Benton Wins Back to Back Titles at the 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding


Benton Wins Back to Back Titles at the 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding 


DEL RIO, Texas -  April 26, 2014 -  Not since Lane Frost in 1986 has a bull rider won two consecutive years of the oldest continuous stand-alone bull riding in the world, the George Paul Memorial. When Trey Benton, Rock Island, Tex., bucked off J908 Outside the Box at the 2013 CBR World Finals in 3.41 seconds he vowed it would not happen again.


Tonight in front of a beyond capacity crowd at the Val Verde Fairgrounds Benton avenged the unridden bull to win his second George Paul Memorial Bull Riding (GPMBR) buckle. With a trail of wins including the Tuff Hedeman Louisiana Shoot Out in Bossier City, and the Fort Worth Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge, Benton not only moved into the number two position in the CBR World Standings, but he also takes his place in the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding history books as only the third rider to win successive titles.


Surrounded by friends, family, and fans..oh so many fans, Benton talked about his journey to the top of the leader board. 


“My semifinal bull stumbled and bucked me off and I knew it was a long shot to make it to the final four and then I heard them call my name. Coming from a buck off to a chance to win, I just geared up and got ready for another one (bull), but the shoot out round was the toughest I have ever seen so it made it sweeter to win”, said Benton as he signed autographs and handed out rodeo trinkets from his rigging bag to the younger fans.


Round one consisted of seven qualified rides with both offspring, Bolton and Foltyn, of former George Paul champions taking care of business.  Bonner Bolton, Gardendale, Tex., son of Toya Bolton, the 1991 GPMBR Champion, was the lead off score with an 87 on Rawson and Probst’s newly acquired bull, Little Shyster. Clayton Foltyn, son of 1983 GPMBR Champion Lane Foltyn, Winnie, Tex., and last night’s Horizon Series winner, would take a gamble on keeping his 72 point score by not taking the offered reride. “Experience helps in making these game time decisions”, said the third generation cowboy who made it back to the semifinal round.


The action continued when Louis Villarreal, Leon, Mexico, thrilled the border town crowd making the whistle with 86 points. Neil Holmes posted the first of his two 91 point rides on Nashville from King and Herrington bull team. Benton would follow with 90.5 on Buffalo Hump, a score that would lock him in a tie with Aaron Pass, Kaufman, Tex., for second place in the CBR World Standings. Coming out swinging to tie the round at 91 points was fan favorite Chandler Bownds on Iron Horse, a rematch for the 22 year old bull rider from Lubbock, Texas. Jory Markiss, Stephenville, Tex., would score 90 points and was the final rider to post a score and advance to the semi round on Cadillac Red from the Cude Energy bull team.


With the CBR World Finals qualifying positions at stake for each cowboy and every bull, the semi- finals began with Jarod Craig riding Lyndal Hurst’s World Champion bucker Got It for 88.5.  Elliott Jacoby answered with an 86 followed by the first man to cover two bulls, Luis Villeral’s 89 points on lady stock contractor Nicole Porter’s bull named Lincoln’s Logs. With a pair of 91’s, Chandler Bownds and Neil Holmes led the round and advanced to the final four “Shoot Out” round. 


Championship Bull Riding's On the Road to Cheyenne Tour competition format erases the first and semi-final round scores and every rider starts clean in the Shoot Out round. Bulls are selected by the riders with the leading aggregate scores from the first two rounds in descending order. 


Benton, the only rider to advance on one score, had no choice in selecting his bull as he was the last rider of the final four to qualify. Setting the bar high at 90 points, Benton was rewarded for his electrifying effort on the previously unridden bull, Outside the Box. Luis Villarreal would ride next for 87.5, followed by Neil Holmes’s 89.5 points. Chandler Bownds, the final rider who could unseat Benton, failed to make the whistle and Benton would not only win the most prestigious bull riding on record, but leap into second place behind Sage Kimzey in the CBR World Title race.


The Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge finished up the 2014 season in Del Rio with Lyndal Hurst winning his first George Paul Memorial Bull Riding team championship.  Hurst Rodeo Ranch, home of World Champion bucking bull, Got It, needed the win to qualify his team for Cheyenne and a shot at the 5100,000 bonus prize money. Hurst’s team win cleared the competitive field by 4.93 points. Iron Horse, Hurst’s latest addition to his string of prize buckers, was awarded the High Marked Ride honors of the GPMBR.  Corpus Red from the J.C. Knapp Ranch, Mansfield, Tex., was a season high 92 points which was more than enough points to win the High Marked Bull award of the bull team portion of the event.

              Del Rio, Texas was the last stop on the CBR 2013-2014 regular season. CBR World Finals are being held on July 22-23, 2014 in conjunction with Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For a complete listing of qualified bull riders, bull teams, and event information including tickets, check for updates. 

Del Rio Results - Round One – 1. (Tie) Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas on Iron Horse from Lyndal Hurst and Neil Holmes, Houston, Tex., 91 points each. 3. Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, on Buffalo Hump from Greg Talbert, 90.5 points. 4.  Jory Markiss, Stephenville, Tex., 88.5 on Cadillac Red from Benny Cude. 5. Bonner Bolton, Gardendale, Tex., 88.5 on Little Shyster. 

Semi Finals – 1. (Tie) Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas on Shoot Out the Lights from Silver Creek Pro Rodeo and Neil Holmes on Ragin JT,  91 points each. 3. Luis Villarreal, Leon, Mexico, 89 points on Lincoln’s Logs from Nicole Porter. 4.  Jarod Craig, Hillsboro, Texas, 88.5 points on Got It from Lyndal Hurst. 5.  Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Tex., 86 on Moon Cricket from J.C. Knapp Rodeo. 

Shoot Out Round - 1. Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, 90 points on Jaynes Gang Outside the Box. 2. Neil Holmes, Houston, Tex., 89.5 points on Box K Cattle Company’s Black Jack. 3. Luis Villarreal, Leon, Mexico, 87.5 on Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s American Fire. 4. Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Tex.,  no score on American Gangster, Silver Creek Pro Rodeo. 

Bull Team Results – 1. Lyndal Hurst, Slaton, Texas 288.26 points, 25,000.00. 2.  Bud Ellis/Knapp, Mansfield, Tex., 283.33 points, 15,000.00. 3. Loe and Melton, Weatherford, Tex., 283.26  points, 10,000.00 4. Harris Bucking Bulls, Palestine, Tex., 280.24  points, 5,000.00. 


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