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Bull Rider Bradley Harris Scores Early to Win Ram Prairie Circuit Title

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Bradley Harris won the bull riding title at the 2012 Ram Prairie Circuit Finals on Thursday night, Oct. 18; he just didn't know it until Saturday.

Harris, of Udall, Kansas, scored 90 points on Silver Creek Rodeo's Rising Sun to win the first round of this year's championship event. It was the highest-scored ride of the three-day event, and it also secured the first circuit championship of Harris' young career.

bradley_harrisThere were only four qualified rides in this year's finale, and Harris had two of them to win the average title and secure his qualification to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for next spring in Oklahoma City.

"It means everything," said Harris, who rode Frontier Rodeo's Hideout for 73 points on Saturday night to finish the weekend at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan, Oklahoma.

"The end of my season didn't go very good; I didn't win as much money as I wanted, so I kind of reset my goals to come to the finals and win it since I wasn't going to win enough money to win the year-end," he added. "I just kept my hand shut, and it paid off."

Yes, it did. In addition to qualifying for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, Harris earned $4,080 in Duncan. He'll join Guthrie Murray of Miami, Okla., who won the year-end title by just $164 over veteran Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Oklahoma.

While Harris secured his championship early, saddle bronc rider Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City, Kansas, waited until his last horse to clinch the year-end title.

Kirby earned his third Prairie Circuit championship by winning the third go-round Saturday night, scoring an 83-point ride on Mo Betta Rodeo's Shasta. That $1,174 allowed the Kansas cowboy to edge Bobby Griswold of Geary, Oklahoma, by $1,064.

"I rodeoed throughout the year going to circuit rodeos, but yet I was going after the NFR," Kirby said of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport's grand finale.

"I only went to 19 rodeos in the circuit, compared to everybody that went to 28-30 rodeos this year," he added. "My goal was to make the NFR, but I had another goal - to win the Prairie Circuit. I'm tickled to death; it means a lot."

Hardy Braden of Welch, Oklahoma, and Cody Hamm of Minneapolis, Kansas, shared the bronc riding average title, scoring 225 points on three rides.

Other winners at Duncan were all-around cowboy Ryan Jarrett ($2,201, team roping and tie-down roping), bareback rider Jared Keylon (247 points on three head), steer wrestler Stockton Graves (14.4 seconds on three head), team ropers Destry Graham and Jimmy Thomas (20.8 seconds on three head), saddle bronc riders Hardy Braden and Cody Hamm (225 points each on three head), tie-down roper Bryson Sechrist (29.7 seconds on three head), steer roper Chet Herren (39.8 seconds on three head) and barrel racer P.J. Burger (50.66 seconds on three runs).

Editor's note: Ram Prairie Circuit Finals information courtesy of the PRCA.

 
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