After having one of the best rodeos of his entire life at the ProRodeo Tour Summer Finale, some people might think that saddle bronc rider Chad Ferley has high expectations for the ProRodeo Tour Championship, or future Finale rodeos.
But he doesn't. He said his plan for the Championship is to "just go into Dallas like I did Omaha to have fun."
Ferley had plenty of fun in Omaha, Neb., at the Summer Finale, winning all but the first round en route to the crystal cup and $21,736. It helped boost his bottom line and keep him near the top of the standings and also left him feeling good going into the last, crucial portion of the season.
And while he might not have high expectations set for himself in Dallas, it's not to say that the Oelrichs, S.D., cowboy wouldn't love to see a repeat of Omaha.
"I hope things go as well as they did in Omaha," he said, laughing. "Hopefully I draw some good horses like I did, and if I can do my part, then maybe it'll work out again. Every night there turned out pretty good for me, so I can't complain."
Ferley said he knows his competition in Dallas will be tough, just like it is at every Finale rodeo. World standings leader Cody DeMoss and five-time world champion Billy Etbauer are just a couple of the other saddle bronc riders who will do their best to claim a victory.
"It's going to be another good rodeo, just like Omaha," Ferley said. "It's going to be who ends up with a better horse that day and who's mostly on their game that weekend. Hopefully I can do my part."
Doing well in Dallas whether collecting checks or just getting a boost of self-confidence with a good ride can be crucial for a cowboy this time of year. And being the last rodeo of the season, the Championship promises to be a big one for guys like Steve Dollarhide, Bryce Miller and Dan Erickson, who are on the bubble to make the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. A nice paycheck in Dallas could be the difference for them.
Rusty Allen and Dan Erickson will compete in Dallas in place of Dan Mortensen and Glen O'Neill, who instead chose to compete at the Canadian Finals Rodeo this weekend.
Ferley has his berth to the Wrangler NFR firmly wrapped up, and sitting third place in the world standings, he is within easy striking distance of DeMoss, especially if he collects some money in Dallas.
It should all make for an eventful and exciting Championship in Dallas.
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