Brady Minor – Ellensburg, Wash. ($97,649)
11-time WNFR qualifier
Brady Minor has had to find room in his trailer for a pony this year and is getting an idea of what his grandparents did to help he and brother Riley in their pursuit of team roping excellence.
That excellence in the arena will see Brady competing at his 11th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He’ll start the competition with $97,648 earned during the regular season. He did that roping with his younger brother Riley.
While Brady Riley were growing up, their maternal grandparents would go to Arizona for the winter. They would take the boys so they could rope while their parents stayed at home in Ellensburg, Washington to take care of their ranch.
Now, Brady and his wife, Ashley have a four-year-old son, Maverick who is in training to be the next generation of roping Minors. Riley and his wife, Jordan, also have a daughter and the kids get plenty of arena time riding ponies and playing in the dirt.
A supportive family has been the backbone of the Minor’s success. Brady’s first NFR qualification was in 2006 with Garrett Tonozzi. Since then he has made 10 trips with his younger brother with the whole family there to support them.
The Minors have been involved with the Ellensburg Rodeo for decades. Brady’s great-grandfather served as a pickup man and moved livestock. His grandfather “Buck” Minor started competing there when he was 14 and was quick to volunteer for any task.
In 2006, after Brady and Riley won a round at the NFR, Brady gave his buckle to Buck. That was one of Buck’s fondest memories before he passed away in 2011.
The whole Ellensburg community would be very excited to have the Minors come back with gold buckles. But no matter what happens in the arena, they have big boots to fill outside of the arena.