Five CBR Bulls on the Rise

There are bulls every year that rise from the unknown ranks.  A few that come to mind from the 2010 season include Dakota Magic's Double Scoop, Thunder Down Under, and Luca Brazzi.  All were relative unknowns when the 2010 season started, but they were all in the spotlight by the end of the year.  There will be a heavy focus on these bulls heading into the 2011 season.

The Neckover CBR Bull of the Year award will go to the bull the riders win the most money on, but it's also important to give respect to some of the rank ones the guys aren't riding as often.  I'll always be a fan of 22.5 and 23-point bulls.  I've picked out five bulls who started making a name for themselves towards the end of the 2010 season.  By this time next year, they could very well be among the most well-known and respected in the business.

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Big Money- Box K Cattle Company
Big Money had a good month of September, and that's when he first caught my attention.  He was marked 45.5 points in Window Rock, and then Lorenzo Rios was 91.5 points on him in Fort Stockton a couple days later.  I saw him buck once in Woodward and twice in Kansas City, and he was great all three times.  He ended the season with an average bull score of 44.8 points in six outs.  Big Money is always fair, but he will buck a lot of guys off because he is that good.  His stock is definitely on the rise heading into 2011.

Double Up- Shippy Rodeo Bulls/Alpine Bucking Bulls
Double Up has been overshadowed a little by his traveling buddy Thunder Down Under, but fans need to keep an eye on this one over the next year or two.  He had a couple trips early in the 2010 season where he was just a regular bull, but his last three trips of the season made up for it.  He was marked 45 points or better his last three trips of the season, including a 46 on the second night in Kansas City.  From what I've seen of Double Up, it's going to take a great day from a rider to get a qualified ride.  He isn't dirty at all, and when someone rides him, the score will be huge!

Pocket Change- Scott Burruss
Pocket Change only had a few outs in 2010, but he definitely earned a spot on this list after his performance in Bossier City and Kansas City.  Two-time defending PRCA Champion J.W. Harris got on him in Louisiana, and the bull bucked him off and was marked 45.5 points!  I was excited to see him buck in Kansas City at the Tour Finale, and he didn't disappoint.  He bucked off Clint Craig and was marked 45 points in the process.  Pocket Change has been a long-round bull so far, but it's only a matter of time before he makes his way to the Championship Round.  If you haven't seen this bull buck, keep an eye out for him in 2011.

Marmite- Denny McCoy
Marmite was another bull I was excited to see in Kansas City because of his outstanding debut in South and North Dakota in early September.  His debut bull score in Huron was 46 points, and he backed that up with a 45.5-point trip in Hankinson a few days later.  All he did at the Tour Finale was put up another impressive 45.5-point trip.  The riders haven't lasted too long on his back so far, but he doesn't have many tricks.  Marmite has been extremely impressive so far, and it's only a matter of time before someone rides him for 90-plus.  He will be a fixture in the Championship Round in 2011.

Marshmellow- Seth Louthan
Marshmellow is a bull I didn't know anything about going into the Tour Finale, but he bucked both nights and made an impact each trip.  He bucked off two top-ten riders in Jake Littlefield and Riggin Phillips, and he was marked 44.5 points both nights.  This bull doesn't have any horns, and from the outside, he doesn't look as intimidating as some of the other bulls usually out in the Championship Round.  That being said, Marshmellow bucked extremely well two nights in a row.  I have a feeling he is going to be one the riders want to get on in the future, and that will put him in the spotlight a lot more in 2011.  Keep an eye on this one.