Team Rider Makes a Wave in California
The Rodeo Trail
The Golden state has a rodeo trail that professional rodeo athletes from all over the world travel to try on. They come to enjoy the sunshine, the long scores, the challenging stock, and of course the 55 mph speed limit when pulling a trailer. One thing that these rodeos do is make for good watching for the fans!
Two of the larger rodeos California has to offer during the spring run are held annually in April. If you never had a chance to go to up north to the Red Bluff Round-Up, or cruise to the central valley for the Clovis Rodeo. You missed out and will need to add it to the to do list next year!
Small Town Cowboy
This year there is a small town cowboy that is making a wave. He is in pursuit of his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualification and his name is Brushton Minton. He is currently sitting 5th in the world in tie-down roping, but he is sometimes spotted in two additional events. Team roping (on the heeler side) and steer wrestling are the events he likes to add to the to-do list when entering. I had a chance to get a quick interview and his take on why the California spring run is his favorite.
“I love the California run, it’s fun! I’m close to home. I get to go home for a few days and I think Red Bluff Round Up is one of my top 5 rodeos to go to!” – Brushton Minton.
It was a nice little pit stop I am sure with home being just 2 hours away. In rodeo world time that basically makes it feel like a hometown rodeo being that close. Even though Red Bluff Round Up didn’t go as planned for Brushton. He chipped away placing in the third round of the tie-down roping and qualifying back to the short round.
On to the Next One
A few days later he made his way to Clovis, California for the Clovis Rodeo with a clear mind. Once again Brushton was entered in all three events. He stopped the clock in tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping (on the heel side) at slack. So curiosity struck, is it challenging juggling three events at the professional level?
“I don’t think [multi-events] is challenging, I just kind of like it because I get more chances for money. Plus you aren’t sitting around waiting on one event you get behind the barrier multiple times and you get more of a feel for the start and everything and really just the whole feel of the arena.” – Brushton Minton
It seems like Brushton has it figured out on how to take on the multi-tasking and winning! We can’t wait to see how the rest of the year progresses for him and where we will be seeing his interview for the win next! We will keep updates on our team riders as they take on the Summer run and on into Cowboy Christmas!
When asking Brushton what his Best Ever pad of choice to ride this season is, it was an easy answer for him.
“… It is none other than a custom Best in Show Navajo Kush Saddle Pad!” – Brushton Minton
Good luck this year to team rider Brushton Minton and the rest of our Best Ever Team Riders as well!