Texas Bronc Rider’s Association 2018 Finals Set for Last Weekend in September
story by Lori O’Harver GLEN ROSE, Texas – “We’re thrilled to have the bronc riders back in town, but honestly? It’s the TBRA lady ranch […]
story by Lori O’Harver
Twenty-nine-year-old Blane Stacy was raised on a ranch and showed cattle in FFA, but he was 21 years old before he woke up one day and really saw those big, feather footed broncs. More importantly, they were calling him.
His decision to answer that call was a good one for Stacy, an environmental scientist for the State of Oklahoma. He qualified for the PRCA Prairie Circuit Finals in 2016 and the International Finals Rodeo for 2017.
“I bought my first equipment off of eBay and just entered the next closest rodeo,” Stacy said. “I drew the IPRA Saddle Bronc of the year, strapped my saddle on him and nodded. He one jumped me, but I got out of the dirt grinning and have never looked back.”
“About 5 years of $80.00, 8 second practice sessions at rodeos I entered sharpened me up. There weren’t any formal practice pens or people I knew who could help me too much. I’m thrilled to see the Texas Bronc Rider’s Association making it easier for young riders to get their starts. We need to foster and promote this event and they’re doing an amazing job. I believe if the TBRA had been around when I started, my learning curve would have been cut in half. I’d recommend them to anybody.”
Stacy focused most of his summer run on making the circuit finals and accomplished that goal. When he realized he was in the run for the IFR, he switched his focus to the East Coast.
“I had a good run out there and got to visit South Carolina and Georgia, two places I’d never been,” Stacy said.
“I’ve had people notice that my career was taking off and ask if I’d be turning full time pro. It’s not even tempting. I love my job and love to ride broncs. I’ve found the perfect blend exactly how I’m doing it,” said Stacy. “I watched my NFR dreams sink over the horizon a while back and I’m good with that. There are tons of rodeos on the Red River Corridor I can get to and still promote programs like soil health, plant identification for ranchers and rangeland owners. We’re running out of farmland here in the United States and need to make the concerted effort to use what we do have in the most efficient ways.”
Love of the land and the love of a good bucking horse. Blane Stacy is an asset to bronc riding nation.
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