Chad Besplug - Professional Bull Rider
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  It was pretty simple, really.

When Chad Besplug first saw bull riding as a kid going to amateur rodeos with his family, he knew—this is what he wanted to do with his life.

And it wasn’t long before the results of that decision began to roll in.. By the time he was 16 years old, the kid from Claresholm, Alberta had already won the Calgary Stampede Steer Riding, ridden his first bull at age 13 and won the Professional Canadian Bull Riders title (at 16).

But while the rodeo/bull riding road would eventually lead to more championships it’s not like there weren’t a few bumps in that road. Actually more like hard knocks than bumps. Injuries are a part of riding bulls and no one knows that better than Chad Besplug.

Surgeries on both shoulders, a torn biceps that required surgery, a knee problem—all are part of the resume—a part that a guy would like to hit the delete button on but that’s not how it works.

But the talented second generation cowboy overcame the injuries and went on to win Rookie of the Year honours in the CPRA, two Canadian titles (2011 and 2013) and the $100,000 finale at the Calgary Stampede in 2012. He was also runner-up for the Canadian championship twice.

That would be a very successful career for a lot of people. But Chad Besplug is a long way from done. “My goals right now are to win another Canadian championship and a second Calgary Stampede title as well.” Don’t bet against it.

But Chad, while living in the present, is very aware of the future as well. “At some point I will return to university and I plan to produce a couple of bull riding events while I get my degree.”

The first of those bull riding productions is coming up on March 8 in Claresholm. Appropriately dubbed the “Chad Besplug Invitational”, the event is Canadian Professional Rodeo Association sanctioned and will serve as the kickoff to the 2014 CPRA season.

“I want to put on one of the best bull ridings in Canada right here in Claresholm,” Besplug recently declared, “and I will work hard to perfect that in the future.” Don’t bet against that either.

Throw in some rodeo schools where the two-time Canadian title holder will mentor the up and comers and, of course, continuing his own riding career and you have a busy and exciting future for the goal oriented, success-driven champion. Kind of looks like the decision that young kid made when he saw his first bull riding—yeah, not a bad decision. Not bad at all.


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