CBR Readies for the Oldest Continuous Stand Alone Bull Riding in the World

FORT WORTH, Texas, (April 18, 2014) – The nastiest bulls this side of the Rio Grande arrive in Del Rio, Texas each spring for the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding competition at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds.

Cowboys will line up behind the historic wooden chutes in hopes of being inducted in to the most elite bull riding man club. Lane Frost, Jim Sharp, and Tuff Hedeman, just to name a few, all joined the distinguished fellowship of George Paul Memorial Champions just like this year’s 25 competitors, one bull at a time.

Held in memory of legendary 1968 World Champion bull rider George Paul, who grew up locally and died in a plane crash in 1970. Ten years after his death, his brother Bobby Paul started the bull riding to memorialize the talented bull rider who eight-time world champion Don Gay described as the greatest national bull rider ever. The often called “Super Bull” event has been held for 37 years, making it the oldest continuous bull riding in the world and a well-known showcase for bred to buck you off bucking bulls.

Two nights of competition, April 25- 26 start with 40 riders on Friday. Saturday night will see the field enter the CBR’s popular tournament style with 24 riders in the first round. The best 12 will advance to the semi-finals with the top four then competing in the Shoot Out round where the bulk of $30,000 will be paid. Friday night will see the bull rider with the highest score pit his skill against a bounty bull for the chance to win a new Ram 2500 loaded diesel crew cab valued at $50,000 courtesy of RAM Country of Del Rio. 

This year’s event, sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding (CBR), the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding is sponsored by RAM Country of Del Rio and presented by Bud Light, will add another name to the roster of great bull riders that have been crowned champions at the border town of Del Rio, Texas. The George Paul will also be an opportunity for CBR riders to accumulate points in the World Standings race for the world championship. As the final stop on the CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour, it will also determine who qualifies for the World Finals.

This year’s race is one of the closest in history with 167 points separating CBR leader Rookie sensation Sage Steele Kimzey (Strong City, Oklahoma) and veteran Aaron Pass (Kaufman, Texas) who until April 12th, had the lead for the entire CBR season. With Del Rio’s stop on the tour being the final competition on the CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour, every point is critical.

The CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour will end in Wyoming July 21 & 22 at the historic Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion will be crowned. Along with the title, championship buckle and awards the world champion will earn a $100,000 bonus.

Last year’s winner was Trey Benton, from Rock Island, Texas, who has made the whistle on the last 13 bulls he attempted without being bucked off, will be one to watch with his recent tour wins at Bossier City, La., and Fort Worth, Texas. Other past champions that are expected to compete are reigning CBR world champion Cole Echols from Elm Grove, La.; J.W. Harris from Mullin, Texas; Clint Craig from Mena, Arkansas, and Cooper Kanngiesser from Zenda, Kan.

The George Paul Memorial is also part of the CBR Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners bring three bulls as part of the competition and the team with the highest total score will receive a $25,000 cash prize. With 37 years of history, over $100,000 in prize money and the prestige of earning a buckle here, the competition promises to be the best that any bull riding has to offer.

Tickets may be purchased by debit or credit card by phone, 830-775-9595 or in person at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds. The celebration kicks off Thursday, April 24th with a Super Bull Mixer at Doc Holiday’s from 6 – 8 p.m. Then the fun will move to the Ramada Inn for a Kick Off Party. The Ramada will also be having other events throughout the weekend with a variety of live music at all of them.