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Bradley Harter

Event in which you compete: Saddle Bronc

Hometown: Weatherford, TX, USA

Number of years riding: All my life

Career accomplishments to date:

  • 4X NFR Qualifier
  • Tour Finale qualifications: 5
  • DNCFR qualifications: 5 (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10)
  • 2010 Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo
  • 2009 Won the Denver Stock Show Rodeo
  • 2007 Won the Denver Stock Show Rodeo
  • 2008: Won the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco); the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo
  • 2007: Won the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals (Waco, Texas); the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average titles at the National Western Rodeo (Denver)
  • 2005-2006 High Point in Sheridan, Wyoming – 91 points both years
  • 2005 Won Salinas
  • 2004 NIRA Reserve Champion

How you got started in your event: My dad rode broncs, but I rode bulls and roped. My family hated me riding bulls. I decided to take up riding broncs and to go for the All-Around in HS and loved it so much that I quit everything else. My dad always wanted me to ride broncs.

Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: Three years

Favorite Ariat product (by name): Bronc Stomper Boots

Proudest career moment: 2005 was the first year I made the NFR. It was a dream come true.

Tell us about your first horse: A sorrel mare called Jelly Bean. She would never go faster than a trot, so while everyone else was loping, I was being shook to death.

You ride because: I love riding bucking horses. I enjoy it, and I can take my family with me everywhere. I believe it is the best job in the world.

If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Cattle Rancher

Favorite mentor or idol growing up: My dad

Favorite place to travel: Destin, FL

Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: The best pre-rodeo meal is Panda Express. If it is within a 40 miles radius I am going to find it.

Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Team roping or golfing.

Good luck charm: I always put my left boot on before my right, including socks.