Key Match-Ups For 2010 CBR Colt Munden Invitational

The 2011 CBR Horizon Series will be in Springtown, TX, tomorrow afternoon for the Colt Munden Invitational.  12 riders who qualified for the 2010 CBR Tour Finale are entered, and others such as Pistol Robinson, Ednei Caminhas, Douglas Duncan, etc. will be there as well.  The bull list is equally impressive, and the stock contractor list includes Danny Reagan, Benny Cude Bucking Bulls, Box K Cattle Co., and 2010 CBR Stock Contractor of the Year Brad Vogele.

After seeing the draw, I've put together eight key match-ups for the long round as well as a list of Championship Round bulls.  There is definitely a good chance fans will see some 90-point rides in Springtown.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and give your input.  You can also email me at:  Enjoy!

Bonner Bolton vs. Howdy
Bonner Bolton finished the 2010 season on a roll, and he ended up 14th in the final standings.  The 2007 CBR World Champion's first-round draw tomorrow is Howdy, a bull owned by Lancaster/Pickett.  This bull hasn't been out any in the CBR, but he has had a lot of trips in the PRCA.  His buckoff percentage is over 80, so he will be a tough one to get by.  Bolton can ride anything when he is on his game, and I'm picking him to be in the mid-to-high 80s on this one.
My Pick:  Bonner Bolton

Ryan Shanklin vs. Headliner
Ryan Shanklin started his 2011 CBR season in style with a win in Wichita Falls, TX, last Saturday night.  He is currently eighth in the season standings.  His draw for the long round is Headliner, a bull owned by Benny Cude.  In four CBR outs in 2010, this bull has been ridden once for 86 points.  Shanklin will have a lot of confidence after last weekend, but this bull is extremely tough on right-handed riders.  I'm taking Headliner in this one.
My Pick:  Headliner

Willis Trosclair vs. Rena's Pet
Willis Trosclair returned to action last weekend after missing nearly the entire 2010 season.  He didn't have much luck, but he will be looking to bounce back against Rena's Pet.  This bull is owned by Brad Vogele, and he has only been ridden twice in 10 CBR outs this season.  In addition, he has bucked off the last eight riders.  Trosclair could easily win the round on this bull, but I'm not picking against the buck off streak Rena's Pet has going right now.
My Pick:  Rena's Pet

Nate Perry vs. Poker Face
Nate Perry finished 24th in the 2010 standings, and he really struggled after winning the first night in El Paso.  He will be looking to get his 2011 season started on the right track.  His long-round draw tomorrow will be Poker Face, another bull owned by Brad Vogele.  In eight CBR trips in 2010, he is unridden.  Perry has what it takes to get the job done, but Poker Face should be able to take care of business in this match-up.  This isn't one of the friendliest draws in the long round.
My Pick:  Poker Face

Clayton Baethge vs. White Lies
Clayton Baethge won the 2008 CBR World Title, and he will be trying to jump-start his 2011 season tomorrow in Springtown.  His draw in the long round is White Lies, a bull owned by Danny Reagan.  In two CBR outs in 2010, this bull is unridden with an average bull score of 42.75 points.  Baethge rides right-handed, and that should help him out a little on this bull.  This match-up could go either way, but I'm going with the rider.
My Pick:  Clayton Baethge

Kenny Westrope vs. Naccarato Slim
Kenny Westrope is currently seventh in the 2011 standings after a runner-up finish in Longview and a sixth-place finish in Wichita Falls.  His long-round draw in Springtown is Naccarato Slim, another bull owned by Danny Reagan.  In two trips in 2010, this bull is unridden with an average bull score of 43.25 points.  This bull has been extremely tough on right-handed riders, and I'm not sure one will able to ride him if he has the trip he had in Lubbock.  Westrope is riding well, but this bull is going to get him leaned back early.
My Pick:  Naccarato Slim

Ednei Caminhas vs. Boone & Crockett
Ednei Caminhas started his 2011 CBR season in style by finishing second last weekend at the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede.  He is currently third in the season standings.  His draw in tomorrow's long round is Boone & Crockett, a bull owned by Box K Cattle Co.  In his only CBR out of the season, he bucked off Travis Prejean in Del Rio and was marked 44 points.  Caminhas will have his work cut out for him, but he will ride this bull and be a contender to win the long round.
My Pick:  Ednei Caminhas

Cooper Kanngiesser vs. Jiminy Cricket
Cooper Kanngiesser is currently 25th in the season standings, and he will be looking to move up significantly this weekend.  His long-round draw tomorrow is Jiminy Crickett, another bull owned by Box K Cattle Co.  In four CBR outs in 2010, he is unridden with an average bull score of 43.75 points.  He was marked 46 points in Bossier City in August.  Kanngiesser had this bull in 2009, and he was bucked off very quickly.  I'd like to take Cooper, but Jiminy Cricket is tough on right-handed riders and keeps getting better.
My Pick:  Jiminy Cricket

Championship Round Bulls
Directory Assistance
Quiet Riot
Hell Ya
Luca Brazzi
Chocolate Chip
Ghost Road
Ronnie Rooster
Cowboy Coffee