2010 CBR Tom Thumb Texas Stampede Preview

The 2011 CBR Horizon Series continues this weekend with events in Allen, TX, and Wichita Falls, TX.  Both should be great events, but I'm going to focus this preview on the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede in Allen.  The Texas Stampede is a three-day event, but Championship Bull Riding will be in the spotlight Saturday at noon.  The rider and bull list is strong, and it's shaping up to be a great event.

13 riders who qualified for the 2010 CBR Tour Finale are entered, and there are a handful of others who are worth mentioning as well.  I've put together a list of eight riders to keep an eye on this weekend in Allen.  If you have anything else to add, please visit our Facebook page and give your input.  You can also email me at:  Enjoy!

Wrangler Dunda
Wrangler Dunda had a great rookie season in 2010, finishing 10th in the final season standings.  He will return to competitive riding for the first time since the CBR Tour Finale last month, and he will be looking to start 2011 with a bang.  It will be interesting to see how he rides after taking a little time off, but you can bet he will be ready to give it his best this weekend.  I look for him to have a strong finish at the Texas Stampede.

J.W. Harris
J.W. Harris finished 21st in the 2010 final CBR standings.  He found the winner's circle in Tulsa earlier this season and is always a threat to contend wherever he enters.  He is also eighth in the PRCA standings heading into next month's National Finals Rodeo, and he will be trying to win his third PRCA World Title in a row.  This event will serve as one of his final tune-ups for Las Vegas, and he will probably be sharp as always.

Chandler Bownds
Chandler Bownds was a rookie during the 2010 season, but he made the most of it by finishing extremely well down the stretch.  He won the Youth Bull Riders World Finals in August, and he added a couple top-five finishes in Lubbock and Kansas City, respectively.  Bownds also finished sixth at Longview last month, so he has already started the 2011 season well.  The young Texan continues to improve, and he will be a factor this weekend in Allen.

Willis Trosclair
Willis Trosclair finished seventh in the 2009 CBR standings, and he finished fifth at his first event in 2010.  That was the last time fans have seen the Louisiana bull rider in action due to a knee injury, but he is ready to get back to business this weekend at the Texas Stampede.  Trosclair has proven he has the talent to contend for the CBR World Title, and it will be interesting to see if he can pick up where he left off 10 months ago.  I wouldn't bet against him.

Riggin Phillips
Riggin Phillips is one of many extremely talented young bull riders in the CBR, and he is also coming off a season in which he finished seventh in the season standings.  He has battled a hand injury lately, but the small break should have given him a little time to heal.  Phillips has as much talent as anyone, and the sky is the limit for his future in bull riding.  This event is an opportunity for him to start his 2011 season on the right foot.  He should be a contender for the gold buckle.

D.J. Domangue
D.J. Domangue has ridden very well the past couple months, and he will come into this event with a lot of confidence.  He didn't enter a lot of CBR events in 2010, but he is ninth in the PRCA World Standings after winning the Xtreme Bulls Finale in early September.  Domangue will be a long shot to win the PRCA World Title, but he will still be a factor in Las Vegas next month.  The Texas Stampede will give him a chance to get ready for Vegas and also get off to a good start to the 2011 CBR season.  He will be a contender if he enters enough events next year.

Ednei Caminhas
Ednei Caminhas is a former World Champion in another organization, and he is planning on riding a full CBR season in 2011.  That's great news for Championship Bull Riding and all of his fans because the Brazilian has the talent to make an immediate impact.  Caminhas will start with this weekend's event in Allen, and if he gets off to a good start, it might give him the confidence to be a contender next year.  I'm excited to see how he performs this weekend.

Jarrod Craig
Jarrod Craig finished just outside the top 10 (11th) in the 2010 CBR standings, and he was one of the most consistent riders all season.  He didn't win any events, but he was in contention a number of times.  He has finished in the top 18 the past four seasons, and there no reason to believe he won't do the same in 2011.  Craig will start the new season at the Texas Stampede, and there is a pretty good chance he will ride a bull or two and finish pretty high on the leaderboard.