Breuer hungry for more at NFR

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Ty Breuer rides Championship Rodeo’s Weenie for 83.5 points Friday night to place for the first time at this year’s National Finals Rodeo.

LAS VEGAS When Ty Breuer arrived in Sin City for his sixth chance to ride at the National Finals Rodeo, he came in with a fire in his belly.

“I’m feeling good and hungry, so hopefully it just keeps going,” said Breuer, a seven-time NFR qualifier from Mandan, North Dakota.

He earned a little food Friday when he rode Championship Rodeo’s Weenie for 83.5 points to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place in the second go-round. It was worth just $1,555, but it was a payday and something to build on as he pushes through the final eight nights of the 2022 ProRodeo season.

“She’s a good horse, but she felt like she got a little weak at the end,” he said. “I know she is going to leave (the chute) real hard, and she did. She did what I expected her to do tonight.”

It was the first time he’s collected an NFR paycheck since the fourth round in 2019. He qualified for the finale in 2020, but an injury kept him out of the action. Last season, he finished the regular season 19th in the world standings – only the top 15 compete in Las Vegas. His return is special to him and his family.

“It means a lot to me,” said Breuer, 32, the 2010 intercollegiate national titlist who won the Bareback Riding Resistol Rookie of the Year a few months later. “Having to sit out the year that I tore my bicep was a really tough decision, then the next year, I was right on the bubble, too. I was having some neck problems at the end and decided not to go the last week because it was hurting back.

“Then a guy gets to thinking to himself, ‘What is the next year going to bring? Is your body going to hold up?’ This year has ben good to me. At the end, I had to fight for it again and make it year, but it’s all worth it when you get here. It seems like with the ranching at home and everything else I have going on, I stay home as long as I have to.”

Life is much different for Breuer since his first NFR qualification 10 seasons ago. He and his wife, Kelli, have three children, and he has a business to run in central North Dakota. He also rides bucking horses and has proven his talents for many years.


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