2011 CBR Horizon Series St. Charles Preview

The 2011 CBR Horizon Series will be back in action Saturday night in St. Charles, MO, for the Gateway Showdown.  The venue will be the Family Arena, and the event will start at 7:00PM.  There has been a lot of winter weather in the region over the past few days, but this event is still going to happen according to schedule.  The bad weather has already moved out of the area.  The list of riders and bulls is strong, and it's going to make for another exciting night of CBR action.

Several bull riders who were in Hobbs last weekend are entered Saturday night, and they will be competing against a strong pen of bulls provided by 2010 CBR Stock Contractor of the Year Brad Vogele along with Danny Reagan, Box K Cattle Company, and Seth Barclay.  I've put together a list of five riders and bulls to watch for this weekend.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and voice your opinion.  Also, you can always email me at:  Enjoy!

Five Riders To Watch
Luke Kelley is the reigning CBR World Champion, but he is coming off an 0-for-1 weekend in Hobbs, NM.  His first CINCH CBR Tour event of the season didn't work out like he had hoped, but you can bet he will be ready to bounce back this weekend in Missouri.  Kelley has entered a couple Horizon Series events so far in 2011, and he has made a couple qualified rides in the process.  This event will be important to get his confidence up before next weekend's big event in El Paso, TX.

Ednei Caminhas made his CINCH CBR Tour debut last weekend in Hobbs, and like Kelley, he had a short night after bucking off his long-round bull.  The Brazilian has started the 2011 season very well and is currently 10th in the CINCH CBR World Standings.  He has done all his damage so far in Horizon Series events, and he will be a definite contender this weekend in St. Charles.  It's going to be a big year for Caminhas.

Jay Morrow was in Hobbs last weekend, and it was his first CINCH CBR Tour event in over a year.  The Iowa bull rider did well for himself, going 1-for-2 and finishing just outside the top 10.  It was great to see him back in action, and he proved he still has plenty of talent to be a contender.  Now that his first ride is out of the way, I expect him to continue his way up the standings.  He will be riding pretty close to home this weekend, and he will be one of the favorites to contend and/or win.

Stevo Keighley started the 2011 CINCH CBR Tour by going 0-for-1 in Hobbs last Saturday night, but he put out a great effort.  He is still one of the hottest riders going right now, and he is currently fifth in the season standings.  The Florida bull rider finished third at the Horizon Series event in Jackson two weeks ago, and he will be looking to continue his early-season success in St. Charles.  Keighley is going to be a factor this weekend.

Bradley Harris was injured at the end of the 2010 season, but he proved in Hobbs he is back and feeling great.  He went 2-for-2 in New Mexico and finished fifth.  The great finish moved him all the way up to 24th in the CINCH CBR World Standings.  Harris has a ton of talent, and he showed that this past weekend.  As long as he is healthy, he is going to continue moving up the standings.  This weekend could belong to the Kansas bull rider.

Five Bulls To Watch
Shyster, a bull owned by Box K Cattle Company, is a young up-and-comer in the sport.  He only had one CINCH CBR Tour out in 2010, and he bucked off the rider and was marked 44.5 points.  Box K Cattle Company always brings a lot of quality bulls to CBR events, and this one will be no different.  He is matched up with Jay Morrow in the long round in St. Charles, and that's one of the most exciting match-ups in the draw.

Stormy, a bull owned by Reagan Bucking Bulls, is one to watch this weekend as well as the rest of the 2011 season.  He made his CINCH CBR Tour debut last weekend in Hobbs, and he bucked off 2007 PRCA World Champion Wesley Silcox in the process.  He was one of the most impressive bulls out in the long round last Saturday night, and he has a very bright future in the CBR.  He is matched up against Ryan Nutt in St. Charles.

Jack Knife, another bull owned by Reagan Bucking Bulls, will be one of the most well-known bulls out this Saturday night in Missouri.  He will be out in the Championship Round.  Last weekend in Hobbs, he bucked off Ardie Maier in the short go and was impressive in doing so.  He has a lot of CBR experience, and he is extremely tough to get by.  If the guys ride him, they will be 90 points.

John Doe, another bull owned by Reagan Bucking Bulls, is already making a name for himself early in the season.  He is the "Ropin' Dreams Name the Bull" contest bull, and you can enter the contest by going to the Championship Bull Riding Facebook page.  He made his CINCH CBR Tour debut last weekend in Hobbs, and he was one of the impressive bulls at the event.  He was in the long round last weekend, but he will be in the Championship Round in St. Charles Saturday night.

Luca Brazzi, a bull owned by Brad Vogele, really needs no introduction.  He was one of the best and most exciting bulls in Championship Bull Riding late in the 2010 season, and he is also becoming one of the most popular bulls.  The guys proved they can ride him, and they were 90 points or more when they made the whistle.  He will be in the Championship Round this weekend in Missouri, and that's where he belongs.  It's going to be fun watching him in 2011.

Complete List of Bull Riders Entered
Andy Smith
Brandon Greene
Jesse Pohlmann
Cody Morgan
Jordan Schuelke
Luke Kelley
Dustin Hall
Corey McDaniel
Ednei Caminhas
Jeremiah Melton
Ty Clearwater
Quinton Threadgill
Steve Beckman
Wade Payne
Tate Harris
Francisco Morales
Justin Carlton
John Henry Marquardt
Dustin Bridges
Jimmy Tubbs
Trey Benton
Daniel Morgan
Lane Lasley
Kevin Ventura
Jay Morrow
Shane Barretiere
Coy Dictson
Chase Outlaw
Ty Redman
Neil Holmes
Cameron Bland
Stevo Keighley
Cody Graves
Ryan Nutt
Bradley Harris