Eldred Checks In for His Third NFR Appearance

Twenty-two year old Brennon Eldred, the fifth ranked bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is one of the two cowboys returning to the National Finals Rodeo next week for the third time.  

After competing in 85 of the 600 plus rodeos available to professional cowboys during the 2016 PRCA season, this 580 area professional athlete enters the finale with $103,707.14 in earnings, a number statistically similar to the amount he had going into the 2015 finals when he was in third place before the ten day rodeo began.  

He won ten rodeo titles in PRCA competition including three Xtreme Bulls competitions and two CBR titles in 2016. Eldred has won well over half a million dollars in pro rodeo and close to the same in CBR and additional competition in his three years as a professional.

“I earned about the same as last year but my riding percentage is about ten percent higher this year,” said Eldred.

Luckily, the 100 bulls selected to be the “other side of the ride” do not know or care which cowboy has the earnings advantage or highest ride percentage, which gives each of the 15 riders equal opportunity.

Eldred is winding down the calendar year preparing for the NFR by getting on practice bulls during Thanksgiving week.

“I didn’t do anything different then in the past years, its bull riding and keeping it simple is the best and by now I should know how to do it.”

Eldred will face eight opponents that are making their first NFR appearance and two World Champions that he calls close friends. Eldred has spent numerous hours both on the Road to Cheyenne and the NFR with both Cody Teel and Sage Kimzey, but in eleven days he will face them as foes, but does not view the 14 other guys in the locker room at the Thomas and Mack as opponents.

“My favorite part of process is being gone all summer with my best friends… and of course winning.”

At this point in Eldred’s bull riding career, he is gathering confidence from winning and knowing he can.

“Bull riding is my life, I do not look at it as a job, there is no retirement and you can only do it for so long and it’s for the love of the game,” said Eldred in response to it is a job or a lifestyle.

Eldred returns to Vegas with his family and girlfriend to cheer him on.

Being on the stage in an arena where so many cowboys have made history, Eldred hopes to make a little himself. In 2015, I asked Eldred, which is more important, the money or the title, 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.

Eldred has won five CBR televised tour event championships and competed in two CBR World Finals, winning the 2015 CBR World Finals Champion buckle. He finished his CBR rookie year third behind Cody Teel and Sage Kimzey and was fifth in the final 2016 CBR World Standings, which run July to July.

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.   

His advice to the newbies, “Keep doing what you have all year to get you to this point.”


Professional Rodeo 2016 Highlights

• Won the Heart Of The North Rodeo (Spooner, Wis.)

• Won the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo

• Won at the Brighton Field Day Festival Xtreme Bulls (Okeechobee, Fla.)

• Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo Xtreme Bulls

• Won the Division 2 Qualifying Event Xtreme Bulls (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

• Won the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo

• Won the Henderson County Go Texan Rodeo (Athens, Texas)

• Co-champion at the Rodeo de Sante Fe (N.M.)

• Co-champion at the Sanders County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Plains, Mont.)