Cooper Davis Wins Big in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn., (January 18, 2014) –Cooper Davis finished the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) 2013 season in second place, which was not where he wanted to be. Davis is on a mission this year to qualify for his third CBR Finals, and with a little last minute inspiration, he came one step closer with a win in the Oman Arena at the Bud Light Bull Riding Classic presented by Alan Vines Automotive.

Davis, who jumped out early in round one to take the lead with 88 points on Clarkview Farms’ Hazmat, would see the leader board change four times before he knew if he would advance to round two in the tournament style format. "I like the tournament style, it’s tough to put three rides together, but when you do, you win big. I did my part tonight and everything turned out”, said Davis just moments after winning the fourth stop on CBR’s 2014 Road to Cheyenne Tour.

Eleven riders eventually advanced to round two along with the Jasper, Texas cowboy. With three of his colleagues making the whistle before him, Davis knew he had to score big to make the final four shoot out round. With 5.8 seconds on the clock, 846 Black Betty began leaping higher and harder as Davis spurred him to the first of two 91.5 point rides he would score, thrilling the capacity crowd at the Oman Arena. “He made one big jump and then came back around”, said Davis. That score advanced him to the lucrative four-man shoot out round where he rode against the reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) champion J.W. Harris, from Mullin, Texas, Friday night’s event winner and the 2012 PRCA champion Cody Teel from Kountze, Texas, and Sage Steele Kimzey, a rising star in the sport from Strong City, Okla., and the son of Ted Kimzey, a former PRCA barrelman and bullfighter.

“Do it for David" were the last words Davis heard from stock contractor Mike Rawson as he nodded his head. David Wiesner, a stock contractor and close friend of both Rawson and Davis, was killed in an accident while hauling bulls to an event in 2012. Rawson now owns and hauls David’s bulls and bucks them in memory of his fallen friend. This was the third time Cooper Davis had drawn 743 Raven's Mistake bucking off of him on two previous attempts prior to tonight.

The semi-finals round featured exceptional competition where seven of the 12 contestants made qualified rides. With a scoring average of 88.5 points, the round was a showcase of the talented athletes that competed in this Championship Bull Riding event.

In the final four shoot out round, Kimzey, who finished fourth at last year’s College National Finals Rodeo while competing for Southwestern Oklahoma State University, came off early. Almost stealing the show from Davis was his 2014 traveling partner Cody Teel. While some riders could wait years to draw the same bull twice, Teel had to wait just 24 hours for a rematch with Penny Lover (Cude), which had already cost him $10,000 in Friday night’s competition in Jackson, TN. "I was determined to ride him and I made a move to correct last night's mistake, and he beat me to the corner”, said Teel after bucking off the same bull twice in one weekend.

The title and check came down to Harris and Davis. Davis scored 91.5 on Mike Rawson’s Raven’s Mistake, ahead of Harris who had a 90 on Exclusive Genetics’ Flab Slab. When their scores were tabulated, Davis had a three-point advantage over Harris for the win.

The bull riders were not the only winners in Jackson, as the event was also the third stop on the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge, a competitive bucking bull league awarding over one million dollars in prize money annually to the best buckers on the Road to Cheyenne Tour.


Skip and Elaine Jones, owners of JQH Bucking Bulls, won their first CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge competition on Saturday night. A husband and wife owned team from Amarillo, Texas, the couple was really impressed with the quality of bull riders that got on their bulls at the Jackson, Tenn., event. “We want to get them as rank as possible and still let the boys get on and have the chance to ride for a big score", said Jones about the process he uses to select his team bulls for CBR events. The Jones family is fans of the tournament style event created by CBR, and purchased their first CBR bull team in 2013. Skip Jones, a cutting horse trainer and businessman also supplies bulls for a Texas junior regional bull riding association and competes in other competition bull futurities as well. 

Top Four Results: 1, Cooper Davis, Jasper, TX, 271 points (88 points/Hazmat/Clarkview Farms; 91.5 points/Black Betty/Paul Daniel; 91.5 points/Raven’s Mistake/Mike Rawson), $10,800, 2, JW Harris, Mullin, TX 268 points (90 points/Me Too/Cude Bucking Bulls; 88 points/Bandito’s Gold/Rawson-Shippey; 90 points Flab Slab/Exclusive Genetics), $6700, 3, Cody Teel, Kountze, TX, 179 points (88.5 points/Jug Head/C&K Cattle; 90.5 points/Arm Candy/Pointed Rock Cattle Co; 0 points/Penny Lover/Cude Bucking Bulls), $2250. 4, Sage Steele Kimzey, Strong City, KS, 176 points (88 points/Ragin JT/Exclusive Genetics; 88 points/One More Dip/C&K Cattle Co; 0 points/Under Par/EG-Fortnier-Dial), $2250. Complete scoring by round available at


Leigh Ann Schroeder

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