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07.07.2014
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CBR Announces Production Team for World Finals at the Daddy of 'Em All
 
The 2014 CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour World Finals is less than three weeks away from its final destination at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Today Chairman and CEO, Benny Cude, announced several veteran and new members of the production team for the CBR World Finals. 
 
The trademark of Championship Bull Riding is the consistency in entertainment and competition for the rodeo and bull riding’s fans in Cheyenne. “The cowboys today are top athletes. The livestock is bred to buck and the payout is in excess of $400,000 in a twenty-four hour time frame.  It takes a lot of hard work from a small army of men and women to produce two shows of this caliber,” said Cude. 
 
While rodeo has always been about Western heritage and the cowboy-way-of-life, the CBR’s two night bull riding production is jam-packed with current and classic rock music, pyrotechnics and nonstop entertainment.
 
"Bull riding is continually changing, and it will continue to change and grow to keep up with other professional sports," said Cude.
 
Key personnel rejoining the CBR team are supervising production manager Chris Rankin and television producer Jeff Medders.
 
Possibly the biggest job at the Daddy of ‘Em All is transitioning the arena from the rodeo day performance to the night show that is the CBR World Finals. Returning Arena Manager Matt Noble will be arriving in Cheyenne to guide the amazing two hour transition for each of the two performances.
 
Making the bull riding come to life will be two of the industry’s top voices. “Donnie Gay is a bull riding icon who has been guiding fans through many of the sport’s most spectacular moments for decades,” said Cude. “Gay’s unmistakable style will elevate the crowd’s knowledge and excitement.” 
 
Serving as the definitive play-by-play voice for the live audience will be five time PRCA announcer of the year nominee, Andy Stewart, Monroe, La.  Interacting with the crowd and keeping them involved during the entire performance will be rock star rodeo clown, Cody Sosebee. Returning to Cheyenne for both the rodeo and the CBR World Finals performances, Sosebee is a crowd favorite in Cheyenne.
 
Ali Dee, country music artist and television broadcaster, will join Tuff Hedeman reporting alongside National Finals Rodeo producer and on-air host, Jeff Medders, for arena and behind the chutes coverage on FOX Sports Network to be aired August 17th and 24th on FSN.  
 
The following is a complete listing of the 2014 CBR World Finals Production team for Championship Bull Riding.
 
Production Manager:  Chris Rankin, Normangee, Tex. 
Chute Boss: Tuff Hedeman
Arena Manager: Matt Noble, Poplar Grove, Ill. 
Livestock Director: Robert Williamson, Tyler, Tex.
Sports Medicine Director: Truman “Doc” Spoon, Big Spring, Tex.
CBR Bull Fighters:  Matt Baldwin, Sylvania, Ala., Brandon Loden, Gilmer, Tex., Craig Check, Tahoma, Wis. 
CBR Barrel Man: Cody Sosebee, Charleston, Ark.
Safety Men: Lane Hedeman, Morgan Mill, Tex., Josh Edwards, Terrell, Tex. 
Announcer: Donnie Gay, Mesquite, Tex., and Andy Stewart, Monroe, La.
CBR Television Crew: Geronimo Productions, Tulsa, Okla.; Ali Dee, Tolar, Tex., sideline reporter 
Arena Crew: James Pierce, James Pierce, Jr., Thibodaux, La. 
Production Staff:  Piranha Productions, Weatherford, Tex.,  Nick Morrison, Winnebago, Ill., Eric Noble, Beloit, Wis., Bill Saunders, Stephenville, Tex.
CBR Strategic Partnerships: Tanner Twomey, Fort Worth, Tex., Ben Cambra, Dallas, Tex., Michael Curtis, and Obession Media
CBR Event Coordinator: Kay-Lee Pearson, Stephenville, Texas
CBR Staff:  Chad White, Bossier City, La., Monica Foerster, Angel Tyner, Woodlands, Tex.  
CBR Photographer: Todd Brewer, Graham, Tex. 
CBR Sound: Jill Franzen, Weatherford, Tex. 
CBR Media and Short Round Magazine: Leigh Ann Schroeder, Ronald D. Schroeder, Gainesville, Tex.
CBR Bull Team Secretary: Linsey Ray, Fort Worth, Tex.
CBR Secretary and Rider Administration: Cicily Cross Blair, Nacogdoches Tex.
CBR Chief Operating Officer: Chelsee Murphy, Weatherford, Tex. 
 
Cheyenne Frontier Days begins July 19th through the 27th with the CBR World Finals July 21st and 22nd. For tickets and information please go to cbrbull.com and CFDRodeo.com – Ticket information - 800.227.6333. For more information on CBR see cbrbull.com or leighann@theshortround.com – 940.902.111
 
ABOUT CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS
 
Cheyenne Frontier Days is America’s largest outdoor rodeo, and related attractions and events, including premier musical entertainers. Since it was founded on September 23, 1897, CFD has energized the rodeo community, bringing major economic benefits and the nation’s leading rodeo contestants to CFD to showcase their talents. Championship Bull Riding World Finals, PRCA rodeo, concerts and the midway carnival are not the only attractions of CFD, over 100,000 people attend free pancake breakfasts, parades, the Indian village, the art show, the museum, and Thunderbirds air show. Over 500,000 people annually attend CFD’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeo which  involves almost 1,500 contestants vying for more than $1 million in money and prizes. Rodeos are held daily Saturday, 7/19 through Sunday, 7/27 at 12:15 p.m. Each day includes bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, rookie bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer roping, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and wild horse races. Championship Bull Riding's World Finals are during Cheyenne Frontier Nights on July 21, 22, 2014 where they will award over $300,000 during the two night performances.

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