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07.21.2014
Key Match-Ups For 2014 CBR World Finals Performance Night One

Key Match-Ups For 2014 CBR World Finals Performance Night One

The 2014 CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days has finally arrived, and the race for the gold buckle and $100,000 bonus is going to be decided over the next two nights. The top-24 bull riders in the CBR World Standings will get on two bulls tonight, and the rider on top after two rounds will get on superstar bounty bull Penny Lover. The normal format returns tomorrow night, and the event leaders will have the potential to get on three more bulls concluding with the Final Four Shootout Round.

The CBR World Title race is still wide open, and the results in Cheyenne will go a long way in determining our next World Champion. The Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge Finals will also take place in at the World Finals, so fans are going to see the best riders and bulls the next couple nights. There are several excellent match-ups in the first and second rounds, respectively, and the following are the ones that stand out the most.

 

 

Round One

Aaron Pass on Nashville will get the first round started, and it should get things off to a great start. Pass is third in the CBR World Standings and has ridden over 50 percent of his bulls (including seven 90-point rides) at CBR televised events this season. Nashville, a bull owned by Herrington/King, will be a tough test. In four outs at CBR televised events this year, he's been ridden twice for an average ride score of 90.75 points. Pass is a contender for the gold buckle, and this bull is a great one to start with.

Josh Barentine on Raven's Mistake is a great fit to say the least. Barentine is the 2012 CBR World Champion, and after a down 2013 season, he started to come around late this year with a seventh-place finish in Lufkin and fifth-place finish in Laughlin. He rode Raven's Mistake at both of those events for 90.5 and 89 points, respectively. This bull, owned by Rawson Bucking Bulls, is a Bull of the Year finalist. Cooper Davis and Cody Teel have both won events on him this season, and he's definitely one to have. Barentine has ridden him twice, and there's no reason it shouldn't happen again.

Trey Benton on Ragin JT is a match-up of possible World Title winners. Benton is second in the World Standings after an amazing run at the last handful of events. He's ridden 13 out of 14 bulls at CBR televised events (including eight 90-point rides), and he's won three of the five events he's entered. Ragin JT, a bull owned by Craig/Barrett/Keeton, is one of the favorites for Bull of the Year. He's been ridden eight out of 13 times this season, and the average ride score is 89.5 points. These two match up very well, and this should contend for the round win.

Cody Teel on Razor Blade is the next match-up to watch out for. Teel is fifth in the World Standings and still has an outside shot to win the gold buckle. He's won two events this season, and he's ridden 10 out of 15 bulls (including four 90-point rides) at CBR televised events. Razor Blade is a bull owned by Silvercreek Pro Rodeo. In three outs this season, he's been ridden twice for an average ride score of 90 points. World number one Sage Kimzey rode him for 91 points in Mulvane, and Teel should be pretty close to the same number tonight.

Chandler Bownds on Party All The Time is the last match-up to watch in round one. Bownds has had another solid season in Championship Bull Riding, picking up a win in Scottsdale and a fourth-place finish in Del Rio. He's accumulated four 90-point rides and is always a threat to win the round. Party All The Time, another bull owned by Silvercreek Pro Rodeo, has been ridden three times this season for an average ride score of 89.5 points. This is one of the last outs in round one, but it might end up being one of the best.

Round Two

Michael Earl on Iron Horse is one of the first match-ups in round two tonight. Earl is 20th in the CBR World Standings, but he rode great in Cheyenne last year finishing fourth. Hes always capable of a big score, and the best example this season is his 91.5-point effort on Got It in Rio Rancho. Iron Horse is a bull owned by Lyndal Hurst, and hes a good one to have. In five outs at CBR televised events in 2014, hes been ridden three times for an average ride score of 89.5 points. Chandler Bownds was 91 points on him in his last out. Earl hasnt been as consistent this season, but this one could still contend for the round win.

Cody Rostockyj on Corpus Red is a match-up capable of a big score north of 90 points. Rostockyj has quiety put together a solid season, and hes currently 12th in the World Standings. He has two 90-point rides this season, and he came on strong late with a tie for third in Laughlin and a runner-up finish in Las Vegas. Corpus Red, a bull owned by Knapp Rodeo, is a Bull of the Year finalist. Hes been ridden three times in seven outs in 2014, and the average ride score is an impressive 91.3 points. Rostockyj will have his hands full tonight, but if he gets it done, hell probably win the round.

Sage Steele Kimzey on Swamp Dog is the next match-up to watch for. Kimzey is currently on top of the CBR World Standings, and the gold buckle is his to lose. Hes had an outstanding rookie season, including six top-10 finishes and a win in El Paso. Hes ridden 67 percent of his bulls at CBR televised events, and he has six 90-point rides. Swamp Dog is a bull owned by Nicole Porter, and while hes only had one out in the CBR this year, he was ridden for 92 points at a PRCA event a few months ago. Kimzey will need every ride he can get to hold off his competitors, and this one should end up being pretty good.

Neil Holmes on Gold Buckle is a rematch that went the riders way earlier this season. Holmes has had a great comeback season in 2014 and currently sits eighth in the CBR World Standings. He has four 90-point rides this year, and hes coming off a runner-up finish in Del Rio. Gold Buckle, a bull owned by Barrett/Craig/Keeton/Mid State Rodeo Co., has been ridden all four trips at CBR events this season with an average ride score of 90 points. Holmes rode this bull for 89.5 points in Laughlin, and theres no reason to believe he wont ride him again this time for a similar solid score.

Eli Vastbinder on Me Too is the final match-up tonight to watch for. Vastbinder is currently fourth in the CBR World Standings after a very solid season. He has ridden 50 percent of his bulls at CBR televised events this year, and that includes five top-10 finishes with a victory in Las Vegas. Me Too is a bull owned by Cude Energy, and hes been ridden three times in nine outs this year with an average ride score of almost 90 points. Vastbinder matched up with this bull in Mulvane, and the bull won the battle after an oustanding trip (46.5 points). The rematch will be electric, and if Vastbinder makes the whistle, hell contend for the round win.
 
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 info@cbrbull 817.626.8255
 


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