After a frustrating performance at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last month in Arlington, Texas, bull rider Boudreaux Campbell bounced back Thursday night.
Campbell had an 84-point ride on Powder River Rodeo’s Axel to share the top of the leaderboard with Jace Trosclair at the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo in Odessa, Texas.
Trosclair had an 84-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Lease Ray Mayo.
“That was a good ride,” said Campbell, 22. “It was good to get one under my belt at the start of the year, especially on a good bull like that. The bull was up in the air real wild. He made two turns, one around to the left and one around to the right. He was really wild, but I felt solid the whole time. I’ve never done well at Odessa, so it felt great to do some good there.”
Reigning bull riding world champion Stetson Wright had an 88.5-point ride on Axel to win Round 2 at the 2020 Wrangler NFR at Globe Life Field, Dec. 4.
The Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo continues Jan. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be shown live on The Cowboy Channel and on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app. The Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo is the first stop on the ProRodeo Tour campaign.
Campbell’s ride in Odessa will be his last for a while because he’s scheduled to have surgery on his right (free) hand Jan. 11 in College Station, Texas.
“I’m going to have the hand surgery and will be out about a month,” Campbell said. “I have a bone broken in there and I need to get it put back together. I think I hurt it at the NFR, and I want to get it fixed now and get it out of the way.”
Campbell had a disappointing 2020 Wrangler NFR, placing in just one round – fourth in Round 5 with an 87.5-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Priefert’s Tequila Worm. He earned $21,000 at the NFR and finished 10th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $106,746.
The Crockett, Texas, cowboy said his hand injury had nothing to do with his struggles at the Finals. Campbell had never injured his right hand before.
“My right hand didn’t hinder me at all at the NFR,” he said. “I just bucked off a few bulls in a row and lost my confidence a little bit, and it was hard to pick myself back up. It’s a new year now, and I’m focused on it and finishing strong. The gold buckle is the goal.”
Courtesy of PRCA