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Hardy Braden

Events: Saddle Bronc
Born: 1/12/1989 Welch, Okla.
Joined PRCA: 2010
PRCA Career Earnings: $376,195.00
World Titles Won: 0
WNFR Qualifications: 1 (2017)
Current Residence: Welch, Okla.

2017 world standings place: 4th
2017 WNFR standings place: 2nd
2017 WNFR earnings: $160,192
2017 earnings: $262,966
RNCFR qualifications: 1

2018 Highlights

• Won the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo
• Won the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals (Duncan, Okla.)
• Won the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fair PRCA Rodeo
• Co-champion at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo
Career Highlights
• 2017: Won the Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Neb.), 
the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up, the Inter-State Rodeo (Coffeyville, Kan.), 
the Will Rogers Stampede (Claremore, Okla), the XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Dalhart, Texas), the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (Vinita, Okla.) and the Eureka (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo

• 2016: Finished 29th in the world standings with $34,511. Won the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.), the Kansas’ Largest Night Rodeo (Pretty Prairie, Kan.) and the Kaw Valley Rodeo (Manhattan, Kan.)
• 2015: Won the Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo (Bridgeport, Texas); the Linn County Fair and Rodeo (Mound City, Kan.). Finished 55th in the world standings with $17,784
• 2014: Won the Chisholm Trail Stampede (Duncan, Okla.); the Jayhawker Roundup Rodeo (Hill City, Kan.). Co-champion at the Linn County Fair and Rodeo (Mount City, Kan.); the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo and the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo (Stephenville, Texas)
• 2013: Won the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo (Duncan, Okla.); the Matagorda County Fair and Rodeo (Bay City, Texas); co-champion at the Fourth of July Celebration and PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.)
• 2012: Won the RAM Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo (Weatherford, Okla.); the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fair PRCA Rodeo; qualified for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
• 2011: Won the Longford (Kan.) Rodeo; co-champion at the Linn County Fair and Rodeo (Mount City, Kan.); the Great Plains Stampede Rodeo (Altus, Okla.)

Competed on the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College Rodeo Team, 2008-2010. Competed on the Panhandle State University Rodeo Team, 2011. Competed at the National College Finals Rodeo, 2010 and 2011

5-10, 145 … Single … Full name is Chad Ray Braden … Parents Butch and Tammy Braden, sister, Tara Crawford … His mom was a WNFR timer in 2013-15 and his dad was a WNFR arena usher or pickup man in 2011-15 … Got into rodeo because his dad has been a PRCA member since he was 19 years old … First competed in 2008 … Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo and Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up are his favorite rodeos because he draws good broncs in Cheyenne and Pendleton’s arena is nostalgic … Describes his riding style as “stylish, with a more classic approach and barely using the rein” … His rodeo superstitions include never wearing yellow in the arena and to keep a routine when competing well … Doesn’t have a workout routine, but stays in shape by working on the ranch with his dad and riding horses … His favorite bronc to ride is Hell Fire Hostage, and his dream ride is Lunatic From Hell … His dad and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Mel Hyland are his rodeo idols … Enjoys tooling leather and making his own chaps … Graduated from Welch (Okla.) Public School with a class of 33 students … Played baseball and football in high school … Got his nickname, Hardy, because his dad thought highly of a guy with that name … Describes himself as the least picky eater and will eat anything … Favorite book is “The Gadget” … Favorite movie is Forrest Gump … Favorite music is classic rock such as AC/DC … Enjoys watching the Giants play baseball … Enjoys snowboarding
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