2013 CBR Tour Kicks Off This Saturday In Louisiana

Championship Bull Riding resumes its Road to Cheyenne Tour this week in Bossier City, La. The top bull riders in the world will be seeking an early lead in the season standings. With six world champions committed to attending already, the event is sure to be the start of an amazing year for CBR. This season could be ultra-competitive and, while any cowboy could leave Cheyenne the CBR World Champion, here are a few contenders to look out for this season.
 Perennial favorite J.W. Harris is never one to be left off a list of potential champions. With three rodeo world titles to his credit already, J.W. has yet to win a CBR world championship. He finished third at last yearís CBR World Finals in Cheyenne and went on to win the PRCAís Justin Boots Playoffs and Justin Boots Championships. At the National Finals Rodeo, he grabbed the lead in the world standings after a score of 90.5 in the first round but later lost the title to Cody Teel by only $1,000. That loss is likely to have lit a fire in J.W.ís belly and heíll be hunting first when he nods his head in Bossier.
 Of course, 2012 PRCA World Champion Cody Teel is another CBR rider to watch this year. This 20-year-old and two-time Texas High School Rodeo Champion racked up over $200,000 in 2012 earnings despite suffering a broken leg early in the season. Heís tough, heís driven and heís riding high on confidence as the newly crowned world champ. Codyís definitely one to watch at Bossier and throughout the 2013 season.
 Cody isnít the only reigning world champion on the tour, though, and 2012 CBR World Champion Josh Barentine shouldnít be counted out for back-to-back titles. For those who havenít read Joshís story, this 27-year-old is a late comer to the big leagues because hurricanes Rita and Ike destroyed his familyís livelihood, forcing him to put his bull riding dreams on hold. He fought his way through small rodeos, to the CBRís Horizon Series and into the top ranks of the sport. He took second place at the CBR World Finals last year to claim the 2012 CBR World Champion title. Joshís desire to be the best withstood two natural disasters and countless life hardships. Now that he has that dream heís not going to let it go without a fight, making him a serious contender on this yearís Road to Cheyenne Tour.
 The man who finished just behind Josh Barentine in the CBRís 2012 race surely hasnít forgotten how close he came. Luis Blanco, 2012 CBR Reserve World Champion, will still be hot on the chase in 2013. The 26-year-old Brazilian won the George Paul Memorial and a new Dodge truck last May and hasnít slowed down since. He also won the Smokey Mountain Smokeless Tobacco Fan Favorite contest by an overwhelming majority. With the ability to ride top bulls and CBR fans cheering him on, this could be Luis Blancoís year.
 Every season has its dark horses and 2013 will be no different. Ardie Maier has an early lead in the Road to Cheyenne Tour standings after winning the Red Wilk Construction CBR Bull Bash but he only covered one of his ten bulls at the National Finals Rodeo in December. Current CBR Horizon Series leader, Corey Bailey, has momentum on his side with his position in the standings. Heís also been known to put together some great rides, including one for 90 points on Smilin Bob last season.
 The sport of bull riding is exciting on every level. From the eight seconds each rider spends in the arena to the year-long chase for a world title. As always, the buckle is any riderís to win but these six cowboys should be on everyoneís radar this season.