Howdy El Paso

Howdy Cloud of Kountze, TX, earned the first Championship Bull Riding event title of the season and $10,000 on February 9, winning the El Paso Ford Dealers Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shoot-out Presented by Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

Cloud sealed the deal with a 93 point ride to win the short round on Tombstone owned by Scott Burruss. When combined with his 88 point ride aboard Hula Popper, which tied him in third place in the long go, he became the El Paso champion. Cloud is not a stranger to winning. He qualified to the 2007 national Finals Rodeo and the CBR Finals, both held in Las Vegas, NV.

In the long round of competition, Seth Reynolds, of Golden City, MO, came out on top riding Casper Baca's bull Soul Shaker for 89 points. Cooper Kanngiesser of Attica, KS, rode Arkansas Flash for 88.5 points for second place money. PRCA World Champion and 2004 CBR World Championship Winner Cody Hancock, of Taylor, AZ, rode for 88 points to tie with Cloud in the third place slot. Nineteen of the 40 competitors in the long round made the 8-second ride, but only those with 86 points or above qualified to the short go as the top 15.

In the short round, Hancock scored a 92.5 ride on Mike Johnson's bull The Air Up There to finish second to Cloud in that round and in the average. Kanngiesser marked a 90.5 on Lyndal Hurst's bull Carney Man to place third in the round and average.

The complete average standings for the El Paso Ford Dealers Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shoot-out Presented by Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino are : 1) Cloud, 181; 2) Hancock, 180.5; 3)Kanngiesser, 179 ; 4) Spud Jones, Twin Lakes, NM, 177; 5) Chad Castillo, Lipan, TX, 175.5; 6) Corey Davis, New Bloomfield, MO, 175.5; $695; 7) Bonner Bolton, Gardendale, TX, 172.5; 8) Cody Sundby, Weatherford, OK, 169. For a complete list of scores see the results section on

CBR action continues March 1, at the CBR Texas Redneck Bull Bash Presented by Cavender's Boot City and KICKS 105.1, in Lufkin, Texas, at the George Henderson Expo Center. Tickets are on sale now at 1-866-OKA-BULL.