Eldred keeps his hat in both arenas
Brennon Eldred of Sulphur accomplished a rare double last season for a bull rider, qualifying for both the National Finals Rodeo and the PBR World Finals. He was the only cowboy to do so.
Bull riders are constantly crisscrossing the country, traveling from one rodeo or bull riding event to another. But when you are trying to ride on two professional tours, the travel is even more hectic.
“It is pretty tough to manage them both out, to get to both (PBR and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events),” Eldred said. “I got on a lot of bulls last year.”
Not solely riding on either the PRCA or PBR makes it more difficult for Eldred to qualify for both championship events because of fewer opportunities to earn money to get there.
“It takes you away from a lot of events that you need to go to,” he said. “You got to plan it out. You really got to have a little luck on your side and win at both of them.”
Hopefully, a PBR bull riding and PRCA rodeo will be scheduled near each other, “but usually it doesn't work out like that,” Eldred said. “Usually, you have to drive across the country. I just try to go to the biggest rodeos, the most paying ones.”
While most bull riders choose to focus on one circuit or the other, Eldred intends to keep his hat in both arenas as much as possible.
“The only we (bull riders) make money is going and winning,” said the 23-year-old cowboy.
Eldred has been going and doing his share of winning since turning 18 and getting his PRCA card. He has qualified for the NFR four times and last year competed in his first PBR World Finals.
He heads into the PBR's Express Employment Professionals Invitational on Saturday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena after a fourth-place finish in the PBR event in Chicago last weekend.
Eldred played multiple sports at Sulphur High School along with three brothers and one sister. His brother, Connor Webb, is a freshman wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. His sister, Bailee Eldred, is a junior guard for the Northeastern Oklahoma State University basketball team.
Brennon is the only Eldred sibling to choose the cowboy path. The legendary D&H Cattle Company in Dickson, just 23 miles away from Sulphur, proved to be a great training ground for Eldred.
At age 13, Eldred started going to D&H and getting on bucking bulls.
“I started out going down there when I was pretty young, getting on them rank bulls, and learning how to ride them,” he said. “They bucked bulls every Tuesday night when I was younger. They would give you money for getting on, 20 or 30 bucks a bull. I was getting paid to learn how to ride. It was a pretty good setup.”
Eldred loved getting on D&H bulls then and still does today. D&H Cattle Company is considered one of the best stock contractors in the business and its bucking bull, SweetPro's Bruiser, was named the World Champion Bull for the second consecutive year at the 2017 PBR World Finals.
D&H Cattle Company will have a truckload of bulls coming to Chesapeake Energy Arena this weekend, and Eldred would love to draw any of them.
“You can win on just about all of them,” Eldred.
EXPRESS EMPLOYMENT PROFESSIONALS INVITATIONAL
•Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena
•When: Saturday at 6:45 p.m.; Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
•Tickets: Prices range from $15 to $101 and can be bought at www.ticketmaster.com, the Chesapeake Energy Arena ticket office, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.