Preparations Underway for Tuff Hedeman CBR in Hobbs

Preparations Underway for Championship Bull Riding in Hobbs


HOBBS, N.M. Jan. 21, 2014 Final preparations are underway for the Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding which starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Lea County Event Center. 


The dirt will be moving in, the bulls arriving and then 24 of the best bull riders in the world will prepare for the most popular man against beast challenge in the world. Sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding (CBR), the event follows the popular tournament style format that starts with 24 riders. 


The top 12 from that group advance to a semi-final round and tougher bulls. The lion's share of $30,000 in prize money will be paid in the shoot-out round which features the best four riders of the night. The format appeals to new spectators and established fans alike, because riders challenge as many as three bulls in one performance. 


This is the fifth stop on CBR's Road to Cheyenne Tour which ends in Wyoming in July at the Legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days. Contestants are traveling across the country earning points in hopes of qualifying for the World Finals where the ultimate title world champion will be awarded along with a $100,000 bonus. 


It is also the fifth event in the CBR Bull Team Challenge. Stock contractors will be using their strategy to pick three bulls to bring to Hobbs for the competition. Bulls will be scored and earn points during the bull riding. The points are added together and the stock contractor with the highest total score for his team will earn a $25,000 check. Throughout the Bull Team Challenge, more than $1 million will be awarded. 


There are seven world champions expected to be among the competitors. They include the reigning CBR World Champion Cole Echols from Elm Grove, La., and former champions Bonner Bolton from Odessa, Texas, and Luke Kelly from Mount Vernon, Ill. Reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association champion J.W. Harris from Mullin, Texas, and 2012 champ Cody Teel from Kountze, Texas are on the roster as well as International Professional Rodeo Association champion Jared Long from Ramona, Okla. Super star "Got It", the CBR's World Champion Bucking Bull will be highlighted. Got It is owned by Lyndal Hurst from Slaton, Texas. 


Tuff Hedeman will be on hand throughout the competition assuring fans get their money's worth with an exciting production and non-stop action. Tickets start at just $15 and are available by phone 800-735-1288. Click HERE for more information.


Contact: Leigh Ann Schroeder

(940) 902-1112