BREMERTON, Wash. - Pendleton's Joe Meling was the only cowboy to turn in two qualified rides to win the PRCA's Xtreme Bull Competition at Bremerton over the weekend. Meling admits that his two-round score of 140 points was pretty low - but was good enough to claim $10,152, the biggest win of his career.

"Hey, I'll take it,"he said.

Meling almost didn't make the short round as his 76 score in the first round did not make the cut in the top 12. However, his luck would soon change as two contestants withdrew because of injuries. Meling was the first rider out and he scored a disappointing 64 points on D & H Cattle's Border Patrol but he turned down a re-ride option.

"The bull just didn't have his day and I have been pretty beat up lately," he said. "My rope was all muddy, it was raining up there pretty hard."

Meling then sat and watched as the remaining 11 bull riders failed to make the whistle - giving Meling his first Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour title.

Since no one rode in the short round, all of that money goes to Meling - making it a really big payday.

"I wound up getting out of there with a little more than $16,000," he said.

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