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Bradley Harter ends season with two wins

by Matt Naber | Sep 29, 2018

OMAHA, Neb. – Saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter is ending the 2018 regular season on a high note by winning two rodeos on the same day.

The 10-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2005-06, 2008-15) won the River City Rodeo in Omaha, Neb., and the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 29. 

“I always have good luck there (Omaha), I love that rodeo,” said Harter, who won Omaha in 2010 and 2015. “And to also win Kansas City, it feels good to go out with a bang. I’ve been doing it a long time, and at the end of the year you think about what your goals are. I always think I should go spend time with my family, but I’m ramped up and ready to go rodeo.”

The Texas cowboy picked up $3,469 for his 86-point ride on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s On Fire at Omaha and then picked up an additional $1,724 for splitting the win with Jacobs Crawley in Kansas City with an 85-point ride on United Pro Rodeo’s Sky Fall. 

“I’ve been riding more consistently and better than ever this year,” Harter said. 

Harter had ridden Sky Fall before, but this was his first encounter with On Fire. Both broncs lived up to their reputations. However, On Fire brought some surprises. 

“Horses are like every animal, they have patterns,” Harter said. “He usually circles to the right or goes straight, and tonight he went left, but he sure was bucking while doing it. He was a great horse, but he really surprised me how good he was tonight. You know, bronc riding and rodeoing, or whatever you do, is fun when you’re winning.” 

Harter was about $11,000 out of the Top 15 in the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings before his double win, but he’s already planning for the 2019 season. As of Sept. 24, he was sitting at 19th with $61,989.  

“I had a chance to make the NFR, and I know this weekend went good and I’m not going to make it, but I have been there 10 times,” Harter said. “I will come back next year and give it all I've got. It feels good to go out well, and Joey Sonnier III (Harter’s traveling partner) just secured his first NFR, so it’s a great weekend for us.” 

Harter is taking the next weekend off to celebrate his son’s birthday, and then he’ll be back on the rodeo road for the All American Finals in Waco, Texas, Oct. 6-13.

“Hopefully I’ll carry some wins into the All American Finals, I could win $10,000 to $15,000 for next year, and get a jump start,” Harter said. “Then there’s the (Southeastern) Circuit Finals in Davie (Fla.). All of that will count for 2019, so I’m going to try to hit it hard at the beginning. That’s another reason this week is good, because I can carry it into next year.” 

When the season concludes Sept. 30, Harter will have competed at more than 100 rodeos for the season. 

“I’m worn out, and I’m tired and ready to go see my family,” said Harter, who turned 37 three days ago. “My body feels like your car right before you get the oil changed, but it’s good to know it’s still running good. I’m ready for some days off and to get some sleep. I thank God for everything. I'm happy go lucky, and I wish it was the middle of July the way my riding feels, but we will get them next time.”

Before going home to recharge his batteries and spend time with his family, Harter has one more rodeo left for the 2018 season, the 49th Annual Cowboy Capital Of The World Rodeo at Stephenville, Texas, which concludes Sept. 30.

“I always say every win is important, but it’s one of those deals where about the time you think you’re getting old, and then you win and you get more motivated,” Harter said. “So, for me it’s motivation to work hard. I’m burned out a little bit. We have traveled thousands of miles the last couple months, and I’m ready for a break. But I’m ready for next year and to try to make the NFR and win a gold buckle before I quit. This will help me refocus and keep me on top.”

Other winners at the $113,123 rodeo were all-around cowboy Marty Yates ($3,751, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Tim O’Connell (85.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Grin & Bear It); steer wrestler Stetson Jorgensen (4.2 seconds); team ropers Curry Kirchner/Daniel Reed (4.8 seconds); tie-down roper Marty Yates (7.4 seconds); barrel racer Tracy Nowlin (15.25 seconds); and bull rider Sage Kimzey (84.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo's Kingpin).

For more coverage of the River City Rodeo, check out the Oct. 5 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.

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