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01.27.2011
2011 Hobbs CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge Preview

The 2011 CINCH CBR Tour kicks off in New Mexico this weekend with the Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding event, and it's already shaping up to be a great one.  Five World Champions are entered, and the top-12 riders in the 2011 season standings will also be competing.  As always, the bull power is going to be strong as well.  A couple bulls that were finalists for 2010 CBR Bull of the Year will be bucking, and there are a few more who could very well be finalists in 2011.

Speaking of the bulls, Hobbs will be a Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge event.  15 teams will be competing for the top prize of $22,500, and they all have a legitimate chance to contend.  There are several bulls who are veterans in the Bull Team Challenge, but there are also some new animal athletes I'm ready to watch.  If they are at a CBR event, you can bet they are pretty solid at the very least.

I've put together a preview of all 15 bull teams that will be competing in Hobbs this Saturday night.  Some of the teams had success in Kansas City at the end of the 2010 season, while some will be looking to make their mark early in 2011.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and voice your opinion.  Also, you can always email me at:  codythrasher@cbrbull.com.  Enjoy!

FNO Ranch
The FNO Ranch team is one that could be a major factor throughout the 2011 season.  Frontier Rodeo Company will be providing the bulls, and they are taking some good ones to Hobbs.  Gringo Honeymoon will probably be the choice for the Championship Round, and Austin Ambrose was 90 points on him at an XTreme Bulls event last week.  Little Jr. and Leprechaun are the other two bulls on the team, and they can both provide a score in the mid-to-high 80s.  None of these three bulls have been ridden very often, and that will be an interesting thing to keep an eye on this weekend.  Nonetheless, this team has a lot of potential.

Jatt Bucking Bulls
The Jatt Bucking Bulls team will be making its 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge debut in Hobbs.  The three bulls don't have much CBR experience, but they still have a solid history.  Moon Shadow had one CBR out in 2010, and he is one the guys can ride and be in the mid-to-high 80s.  He will likely be the team's Championship Round bull.  Smokin Aces has been ridden quite a bit over the last year, and the scores have been anywhere from 85-87 points.  Soul Shaker doesn't have a lot of experience, and it will be interesting to see how he performs.

Pro Bull Nutrition
The Pro Bull Nutrition team will be making its second appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge after finishing second on night one in Kansas City last October.  However, the trio of bulls is different this time around.  Air Patrick, a bull owned by Chad Drury, could be a major factor in 2011.  He goes to the left every time, and the guys can be close to or above 90 points every time.  He will be in the Championship Round in Hobbs.  The other two bulls, Boomerang and One Eyed Jack, are owned by Lyndal Hurst.  Boomerang is a CBR veteran that is ridden about half the time and can provide a score in the high 80s.  One Eyed Jack is a younger bull that showed promise the few CBR outs he had in 2010.  He has a bright future in the sport.

Team Klein Brothers
Team Klein Brothers will be making its first appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge this Saturday night, and it looks like they are bringing a pretty strong team to Hobbs.  War Chief is probably going to be the Championship Round bull, and he hasn't been ridden in almost a year.  He doesn't have any CBR experience, but he has had some impressive PRCA numbers the past few months.  Little Eagle and Free Bird are the other two bulls, and they haven't had any CBR experience either.  Little Eagle has yet to be ridden in PRCA action, while Free Bird has been marked 45 points his last three outs.

Andrus/Barker/Danley
The Andrus/Barker/Danley team will be at the next three CINCH CBR Tour events, so fans will know a lot more about the team this time next month.  Wolfpack Bell had one CBR out in 2010, and he was ridden for 87.5 points.  Stun Gun and Petey will both be making their CBR debuts, but they both have respectable records.  Stun Gun is one the riders can be in the mid-to-high 80s on, and Petey has been ridden for close to 90 points in the past year.  All three bulls have plenty of bucking experience, and they will help make this team a possible contender in Hobbs and beyond.

Box K Cattle Company
The Box K Cattle Company team is one of the most well-known teams in the CBR Bull Team Challenge.  They are bringing three familiar bulls to Hobbs, including Directory Assistance.  He was a finalist for 2010 CBR Bull of the Year, and he will probably be the Championship Round bull for this team.  He is one of the most popular bulls in the CBR, and he is one that can take a guy to the 90-point club.  The other two bulls are Son of a Buck and Lounge Lizard.  Son of a Buck was ridden a couple times in 2010, most recently in Lubbock last October (88.5 points).  Lounge Lizard is a little tougher to get by, but if he has his good trip, a rider can be close to 90 points with a qualified ride.

B & E Bucking Bulls
The B & E Bucking Bulls team will be making its second appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  Bud Ellis will have three solid bulls in Junior, Cool Life, and Wilder Side.  Junior had a couple CBR outs in 2010, and he was ridden for 89 points the last time he bucked in Hobbs.  Cool Life was out twice late in the season, and he is a bull the riders can be in the mid-to-high 80s on.  Wilder Side was also unridden in two outs in late 2010, and his average bull score was a little over 43 points.  All three bulls on this team fit well in a Bull Team Challenge, and it will be interesting to see how they start 2011.

K-J Bucking Bulls
K-J Bucking Bulls was out on night one at the CBR Tour Finale last October, so this will be the team's second appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  Aussie and White Tornado have CBR experience, while Nite Scene will be making his debut in Hobbs.  Aussie was ridden for 90 points in Fort Stockton last September, and White Tornado was ridden for 91 points at the same event.  Both bulls will be huge assets to this team, and both are capable of being in the Championship Round.  If Nite Scene impresses this weekend, this team could be a contender when all is said and done.

Blankenship/King/Rash
This is another team that was out on night one in Kansas City, so this will also be the team's second appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  Hydrojacket and Wonder Boy both have CBR experience, while Batman will be making his debut this weekend.  In two CBR outs in 2010, Hydrojacket was ridden once for 88 points.  He was a Championship Round bull in Kansas City.  In three CBR outs last season, Wonder Boy was ridden twice for an average ride score of 87.75 points.  Batman is the unknown on the team, but I've heard a lot of great things about him in recent weeks.  I'm excited to see him in Hobbs.

Collom Bucking Bulls
This team was out on night two in Kansas City, so this weekend will be the team's second appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  Captain will probably be the team's Championship Round bull, and he is one the riders can be in the mid-to-high 80s on.  He was out a couple times in 2010, but he bucked off both riders he faced.  Vegas Fuel and Band-Aid round out the team, and I don't know much about either bull.  I've heard good things about Vegas Fuel, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in Hobbs Saturday night.

Crowded 6 Ranch
Crowded 6 Ranch was an expansion team added in late 2010, so this will be their debut in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  Mark Wells has put together a pretty solid team, and the three bulls that will be in Hobbs are all a part of Kevin Loudamy's K & K Ranch.  Bahada will probably be the Championship Round bull, and his record is pretty impressive.  He hasn't had many CBR outs, but he has been ridden for over 90 points before.  Mingus Nights and Custom Chrome will be making their CBR debuts this Saturday night.  Mingus Nights is ridden about half the time, and the scores are usually in the mid 80s.  Custom Chrome is unridden, but he has put up some impressive numbers so far.

All Star/Cooper
The All Star/Cooper team finished fifth on night one in Kansas City last October, and this will be the team's second appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  2010 CBR Bull of the Year Dakota Magic's Douple Scoop will lead the way this Saturday night.  He will be one of the top picks in the Championship Round, and there is a solid chance the riders will be 90 points or more if they ride him.  Curly Bob was ridden for 92 points in Fort Stockton last September, and he has the potential to be a Bull of the Year contender.  Call To Duty will be making his CINCH CBR Tour debut in Hobbs.  If he is impressive, this team will be tough to beat.

The Washburn Company
This team will be making its 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge debut this weekend, but Owen Washburn's team won the open bull team challenge in Hobbs last August.  His team this weekend is very similar to the winning team, and it will be led by Daddy's Boy.  He was ridden for 90 or more points on more than one occasion in 2010, and he could be a contender for 2011 Neckover CBR Bull of the Year.  Black Canada had one CBR out in 2010, and he was ridden for 88 points.  Chocolate Joey will be making his debut this Saturday night, and if he can be as solid as the other two on the team, this will be a very good trio of bulls.

Sullivan Cattle Company
The Sullivan Cattle Company team finished seventh at the Bull Team Finals last August, and it will be making its first appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  The Mexican was the Championship Round bull last year, and he was a good one.  In four CBR outs in 2010, he was ridden twice for an average ride score of 88.25 points.  Ramrod was ridden for 86.5 points in his only CBR out last season, so he should be another solid option in Hobbs.  The final bull is Black Ice, and he will be making his CBR debut this Saturday night.  If he performs well, Terrel Sullivan will have a bull team capable of contending.

Team Reagan and Farris
Team Reagan and Farris finished sixth on night one in Kansas City last October, and this weekend will be the team's second appearance in the 2011 CBR Bull Team Challenge.  Carson's Big Rig is a possible contender for 2011 Neckover CBR Bull of the Year, and he will be the Championship Round bull for this team.  The guys ride him about half the time, and they are usually 90 points in the process.  Psycho Todd is another veteran bull, and he is also ridden about half the time.  He was ridden for 91.5 points in Window Rock last season, and the guys are usually at least in the high 80s on him.  John Doe is the third bull on this team, and he will be making his CINCH CBR Tour debut in Hobbs.  He brings a strong reputation with him, and I'm ready to see how he performs under the bright lights.


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