American Hat: Bradi Good

by Charity Pulliam

“A great family friend of ours talked to me about switching hats,” said NFBR qualifier Bradi Good. “After talking with them, I decided to go ahead and switch over to American Hats.

“Now I only wear American,” she added. “I am so grateful for everything they’ve done for me.”

Bradi Good was only seventeen when the PRCA hosted the first National Finals Breakaway Roping in Arlington, Texas. The very next year, she began her career in the sport of professional rodeo.

“I was new to professional rodeo, and so was Breakaway. It was cool to be able to learn at the same time,” she said. “It’s really picked up a lot in the last few years.”

Good said she sees a bright future for Breakaway in the sport of professional rodeo.

“I see so many fans and younger girls in the upcoming generation that I hope there is a bigger push for it,” she said. “But we don’t want it handed to us. We have to pay our dues and pave our way.”

Good qualified for her first National Finals Breakaway Roping in 2023, where she finished 8th in the world. The NFBR is held in conjunction with the NFR but not during the ten rounds in the Thomas and Mac. The ladies run five head, over two days at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

“I was so excited to go out there [to Las Vegas] and rope,” she said. “It’s a little different because we run five a day, and it’s at the South Point, but I’m used to that because I grew up watching my dad rope at the steer roping finals, and that’s how they run them too.”

PRCA Breakaway Roper Bradi Good

Good’s father, Shay Good, has qualified for the National Steer Roping Finals on four occasions. Similar to the NFBR, the steer roping finals run five head a day over the span of two days during the last weekend of November at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, KS.

“It’s different and not quite the same atmosphere as the Thomas and Mack, but we are still the top 15 in the world,” she said. “We still get a back number, and it’s still the coolest experience.”

Going into her first finals, Good was sitting 8th in the world, the same spot she would finish out her 2023 year.

“I was too far back in the standings to win the world because our rounds and averages don’t like the other events,” she said. “But coming in at I gave me the chance to watch some of the other girls go first and kind of get the feel of it all before I went.”

Good is sitting 8th in the world again, and she said she has won more money this year. She has high hopes going into the bigger summer rodeos.

“The ones that really come to mind are Reno, Cheyenne, the whole week of Utah rodeos, and my first time up at Calgary this year,” she said. “My horse is set up for a longer score, and that’s the way most of those big outdoor rodeos are.
From her first year in the WPRA, Good has ridden her main horse, Rango. But she said she recently purchased a 5-year-old from Bailey and Erica Young that she is planning to haul as well.

“I am super excited about him. They [the Youngs] train an awesome horse,” she said. “I just got him last month, so I am getting ready to start taking him and showing him the ropes.”

-Article by Charity Pulliam

 

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