FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. – Bull rider Parker Breding didn’t plan to compete at the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event March 12 in Fort Mohave because of a left shoulder injury.
Breding, however, changed his mind after conversing with his father, Scott, a five-time (1994-97, 1999) National Finals Rodeo bull rider.
The decision paid off for the younger Breding.
He won the Fort Mohave Xtreme Bulls event with a score of 163 points on two head at the Mohave Crossing Events arena. It was Breding’s first career Xtreme Bulls Division 1 win.
“This feels really good,” said Breding, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier (2013, ’15). “I was going to go home for the rest of the month, and my dad talked me into coming here Thursday. I decided I would do it and see what happened, and I’m pretty glad I did.”
Actually, a victory seemed like the last thing that was going to transpire for the Edgar, Mont., cowboy after he failed to win any money with his 76-point first-round ride.
As the first rider out in the short round, Breding rocketed up the leaderboard with an 87-point ride on Bar T Rodeo’s Broken Arrow.
The ride was the best in the finals, and also won the average for Breding by two points over Kanin Asay.
“That was a really good bull,” said Breding, 23. “I’ve seen him a few times and I knew he would go out there kind of long, get in the air, and then turn back away from my hand, so I was ready for him. He stayed spinning to the right and was a good bull to have.”
Despite his strong ride and score on Broken Arrow, Breding still wasn’t planning to celebrate.
“I accepted in my mind that I might end up second or third or fourth (in the average),” he said. “I never thought I would’ve won it.”
He did, and collected $8,122 – $5,640 for capturing the average. That performance also helped relieve the pain in his left shoulder, which he hurt when he was bucked off Powder River Rodeo’s Ace High at the Feb. 27 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Xtreme Bulls.
“I landed on my shoulder pretty hard and it’s been pretty rough ever since,” Breding said. “The last two weeks, I’ve been trying to take care of it and it hasn’t gotten much better. It doesn’t hurt as bad as I thought it would.”
Breding now plans on going home and healing his shoulder before returning to action at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla., April 7-10.