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04.25.2014
Championship Bull Riding sets the field for day one of the Super Bull

The 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding sponsored by Ram Country and presented Bud Light 

DEL RIO, Texas – April 25, 2014 - Sponsors of always letting them see you sweat, Tuff Hedeman, Championship Bull Riders, and the bred to buck you off beasts they climb on, have arrived in Del Rio, Texas, home to the celebrated George Paul Memorial (GPM) the world’s longest continuous stand-alone bull riding.

 

Planning every day, all year round, for 120 minutes of bull riding time in the arena, is the passion of event founder Bobby Paul. Building relationships, providing entertainment, and creating commerce for the citizens of Del Rio is Paul’s challenge in producing this year’s edition of the memorial bull riding sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding (CBR). The event was created by Paul as a tribute to his brother, World Champion bull rider George Paul, who died in a plane crash on his way to rodeo in 1970. 

After 37 years of welcoming friends, family and the ranchers from neighboring communities Bobby Paul refers to the last stop of the twelve month CBR regular season schedule as a family reunion.  Families have been gathering at this bull riding for 37 years. Seats and boxes are owned and often passed down to the next generation. “We respect our patrons wishes”, says Paul, regarding patronage to the yearly event at the Val Verde Fairgrounds. 

With 3,500 outs since 1977, the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding began as a day of bull riding following a three day Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) rodeo. With over 60 bull riders entering the first year’s Sunday performance of the “bull s only” format, the stand alone bull riding competition was born in Del Rio, Texas.  Fast forward 37 years and the legendary event once referred to as “The Super Bull” has evolved into a two day tournament style format with over 81 electrifying outs.  

Some say change is inevitable, and Paul is quick to reminisce when asked about former riders, contractors, specialty acts and traditions such as the “hard luck” award once won by Lane Frost, but Bobby Paul is a purist when it comes to one particular custom. 

                As one of the most coveted items a bull rider can win, the GPM buckle has not changed since the first edition, a fact that is important to Bobby Paul. “Each year the manufacturer tries to get me to update the look, each year I stand firm in the original design”, said Paul overlooking the crowd gathering at the annual Ramada Inn kickoff party.  “George is gone, but the things he stood for, the things he is remembered for, death can never kill”, said Paul.  

Named in memory of George Paul, the bull rider that still holds the world record for the bull rider with the most consecutive bull rides (79) in 1968, the annual two day bull riding is a ritual for bull riding fans and western lifestyle enthusiasts in south Texas. 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. 

 

For more information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder - 9 40-902-1112 or email Leighann@theshortround.com  

 

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 CBRR is featured at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on the Fox Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks beginning in May in prime time. For more information visit www.cbrbull.com or call 817-626-BULL (2855).

 

 


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