CBR Rolls into Jackson


by Leigh Ann Schroeder, editor of the Short Round Magazine


JACKSON, Tenn. (January 13, 2014) – The Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn., will be home to the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Bud Light Bull Riding Classic presented by Alan Vines Automotive on January 17-18, 2014.

Corey Bailey of Paris, Tenn., will be going up against six World Champions trying to bring the Jackson Championship Bull Riding title back to Tennessee. The 22-year-old bull rider is a former Tennessee Junior Bull Riding Champion and 3-time Tennessee High School State Rodeo Champion. Bailey is currently ranked third in the CBR World Standings.


Bull Riding icon Tuff Hedeman will direct the competition this weekend, beginning with CBR’s non-televised Horizon Series event on Friday night.  This event is capped off with a head-to-head matchup between the night’s best bull rider and bounty bull Penny Lover from Cude Bucking Bulls. The bull rider can collect a $10,000 bonus if he can stay on for a qualified eight-second ride aboard Penny Lover, who was hand-selected by Tuff Hedeman for the competition.


Saturday night’s competition, the fourth stop on CBR’s televised Road to Cheyenne Tour, will be conducted in the Eight-Second Challenge format.  This format begins with 24 bull riders whose number is narrowed down to 12 in the semi-finals round, and then four in the shoot-out round.  Among the elite athletes scheduled to compete for Saturday’s $30,000 in prize money include World Champions Cole Echols (CBR, 2013), Clayton Foltyn (CBR, 2011), J.W. Harris (PRCA, 2008-2010, 2013), Cody Teel (PRCA, 2012), Wesley Silcox (PRCA, 2007), and Jared Long (IPRA, 2009).


The Bud Light Bull Riding Classic presented by Alan Vines Automotive is also part of the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Owners will select three bulls to bring to Jackson to compete as part of the Bull Team Challenge. Those bulls earn points for their performance in the arena and for how long a bull rider stays on. At the end of Saturday night, the owner with the highest combined total of all three bull scores will receive a check for $25,000.


An acoustic concert by Singer/Songwriter Jesse Keith Whitley, son of Nashville Recording Artist Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley, is scheduled for immediately after the bull riding performance on Friday night. Grammy award-winning songwriter Michael Anthony Curtis will perform the national anthem on Saturday. Doors open both nights at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to meet the cowboys of Championship Bull Riding at the following times and locations:

§  Thursday, 1/16, from 5 PM to 7 PM – Corey Bailey, Tate Harris, and Jared Long at Rustic Soul located at 1926 Emporium Drive in Jackson

§  Friday, 1/17, 11 AM to 1 PM – Ardie Maier, Corey Maier, and Jared Long at Alan Vines Automotive located at 1639 US 45 Bypass in Jackson

§  Saturday, 1/18, 11 AM to 1 PM  – Ardie Maier, Corey Maier, Corey Bailey, and JW Harris at Bumpus Harley located at 326 Carriage House Drive in Jackson


Additionally, 4-time World Champion Tuff Hedeman will appear on the WBBJ Morning Show on Thursday, 1/16.


Tickets are available at Rustic Soul in Jackson or online at