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Brewer conquers Dakota Magic at Circuit Finals

MINOT -- No one had been able to ride Dakota Magic. That was until Aaron Brewer strapped on to the bucking bull Friday night at the PRCA Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo. Brewer landed an 87-point ride on Dakota Magic to take the top spot in the Bul...

MINOT -- No one had been able to ride Dakota Magic.

That was until Aaron Brewer strapped on to the bucking bull Friday night at the PRCA Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Brewer landed an 87-point ride on Dakota Magic to take the top spot in the Bull Riding competition at the All Seasons Arena.

"I didn't know the bull," Brewer said. "I talked to Kelly Mosbrucker and Jim Mosbrucker about him. They told me I definitely wanted to get on him (Friday) because he's one of the better bulls out there."

Brewer hung on just to the buzzer and got caught up underneath Dakota Magic briefly before escaping without major injury.

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"I was quick on him, I got out on him good," Brewer said. "He was a good feeling bull. He was kicking a lot, putting me right where I wanted to be. He came around to the right and had me beat around the corner and it was just kind of catch up the rest of the ride. He really made me hustle, but I wasn't letting go until the whistle. That's probably why I got in that bad wreck in the end. He stepped on my guts a little bit, then he had the nerve to run me over after that."

Brewer, who has been riding since age 13, couldn't remember ever being the first rider to complete a ride on a bull.

"Not that I can think of off the top of my head," Brewer said. "Of course, I've been riding for 17 years, so it might have happened once or twice. It didn't matter to me, I was just gonna hang on if it was the easiest bull in the pen or the hardest."

Brewer said he is having a successful season after taking most of last season off to be a dad.

"This year has been pretty dang good to me," Brewer said. "I've been riding some pretty awesome bulls. Last year I only went to one rodeo because my wife had twins so I took the year off and just helped her with the twins. I went back this year and I've been drawing good and riding good. It's been a good year."

It was another Breuer that took top honors in the bareback riding. Ty Breuer, reigning College National Finals Rodeo champ, scored an 81 to win.

Clay Cowan had a speedy time in the steer wrestling. His 3.6 run was good for top honors.

A pair of South Dakota ropers took the team roping title. Brett Price of Faith and Paul Griesman of Piedmont are only $200 out of first place after Friday's performance.

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Louie Brunson rode Arikara to an 83-point score in the saddle bronc for first place Friday.

Other big winners included Paul David Tierney in tie-down roping and Nikki Steffes in the barrel racing.

The third go-round starts at 6:30 p.m. Central time today.

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