2010 Dakota Magic Tuff Hedeman CBR Challenge Recap

The 2010 CINCH CBR Tour presented by Mahindra Tractors stopped in Huron, SD and Hankinson, ND in the past week, but the run up north is now over.  Ardie Maier finished the trip in style by winning in North Dakota on the strength of a 91-point ride aboard Double Scoop in the Championship Round.  The victory propelled the South Dakota cowboy from eighth to second in the CBR season standings, and the plot has definitely thickened in the CBR World Title race.

Luke Kelly and Elliot Jacoby, who came into Hankinson as the top-two riders in the standings, both rode well to secure their spot in the top three.  Kelly rode Cude Energy for 91 points in the Championship Round, and he actually increased his lead to nearly $10,000.  Jacoby finished in third, and while he dropped a spot due to Maier's victory, he is still sitting pretty at number three.  The CBR will now head to Window Rock, Arizona, but in the meantime, here are five things on my mind after the event in Hankinson.

Ardie Maier Has His Eye on the Prize
Ardie Maier came into Hankinson in eighth place in the CBR season standings, so he was already in pretty good shape heading into the last month of the season.  After picking up the huge win, however, he has to be considered one of the favorites to win this year's World Title.  Not only has he ridden well in the CBR as of late, he is also a top-10 guy in the PRCA this year.  Maier has dealt with the pressure before, and he will be a serious threat when Kansas City rolls around.

Speaking of guys with their eye on the prize, Luke Kelly and Elliot Jacoby deserve a mention as well.  Some may have thought Kelly would drop a little after winning a huge event in Bossier City a couple weeks ago, but those thoughts were put to rest after his second-place finish in North Dakota.  He increased his lead in the season standings and will be a factor until the end.  Jacoby has absolutely been on fire since the summer break ended, and he added another top-three finish to his record.  That makes three since mid-August.  All three of these riders are going to be fun to watch the next month or so.

Best Bulls From the Event
Marmit's bull score in Huron was 46 points, and that really got a lot of people's attention.  I was wondering if he would back it up in his next out, and he answered that with a 45.5-point bull score in Hankinson.  He has been the high-marked bull of the event his last two trips, and that's something Denny McCoy should be proud of.  He may be bucking under the radar for now, but that will rapidly change if he keeps doing what he has done the last week.

Any time a bull can combine with the rider on a 90-point ride score, they deserve a lot of credit.  For Double Scoop, Cude Energy, and Walk The Line, that has almost become second nature.  I'm not going to say these three were the rankest bulls at this event, but they were all ridden for 90 points or higher.  That's the name of the game, and all the respective owners deserve some praise.  These three animal athletes added a lot of excitement to the trip up north.

Wrangler Dunda Gets Back in the Groove
Wrangler Dunda started off the season very well, but he has had his fair share of struggles since the summer break ended.  In fact, he hasn't put any points on the board in a month and a half.  That all changed in Hankinson, as the West Texas Bad Boy rode both his bulls and finished fourth.  That's exactly what the doctor ordered, and it could easily give him the confidence he needs to make some noise in the CBR World Title race.  Dunda is currently eighth in the standings, and he is a couple strong finishes away from being right in the thick of things.  It's definitely good for the CBR to see this guy ride well.

Congrats to Cooper and Scruggs
The bull team competition in Hankinson was competitive as always, but Cooper and Scruggs were the big winners in the end.  The victory was well-deserved, and it was nice to see them get rewarded for hauling such quality animals to CBR events.  I've mentioned Double Scoop a hundred times already, and I'll probably mention him a lot more in the future.  He was part of the winning bull team along with Curly Bob and Crush.  Congrats to both of you on earning a nice check up north.

The two teams who finished behind Cooper and Scruggs also deserve a little praise.  Denny McCoy was mentioned above in regards to Marmit, but his bull team finished second in North Dakota.  The other two bulls were Electric Slide and Warrior.  The third-place team was Berger Bucking Bulls.  Chad Berger won the bull team competition in Huron with a different team, but this one also performed well.  The team included Yellow Wolf, Rebound, and Clorice's Pet.  All three teams deserve a lot of credit.

Cooper Kanngiesser Continues to Struggle
I've mentioned Cooper Kanngiesser's name quite a bit lately, especially when talking about riders who can make a late run at the CBR World Title.  Unfortunately for all his fans, he just keeps bucking off.  He hasn't made a qualified ride since the summer break ended, and that slump continued this past week in Huron and Hankinson.  The Kansas bull rider is still talented enough to turn things on and make up ground in a hurry, but with only a month or so left until the Tour Finale, his chances are starting to look pretty slim.  Kanngiesser is one of the biggest fan favorites in the CBR, and he is extremely exciting when he is at the top of his game.  Hopefully the trip down to Arizona this week will be just what he needs to start making an impact again.