Jeremy Buhler – Abbotsford, British Columbia
Jeremy Buhler knows what it is like to be broke.
In 2009, he was still in college at South Plains in Levelland, Texas, and had just $30 in his checking account. He and his older brother, Clint, had qualified for the World Series of Team Roping Finale in Las Vegas. They won their division and over $100,000 each.
That was both life changing and life affirming for the man who is making his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He just competed in his fifth Canadian Finals Rodeo. Jeremy started roping with his current partner, Levi Simpson when he moved from British Columbia to Alberta. Their 2015 season saw them on the verge of qualifying when Jeremy finished in 21st place. That did qualify them for San Antonio where they won over $15,000 last February.
Now, Jeremy enters the 2015 NFR in 12th place with $72,311 in regular season earnings. He and Levi are the first all-Canadian team to qualify and it’s safe to say the Canadian flags will be flying when they back their horses into the box.
One other thing is for certain. Jeremy will be the contestant with the most facial hair at this year’s competition. His Facebook page is @jeremybuhlerfearthebeard and he has been growing it all season. If there was a beard growing contest for the contestants, he would hands down be the winner.
He recently found a list of goals that he had written when he was 5 or 6 years old. One of them was “qualify for the NFR as a bareback rider.” Jeremy will be a spectator at that event, but still accomplished a goal that was important enough that he wrote it down when he was a child.