Robson Rules in Rio Rancho

RIO RANCHO, N.M., (Feb. 1, 2014) – The winner of Saturday’s Rodeo Construction Bucking on the Rio Grande came down to a battle between traveling partners: Robson Aragao, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Alex Cardozo, of Indaiatuba, Brazil. Ultimately, Aragao ended up on top after covering all three of his bulls at the inaugural Rio Rancho, New Mexico event, also the sixth stop on the 2014 Championship Bull Riding Road to Cheyenne Tour.   

Aragao bested an elite field of champion bull riders to win this title, and in the first round, only 5.5 points separated the 12 cowboys who earned the right to move on to the semi-finals round.  

Finishing at the top of the first round leader board was Michael Earl from Pflugerville, Texas, who scored 91.5 points on the reigning world champion bucking bull, Got It, owned by Lyndal Hurst.  

There were five successful riders in the semi-finals with the best four scores advancing to the Shoot-Out round. Craig Jackson led with a 90.5 point ride on Exclusive Genetics’ Flab Slab.  But Aragao was on his heels as he turned in a spectacular 89.5 performance on Esteban, a hometown bucking bull. When Dawn Collum of Waterflow, New Mexico flanked Esteban, she was expecting a much different trip. “I told Robson he usually goes right, but tonight he surprised me and went left, then changed it up turning back to the right.”  

Aragao, who calls Tyler, Texas home while competing on the Road to Cheyenne Tour, was able to match Collum’s bull jump for jump earning him a spot in the final round.  

With veteran CBR riders Cooper Kanngiesser and Craig Jackson bucking off in the first and second slot of the Shoot Out Round, Aragao put the first score on the leader board with his 89-point ride on Mike Rawson’s Backdraft.  With the fourth rider being the only one left who could beat him, Aragao stood on the chutes next to his best friend and cheered him on.  With the crowd on its feet, Cardozo looked like he was the winner, but 3028 Stuntin Like My Daddy won the battle bringing Alex to the ground at 6.27 seconds. 

Standing next to 4-time World Champion Tuff Hedeman, Robson Aragao accepted his second career event title on the CBR Road to Cheyenne tour.  “ I am feeling great right now. I try many bulls to make 8 seconds, thank you CBR and great fans, this is my life.” Aragao collected $18,500 and a custom Hyo Silver trophy buckle as the first champion of the Rodeo Construction Bucking on the Rio Grande.  

CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge wrapped up its first Rio Rancho competition with Cude Bucking Bulls claiming the top honors.  Debuting two new bulls tonight, Benny Cude of Priddy, Texas was proud of his team’s efforts, as was flankman and bull manager Mike Jones: “I was really impressed with 821 High Dollar Habit who was ridden for the first time in his career. Every time we buck him he gets better and better each time.” High Dollar Habit’s unridden streak was broken by Alex Cardozo’s 89.5 point ride in round one.  Bucking in the number two slot for Cude was Cude 54, a young 4 year old bull out of the Kish breeding program who experienced his first out tonight on the Road to Cheyenne tour bucking off 2013 PRCA Rookie of the Year Cooper Davis.  Rounding out Cude’s team was 929 No Hands, a solid bull on his first long road trip, he carried Corey Bailey to an 89.5 point score. 

Tour competition continues Feb. 8 with the Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout Presented by Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino in El Paso, Texas.

Contact: Susan Kanode