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10.05.2010
2011 CBR Bull Team Competition Kicks Off in Kansas City

Championship Bull Riding debuted the Bull Team competition earlier this season, and it was a huge success.  There were 30 teams in the inaugural league, and a number of them won nice checks along the way.  Wild Card Rodeo Company owned by Scott Burruss won the Bull Team Finals in Bossier City, LA, in late August.  That same weekend in Bossier City, the 30 franchise owners overwhelmingly approved a plan to expand the existing league and create the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge.  

The new league will feature 15 more teams for a total of 45.  Each team will enter three events in 2011, and the top 15 at the end of the season will qualify for the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Finals.  The remaining 30 will be split into two groups, and each will have a chance to qualify for the Finals via two Wild Card events.  The winner of each Wild Card event will fill out the field at the Finals.  The teams will then compete for a Finals purse worth $225,000.

The 2011 Million Dollar Bull Team Competition starts this weekend in Kansas City.  There will be two separate events, and each night will feature 15 different teams.  There will be a lot of very good bulls featured at the Tour Finale, and you can bet the competition will be as fierce as ever.  Here is a list of 10 bulls to keep an eye on this weekend.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page or email me at:  codythrasher@cbrbull.com.  Enjoy!

Blind Side
Blind Side will be a part of the Texas Connection bull team this Friday night.  He has been out four times in the CBR this season, and he is unridden with an average bull score of 45.4 points.  In addition, he has been one of the best bulls in the PRCA this year as well.  Blind Side will be in the long round this weekend, and he will be a very tough draw.  That being said, he will be a huge asset to his bull team if he is as rank as usual and a rider makes the whistle.  I'm looking forward to watching him Friday night.

Cinch Red Label
Cinch Red Label, formerly known as White Velvet, will be a part of the Cody Ohl/Circle T Ranch bull team Friday and Saturday night.  In three CBR outs in 2010, this bull has been ridden once for 90 points.  His average bull score is a very respectable 45 points.  The last time I saw this bull was Bossier City, and he was one of the most impressive in the Championship Round.  Cinch Red Label can be ridden though, and the guys can be a lot of points on him in the process.

Directory Assistance
Directory Assistance will be a part of the Box K Cattle Co. team Friday night, and he will be a part of the King/Herrington team Saturday night.  CBR fans will get to see him twice, and that's always a treat.  He has been out 13 times this season, and he has been ridden five times for an average ride score of 90.5 points.  Directory Assistance, also known as 411, is perfect for a bull team competition.  The riders love drawing him, and they can be a lot of points on him as well.

Carson's Big Rig
Carson's Big Rig will also be doing double duty this weekend in Kansas City.  He will be a part of Team Reagan and Farris on Friday night, and he will be on Team Neckover a day later.  He has been a very solid bull in 2010, and he is another one the riders can be a lot of points on.  In 10 CBR outs this season, he has been ridden five times for an average ride score of 89.1 points.  His last two trips have resulted in 90-point rides.  Carson's Big Rig will be a huge asset to his bull team each night.

Marmit
Marmit will be a part of the McCoy Ranches and Desert Orchid Ranch team Friday night.  He was a part of the bull team that finished second in Hankinson last month, and he has really gotten my attention recently.  In his two trips up north last month, he was the high-marked bull of the event each time.  His average bull score was 45.75 points.  The CBR's best bulls will be on display in Kansas City this weekend, and it will be interesting to see if Marmit continues to shine.

Mooseknuckle
Mooseknuckle is one of the most well-known bulls in the CBR, and he will be a part of the Hurst Bucking Bulls team Saturday night.  He was one of the top contenders for 2010 CBR Bull of the Year, and he is a great fit for a bull team competition.  He has been ridden four times this season, and the average ride score is 89.4 points.  Mooseknuckle will be one of the best draws in the Championship Round, and his performance could go a long way in helping his bull team contend for the win.

Thunder Down Under
Thunder Down Under has become of the best bulls in the CBR this season, and he will be out twice this weekend.  He will be a part of the Shippy/Brand X/Amber Luedke team Friday night, and he will be a part of the Beach City/Kile/Shippy team Saturday night.  In six outs this season, he is unridden with an average bull score of 45.2 points.  Thunder Down Under is a pretty honest bucker, but riders haven't been able to figure him out so far this year.  If they ever figure him out, however, the score is going to be huge.

Here's The Deal
Here's The Deal will be a part of the Sellers Bucking Bulls team Saturday night.  In four CBR outs this season, he has been ridden twice for an average ride score of 90 points.  He hasn't been out since April, so it will be interesting to see how he performs under the bright lights.  If he has his usual trip, the riders can win a lot of money on him.  In addition, he has the potential to be a big help to his bull team.

Hitman
Hitman will be a part of the Wild Card Rodeo Company team Saturday night.  He was also part of the bull team that won the 2010 CBR Bull Team Finals at Bossier City in late August.  In four CBR outs in 2010, he has been ridden once for 90 points.  His average bull score this season is a solid 44.4 points.  Hitman will be a Championship Round bull Saturday night, and his performance there could go a long way in helping Scott Burruss and his team win some money in Kansas City.

High Roller
High Roller will be a part of the Collom Bucking Bulls team Saturday night.  He isn't as well known as most of the other bulls that will be at the Tour Finale this weekend, but his record is great so far.  His only out was in Hobbs in the middle of August, and Steve Woolsey rode him for 90.5 points.  His only out produced a round win for the rider, and that is a great recipe for success in the bull team competitions.  High Roller is a young bull, and I'll be excited to see if he can back up his first out with another solid one in Kansas City.


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