Champions take home big cash from Rapid City challenge
Bull rider Brett Stall knows what it takes to make it to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The Detroit Lakes, Minn., cowboy finished 12th in the world standings in 2012.
Last year, however, Stall could not repeat history as he placed 25th in the world. Stall’s journey back to Las Vegas was derailed when he missed four months after having hip surgery in February.
“I came back in late June and I made a run for it (the WNFR), but I didn’t make it where I wanted to be,” Stall said.
Now, a healthy Stall is aiming to get back to the WNFR, and he took a small step toward reaching that goal at the Feb. 1, 6-8 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo.
Stall had a winning ride of 86 points on New Frontier Rodeo’s Big E.
“It was righteous,” said Stall of his victorious ride at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. “I can’t even put this in words. I would like to take the Rapid City arena around and pack it around with me after the ride I had (on the rodeo’s opening night).”
Stall came to Rapid City 38th in the world standings, but he rocketed up the standings to 13th after pocketing $4,597.
Although Stall had an outstanding ride, he didn’t think his score on Big E would hold up through another four performances.
“I had never been on him before, and I honestly didn’t think I would win with that score,” said Stall, 24. “It’s awesome and unreal to come back healthy and get a paycheck like this. I’m getting to ride bulls. I’m healthy, craving it and having fun.”
Stall has a simple game plan to get back to the Wrangler NFR.
“I’m just going to keep nodding my head and chasing my dream, doing what I love,” said Stall, who joined the PRCA in 2010 and made his lone appearance in Las Vegas in 2012.
The other champions at this $194,668 rodeo were bareback rider Caleb Bennett (83 points on Sutton Rodeos’ American Graffiti), steer wrestler Dean Gorsuch (4.6 seconds), co-champion team ropers Riley Minor and Brady Minor, and Garrett Tonozzi and Dugan Kelly (4.2 seconds each), saddle bronc rider Taos Muncy (83 points on Sutton Rodeos’ Campfire), tie-down roper Trevor Brazile (7.7 seconds) and barrel racer Jessica Miller (12.65 seconds).
Rapid City wasn’t the only place in the region to host rodeo action over the weekend, as 324 miles to the northeast, Bismarck, N.D., hosted the PRCA Championship Rodeo. North Dakota native Casey Breuer broke the bareback riding arena record at the Bismarck Civic Center on Feb. 7 with an 89-point ride on Mosbrucker Rodeos’ Moon Glory. Breuer, the younger brother of Wrangler NFR bareback rider Ty Breuer, earned $1,929, and only had to travel six miles from his home in Mandan, N.D. “It was a good horse, and you have to have a dancing partner,” Breuer told the Bismarck Tribune. “He had a lot of kick off the back end, which the power comes from, and the judges are looking for that.”
A night before Breuer set the bareback riding arena record, Rorey Maier won the Bismarck Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event at the Bismarck Civic Center. Maier, a native of Timber Lake, S.D., rode Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Guns and Donuts for 90 points, earning $4,343. Maier outdid the 49 other men in the field with relative ease, as his 90 points were five more than any other competitor. “It’s an hour-and-a-half from the house, and it’s pretty much my hometown rodeo,” Maier told the Tri-State Neighbor. “All the family gets to come and watch. That makes it good.”
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