Searching for 8 seconds: Brothers Ty, Casey Breuer continue to motivate each other
Mandan cowboy Ty Breuer is having fun.
Of course, it's always easier to have fun when winning is part of the equation.
Breuer is the No. 5-ranked bareback rider in the PRCA world standings, but he has the fortune of competing in his home state during the three-day Roughrider Days Rodeo that begins at 6:30 p.m. today, continues Saturday and concludes Sunday at the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena.
"This year has gone really well," Breuer said. "I've just been riding well, drawing well and hopefully I can keep it going. I've had some pretty good luck so far this year and I'm really blessed.
"Whenever I can get to a North Dakota rodeo and make it work out, it is sure fun. It's good to see relatives, friends and family."
However, Breuer and the rest of the cowboys from around the country are entering the time of Cowboy Christmas -- a time of the year where there are many rodeos and prize money, and the world standings are subject to change.
"The last couple years I've traveled around with a bunch of guys," said Joe Gunderson, who is from Agar, S.D., and travels with Breuer to various rodeos around the country. "This year I've been able to travel with Ty, Casey (Breuer) and Tanner (Aus). They are starting to go hard and they are from remotely the same area."
As for Breuer, he has made $35,431 this season and has eight wins. The top-ranked bareback rider in the country, Kaycee Feild of Spanish Fork, Utah, is the defending champion in bareback riding. Feild leads the pack with $57,137.
Yet, Ty Breuer's 2013 professional rodeo season has been about more than just the fortune of being successful. It's been one of staying healthy. Since joining the PRCA in 2010, he battled at least one injury every season.
"The last two years I've been right in there the whole time, then broke my leg or got banged up, so I had to sit the rest of the year out," Ty Breuer said. "Hopefully, this year I can just stay healthy throughout the whole year."
This season Breuer has also been able to ride alongside his younger brother, Casey. However, Casey didn't joined his older brother on the road until after the College National Finals Rodeo concluded.
Since joining the professional circuit after the conclusion of the CNFR, Casey Breuer is ranked No. 49 in the world bareback riding standings with $7,167 in earnings.
"This is the first year that we've been able to travel with each other," Casey said. "We went to a few rodeos last year, but we are definitely going harder at it this year. It's always nice to have someone to travel with, let alone your brother. We keep each other motivated and hungry going into the next rodeo."
Casey finished fourth in bareback riding at the CNFR while competing for Gillette (Wyo.) College. He had an overall score of 296.5, which was just eight points away from first place.
"I started out the week (at the CNFR) really well, winning the first round," Casey said. "I didn't end it as well. I didn't ride the best on my second horse. It takes a dang good guy to win it. It just wasn't my week that week."
The Breuer brothers are traveling with Gunderson to multiple rodeos for the upcoming weeks during Cowboy Christmas.
Gunderson has been on the professional circuit since 2004 and made the national finals in bareback riding in 2010. Though Ty and Casey have an idea of what to expect throughout the professional rodeo season, Gunderson said he's always willing to answer any questions.
"They've been around for a little bit and have experience," Gunderson said. "They kind of know what is going on. At the same time, they ask me for advice. It's kind of neat."
However, the 2013 professional rodeo season hasn't gone as well as Gunderson was hoping for thus far. The South Dakotan is currently No. 37 in bareback riding with $9,566. Nonetheless, Gunderson knows the season isn't over yet.
"The season is still young," Gunderson said. "There are a lot of rodeos left and a lot of money out there to be won. I just hope I can kind of get things rolling here."