Birthday boy cashes in at Vegas bull riding

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 Birthday Boy cashes in at Vegas bull riding

Eli Vastbinder wins Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shootout Presented by Boot Barn

  LAS VEGAS, April 19, 2014 – Eli Vastbinder has steadily been moving up in the Championship Bull Riding World Standings this year and just closed the gap a little more with his first Road To Cheyenne Tour event win here.

The Statesville, N.C., resident left the South Point Arena with a check for $12,300 after making three outstanding bull rides. In the first round of competition he got on a bull named The Principle owned by Nicole Porter and scored 87.5 points. That got him a second opportunity where he scored 90 points on Sellers Bucking Bulls Black Betty and advanced him to the Shootout Round.

Also advancing to the Shootout Round were Cody Rostockyj, from Hillsboro, Texas; Corey Maier from Timber Lake, S.D.; and Sage Kimzey from Strong City, Okla. Vastbinder watched as Rostockyj rode Zack Craig’s Mudslingin’ for 87, then Kimzey and Maier came off early. He was the last rider to go and made it worth the crowd’s wait when he scored 90 points on Lyndal Hurst’s Gold Buckle.

“That bull was the only one I really knew in the final four,” Vastbinder said. “I was able to stick to my game plan on him and it all worked out. When you come to one of these events, you are guaranteed to get on something good.”

The 267.5 points he earned also moved him to fourth place in the CBR World Standings. He is now looking forward to competing next weekend in Del Rio, Texas, at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding, the last stop on the tour before the World Finals in Cheyenne, Wyo., in July.

“This win here is huge for me. I finally feel like I belong here,” Vastbinder said. “It makes me believe I can win more titles and have a chance at the gold buckle in Cheyenne.”

Vastbinder’s parents came to Las Vegas from their home in Casstown, Ohio, where he grew up. They helped him celebrate his birthday which was April 17 and got to cheer him on at their first CBR competition. His win was the icing on the cake for the whole family.

The CBR Bull Team Challenge winners were Rawson and Shippy. Their three bulls had a collective total of 281.64 and earned the partnership $25,000. This was the second week in a row that a Rawson partnership won the title. Last week at the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge in Fort Worth, he and Johnson Cattle Company had the high-scoring team. .Second place here in Las Vegas went to Hurst Rodeo Ranch with 280.82 points.

                Sage Kimzey made his third attempt to ride Cude Bucking Bull’s Penny Lover in the Shootout round. Kimzey lasted over six seconds but Penny Lover still got the best of him and remains unridden this year. Kimzey’s success in the first two rounds was enough to move him into first place in the CBR World Standings with 1,247 points. Aaron Pass, from Dallas, Texas, is second with 1,080.

                The37th annual George Paul Memorial Bull Riding, April 25-26, in Del Rio, Texas, is the final stop on the tour before the World Finals.

 LAS VEGAS,  – April 20, 20140 -- The following are results from the Championship Bull Riding Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shootout presented by Boot Barn and benefiting Cox Charities, at the South Point Arena.

               First Round: 1, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 89.5 points on Hurst Rodeo Ranch Iron Horse. 2, Jory Markiss, Stephenville, Texas, 89. 3, Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 88.5. 4, (tie) Cole Echols, Elm Grove, La., Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, and Eli Vastbinder, Statesville, N.C., 87.5.  

Semifinals: 1, Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas, on Hurst Rodeo Ranch’s Got It and Eli Vastbinder, Statesville, N.C., on Sellers Bucking Bulls, Black Betty, 90 points each. 3, (tie) Robson Aragao, Brazil, and Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 89 each.

Shoot Out: (two rides)  1, Eli Vastbinder, Statesville, N.C., 90 points on Hurst Rodeo Ranch’s Gold Buckle. 2, Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Texas, 87. .


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).