2010 CBR Best Out West Showdown Preview

Championship Bull Riding will head to Woodward, OK, this Saturday night for the 2010 CBR Best Out West Showdown.  The event will be a CBR-Produced Horizon Series event.  The Tour Finale is only three weeks away, and this is one of the last chances for riders to gain points towards this year's World Title.

The bull riders will have their hands full because they will be facing some of the best three and four-year old bulls in the nation in the CBR Bull Games.  Here are eight riders to keep an eye on tomorrow night.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page or email me at:  Enjoy!

Riggin Phillips
Riggin Phillips is sixth in the season standings, and he is the highest-ranked CBR rider entered this weekend.  The young Texan has been one of the most consistent riders the past month, and he is coming off a couple solid finishes last week.  He rode both his bulls and finished fourth at Window Rock, and he went 1-for-2 in Fort Stockton and finished just outside the top 10.  A win in Woodward would move Phillips very close to the top five.

Wrangler Dunda
Wrangler Dunda is the other top-10 rider entered in the Woodward event.  He was in a little slump after the summer break ended, but he has turned it on a little the last couple weeks.  He bucked off in Fort Stockton last Saturday night, but he finished fourth and sixth in Hankinson and Window Rock, respectively.  Dunda has had a very consistent rookie season in the CBR, but a victory in Oklahoma this weekend will keep the momentum going as we head towards Kansas City.

Cooper Kanngiesser
Cooper Kanngiesser is currently 12th in the 2010 CBR standings, and he is coming off one of the biggest highlights of his season.  The Kansas cowboy had bucked off several bulls in a row going into the Window Rock event.  He put things together and finished second on the strength of a 93-point ride on Luca Brazzi in the Championship Round.  Kanngiesser can heat up in a hurry, and he will be one of the favorites this weekend.

Cody White
Cody White is currently 16th in the season standings, but it's been a tale of two seasons for the Texas bull rider.  He started off the season really well and is in great position to win the Mahindra Texas Swing and $10,000 at the Lubbock event in two weeks.  However, he has been in a little slump since the summer break ended.  With the Tour Finale less than a month away, White is overdue for a good finish.  There is no better place to get things back on track than Woodward, OK.

Bonner Bolton
Bonner Bolton continues to return to the form that helped him win the 2007 CBR World Title.  In Fort Stockton last weekend, he rode both his bulls and finished second.  His 93-point ride on Sports Book in the Championship Round is one of the highest scores of the entire season.  Bolton has moved up to 20th in the season standings over the past month, and he will be a factor in Woodward and everywhere else he enters the next few weeks.

Bradley Harris
Bradley Harris has bucked off his last few bulls, but he has still had a pretty decent run the past month.  He finished second in Hobbs a little over a month ago, and he had another top-10 finish on night one in Huron.  He is currently 23rd in the season standings, but he has the talent to win this weekend and continue to move up before the Tour Finale.

Chandler Bownds
Chandler Bownds may be a year or two away from contending for a CBR World Title, but the young Texan is getting more comfortable every week.  He finished seventh in Hankinson a couple weeks back, and he followed that up with a tie for sixth last weekend in Fort Stockton.  He opened the Championship Round with a 90-point ride on Auzzie.  Bownds will be fun to watch in Woodward.

Markus Mariluch
Markus Mariluch has only been to one CBR event this season, but he took advantage of the opportunity.  He showed up in Fort Stockton last weekend, rode both his bulls for 88 points apiece, and finished fourth.  It will be interesting to see how he does in his second CBR event this weekend in Oklahoma, but he definitely proved last week he has what it takes to be a contender.