Cody Teel Wins Gold at CBR Lufkin’s Silver Anniversary

LUFKIN, Texas – February 22, 2014 – Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, waged war against the number one ranked bull rider in Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Saturday night and won. Teel, who was sitting in the number two position in the CBR World Standings coming into the annual Lufkin event, combatted three bulls to take over the number one spot and become the 25th Champion of the T-REX-S Outdoor Store Lufkin Bull Bash presented by Mahindra Tractors.

The win in Lufkin moved Teel into first place in the CBR World Championship Standings. Coming into Lufkin, Teel trailed Aaron Pass of Mesquite, Texas, by 92 points. After Pass scored 91 points in round one, he bucked off his semi-finals round bull and did not qualify for the shootout.

Teel’s victory netted him $18,250.00 and was the second CBR event title win in 2014. He has competed in five CBR events and finished third or better at four of them. The win in Lufkin came at the end of a long day that Teel began by climbing on two bulls at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, just before boarding a plane for Lufkin where he would go three for three. Teel, the 2012 PRCA World Champion and 2013 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) Average winner, scored 91.5 points on C & K Cattle Co.’s Mayhem in the shootout round in Lufkin. An obviously still-winded Cody Teel had this to say after completing his fifth out in one day, “My final bull was supposed to be right there in the gate to the right, but he took a big leap and I could tell he was going to go left and he did, but the airtime gave me a chance to gather him up. It was good because I had to battle him the whole time to ride him through it”.

Teel was the only rider to make three qualified rides, beginning with a score of 88.5 points on Mike Rawson's Bandito’s Gold in round one and scoring 89 points in the semi-finals round on Benny Cude’s Greenhorn.

In addition to bull riders battling it out for the world standings title, bred-to-buck animal athletes were center stage earlier in the day as 20 teams, comprised of three two-year-old calves each, competed for the first time this year and kicked off the 2014 CBR Championship Futurity Tour. Paul Daniels' Flyin D Bucking Bulls of Chico, Texas was on top of the leader board at the end of the competition held at the George Henderson Expo Center. Daniels, whose young buckers have already won prize money on the competitive circuits, cleared the field by a large margin of 6.5 points over the second place team of Snakebitten Bucking Bulls. Daniels' bull 207 shared the high marked bull score of 88.75 with Carpenter and Hudgins' bull 248, a gray bull sired by Cowtown Gangster.

Melton and Loe were winners of the $25,000 check from the three-bull open team competition with a total bull score of 286.5. It was the second time this year this same trio of bulls took home the event title and championship. Former professional bull rider Cory Melton co-owns and manages this team, and was pleased with his bulls’ performance. “We bucked the same set in Jackson, Tennessee, about a month ago and they won there too, so as long as they keep winning we aren’t going to change anything.” Melton and Loe’s All Shook Up, was the high marked ride of the night with Brazilian cowboy Simao Da Silva posting a 92.5 in the semi-final round.