Two Minnesota cowboys leave mark on National Rodeo
For the second time in his professional bull riding career, Detroit Lakes' Brett Stall made it to the "big show" -- the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo -- in Las Vegas last week.
For the second time in his professional bull riding career, Detroit Lakes’ Brett Stall made it to the “big show” - the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo - in Las Vegas last week.
And for the second time, he earned a big paycheck. On Tuesday night, in the sixth of 10 rounds, Stall finished first with 87 points.
“I made a little over $26,000 that night,” said Stall on Thursday.
There is at least one other Minnesotan who knows what it’s like to win at the NFR: Granite Falls cowboy Tanner Aus took home a $20,000 paycheck for his first place finish in Monday night’s bareback riding competition. Riding a horse named Hell on Hooves, Aus earned a score of 91 to take the round.
While a first place finish in the NFR is relatively rare, it was Stall’s second go-round in the winner’s circle, having claimed victory in the seventh round during his first trip to nationals in 2012.
His ride on Tuesday, a steer named Gold Buckle, proved prophetic, as he took home the “round buckle” and leaped up from ninth to fifth place in the projected world standings, according to stats provided on the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) website.
“It’s a blessing,” he said of his round 6 victory. “A lot of guys come here and don’t win a dime, so to win (a round) is a pretty good accomplishment.”
And though he didn’t do quite as well on Wednesday night, earning 82.5 points to finish fifth, it was still enough to place.
“They pay the top six holes,” Stall said. “I ride again tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow night and Saturday, and then I’m done. I hope to do well enough to place (in each round), and come home with a pocket full of cash.”
Stall’s mother, Sandee, was in Las Vegas to witness his winning ride on Tuesday but couldn’t stay to the end because she had another important family event to attend to: his sister was just a few days away from giving birth to her first child, a girl.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Brett Stall said of being an uncle for the first time.
His father, Brad, was on hand to watch him ride for the remainder of the event, which concluded Saturday.
Despite having had a bit of a rough ride earlier in the week, after having been bucked off the bull during each of his first four rounds, Stall said he was eager to get back to the arena.
“I’m really enjoying myself,” he said. “I wish this thing lasted all year. My body’s a little sore, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. You get used to riding in pain.
“They only take the top 15 in the world for each event. There are a lot of guys sitting at home right now, wishing they were here.”
For more information on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including video highlights and photos from the competition, please visit the website at nfrexperience.com. To view the latest world standings for the PRCA, please visit www.prorodeo.com .