Last weekend at the PBR’s premier series in Sacramento, California, Brennon Eldred laid motionless on the dirt. He had been knocked out cold, rendering the Golden 1 Center completely silent.
The bull New Perception had just done to the 25-year-old Oklahoman what can sometimes happen in the PBR when fearless cowboys get on bone-crushing opponents 10-12 times their size.
Eldred slowly got to his feet with the help of Sports Medicine and blew out a mouthful of blood onto the dirt.
Just one week after that scary concussion and busted-up lip, this tough determined Cowboy stood atop the Can-Am cage last night after taking Round 1 of the Express Ranches Invitational.
The talented young bull rider from Sulphur, Oklahoma, did what all great PBR riders inevitably have to do in a brutally dangerous sport. He put aside the memory of a terrible wreck and focused on the task at hand to deliver a spectacular out he had hoped to have in Sacramento.
The enthusiastic fan support of his home state crowd made the veteran bull rider dig deeper and focus on his pairing with GT-698 (0-1).
Competing inside a raucous Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City gave Eldred another reason to look for the 8-second whistle. As Brennon climbed down in the chute to get on GT-698 and wrapped in his hand and nodded to open the gate, GT-698 leaped out of the chute with Eldred seated steadily on his back and together the pair danced for 8-seconds and led Brennon to an 88.50-point ride for the round lead.
Check out the round winning ride below, which with its 20 world points catapulted Eldred from No. 142 to world No. 50.
If Brennon continues to ride like this during round 2 tonight, he will continue to march up the world ranking and regain a permanent spot on the premier series.
When PBR comes to Oklahoma City, the event has not only the world’s toughest athletes like Brennon Eldred. On display is some of the greatest bull power in the world, making it a must-watch event.
Fans can relive all of the action from Round 1 on RidePass.com or the RidePass mobile app.
Action inside the Chesapeake Energy Arena will continue with Round 2 and championship round tonight starting at 6:45 PM CST. The listen LIVE stream of Championship Saturday will begin at 7:45 p.m EST.
CBS Sports will air the championship round from Oklahoma City at 12:00 p.m. EST tomorrow (Sunday, February 2) While CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 and the championship round at 4:00 p.m. EST.