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Glenn Pursley, Published June 08 2012

Bull rider Brett Stall has a chance to earn a spot in National Finals

Hawley, Minn.

Brett Stall has a chance to earn a spot in the 2012 Wrangler National Finals today, a feat no Minnesotan has accomplished before.

“It means the world to me,” Stall said. “It puts chills down my back just talking about it.”

Stall grew up in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and with help from his neighbor and former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit cowboy Sam Nordick, Stall was riding bulls at the age of 8.

“Sam (and Jake) Nordick lived just down the road from me ever since I was just a little kid,” Stall said. “They got me into the right school and taught me how to ride bulls.”

Stall played football, baseball and wrestled in high school before deciding to concentrate on bull riding his sophomore year. His decision led him to become the 2008 Minnesota high school bull riding champion and a four-time qualifier for the National High School Finals Rodeo.

“I did all that, but I knew (bull riding) was what I’ve wanted to do,” said Stall. “I just followed my dream. Coaches would get mad at me when I got older and wanted to go to more rodeos, but heck, they pay you here; if you do well you can make a lot of money.”

In order to become a permitted PRCA cowboy, a rider must earn at least $1,000 at any PRCA-sanctioned rodeo. Stall wasted no time, earning his membership fresh out of high school and meeting his winnings requirement after his first rodeo.

“Starting right out of high school I won a PRCA permit and I had my thousand dollars my first rodeo in 2009,” Stall said.

Stall will be up against the award winning stock of Mosbrucker Rodeos of Mandan, N.D., a stock he is all too familiar with.

“I’ve been getting on their stock for ten years,” Stall said.

“We’ve watched him grow up riding bulls,” Wally Mosbrucker, owner of Mosbrucker Rodeos’ stock said. “It’s nice to see him having a tremendous year. Sitting fifth in the world, he’s got a shot to qualify for the first time.”

Stall is currently the only Minnesota ranked in the top 50 of the PRCA bull riding world standings.

“It’s something you chase for so long (qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals) and it’s finally it front of you. You just have to reach out and grab it.”

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Glenn Pursley at (701) 451-5549