A Minor Win

RK Tuff Trinket and Rey Shines On Top get the win for Riley and Brady Minor.

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Riley and Brady Minor aboard RK Tuff Trinket and Rey Shines On Top (PRCA photo)

Ties were the theme of Round 3 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In team roping, the team of Matt Sherwood and Quinn Kesler tied with the Minor Bros. – Riley and Brady – with times of 4.5 seconds.

“The steers are big and strong this year,” said Brady. “Also, people are being aggressive. Tonight I laid up a bit and took an extra swing, so I thought we’d be fifth or sixth. We were fortunate to win.”

Riley, the header, was riding RK Tuff Trinket, whom he calls “Bob.” Brady was piloting two-time AQHA-PRCA heeling horse of the year Rey Shines On Top, aka “Rey.”

Bob, a 2002 chestnut gelding, is by Tuffys OO Buck and out of Tall Pine Wickett by Knock My Sox Off. He was bred by Rod and Kristine Chumley of Selah, Washington. Bob was second in the 2016 AQHA-PRCA head horse of the year voting.

“I rode him at probably 65 rodeos this year,” Riley said. “He’s one of the best horses out here and he’s the reason I’ve been so successful. “

Rey is a 2004 chestnut gelding by Shiners Lena Rey and out of Kings Sly Sugar by Kings Zantanon. He was bred by Margie Denton of Prineville, Oregon.

“I was real fortunate to be able to purchase him from Dean Tuftin,” Brady said of Rey. “He’s been real solid. He’s got a bone bruise this week and wasn’t able to rope on him the week before the NFR started. We’re just being real careful with him.”

With the Round 3 win, Riley and Brady’s NFR winnings total $46,807.69 apiece. Each of them have more than $125,000 in winnings this year in PRCA competition.

“We’ve grown up roping together, so we both know where to go and what to do,” Riley said. “There are arguments daily, but we can tell each other what we think without tiptoeing. So we can break it down more easily. We’re a team.”