Top CBR Riders Prepare for Cheyenne

 It’s just three weeks from the CBR World Championships at Cheyenne Frontier Days. At the end of the two-day competition a new World Champion will receive the coveted gold buckle and the $100,000 bonus check that comes with it. Everybody knows about the close race between current standings leader Cole Echols and number-two cowboy Cooper Davis but there’s a long list of riders not far behind them who will be looking to gain ground in Cheyenne.
 First, let’s do a quick recap of the battle for first. It’s a classic veteran versus young gun battle this year, with Cole Echols pitting experience against Cooper Davis’s youth. Both men are having a good season. Cole Echols made CBR history by pocketing $43,500 at Dodge City, the largest single-event sum ever paid out at a CBR event. Cooper Davis had two event wins on the 2013 Road to Cheyenne Tour and CBR Ambassador Tuff Hedeman even told fans to keep an eye on the young cowboy this year. Cole has a narrow lead going into the World Championships but Cooper is hot on his heels so this year’s championship will surely come down to the wire in Cheyenne.
 Of course, there are those instances where the dark horse comes from behind to claim victory and that’s what number-three rider Ardie Maier is hoping for. He trails Cole Echols by nearly 400 points so he’ll really have to be impressive in Cheyenne to get it done. Ardie is no stranger to tough competition, though, as this is his seventh consecutive appearance at the CBR World Championships.
 The battle for Reserve World Champion doesn’t get as much of the limelight as the race for first does but being second in an organization like CBR still makes for great bull rider resume material. Oklahoma cowboy Jared Long sits in fourth place going into the finals and, while his odds of taking first aren’t very high, he could have a shot at the reserve title if everything falls into place. This former International Professional Rodeo Association Champion wouldn’t mind adding another buckle to his trophy case, or another hefty paycheck to his bank account.
 Kansas cowboy Cooper Kanngiesser sits just a half point behind Jared Long, which means his odds of finishing high for the year are good. Cooper is a veteran with a long list of accolades to his name, including numerous CBR World Championships qualifications and High School Rodeo Association Championships.
 Cowboys like Trey Benton, Cody Teel and Tanner Learmont are all hovering about 500 points behind leader Cole Echols. Cody Teel will be making his first appearance back on CBR’s pro tour since shattering the elbow of his free arm at Rodeo Houston. This is not his first appearance at a CBR event since his injury, however. Cody rode in and won the Horizon Series benefit event held in West, Texas in early June and generously donated all of his winnings to the West Volunteer Fire Department’s Special Victims’ Fund. In a recent interview in The Short Round, Cody said he knew he’d be out of the running for the World Championship but planned to win the finals in Cheyenne.
 When the chute gates open the first night of finals, every rider on tour will be riding for first. The winner of the finals takes home a big check, too, so even the cowboys out of the running for World Champion will have plenty of motivation to put up big scores. Combine that with the top bulls in the industry, put it in the arena at the ”Daddy of ‘em All” and you have a recipe for the most electric CBR World Championships in history.

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About Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD):
Cheyenne Frontier Days™, supported by 2,500 volunteers, hosts over 550,000 fans and visitors at Frontier Park annually.  Named the PRCA’s Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year eleven times, the “Daddy of ‘em All”® is also home to the best cowboys in the world the last full week in July each year. Over the years, CFD’s “Frontier Nights”™ has previously hosted major entertainers such as KISS, George Strait, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney as well as many others.  For tickets online and event information, visit; for tickets by phone, call 800-227-6336 (307-778-7222 in Cheyenne).  Media contact: Nicole Gamst, 307-778-7200;
Angie Gentry is a rodeo and western lifestyle freelance writer from Iowa. She is the former and founding editor of Buckin' Stock Magazine. When she's not writing about bucking bulls Angie makes good use of her bachelors degree in animal science as a salesperson for a livestock supply company.