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01.26.2008
BONNER BOLTON CLINCHES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Bonner Bolton of Gardendale, Texas, consistently rode his way to the top of the world to win the Findlay Toyota CBR Word Championship Bull Riding on Saturday night at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. As one of only three riders to cover all three bulls during the CBR finals, Bolton was the world championship event winner of $54,100, which catapulted him to the top of the year end totals for the World Champion title.

Bolton rode Rafter Jack owned by Scott Burruss for a score of 88.5 points in the second round. That ride combined with his 84 point ride on Black Mamba during Friday's first round of competition, qualified him to the short round of competition. Bonner clinched his title with a wild 94.5 ride aboard the appropriately named bull The Air Up There contracted by Mike Johnson of Happy, Texas.

"This was definitely the highlight of my bull riding career. I didn't know anything about this bull and I didn't know what to expect. And that might have been the best thing. All my buddies said he was wild, but felt really good. And that turned out to be true. It felt just as wild as I'm sure it looked. I just praise the Lord I was able to make a good ride and I give all the glory to Him," said Bolton about the black and white speckled bull The Air Up There. The same bull took Corey Davis to a first place win in round one on Friday night.

Rodeo announcer Andy Stewart referred to Bolton on numerous occasions as "Mr. Consistency", but Bonner said for the majority of the 2007 season he felt like that might not be a good nickname.

"To tell you the truth I have felt the opposite all year, until the fall. Thankfully things really started clicking and I hit a groove. I started feeling really focused and drawing good. I started praying real hard and reading my bible and got on my knees about it. After I got that side of things focused everything else fell into place. I got on some practice bulls and fixed some things that I was doing wrong. So I felt really confident coming into this world championship," said Bonner, who came into the CBR finals ranked fourth in the nation.

Travis Sellers of Wentzville, MO, clinched first place money in Saturday's second round of competition with a 93 point ride aboard Sam T Straight owned by Bobby Harrison.

Favorite riders to win the CBR World Championships coming into the final night of competition included number one ranked rider Pistol Robinson and the current PRCA Champion Wesley Silcox. However, Robinson only made the eight seconds once in Las Vegas during the second round with a score of 88.5. Robinson finished the year second in the nation. Although Silcox won second place money on opening night, and covered his bull in Saturday night's long-go, he bucked off Owen's Eleven in the short round.

The other two cowboys who covered all three of their bulls at the CBR World Championships were Bronson Butcher of Muskogee, OK, winning $30,500, and John Jacobs of Timber Lake, SD., taking home a $21,900 check from the event.

Tuff Hedeman, President of the CBR and 4-time world champion bull rider, said he was happy about the outcome of the CBR World Championships.

"I think this was as good of an event as we have ever produced. And it was great to see a kid like Bonner Bolton win it because he is truly as nice a guy as you will ever met. I used to rodeo with his dad, Toya. I've known him since he was just a baby and to watch him grow up and mature into a great bull rider and win the championship is awesome. Nobody was more proud of him than I was," said Hedeman.

For a complete listing of scores, payouts and other information about the Findlay Toyota CBR World Championships presented by B&W Trailer Hitches, log onto the CBR website at www.CBRbull.com and look under events.
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