Parker Breding exhilarated the huge crowd at Stampede Park Monday night during the first session of the four-day 100th anniversary Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo when he put up a score of 92.5 points.
Breding, 26, of nearby Edgar, Mont., rode Turnabout to the buzzer 24 hours after being bucked by the same bull in Xtreme Bulls.
“That was my first 90 of the year,” Breding said.
Riding better all the time, Breding is currently ranked third in the PRCA bull riding standings for 2019 and now hopes his first-day score in Cody holds up through July 4.
About 5,000 fans turned out, and Mike Darby, co-president of the Stampede Board of Directors, said it was likely an opening-day record for attendance.
Breding edged Tristan Mize of Bryan, Texas, who posted a 90.5 score, a ride that would win many other rodeos. Colt Gordon of Commanche, Okla., took the lead in saddle bronc with 85.5 points.
Competition for day two begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stampede Park.
Bareback Riding: 1, Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 85 points;. 2, (tie) Mark Kreder, Collinsville, Okla., and Jamie Howlett, Rapid City, S.D., 81.5 each. 4, Tanner Phipps, Dalton, Ga., 80.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Heath Thompson, Enola, Ark., 6.1 seconds. 2, Chancy Winsor, Kaycee, Wyo., 7.9. 3, Chet Boren, Vernal, Utah, 8.6. 4, Bart Slaney, Whitefish, Mont., 9.5.
Team Roping: 1, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 4.8 seconds. 2, Denver Johnson, Strathmore, Alberta and Tristen Woolsey, Nanton, Alberta, 5.9. 3, Braden Pirrung, Hartford, S.D., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 10.0. 4, Jesse Popescui, Glenworth, Saskatchewan and Trent Elmer Tunke, Canada, 10.7.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla., 85.5 points. 2, (tie) Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa and Jade Blackwell, Rapid City, S.D., 8.5 each. 4, Tegan Smith, Winterset, Iowa, 79.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Kalai Nobriga, Kealakekua, Hawaii, 14.4 seconds. 2, Mark Humphrey, Texarkana, Ark., 16.2. 3, L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo., 27.4.
Barrel Racing: 1, KL Spratt, Lysite, Wyoming, 17.39 seconds. 2, Kristen Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 17.63. 3, Coralee Spratt, Shoshone, Wyo., 17.89. 4, Brittany Fellows, Loveland, Colo., 17.90
Bull Riding: 1, Parker Breding, Edgar, Mont., 92.5 points. 2, Tristan Mize, Bryan, Texas, 90.5. 3, Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., 87. 4, Jake Peterson, Livermore, Calif., 73.