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For Parker Bignell the 2014 regular rodeo season was not what he was hoping for, with barely making it into the NRA finals by just under $100 over Will Powell. Parker relooked his strategy and went back to the drawing board with cousin Ty Erickson, a 2014 NFR Qualifier. After the first night of the 2014 Finals the Hall cowboy set the pace at 3.9 to win the round. Thinking this is how the summer should have gone he fed off of it and continued to knock on the door by placing 2nd in the 2nd round and 3rd in the 3rd Round. His total average time on 3 head was 11.5 seconds, a second and a half over Kevin Peterson, making Parker Bignell the average champion. I guess you could say that winning the average was just one of his goals. Parker Bignell won $2625.00 at the NRA Finals alone, that was more then he won in the regular season, which skyrocketed him into 1st place in the 2014 Year End Standings. Congratulations Parker, this is sure to be one of many titles in your future.
Mia DeLode is donating all proceeds from her print “Passing The Torch” to the Larry Jordan Sr. Crisis Fund. For more information of to purchase this print you can go to http://bit.ly/1jbI5l9 or contact the NRA Office at (406)252-1122.
The NRA Bull Riding was a battle back and forth all year long between Jess Lockwood and Tanner Theriault. Coming into the NRA Finals Lockwood was $1,270.30 behind Theriault. Jess knew Tanner wasn’t going to hand it over to him on a silver platter. After the first round Lockwood was now only $920 behind. Theriault put the heat on in the 2nd round riding his bull first and scoring 81.5, Lockwood now had to post a score higher to keep the year-end title in sight. The Volberg native posted the highest score of the weekend with an 86.5 aboard Big Circle Rodeo Company’s Twisted Tea. Coming into the 3rd and final round there were so many factures that needed to be just right for either Theriault or Lockwood to win a title; one needed to ride to keep the championship, the other needed to ride and win to take the championship from the other, if both rode it was going to come down to that last penny won. After Lockwood watched Tanner just miss the buzzer in the last round he knew he had to just hang on for 8 seconds and the 2014 Bull Riding Championship was his. Jess did more than just hang on he won the final round with a 80.5 ride and won the average putting him at the top of the year end standings by $479.70. Congratulations Jess Lockwood on your 2014 NRA Bull Riding Championship. We know there will be more Championships in your near future.