2010 Red Wilk Construction CBR Bull Bash Preview

The 2010 CINCH CBR Tour presented by Mahindra will be heading north this week, and the first stop is Huron, South Dakota.  The first night of competition is Wednesday, and there will also be a bull team competition that night.  The second night of competition is Thursday, and 35 of the best riders in the world will once again go head-to-head with some of the best bulls in the business.  Every top-10 rider in the CBR standings will be in Huron, and there is a possibility of some shake-up in the standings and World Title race.

Luke Kelly is currently at the top of the CBR standings after an impressive win at the last CINCH CBR event in Bossier City.  Elliot Jacoby, coming off a win and second-place finish in his last two events, is right behind Kelly in the standings.  The top five is rounded out by Friday Wright, Steve Woolsey, and Clint Craig.  Each and every qualified ride these guys make will put them one step closer to a CBR World Title, and that's going to make things very exciting.  I've put together a list of five riders and bulls to keep an eye on in Huron.  If you have anything to add, please email me at:  Enjoy!

Five Riders to Watch
Elliot Jacoby is arguably the hottest CBR rider on tour right now.  He won the Hobbs event a few weeks ago on the strength of a 92.5-point ride on Directory Assistance in the Championship Round.  He also rode both his bulls in Bossier City, including a 91.5 in the Championship Round, and finished second behind Luke Kelly.  Jacoby is extremely talented, and he is obviously coming into Huron on a hot streak.  He is currently second in the standings, and he will be tough to beat both nights in South Dakota.

Steve Woolsey has had a very busy past couple weeks.  He tied for seventh in Bossier City at our last CINCH CBR stop, and he was one of four CBR riders to fly to Brazil and compete this past weekend.  He rode very well in Brazil and did a great job representing the CBR.  Woolsey is currently fourth in the standings, and he has arguably been the most consistent rider all season.  He split the win in Vegas earlier in the season, and he usually rides at least one when he shows up.  It will be interesting to see how he performs after traveling so much this past week or so.

Ardie Maier will be riding in his home state in Huron, and he will surely be one of the crowd favorites.  In addition, he has been riding very well the past few weeks.  He finished fifth in Bossier City, and he finished in the top 10 in Hobbs the weekend before that.  Maier had some success in Huron last season, finishing in a tie for second on the second night of competition.  The combination of being the crowd favorite and riding well going in will surely be a recipe for success for the South Dakota cowboy.

Jarrod Craig is another cowboy who will come to the Huron event riding well.  He won a Horizon Series event in Colorado earlier this month, and he finished third in Hobbs a few weekends ago.  Like Maier, Craig also had a great deal of success in South Dakota last season.  On the second night of competition, he also finished in a tie for second.  He has moved up significantly in the standings the past month, and he will have a shot to crack the top 10 in Huron.

Cooper Kanngiesser is a little more of a long shot because he hasn't been riding well, but I just have a gut feeling things are about to turn around for him very soon.  Even though he is in a minor slump, he is still 14th in the standings.  Kanngiesser will also have some positive feelings when he returns to Huron because he won the first night of competition last year.  South Dakota could be just what the doctor ordered for this Kansas bull rider.

Five Bulls to Watch
Wild Nights really got my attention in Bossier City, and I've mentioned him a couple times since then.  This was the bull Elliot Jacoby rode for 91.5 points in the Championship Round, and he looks like one the guys are going to love to get on in the future.  His bull score was 45.5 points, but he was still pretty rider-friendly.  Wild Nights is on one of Danny Reagan's bull teams, and he should go a long way in helping that team out.  He will definitely be on my radar as long as he continues to buck like he did in Louisiana.

Double Scoop will be a part of the Cooper/Scruggs bull team in Huron, and he is also one the riders love to get on.  In four CINCH CBR outs in 2010, he has been ridden three times for an average ride score of 91.2 points.  Clint Craig rode him for 93 points to win the George Paul Memorial, and he was one of the bulls Nate Perry rode en route to winning El Paso #1.  Double Scoop will be great for his bull team, and he will be a good draw in the long round or Championship Round.

Thunder Down Under has put together a very good 2010 season.  In four CINCH CBR outs, he is unridden with an average bull score of 45 points.  He gets overlooked at times, but he is undoubtedly one of the best in the business.  The last time he was ridden was in Huron last season, so there is some history to keep an eye on.  Thunder Down Under will on the Shippy/Luedke/Brand X/Tricker bull team, and he will probably be 45 points or more once again.

Wyatt Earp isn't as well known as some of the other bulls on this list, but he has put together a pretty good record in his outs this season.  In two CINCH CBR outs in 2010, his average bull score is 44.5 points.  Riggin Phillips rode him for 88 points in Fort Worth, so he will be a pretty solid draw in Huron.  Wyatt Earp will be a part of The Dalton Gang bull team this week, and he will be one to keep an eye on the rest of the season.

Cude Energy, on the other hand, is one of the most well-known CBR bulls of all time.  In four CINCH CBR outs this season, he has been ridden three times for an average ride score of 91 points.  Neil Holmes, Friday Wright, and Luke Kelly have all ridden him in the Championship Round in 2010, and they all found the winner's circle in the process.  Cude Energy will be a part of Benny Cude's bull team in Huron, and he will help make that team one of the favorites to win the competition.  He gets ridden a lot, and he is always marked well.  That's a perfect bucking bull!