2011 CBR Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout Preview

The 2011 CINCH CBR Tour resumes this Saturday night in El Paso, TX.  The Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout will be at the El Paso County Coliseum, and the action will begin at 8:00PM Central Time.  This stop has become a regular on the CINCH CBR Tour, and it always features some of the best bull riders and bulls in the world.  This year's event will be no different, as most of the top-20 riders in the season standings are entered.  In addition, this will also be the first of five events in this year's $10,000 Mahindra Tractors Texas Swing.  It was a great race last year, and it will add some excitement in 2011 as well.

J.W. Harris started the 2011 CINCH CBR Tour with a bang two weeks ago in Hobbs, NM.  The three-time PRCA World Champion rode both his bulls and won the event.  He will be in El Paso this weekend, and he will be one of the major headliners.  2010 CBR World Champion Luke Kelley bucked off his only bull in Hobbs, but he will be looking to get things going in El Paso.  Past World Champions Bonner Bolton, Wesley Silcox, and Ednei Caminhas are also entered this Saturday night.

This weekend's event will also be a part of the Palace Station CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge.  15 teams will be competing for first place, and the winner will also get $22,500.  The All Star/Cooper bull team was the big winner in Hobbs, and their team will be in El Paso Saturday night as well.  All three bulls from the winning team are on this team as well.  The competition is going to be fierce, and it's going to make for some very exciting bull riding.

I've put together a list of eight riders to watch Saturday night.  Also, keep an eye out for my bull team preview later this week.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and give your input.  Also, you can always email me at:  Enjoy!

J.W. Harris
J.W. Harris was dominant two weeks ago in Hobbs.  He rode Psycho Todd in the long round for 88 points, and that could have been a point or two higher.  He picked Directory Assistance in the Championship Round, and the two combined for a flawless 91-point ride.  It's the high-marked ride of the early season, and he couldn't have made it look any better.  Harris is always going to be a favorite when he enters, but coming off a victory, he is an even bigger favorite.  He is more than capable of going back-to-back to start the CINCH CBR Tour season.

Bonner Bolton
Bonner Bolton's performance in Hobbs shouldn't be forgotten either.  The 2007 CBR World Champion rode both his bulls and finished third.  His 90.5-point ride aboard Gringo Honeymoon in the Championship Round was awesome.  Bolton started the 2011 season by riding very well at numerous Horizon Series events, and he continued that success on the CINCH CBR Tour.  He is riding better than he ever has, and he will be a major contender Saturday night.  He is currently second in the CINCH CBR World Standings.

Chandler Bownds
Chandler Bownds is another rider who rode very well on the Horizon Series to start the 2011 season.  He took that confidence to Hobbs two weeks ago, and he went 2-for-2 and finished fourth.  His 90.5-point ride aboard One Eyed Jack in the Championship Round easily could have been a point or two higher.  Bownds almost made it look too easy, and when he rides like that, he is tough to beat.  He is currently fifth in the season standings, and you can bet he will be ready to make an impact this weekend in El Paso.

Bradley Harris
Bradley Harris is one of the hottest riders going right now.  He rode both his bulls in Hobbs, and he finished fifth after making two solid rides.  He went to St. Charles, MO, this past Saturday night, and he went 1-for-2 and finished fourth.  The back-to-back top-five finishes has moved him into the top 15 in the standings.  Harris is one of the most underrated riders in Championship Bull Riding, but he is well on his way to becoming a household name in 2011.  He is going to be one of the favorites this weekend.

Clayton Williams
Clayton Williams has quietly made his way into the top 10 in the CINCH CBR World Standings after a slow start to the new season.  He rode both his bulls in Hobbs two weeks ago, and he finished sixth.  He has also been pretty consistent at various Horizon Series events lately.  Williams made two very good rides in New Mexico to start the CINCH CBR Tour season, and he is going to be a major player in 2011.  It's rare for him to go an event without making at least one ride, and I expect much of the same Saturday night in El Paso.

Shawn Hogg
Shawn Hogg had a breakout season in the PRCA last year, and he finished ninth in the final standings.  CBR fans will hopefully see him a lot more in 2011, and this weekend's event in El Paso will mark his season debut.  He was a little banged up to end 2010, but he should be ready to go now.  He has a bunch of talent, and he has all the tools to be a contender if he enters enough events.  It will be interesting to see how Hogg rides this weekend, but I wouldn't bet against him.  It's only a matter of time before he makes an impact in Championship Bull Riding.

Ardie Maier
Ardie Maier had a great chance to win the first CINCH CBR Tour event two weeks ago.  He was third in the long round after an 88.5-point ride on Call To Duty, but he bucked off his reride bull in the Championship Round.  Nonetheless, the South Dakota bull rider started the new season pretty well.  Maier is just outside the top 40 in the season standings, but don't expect that to last very long.  He is going to be an event contender on a regular basis, and he will start moving up the standings sooner rather than later.

Steve Woolsey
Steve Woolsey surprisingly bucked off Air Patrick in the long round in Hobbs two weeks ago, but he was the only lucky bull rider to draw back into the Championship Round.  He made the most of it and rode his short-round bull for 87.5 points to finish in a tie for 10th.  One of his strong points is his consistency, and he rarely goes an event without riding at least one bull.  That's going to pay huge dividends in the standings this year, and his name will start moving up the list very soon.  It won't surprise me at all to see him win this weekend in El Paso.