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07.31.2014
South Dakota’s Kritter Lamb Makes the Last Whistle to Take Home the Horizon Series Title

 South Dakota’s Kritter Lamb Makes the Last Whistle to Take Home the Horizon Series Title

It has been a transitional year for Championship Bull Riding during their 2014 season. Some of the faces have remained the same, but it was new names making headlines. CBR is packed with talented riders, and that makes things really competitive throughout the year, but this year was especially spirited. Not only were Sage Kimzey and Trey Benton duking it out week to week on The Road to Cheyenne, the CBR’s qualifying tour, the Horizon Series, had its own dog fight.

On August 31, 2013 a cowboy from Timberlake, South Dakota journeyed northwest to attend his first CBR event. Cowboys from Timberlake are nothing new to CBR, the brothers Maier, Rorey, Corey, and Ardie have been regulars on the professional bull riding circuits since 2004. But the new kid on the block was not named Maier.

Kritter Lamb debuted his bull riding talents in Dickinson, North Dakota and kept those skills on display until July 11, 2014 when he went into a head to head battle with Corey Bailey of Paris, Tennessee for the Horizon Series Championship title. Bailey had led the qualifying tour most of the year winning enough money and points to progress him and keep him on The Road to Cheyenne tour for most of the season, but Lamb who defeated the Tennessee cowboy by only seventeen points in the final tally, made the whistle when it counted the most.  At the birthplace of indoor rodeo, the Fort Worth Stockyards Cowtown Coliseum, the two rookie riders were pitted against each other for the final ride on the final night of the Horizon series season. With only a handful of points separating the two, Lamb had to ride his bull to garner enough points to overcome Bailey. Bailey had to buck off for Lamb to win the title...and he did.

In Cheyenne, collecting his $20,000 bonus check and Hy O Silver trophy buckle from Tuff Hedeman, Lamb had this to say about his amazing season finale, “I was given some good advice, before you start your year..set a goal then try to achieve that goal, and that’s what I did.”

On January 24th Lamb posted this quote on his personal Facebook page, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence”. 

With that attitude and mindset, the 23 year old now living in Whitehorse never looked back. Encouraged by the quality of bulls at the CBR events Lamb decided to hit the CBR trail, traveling with Tate Smith of Mitchellville, ND. Hearing the eight second whistle eight times out of his eleven draws, success found Lamb in early October as he placed fourth in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Texas was his second stop and he won his first CBR title as he was crowned the Houston Harris County Fair Horizon Champion on October 11th. He stayed in the South picking up a fourth in Bay City, Texas, a sixth in Thibodaux, Louisiana and received a check on night one in Del Rio at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding. 

Although Lamb was finding success on the Horizon Series, he earned his way to the televised venues as well.  All season long, Kritter Lamb was touted as one of the CBR’s “hot, new, young riders,” at 23 Lamb is not new to bull riding, but he was however, one of the hottest riders on the Horizon Series which allowed him to take his place on The Road to Cheyenne Tour. Lamb made the televised tour eight times riding in Jackson, Hobbs, Rio Rancho, EL Paso, Lufkin, Bossier, Mulvane, Laughlin, and Fort Worth. He claims his best ride was on Craig and Barrett’s One More Dip in Bossier where he was 89.5 points and he posted five qualified rides on the main tour. The rodeo athlete’s favorite bull is one he rode twice on tour, Rocking R’s 903, Big and Sexy. 

An accomplished and talented bull rider during his high school years, Lamb began his career like most riding sheep, calves and miniature bulls before progressing to junior bulls in high school. A humble and modest cowboy, Lamb shares his story, “I qualified all four years in high school. I rode broncs, bulls, team roped and made the National High School Finals Rodeo Twice”.   

Lamb looks forward to continuing his career with Championship Bull Riding and will be present at the first two events in Dickinson, North Dakota and Huron, South Dakota in late August.

For more information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder (940) 902.1112 or leighann@theshortround.com. To follow the CBR events see cbrbull.com/events.

 

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