Look Out, Jackson Town!

JACKSON, Tenn., (January 17, 2014) – The Championship Bull Riding Bud Light Classic Horizon Series event got off to a rousing start in the Oman Arena on Friday night. (Event photo by Todd Brewer,


Cody Teel from Kountze, Texas, has won pockets full of money here, and the 2012 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion continued that trend by winning the event, defeating an elite field of bull riders that included five other world champions. 


Teel, who was originally scheduled to arrive only for Saturday night’s competition, was excited to make the 40 man roster on Friday. He took the lead mid-way thru the second round making the eight-second whistle for 89.5 points on Loe and Melton’s Mississippi Flush, a bull with whom Teel was unfamiliar.  


“He really felt good for me,” Teel said. “He turned into my hand and kept moving forward trying to get out from underneath me.” 


Winning the first round earned Teel the opportunity to get on the bounty bull, Penny Lover, a bull selected by four-time World Champion bull rider, Tuff Hedeman, for a $10,000 bonus. Unfortunately, he came off early. Penny Lover, a bull that has only been ridden once in his professional bucking career, put a tricky move on Teel.  “You have to watch those smart bulls, they will make you look stupid sometimes,” said Teel of Benny Cude’s prized bucker.


Challenging Teel for the event win was Codrick Murphy, a seasoned bull rider from Houston, Texas who thrilled the crowd with his 88.5 score just minutes after Teel’s ride.  Murphy finished second on a bull named Shifty from Exclusive Genetics of Orchard, Texas. Five Tennessee natives, including Paris resident Corey Bailey, all bucked off in CBR’s first night of competition in Jackson. Corey is currently ranked fourth in CBR’s Road to Cheyenne Tour standings.


The event was followed by an acoustic performance by Nashville singer-songwriter Jesse Keith Whitley. Whitley, the son of Nashville Recording Artist Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley, is gearing up for the highly anticipated Legacy & Legends Tour with David Frizzell, Georgette Jones, and Dion Pride.


Action continues tomorrow as the top 24 ranked CBR riders go head to head in a tournament style event featuring three rounds exciting competition. Tickets are still available at the box office in the Oman arena. Performance begins at 8 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM.


Located in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas, Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman, CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides. Bull riders start in the Horizon Series earning points to move onto the elite Road to Cheyenne Tour.  The Road to Cheyenne Tour culminates in July in Wyoming at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion earns a $100,000 bonus. The CBR Bull Team Challenge is also part of the tour events where stock contractors bring their best bulls and compete for annual cash prizes that total over $1 million. Providing opportunities for contestants, stock contractors, fans and sponsors is why CBR is the REAL COWBOY SPORT™. CBR is featured at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on FOX Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks in prime time. For more information visit or call 817-626-BULL (2855).


1, Cody Teel, Kountze, Tex., 89.5. 2, Codrick Murphy, Houston, Tex., 88.5. 3, (tie) Cooper Davis, Jasper, Tex., Cole Echols, Frierson, Lou. 88 each, 5, (tie) Michael Earl, Pflugerville, Tex., Billy Quade Phillips, Henryetta, Okla. 87.5 each.



Leigh Ann Schroeder

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