Two Treasure State cowboys were crowned champions Saturday night, receiving championship buckles at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo here. Montana bull rider Parker Breding of Edgar and bareback rider Richmond Champion of Stevensville came to victory in the tournament-style rodeo. A third cowboy to qualify for the national event through the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit, Scott Guenthner of Provost, Alberta, was the champion in steer fighting. Breding, 28, is the first bull rider to win four National Circuit Finals titles in his career, the PRCA reported.
Breding won the semifinal round with an 88-point trip for $ 6,120 and then scored an 86.5 in the final for another $ 6,120. Overall, Breding earned $ 13,006. His other national titles at the event came in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
That’s really special to me, Breding told PRCA of his four RAM NCFR championships. I haven’t done much bigger than this. So far this rodeo has been my little world title in a way. To be able to come here and do it again is just amazing. I love being here. They treat you so well, and this is it. one of my favorite rodeos by far.
Upon entering the event, Breding had earned $ 11,598.31 and was ranked 18th in the world rankings.
Breding won the average title at the 42nd annual final of the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit in Kalispell in January. He was also the Montana circuit year-end champion with $ 14,470.04 in earnings for the 2020 season.
I haven’t won much since winning our Montana Circuit Finals rodeo.
Breding said in an article on the website prorodeo.com. I needed to come here and win something, and it worked better than I expected in the final. I kept telling myself to nod my head and get off the parachute and react to whatever the bull is doing, and that’s exactly what I could do. He ended up being an incredible little bull. I was so excited when I whistled.
In July 2019, Breding suffered a left knee injury that tore his ACL and ACL at the Calgary Stampede. Three times classified to the NFR (2018, 2015 and 2013), Breding finished 31st in the world rankings in 2020. He has $ 825,680 in career earnings according to his PRCA bio.
When I won tonight, I felt like I could get over some things.
Breding said in the PRCA story. I was frustrated with the way I had been riding and the injuries I had suffered in the last two years, and it has put me out of the race to be anywhere. The moment I hit the ground (in the final), I was ecstatic.
Champion, who finished eighth in the world rankings last year with $ 142,123 in earnings, posted an 87-point trip aboard Risky Mistress for $ 6,158 in the sudden death final for the bareback title.
The 28-year-old was third overall after the second round with runs of 85.5 and 86 points.
Overall, Champion raised $ 15,010 during the three-day rodeo.
Champion entered the RAM NCFR in fourth place in the world rankings with $ 22,644.31 earned.
I didn’t know much about that horse, Champion told the Risky Mistress PRCA.
Tanner Aus had her at the Riggin Rally last week and she had stumbled, but he said she was a lot of fun, and she was. It’s amazing to win this rodeo. This is a chair you want at home and a buckle you want to put your belt. I’m very grateful.
Champion finished second overall in the MPRCF at Majestic Valley Arena in January and was the end-of-year champion for the Montana circuit with $ 14,922.17 in earnings.
The 29-year-old Guenthner was the average steer champion in the MPRCF and finished the season second in the standings with $ 9,382.53 earned.
He posted a time of 3.6 seconds in the final to secure the national championship in Florida. According to the story on prorodeo.com, Guenthner had to balance the time between the United States and Canada last year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and his season didn’t really start until July.
Guenthner, who won the weekly rodeo at Big Timber in September, finished 34th in the world wrestling rankings last year.
The PRCA reported that it was the first time that Guenthner won the title in the finals of the national circuit. He won $ 16,805 in the event.
This is a big problem, especially with this count for the world rankings, Guenthner told the PRCA.
Other champions in the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo included: Andrew Ward / Buddy Hawkins II (team rope), Jake Finlay (saddle bronc), Hunger Herrin (mooring rope) and Shelley Morgan (barrel racing). ).
In all, 12 circuits were represented and Texas won the team title. Montana ranked sixth.
Qualifiers for the rodeo competed for $ 1 million in cash and prizes. According to the schedule on the Montana Pro Rodeo website, the PRCA season at Treasure State will begin in June.
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