LAS VEGAS – Risky Business is a bucking horse from Brookman Rodeo, and the black horse had a heck of a trip Sunday night during the fourth go-round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Bareback Ty Breuer didn’t know much about the big-time bucker, but he made it worked with a 90.5-point ride, the second highest score through four nights of ProRodeo’s championship event. It was the first round win for Breuer, 27, of Mandan, N.D.
“I’ve seen him a couple of times, and it has been good,” he said. “I called Devin Reilly about him, because he was on him in the short-round at Pendleton (Ore.). He said, ‘You’ll have fun, and it will be good.’ ”
Reilly was right. It was the first time he has ever been at least 90 points at the NFR and the first time this week that he’s earned money in Las Vegas.
“I knew I had seen him a couple of times and had different trips every time,” Breuer said. “it was a little bit wild sometimes, and the other couple times it was calmer. Today she was really good.”
Risky Business threw a few tricks at the North Dakota cowboy, but Breuer kept a strong spur stroke through each side step the animal gave him.
“My game plan, since I knew nothing about her, was to keep beating her to the ground every jump,” he said. “She felt good when I was doing that.”
By winning the round, Breuer added $26,231 to his pocketbook. That’s pretty special, especially since he needs funds to buy diapers and all other baby essentials – his wife, Kelli, gave birth to their first child, a girl named Kayd Lee, on Nov. 8.
“She was doing good when I left the room today,” Breuer said. “Having her here has been fun, that’s for sure. I don’t know how to explain that, either. It’s just been going back to something every night, just sit there and look at her.”
Despite no financial success the first three rounds, he believes he was riding good and that it just carried over into Sunday’s performance.
“I just keep doing what my game plan was here, just keep riding like I know I can,” he said. “I want to get a good mark out every night and go from there.”
From start to finish, Breuer has proven why he’s back at the NFR for a third time.