North Platte has been the best part of bull rider Parker Breding’s week.
The Edgar, Montana, cowboy got bucked off at the rodeo in Newtown, North Dakota, on Friday, so his win at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo was appreciated.
He made the eight-second buzzer on the Beutler and Son Rodeo Co. bull Bullet Proof for 83 points.
The 26-year-old cowboy has made three trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and is hoping for a fourth trip this year.
This year hasn’t been as good as previous years, but he’s still ranked third in the PRCA world standings with more than $82,000 won.
"I haven’t won quite as much at this point as I had last year," he said. "This year’s been a little slower but I’m figuring it out and getting on a roll again, and things are looking up."
He’s done some "mental intervention," as he calls it.
"I had to go back to not thinking so much when I ride, and just trust that I know how to do it," he said. "That’s made a world of difference here lately."
Breding is the son of five-time WNFR qualifier Scott Breding.
His dad is proud of his son. "He doesn’t say those words, but you can hear the excitement in his voice when I call him with good news," Breding said. "He gets more excited than I (do)."