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02.28.2014
There's No Place Like Home

There's No Place Like Home by Dusty Flank

Mulvane, KS 3-1-14


As a little girl from Kansas once said, "There's no place like home," and a few of this weekend's competitors might say the same. 


When CBR blows into Mulvane for the Kansas Star Chute Out this Saturday, several local boys will head down the yellow brick road, trying to reach the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: WNFR qualifier and nine-time CBR World Finals qualifier Cooper Kanngiesser (from Zenda), 2010 CBR Stock Contractor of the Year, Brad Vogele (Arkansas City), and stock contractor Clark Sanders (Sedan). 


The riders are chasing $30,000 in prize money, while the stock contractors are after a $25,000 reward in the Million Dollar Bucking Bull Challenge. Dorothy's countrymen will face tests before they can bring home that buckle, though: Cody Teel is one of them. The young 2012 PRCA champ is now leading the CBR World Standings, having taken over from Aaron Pass last weekend. After winning in Lufkin, Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico, Teel has his eye on a third buckle. Can Cooper's 11 years of experience keep it in hometown hands?


The bull teams for this event also are a mix of veterans and newbies. Thunder Down Under (Amber Luedke/Bean Counter Bucking Bulls) is on his farewell tour; after six years on the circuit, he has an 85.71% career buckoff rate. Representing the trio of Clark Sanders, Bud Lane, and Joy Hawks are Snake Farm, Mission Top, and Rotten Apple. Ardie Maier scored 88 points on Snake Farm in Jackson last month; the lowest score on Mission Top since his 2009 debut is 85; and Rotten Apple lets a rider score only twice a year.


Lyndal Hurst (Hurst Rodeo Bulls), who owns Got It, 2013 Bull of the Year, didn't need "that man behind the curtain" to see that Juke Box Hero might follow in those hoofprints. In his first three outs, JBH has prevented anyone from making 8, and scored a 45.50 for his trip in Rio Rancho. Brad Vogele is bringing along Silvercreek Pro Rodeo's American Fire; in his first CBR out, the fiery one helped winner Sage Kimzey to a 90.5 in El Paso. Another youngster, Flash, tossed Tate Harris in Rio Rancho and let Aaron Pass score an 89 in El Paso.


One of the final four bulls is Penny Lover, from Benny Cude's Seven Rocking X Ranch. He's thwarted the best efforts of three World Champions--Cody Teel, J.W. Harris, and Cole Echols. Now that's scarier than a flock of flying monkeys.


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