Interview With 2009 CBR World Champion Hugo Pedrero

Hugo Pedrero started making a name for himself in Championship Bull Riding during the 2008 season.  He finished 13th in the standings that year, but that was just the beginning.  The next season, Pedrero outlasted all the others to become the 2009 CBR World Champion.  The Mexican bull rider tried to defend his title in 2010, but a wrist injury forced him to miss most of the season.  He is now on the recovery trail and is looking to get back into action at some point during the 2011 season.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Hugo Pedrero.  I asked him about his World Title run in 2009, his wrist injury and status, his goals for 2011, and much more.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and give your input.  Also, you can always email me at:  Enjoy!

Cody:  Hugo, thanks for taking time to do this interview.  I'll start right at the top.  How did it feel to win the 2009 CBR World Title, and at what point did you think you were a serious contender for the gold buckle?

Hugo:  It was a dream I had since I was a little boy, and I always wanted to ride in the United States.  When people used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always said I wanted to be a World Champion bull rider in the United States.  A lot of people didn't think I would make it because it's so hard to come over and leave family and friends and learn a different language, culture, and lifestyle.  Even the level of bulls is higher.  They would always try to talk me out of it.  It was extra hard for me to earn the World Championship, and that's why it's so special to me.

My win at Del Rio in 2009 was what gave me confidence to know I was capable of winning the World Title that year.  It was my first great CBR win, and it's one of the best bull riding events in the country.  They asked me in Del Rio who I thought could win the World Title, and I answered I would give my best for it to be me.  After that accomplishment, I always gave my best and obtained great results in many events thanks to God.

Cody:  Other than winning the CBR World Title, what are some of your biggest highlights in the CBR?

Hugo:  Riding at this level and being in the top five is great!  I enjoyed riding the unridden bulls like Full Throttle and Itch and Scratch.  Also, riding Unicorn and Red Eye at the 2009 George Paul Memorial was great.

Cody:  Your wrist injury forced you to miss most of the 2010 season.  How are things going with the injury, and when will fans see you riding again in the CBR?

Hugo:  It was so hard to find the problem in my wrist because it doesn't show up on MRI or X-Rays.  After going to many doctors (hand and wrist specialists all across the country and out), we finally found a great one who had done a lot of studies.  That doctor found out the ulna bone was too long, and it was impacting with the lunotriquetral bone in the wrist.  This caused a bone fracture and bruising, the ligaments and cartilage to be worn out, and the ulna nerve was compressed.  That only showed up in an MRI Arthrogram and EMG (Electromyogram and Nerve Conduction Study).

I finally got surgery which included endoscopic in-site left elbow cubital tunnel release, left wrist a/s lunotriquetral pinning, TFCC debriment versus repair, and left ulnar shortening.  Everything went great!  I'm looking forward to starting physical therapy, and if all goes well, I should be able to start riding by the summer of 2011.

Cody:  That's great news for bull riding fans everywhere!  That being said, what are some of your goals for the 2011 CBR season?

Hugo:  First of all, I want to get well because we have to come with our best at this level.  These are professional events, and the fans deserve to see a great show.  I want to be healthy when I return and get some bulls ridden.  Depending on what time of the year I return, I can tell you what I expect from myself.

Cody:  The CBR recently announced they will have an event at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in 2011.  How much will it mean to you to ride in such an historic venue?

Hugo:  I've ridden at the Cheyenne event before and obtained good results, but it will be extra special to go this year with the CBR.  They have been so good to me, and I'm proud they are doing these events in the most recognizable and traditional places.

Cody:  List some of the CBR bulls you enjoy watching but haven't had the chance to get on yet.

Hugo:  There are so many great bulls, but I prefer the new challenges.

Cody:  List a few riders you enjoy watching.

Hugo:  All the CBR riders are great, and it's always nice to see all of them.

Cody:  Let's switch gears a little.  Who introduced you to bull riding, and when did you get on your first bull?

Hugo:  Bull riding was a tradition in my family.  My father had a bull riding company in Mexico.  He had so many events, and there were over 1,000 bulls ridden per year.  That helped me because I got a lot of experience riding junior bulls or whatever bull was right for me according to my size and strength without getting hurt.  The first time I rode a "bull" (calf), I was four years old.

Cody:  Do you pattern your riding style after anyone in particular?

Hugo:  I get bits and pieces of advice from some of the best bull riders in the world, and I put them all together to make my own style.

Cody:  Who were some of your heroes growing up (in or out of rodeo)?

Hugo:  The first and most important is my father.  He was well known for being the best charro (Mexican cowboy) in Mexico.  He is known now for his great horses.

Cody:  What are some of the things you enjoy doing when you aren't riding bulls?

Hugo:  I have my own bucking bulls in Mexico, and I enjoy bucking them and doing anything that has to do with rodeo.  It's my passion!  I also ride horses on a daily basis.

Cody:  What would your profession be if you weren't a bull rider?

Hugo:  I would definitely be a stock contractor.

Cody:  Hugo, thanks once again for doing this interview.  Good luck with physical therapy, and I hope to see you riding soon!  If there is anyone you want to thank, you can do that now.

Hugo:  Thanks so much to Aaron's for all their support, believing in me, and always being by my side.  I want to thank CINCH for the awesome clothes, and I want to thank Tuff Hedeman for being the first to invite me to the CBR events when they first started.