Murphy, Breding finally tame Frontier bulls to lead going into weekend at Buc Days Rodeo

April 25, 2015

By Kirk Copeland
Frontier Rodeo Media
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 Friday, April 24th

(Corpus Christi, TX.) – It took nearly two full nights, but finally late Friday, Parker Breding and Codrick Murphy had clean rides on a pair of Frontier Rodeo bulls as the Buc Days Pro Rodeo continued at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.

The only other lead to change hands Friday was in barrel racing, where Hanna Forbes squeezed past Cassidy Kruse for the top spot in the overall standings.

The Buc Days Rodeo, which is held in conjunction with the Buccaneers Days Festival in Corpus Christi, continues Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude Sunday afternoon starting at 2:30 p.m.

After 27 riders had taken their best shots at taming the prize-winning bulls from Frontier Rodeo with no luck, Breding rode Sweet Tator to a score of 72, but paid a price in doing so. Breding got stepped on as he dismounted, suffering a vibrant bruise to his lower right leg that had the cowboy visibly hurting.

“Yea, he got me pretty good, but I hung on,” said Breding, who leaves Saturday to head to Canada for another rodeo. “I don’t know that I did anything any different than the other guys before me. I was just able to keep my grip and ride him out. I felt like it might have been a better ride (score-wise), but it wasn’t bad. Hopefully this leg won’t keep me out of anything.”

One rider later, Murphy stole the show with a breath-taking ride on Flash Card, tallying an 84 to put the Houston-native firmly in first place.

“I hadn’t ridden him before, but I knew of him,” said Murphy, who is headed to Lufkin next. “All of these bulls are tough, and he was real tough. I was really pleased with the draw to get a good bull like him, and then I was able to take advantage of that and get a good ride.”

After the second performance in barrel racing, Forbes now leads Kruse for the top spot overall. Her 13.67-second ride Friday night edged her past Kruse’s 13.70 ride Thursday. Abby Pursifull rounds out the top three going into the weekend with a time of 13.90.

Elsewhere in the 24th edition of the annual rodeo, nobody topped Jacobs Crawley’s 87 from Thursday night, but three other riders cracked the top five Friday. Bradley Harter, riding Matterhorn, and Sam Spreadborough, atop Julio, each checked in with scores of 83 to tie Josh Reynolds for second place overall, and Heith Allan DeMoss posted a 79 to sit in fifth.

Chuck Doebbler and Travis Hobbs posted Friday’s best time in team roping, but that was only good for fourth place overall in Go Round 2. Logan and Jordan Olson posted Go Round 2’s best performance with a time of 5.1 seconds, good for second place aggregate behind Caleb Mitchell and Steve Northcott. Mitchell and Northcott lead with an overall time of 11.4 seconds, followed by the Olsons at 11.6, and Pace Freed and Cody Pearson at 15.8.

In bareback riding Friday, Will Lowe posted the day’s best ride with a 78 on Billy the Kid, good enough for fifth overall. Bill Tutor, the 2012 Buc Days bareback champ, still leads overall after two performances with an 88, followed by Jake Brown (83), Steven Dent (82), Zachariah Phillips (80) and Devan Reilly (tied with Lowe at 78).

Bray Armes clocked in with a 5.7-second time in steer wrestling Friday to lead the day’s performers, but that was only good for seventh place overall after two performances. Riley Duvall and Justin Blain Davis continue to lead overall with times of 4.5 seconds each, followed by Jacob Talley at 5.0.

After the second performance in tie-down roping, only Michael Perry (9.3 seconds, good for fifth) cracked the overall top five Friday, while Joseph Gernentz still leads overall with a time of 8.0 seconds. Clay Long (8.1 seconds), Hunter Herrin (8.8) and Landyn Duncan (9.0) round out the top five.

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