LAS VEGAS – Ty Breuer is having the best season of his life, thanks in large part to his run at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
He added to it during Thursday’s eighth go-round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with an 84.5-point ride on Flying U Rodeo’s Come Down to finish fifth, worth $6,769. That pushes his Las Vegas wages to $38,981.
“I’ve seen that horse all year,” said Breuer of Mandan, N.D. “My brother (Casey) has had him; Tanner (Aus) has had him a few times. That horse bucks, and today he had a really good trip. It felt good.”
That’s saying something about the eighth-round group of horses, known as the “Eliminator Pen” because they are the hardest-to-ride animals in the game. To be able to post a solid score with that series of horses is an attribute to the toughness of the cowboys.
“I thought I would have done a little better (Wednesday) night, because it was almost the exact same type of horse,” he said. “I was just thinking too much. It meant a lot to me tonight to place again.
“When you start thinking about what it is you’re doing is when you’re not going to ride good. You’ve got to be ahead of that horse every jump. Before you think of it, it has to happen.”
Breuer sits 11th in the world standings with $110,099. With that, he has surpassed his previous season earnings mark by more than $20,000.
“Just to be here with these guys means a lot to me,” Breuer said of being among the top 15. “To be riding these horses is great, and the money is just a bonus.
“I’m not even going to think about winning anymore. I’m going to just ride. That’s what I’m here for. I’m a long ways from where I want to be, but it’s getting better.”
It is, one round at a time.