LAS VEGAS – Before arriving in town a couple of weeks ago, Ty Breuer had been a workout machine.
It was more than his ranching work, which is hard work in itself. The bareback rider had been training harder than ever to get ready for the 10 days of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Though he placed in just two rounds, he could easily tell Saturday night that the work had paid off.
“My body feels great, and I can’t wait to go back and keep training,” said Breuer, who placed for the second time during Saturday’s 10th round after an 86.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket. “I’m ready for more horses. Compared to every other finals I’ve had, this is the best I’ve felt.”
Now he’s ready to return for a fourth time in his career. Though he placed twice as many times at last year’s NFR, this was the best finish he’s ever had. He earned $56,538. He finished seventh in the average race by earning 814.5 cumulative points on 10 rides.
And he accomplished things. He earned his first go-round victory last Sunday with his highest NFR score, a 90.5-point ride. He also got to ride the two-time Bareback Horse of the Year to close out his campaign.
“It was a dream come true to get on that horse,” he said of Dirty Jacket. “I’ve actually seen that horse a lot, but my rigging has never been on it.”
The horse has a big leap out of the chute, and if a cowboy can get a good start, the ride will likely pay off after that.
“I was nervous about the mark-out,” Breuer said, referring to having his spurs over the animal’s shoulders on the first jump. “That horse feels good. He is a rodeo athlete.”
So is Breuer. It takes a lot to make it to ProRodeo’s championship, and he has done it three times. He has proven why he is one of the greatest men in bareback riding at this time. And this year, he got to experience the NFR in Las Vegas with his wife and their 1-month-old daughter, Kayd.
“It was pretty cool every night going back and seeing her and take a nap with her every day before I would come over here,” he said. “It was a different experience than all my other Vegas experiences, but it was definitely fun.
“I’m not hanging my head at all. I’m pretty proud of this year just to make it here. It was pretty tough to get here, and I feel like I rode good this week. I’m just happy.”