Jeremy Buhler – Abbotsford, British Columbia ($68,006)
2-time WNFR qualifier
One year ago, Jeremy Buhler made team roping history. Along with his header, Levi Simpson, they were the first all-Canadian team to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Jeremy started the competition in 12th place. He was just glad to be there roping against the best. His goal wasn’t to win a world title, just to do his best, enjoy the moment and win as much money as he could. Perhaps he should have set higher goals.
Jeremy and Levi each won $186,000 and became the first world champions in the heading and heeling from Canada. It was a big deal for them, but an even bigger deal for their native country. The roar of the Canadian fans in the Thomas and Mack could be heard outside of the building.
This year, they started roping together again and didn’t have a great winter. They were successful in Canada winning the Ponoka Stampede and over $5,000. When it came down to the end of the season, Jeremy was 15th and had to win money to remain there. Levi was 16th and had a big gap to fill to move up.
Levi stayed hooked to help his partner even after it became mathematically impossible for him to move up in the standings. He and Jeremy made the trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the Wrangler Champions Challenge. Jeremy won enough money to hold off Buddy Hawkins II. They still had the Canadian Finals to compete at where they won the championship.
Jeremy, who has a winter place in Arizona, will defend his world championship at this year’s NFR roping with Tom Richards. They are less than two hours apart and will get plenty of practice time in before they run their first steer in the Thomas and Mack. Hopefully Jeremy will give the Canadian fans at the NFR plenty to cheer about again this year.