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Tanner Brunner wins big money at Cody



CODY, Wyo. – Steer wrestler Tanner Brunner celebrated Independence Day by winning $8,247 at the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, the biggest win in his five years of PRCA competition. 

Not only was this the biggest win of Brunner’s career, but he did it on a horse he’d never ridden before. 

“We were at Red Lodge (Mont.) that morning and crunched on time, and we barely got there in time to jump on Tyler Pearson’s horse he was kind enough to let us on,” Brunner said. “He was real easy to score on and honest in the field. I didn’t have much time to think about it or any other options. It’s a pretty awesome experience and hasn’t sunk in for me yet.” 

Brunner’s 3.7-second run came on July 2, so he had to wait for the final round July 4 to find out if he remained the top bulldogger. 

“There’s a lot of good cattle and there were a lot of good guys waiting to go, so it was a waiting game,” Brunner said. 

Cody wasn’t his first win of the 2018 season, as the 25-year-old also won Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.) and the Strawberry Days Rodeo in Pleasant Grove, Utah. 

Before winning Cody, Brunner was 11th in the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $37,622. The Kansas cowboy started his PRCA career in 2013 and finished as high as 28th in the world standings with $37,753 in 2016. With Cody in the bank, he’s well past his personal record, and on track to qualify for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 

“It sure helps to get through the rest of the season,” Brunner said. “It’s a marathon and not a sprint, and I hope to hang in there until the end.” 

Brunner will compete at about a dozen rodeos over the next two weeks with his traveling partners Sean Mulligan, Cole Edge, Chason Floyd and Cameron Morman.  

“I’ll keep picking away at them (the rodeos),” Brunner said. “You don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, just take it a steer at a time and make the most out of every opportunity. I’ve been fortunate to ride with great guys and ride Sean Mulligan’s horses. They (travel partners) are doing well in the standings as well, and it’s been a privilege.

“It makes it easier to have four or five guys in a truck to trade driving and switch off on shifts and keep our bodies and minds fresh.”

Other winners at the $334,931 rodeo were all-around cowboy Dakota Eldridge ($5,643, tie-down roping and steer wrestling), bareback rider Gavin DeRose (86 points on Frontier Rodeo's Tip Off), team ropers Aaron Tsinigine/Trey Yates (4.1 seconds), saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright (89 points on Frontier Rodeo's Maple Leaf), tie-down roper Cooper Martin (7.6 seconds), barrel racer Taci Bettis (16.90 seconds) and bull rider J.W. Harris (92 points on Frontier Rodeo's After All).

For more coverage of the Cody Stampede, check out the July 13 online issue of ProRodeo Sports News on prorodeo.com. 
 
 
 
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