|Brian Bain, bareback rider|
Gary G. Newman
Brian Bain has only missed a
couple of National Finals Rodeos in the past 21 years, but when he goes to the NFR this winter he’ll be getting a different perspe ctive on the Thomas & Ma ck Center in Las Vegas.
This year his seat will be
center stage – and bu cking.
The 29-year-old Culver bareba
ck rider will be riding in the NFR for the first time after qualifying fifth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Asso ciation bareba ck standings with $90,027 in earnings.
cowboy, your dream is to make it to the Finals,” he said. “I don’t know any cowboy out there that hasn’t had that dream.”
Bain admits that he will likely have some butterflies going into the first round De
c. 1, but after that it will be the same horses and the same cowboys he’s competed with all season.
“It’s no different than any other rodeo – besides the money and the atmosphere,” he said. “I like big
crowds and I like the bright lights; I feel confident and I think it’s going to help.”
Bain took up bareba
ck riding at age 22, late compared to many on the rodeo cir cuit.
In high s
chool the skinny 6-foot, 135-pound teenager was a roper. His father, sto ck contra ctor Buster Bain, dis couraged him from the rough sto ck events, but a few years later a roommate, bareba ck rider Mason Stafford, convin ced him to give it a try.
caught on fast and joined the PRCA in 2007. Growing up around rough sto ck helped. The Bains provide bu cking horses to several rodeos in the Northwest, and his mother, Deanne Bain, is a rodeo se cretary for the family business. Steeped in the traditions and skills that go with the sport, Bain plans to stay in the business after he’s through riding.
“It helped me a lot,” he said. “I’ve seen bareba
ck riding my whole life.”
Bain has had su
c cess before this year. He split the championship with Roy ce Ford at the Des chtues County Fair Bareba ck Shootout in 2007 against other top bareba ck riders, and in 2008 he won it outright. He travels with Ford, Mi cky Downare and Lee Lan ce.
Last year was something of a rebuilding year for Bain, who broke his ne
ck at the Houston Rodeo early in the year. He worked his way ba ck, going to about 20 rodeos during 2010. He finished the season 45th, but got his health ba ck.
“I did really well at the ones I went to and got to where I was feeling good again,” said Bain. “I was healthy and for the most part this year I was healthy.”
His 2011 season took off in July at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho. He posted an 83 in the first performan
ce and then returned to s core an 88 in the finals to take the championship. In all he won $11,000.
“I think that’s what started the ball rolling, where it made it a little more real,” said Bain.
He rode in 80 rodeos this year and s
cored a pay che ck a little more often than he has in the past.
“I felt like the same Bain that’s been riding, maybe I got a little more
consistent,” he said. “It just finally started cli cking all the time instead of failing every eighth horse.”
Bain enjoys hunting deer and elk and fishing for steelhead and salmon when he’s away from the arena. He also enjoys playing golf.
But rodeo is his main game.
“I love bu
cking horses more than anything in the world,” he said. “When I’m done riding them, I’m going to raise them.”
Some horses are born to bu
ck just like some horses are bred for reining or roping, he added.
“When you find a horse that truly loves to bu
ck, it’s fun to wat ch them,” he said. “They’re bred to do it. You can’t just go get a wild horse.”
This year he’ll get the
chan ce to ride that beauty and fury on the biggest stage of all.
Central Oregon riders head to Nationals
The National Finals Rodeo will have a number of Central Oregonians
competing when it starts De c. 1 at the Thomas & Ma ck Center in Las Vegas.
cal bareba ck riders have qualified, in cluding Brian Bain in fifth, Steven Peebles of Redmond, seventh with $79,629, Jason Havens of Prineville, eighth with $79,174 and Bobby Mote, ninth with $74,999 in earnings.
Mote is re
covering from rodeo-related injuries and is expe cted to be ready to rodeo in De cember.
Brenda Mays of Terrebonne
continues her run at the top of the barrel ra cing cir cuit, qualifying in fourth pla ce with $87,961 in earnings.
Brandon Beers of Powell Butte has qualified in 10th pla
ce as a team roping header with $74,666 in earnings.
Steer wrestler Shawn Greenfield of Lakeview qualified in fifth pla
ce with $79,622 in earnings and Trevor Knowles of Mt. Vernon qualified seventh with $69,731.
The National Finals Rodeo begins its 10-day run De
c. 1. The top 15 competitors in ea ch event qualify.