13 Questions with SEBRA, PBR TPD, CBR bull hand Tommy Erxleben
RodeoChat: What sparked your fire to give bull riding a try?
Tommy Erxleben: My Dad rode bulls so I pretty much just grew up around it and wanted to follow in his footsteps.
RodeoChat: Interesting! Did your dad teach you all of the rules of bull riding or did you attend any bull riding schools?
Tommy Erxleben: He pretty much taught me everything I know and I grew up idolizing Ty Murray so I was always watching videos of him.
RodeoChat: You mentioned that you grew up watching Ty Murray.. So, Have you ever had the chance to meet Ty yet?
Tommy Erxleben: I’ve seen him around a few times but never got the opportunity to actually meet him!
RodeoChat: So we gotta know.. If you had the chance to Meet Ty, and ask him one question.. What would it be? Lol
Tommy Erxleben: would probably ask him what kind of training he did or just anything that I could do to better myself to becoming a champion!
RodeoChat: Those are some good questions to ask. Tommy, you just finished up at the SEBRA finals in TN! How did that event go for you?
Tommy Erxleben: Not the best finals for me! I got a little beat up in round 1 maybe cracked a few ribs an bucked down in round 2.
RodeoChat: Major ouch! How did you push yourself through the pain to get on in the next round?
Tommy Erxleben: When riding injured I always just try an block out the pain and stay focused on what I came there to do!
RodeoChat: A lot of bull hands ride in 2-3 rodeo/bull riding assocs. How many assocs. will you be riding in this year?
Tommy Erxleben: This year I’ll be riding in SEBRA, PBR and try my hand for the first time in the CBR!
RodeoChat: Making a name for yourself in the bull riding industry can be tough sometimes. So, How did you build up your fan base?
Tommy Erxleben: I just always try an stay positive an love helping the younger generations of riders so the sport of bull riding can continue to grow.
RodeoChat: We have been getting a lot of messages from bull hands on how to get through a struggle in their bull riding career. What’s the best Advice you can give a bull rider that’s going through a hard time down the trail?
Tommy Erxleben: That’s def a part of bull riding but you just have to stay positive and work hard to make yourself better and stay focused on your goals!
RodeoChat: It’s all on how hard you push yourself to that next step. Where are you riding at next? Where can we see you ride at this year?
Tommy Erxleben: I’m entered up at the PBR in Toledo, OH next and my goal is to make the cut to the PBR BFT series! I will be riding a lot of the TPD Series until I make it to the PBR BFT!
RodeoChat: Your going for that TV status in 2014.. Which do you think you’ll make it first on.. CBR or PBR? lol
Tommy Erxleben: Well I’ve had success with the PBR in the past so I’m thinking that will be first!
RodeoChat: Work hard, play hard! So, What’s something totally random about you that none of your fans know about you?
Tommy Erxleben: Hmm well during the week I work a full-time job climbing and cutting down trees lol. Keeps me busy and in great shape!
RodeoChat: Where can we all keep up with you down the trail to your bull riding events? Ex. Twitter, Facebook etc.
Tommy Erxleben: Twitter is probably the best way but I also have a FB fan page!
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