Boudreaux Campbell looked forward to a second chance on a bull yet to be ridden in 2021.
He evened the score Sunday at the Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo in Puyallup.
Campbell, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, had an 86.5-point ride aboard Bridwell Pro Rodeos’ Ghetto Spread for the first qualified ride in eight attempts.
More importantly, he won the average with 172 points on two head and $7,276 that unofficially vaulted the Crockett, Texas, cowboy into the top 15 in the PRCA|RAM World Standings.
“I might have stayed on that bull for two seconds in Canby (Ore.) last month,” said Campbell, 23, who entered the weekend on the bubble, ranked 16th in the world standings. “I was really looking forward to the rematch here in Puyallup, and I’m glad I came out on top. It always feels good when one bucks you off and you ride him a few weeks later.”
For Campbell, it was all about attitude and forgetting the past.
“I had to clear my mind and tell myself I was better than that bull,” Campbell said. “There are no gimmes in this sport, and I just took the fight to him instead of letting him take the fight to me and kept moving with the bull jump for jump. I had to be very fundamental and do things right, and it worked out.”
Campbell finished third in Puyallup’s first round behind world standings leader and six-time world champion Sage Kimzey and Stetson Wright, the two-time reigning PRCA all-around champ and 2020 bull riding world champ. Campbell was one of only two riders to make the whistle in Sunday’s short round.
“You don’t want to count your dollars when you have Sage and Stetson riding right after you,” Campbell said. “It wasn’t their day today, and luckily I was able to pull through and get the win here. But those guys are champions and they’ll be back.”
Campbell had no idea of his precarious place in the world standings.
“I don’t look at the standings,” Campbell said. “I’ve had a terrible summer. I’m capable of being in the top five, if not, first or second in the world. I just have to stay confident. My goal isn’t just to make the NFR, but to win the world. The year isn’t over and there’s a lot more money to be won. I need to keep the gas pedal mashed down because it’s the last month of the season and you have to give it all you’ve got.”
Other winners at the $260,690 rodeo were bareback riders Austin Foss, Clint Laye and R.C. Landingham, (168.5 points on two head each); steer wrestler Ty Erickson (7.5 seconds on two head); team ropers Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp (9.3 seconds on two head); saddle bronc rider Rusty Wright (175 points on two head); tie-down roper Roger Nonella (15.6 seconds on two head); and barrel racer Katie Pascoe (29.85 seconds on two runs). Stetson Wright won all-around honors after winning $9,496 in saddle bronc riding and bull riding.
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