Benton's success at CBR events continues

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Benton’s success at Championship Bull Riding events continues

Rock Island, Texas, resident wins Tuff Hedeman Champions Challenge in Fort Worth

  FORT WORTH, Texas, (April 12, 2014 – Trey Benton from Rock Island, Texas, competed at his first Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge in the junior steer riding when he was just 14 years old.

He came back to Fort Worth to compete this year as a 22-year-old and added another notch to his bull riding gun, earning the championship, $20,750, and a huge prize package that included a saddle and buckle. The bull riding was the 12th of 14 stops on Championship Bull Riding’s (CBR) Road to Cheyenne Tour and just the third one that Benton has competed at.

A broken leg last September had been giving him trouble so he took some time off. He came back in Laughlin last month with a second place finish. Then just two weeks ago he earned the title at Bossier City, La. Through these three events, Benton has added $42,800 to his bank account.

More importantly, he has earned enough points to move into fifth place in the world standings. He is now assured a spot at the World Finals coming up in July at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. At the end of the two days of competition there, the man with the highest point total will earn the world championship and a $100,000 bonus.

“Ever since I came here in the steer riding, I dreamed of winning this event,” Benton said. “This means a lot. I just wish I could have won it then too.”

In the first round Benton got on Arm Candy owned by Pointed Rock Cattle Company for a 87.5 points. He then got on Jack Tar owned by JQH Bucking Bulls and scored 90.5.  Three other riders had scores on two bulls, Ardie Maier from Timber Lake, S.D., Sage Kimzey from Strong City, Okla., and Michael Earl from Pflugerville, Texas.

Benton watched as all three of them bucked off and knew that if he just made it to the eight-second mark he would get a good paycheck.  That’s exactly what he did with a 92.5-point ride on Baker and Hurst’s bull named appropriately Gold Buckle. Gold Buckle earned his owners a little trophy gold as well as the high-marked ride of the event.

“I knew with that bull I was either going to be 90 or nothing,” Benton added. “Everything’s going good right now. I’m having fun and not holding back.”

The CBR Bull Team Challenge winners were Johnson Cattle Company and Rawson. Their three bulls had a collective total of 283.37 and earned the partnership $25,000. Second was JQH Bucking Bulls with 282.69.

The winner of the Cripple Creek Junior Championship Challenge was Logan Bottoms from Beaumont, Texas. Bottoms represented Texas Youth Bull Riders and had an 86-point score for a $1,000 check.

                Although Sage Kimzey failed to make it to eight seconds in the Shoot Out Round, he still was one of the crowd favorites as he rode all night wearing a pair of green chaps previously worn by eight-time world champion bull rider Donny Gay when he was competing. Gay, who was part of the announcing team here, donated the chaps for a benefit auction for former bull fighter James Pierce.

The next stop on the Road to Cheyenne Tour is in Las Vegas, Nev., at the South Point Hotel and Casino. Bull riders will be competing on April 19 at the Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shootout presented by Boot Barn and benefitting Cox Charities.

FORT WORTH, Texas – April 12, 20140 -- he following are results from the Championship Bull Riding Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge at the Cowtown Coliseum.

               First Round: 1, Garrett Smith, Rexburg, Idaho 90 points on Loe and Melton’s Crimson King. 2, Cooper Kanngiesser, Zenda, Kan., 88.5. 3, (tie) Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas; Jarrod Craig, Hillsboro, Texas, and Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 87.5 each.

Semifinals: 1, Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, JQH Bucking Bull’s Jack Tar, 90.5. 2, (tie) Jarred Craig, Hillsboro, Texas, and Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 90. 4, Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 89.5.

 Shoot Out: (one ride) 1, Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, 92.5 points on Baker and Hurst’s Gold Buckle.


About Championship Bull Riding –

Located in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas, Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman, CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides. Bull riders start in the Horizon Series earning points to move onto the elite Road to Cheyenne Tour.  The Road to Cheyenne Tour culminates in July in Wyoming at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion earns a $100,000 bonus. The CBR Bull Team Challenge is also part of the tour events where stock contractors bring their best bulls and compete for annual cash prizes that total over $1 million. Providing opportunities for contestants, stock contractors, fans and sponsors is why CBR is the REAL COWBOY SPORTtm. CBR is featured at at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on the Fox Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks in prime time. For more information visit or call 817-626-BULL (2855).