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Sam Spreadborough qualifies for Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

OMAHA, NE – It was what Sam Spreadborough called “a ridiculously long week,” and at the end of it, the Australian-born saddle bronc rider was convinced he had not done enough after going to six rodeos in seven days to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“I thought I needed to win at San Bernadino (CA), and I only finished third,” Spreadborough said. “I had been figuring the numbers along with Rusty Allen and Bradley Harter, and we all figured I was 16th or 17th. I got back to the (Ontario, CA) airport and flew to Albuquerque to pick up my truck, certain that I didn’t make it.”

Then he got “The Call.” A friend in Kentucky had been checking http://www.prorodeo.com and working the phones and came up with the right (albeit still unofficial) number Monday morning. Spreadborough was 15th, just $428 ahead of Jesse Wright for the final berth in the 52nd Wrangler NFR Dec. 2-11.

That last day, that last ride, was just enough to make him the third Australian saddle bronc rider this decade to qualify for Vegas, joining Glen O’Neill and Anthony Bello.

“Right now, it is still pretty surreal,” Spreadborough said. “I knew I needed to make more than $4,000 to have a chance (he was 18th at the start of the week). I just needed to switch my mind off and ride broncs; otherwise, I felt like it wasn’t going to happen. I had pretty good horses everywhere I went, and I was able to keep my mind on the job. Now, all I can do is wait to make sure … until it becomes official.”

Spreadborough finished second by one point to Scott Miller at Albuquerque for $3,264 (“that helped a bunch”), tied for second at Amarillo ($1,516) and El Paso ($1,263), then got that third-place result at the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo in San Bernadino worth $1,043.

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“I never won a rodeo, but I was pretty consistent all week, and that paid off,” Spreadborough said.

There’s no argument that he worked for every bit of it. Spreadborough started his week in Albuquerque, then stopped at his home in Snyder, TX, before driving to Texarkana, AR, with a friend for the Four States Fair Rodeo (a 74 put him out of the money).

He got dropped off in Weatherford, TX, so he could pick up his truck at Harter’s house, and then drove to El Paso, Amarillo and back to Albuquerque. From there, he took a flight to Ontario Airport, rented a car with fellow saddle bronc rider Cody Martin and barrel racer Sydni Blanchard to drive the 90 miles to Poway, CA (a 72 missed the cutoff for a check), and then on to San Bernadino.

“This sure is a relief,” Spreadborough said. “I didn’t know if this would be possible after I broke my right leg in Weatherford this June. Monica Omney performed surgery the next day in Fort Worth to insert a rod from my knee to my ankle.

“I was on one crutch within 10 days, off crutches all together in 14 days and back competing in five weeks. Everybody said that coming back that quickly would be pushing it, but it looks like I pushed it just enough. I worked out at (alma mater) Western Texas College (in Snyder), and athletic trainer Trint Palmer helped me a lot.”

Spreadborough was one of four competitors to make it into the Wrangler NFR field on the final weekend of the regular season, but the only one who did not benefit from being qualified into the $750,000 Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, NE.

• Trent Creager of Stillwater, OK, won the four-man final in Omaha and had total earnings of $23,195 at the Qwest Center to bump fellow Oklahoman Hunter Herrin out of the NFR field for the first time in five years.

• Team roping header Keven Daniel of Franklin, TN, won $6,512 at Omaha and also paired with Caleb Twisselman to win additional checks at Albuquerque and El Paso to force out Riley Minor of Ellensburg, WA, for the first time since 2007.

• Wyoming roughstock cowboy Seth Glause made it back to the NFR after a year’s hiatus by finishing third at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque and earning additional checks in Omaha and El Paso. He moved into 14th place ahead of Cody Whitney and finished $1,332 ahead of Jarrod Craig, who had held the coveted 15th spot at the start of the week.

Under the heading of too little, too late: Tie-down roper Adam Gray, of Seymour, TX; saddle bronc rider Jesse Bail, of Camp Crook, SD; and the team roping pair of David Key of Caldwell, ID, and Matt Garza of Mesquite, NM, each won checks at five rodeos last week, but all fell short of making the Top 15. Bail and Gray came the closest, each finishing in 19th place in their event.

OMAHA, NE – It was what Sam Spreadborough called “a ridiculously long week,” and at the end of it, the Australian-born saddle bronc rider was convinced he had not done enough after going to six rodeos in seven days to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“I thought I needed to win at San Bernadino (CA), and I only finished third,” Spreadborough said. “I had been figuring the numbers along with Rusty Allen and Bradley Harter, and we all figured I was 16th or 17th. I got back to the (Ontario, CA) airport and flew to Albuquerque to pick up my truck, certain that I didn’t make it.”

Then he got “The Call.” A friend in Kentucky had been checking http://www.prorodeo.com and working the phones and came up with the right (albeit still unofficial) number Monday morning. Spreadborough was 15th, just $428 ahead of Jesse Wright for the final berth in the 52nd Wrangler NFR Dec. 2-11.

That last day, that last ride, was just enough to make him the third Australian saddle bronc rider this decade to qualify for Vegas, joining Glen O’Neill and Anthony Bello.

“Right now, it is still pretty surreal,” Spreadborough said. “I knew I needed to make more than $4,000 to have a chance (he was 18th at the start of the week). I just needed to switch my mind off and ride broncs; otherwise, I felt like it wasn’t going to happen. I had pretty good horses everywhere I went, and I was able to keep my mind on the job. Now, all I can do is wait to make sure … until it becomes official.”

Spreadborough finished second by one point to Scott Miller at Albuquerque for $3,264 (“that helped a bunch”), tied for second at Amarillo ($1,516) and El Paso ($1,263), then got that third-place result at the Sheriff’s PRCA Rodeo in San Bernadino worth $1,043.

“I never won a rodeo, but I was pretty consistent all week, and that paid off,” Spreadborough said.

There’s no argument that he worked for every bit of it. Spreadborough started his week in Albuquerque, then stopped at his home in Snyder, TX, before driving to Texarkana, AR, with a friend for the Four States Fair Rodeo (a 74 put him out of the money).

He got dropped off in Weatherford, TX, so he could pick up his truck at Harter’s house, and then drove to El Paso, Amarillo and back to Albuquerque. From there, he took a flight to Ontario Airport, rented a car with fellow saddle bronc rider Cody Martin and barrel racer Sydni Blanchard to drive the 90 miles to Poway, CA (a 72 missed the cutoff for a check), and then on to San Bernadino.

“This sure is a relief,” Spreadborough said. “I didn’t know if this would be possible after I broke my right leg in Weatherford this June. Monica Omney performed surgery the next day in Fort Worth to insert a rod from my knee to my ankle.

“I was on one crutch within 10 days, off crutches all together in 14 days and back competing in five weeks. Everybody said that coming back that quickly would be pushing it, but it looks like I pushed it just enough. I worked out at (alma mater) Western Texas College (in Snyder), and athletic trainer Trint Palmer helped me a lot.”

Spreadborough was one of four competitors to make it into the Wrangler NFR field on the final weekend of the regular season, but the only one who did not benefit from being qualified into the $750,000 Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, NE.

• Trent Creager of Stillwater, OK, won the four-man final in Omaha and had total earnings of $23,195 at the Qwest Center to bump fellow Oklahoman Hunter Herrin out of the NFR field for the first time in five years.

• Team roping header Keven Daniel of Franklin, TN, won $6,512 at Omaha and also paired with Caleb Twisselman to win additional checks at Albuquerque and El Paso to force out Riley Minor of Ellensburg, WA, for the first time since 2007.

• Wyoming roughstock cowboy Seth Glause made it back to the NFR after a year’s hiatus by finishing third at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque and earning additional checks in Omaha and El Paso. He moved into 14th place ahead of Cody Whitney and finished $1,332 ahead of Jarrod Craig, who had held the coveted 15th spot at the start of the week.

Under the heading of too little, too late: Tie-down roper Adam Gray, of Seymour, TX; saddle bronc rider Jesse Bail, of Camp Crook, SD; and the team roping pair of David Key of Caldwell, ID, and Matt Garza of Mesquite, NM, each won checks at five rodeos last week, but all fell short of making the Top 15. Bail and Gray came the closest, each finishing in 19th place in their event.

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