Two Montana cowboys won titles at the RAM National Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, Florida, over the weekend.
Bull rider Edgar Parker Breding and Stevensville bareback rider Richmond Champion took home the championship belt buckles after three days and five performances at the annual tournament-style event.
Another Montana circuit champion, Scott Guenthner of Alberta, claimed gold in the wrestling event. Breding won the average bull riding title as the only rider to successfully ride three bulls in four rounds for a total of 249.5 points on three heads.
He won the semifinals with an 88-point run and won the championship round with an 86.5, the only qualified run among the four competitors. The 28-year-old Breding is the first bull rider to win the RAM National Circuit Finals four times with wins also in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Breding pocketed $ 13,006 on the weekend.
Breding qualified for the event by winning the year-end and average titles at the Montana Circuit Finals in Kalispell in January.
I haven’t won much since I won our Montana Circuit Finals Rodeo. I needed to come here and win something, and it worked better than I expected in the finals, Breding told the PRCA. telling myself to nod my head and get off the ramp and react to whatever the bull is doing, and that’s exactly what I was able to do. He ended up being an amazing little bull. He was very excited when I blew the whistle.
Champion classified for the final round after races of 85.5 and 86 points in the first two days of competition. In the sudden death finals, he posted an 87-point trip aboard Risky Mistress, beating Garrett Shadbolt of Nebraska, who scored an 86.
I didn’t know much about that horse, Champion told the PRCA, who earned $ 15,010. 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.
Guenthner had to balance the time between the United States and Canada last season during the pandemic and wasn’t able to do much of the detour until early July. He won the RAM NCFR for the first time on Saturday night with a 3.6 second run and took home $ 16,805.
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