodeo Champion (2007, 2009), four time National Finals High School Rodeo qualifier (2007-2009), 2013 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Bull Riding Champion, and a CBR World Finals qualifier. He will be making his second appearance at the NFR but is no stranger to the big stage and shared shared his philosophy of life... and bull riding this summer before his first CBR World Finals.

“Love what you do or do something else.”

Bingham, who separated his shoulder in mid-October is riding his mountain bike and concentrating on cardio work outs while adding a little strength training to be ready for round one on December 1.

Bingham, a professional bull rider since 2011 is a favorite among bull riders on the rodeo trail with his positive attitude and friendly demeanor.

Tim qualified for his first CBR World finals in July of 2016 where he rode one of three  and finished 17th in the final CBR standings, but on his way to his first CBR World Finals he earned three 90 point plus rides along the way and was 90.5 for his highest 2016 score on Jared Allen’s 25 Billy Jack.


It’s All in the Family

After competing in all levels of the professional industry including CBR, PBR, and PRCA, Tim stands firm on his philosophy which he developed from advice from his Dad.

“If you are going to do it, then do it right and all the way. When you don’t like it anymore then don’t do it,” are the words he respects from his father who is a general contractor when he is not watching his son’s ride bulls. 

“That always fires me up when he says that, and it makes me think about remembering to enjoy where I am right now,” laughed Bingham.

After suffering a broken leg, foot, and arm in January of 2015 that kept him from riding until mid-May of 2015, Bingham is excited to be back healthy and ready to make the next run with what he calls his “rodeo family.”

Bingham is the 2013 National Intercollegiate National (NIRA) Finals Rodeo Champion. Representing Hillsboro College in 2013, Bingham won the title with three of four qualified rides. After winning the first round of the NIRA National Championship with a score of 83.5, Bingham landed on his free hand and broke his wrist and arm in three places. He proceeded to ride three more times and scored twice (79.5 and 79 in the championship round) to claim the title.

If that does not impress you should know that he started the competition with a broken foot!

“He is the new face of the rodeo cowboy,” Hill College Rodeo Head Coach Paul Brown once said. “With Tim’s guts, determination and brains he will go far in the rodeo world. Bingham was a model student athlete as he not only won the NIRA National Championship in bull riding, but he was an Academic All-American the same year.