by Jim Bainbridge | Oct 08, 2015
MINOT, N.D. – Ty and Casey Breuer are the best of friends, brothers separated in age by 26 months, who spend much of their time together.
But for the weekend of Oct. 8-11 they’re in the North Dakota State Fair Center squaring off against each other, in hopes of winning the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo bareback riding title. May the best brother win.
The Mandan, N.D. cowboys came into the Circuit Finals in first and second place, with Casey, the younger of the two, $1,800 ahead of his brother, Ty, who is 25 years old. And on the first night of the rodeo, the brothers took first and second place.
Ty scored 84 points to win $1,678, while Casey scored 82 and pocketed $1,258.
The brothers love the competition and while they cheer for each other, they each want to win. They each believe the competition between them will come down to the wire.
Ty, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2013, sat out five months of this year’s rodeo season after a bucking horse flipped on him while he was in the chute at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, breaking his C6 vertebrate and his right wrist. He didn’t return to rodeo competition till July.
“It was sore,” Ty said about coming back, “and I had to take a couple weeks off, but after that I started to get used to it. Either you’re going to get used to (the pain) or not. It’ll never be the same, but the Justin Sports Medicine doctors take care of it. It’s nice to have them here (in Minot). ”
The brothers had about 20 members of the Breuer family in the stands cheering them on. Casey said the Minot rodeo is one of the closest-to-home pro rodeos for family members to attend, and it was nice.
“We go all over (the nation) all year, and we get to call home and tell them how we’re doing, and they never really get to see us.”
Ty rode Korkow Rodeo’s Flashcard Champion for his first-place ride while Casey rode Sutton Rodeo’s Ramblin’ Man. Ty went first, which motivated Casey for his ride.
“I watched Ty go right before me, and he set the bar at 84 (points), and heck, that’s where you gotta go. You gotta beat that. You can’t safety up.”
Like most brothers, they want each other to do well. “I like seeing him do good, he likes seeing me do good. It’s just a bonus when we both do good.”
But Casey didn’t hesitate when asked who would take home the 2015 RAM Badlands Circuit buckle after final round on the night of Oct. 11.
“I will,” he said. “It’s like any other sport. You want to be first, and you’re striving for it.”
Other first go-round winners were steer wrestler Colt Floyd, Buffalo, S.D. (4.2 seconds), team ropers Logan Olson, Flandreau, S.D., and Jordan Olson, Surprise, Ariz. (5.8 seconds), saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere, Hereford, S.D. (81 points), barrel racers Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., and Rachel Tiedeman, Rapid City, S.D. (14.15 seconds each), tie-down roper Clint Kindred, Oral, S.D. (8.3 seconds), and bull rider Wyatt Gregg, Belle Fourche, S.D. (84 points).
The second, third and fourth rounds of the RAM Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo continue Oct. 9-11. Tomorrow night’s rodeo is the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance, with monies raised going to benefit cancer patients through the Trinity Health Exercise Rehab Program in Minot. Over the past eight years, more than $500,000 has been raised. For more information on the rodeo, visit MinotYsMensRodeo.com. For full results from this night’s rodeo, visit www.ProRodeo.com.
Courtesy of PRCA