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08.10.2014
The Art of Manliness

The Art of Manliness
 
A trophy belt buckle, the subject of hundreds of conversations over the last 100 years, not because of its value, but because of its placement.
 
That’s the power of a gold buckle - it sends signals about who we are, what commitments we have made, and our status in society.  
 
Hyo Silver crafts an exclusive collection of timeless jewelry and trophy buckles that capture the southern legacy of gold and silver while representing one of the ultimate signs of manhood  - rodeo.
 
One of the perks of being crowned CBR World Champion is the trophy and the gold buckle that accompanies the title. Hyo Silver, the official buckle maker of the CBR, also crafted the World Title Trophy.  
 
“We are extremely proud to have a great partner and sponsor like Hyo Silver.  They have done an outstanding job with the CBR World Title Trophy and all the buckles that represent the path to the world championship,” said CEO Benny Cude.
 
But beauty, fame and fashion are not always the only powers of a trophy buckle. The 2014 Road to Cheyenne was filled with “gold buckle” moments each revolving around a buckle.
 
Each event on The Road to Cheyenne tour features the Hyo Silver buckle being awarded to the bull riding champion as well as the bull team champion and high marked bovine athletes at the event, but this year we witnessed cowboys forgoing their prized buckles in amazing acts of generosity and sportsmanship that resulted in memorable moments that will live on for years to come on our walls and in our hearts. 
 
CBR World Champion, Sage Kimzey, donated his first Hyo Silver CBR event win buckle to the benefit for retired bullfighter and CBR staff member, James Pierce, who was fighting cancer.  The buckle was purchased by Randy Schmutz and Frontier Rodeo Company for $5,000 dollars and moments later given back to Sage in a jaw dropping, tear jerking moment at the benefit auction.
 
Aaron Pass, who was selected thru a nationwide fan-voting contest as the “Smokey Mountain Fan Favorite” bull rider of CBR for 2014, donated his buckle to Haleigh Lansford, one of CBR’s most devoted bull riding fans who was on hand to see Pass receive his accolades courtesy of Smokey Mountain.  
 
The trophy which was on display at Cheyenne Frontier Days and then presented to 2014 World Champion Sage Kimzey at the CBR World Finals in July, returns to Fort Worth, Texas to reside in the Stockyards Museum in for fans and tourists to admire until it will load up and return to Cheyenne to await the crowning of the 2015 World Champion.
 
Championship Bull Riding is proud to call Hyo our partner and we would like to share with you a little bit about the company and the product that cowboys risk their lives to wear!
 
If you have never been to Bandera, Texas – you should. Nestled deep in the heart of the Texas hill country, is a community steeped in western heritage and a magnificent log cabin building that houses the family owned business sentimentally named Hyo Silver. Established in 1999 by former Miss Rodeo Australia, Jo Symons, Hyo Silver produces the ornamental masterpieces that sit proudly on the waist of rodeo cowboys and live on for centuries to come in the hearts, minds, and storytelling of the champions who won them.
 
Hyo Silver has been the official buckle maker of Championship Bull Riding for over ten years. Inspired by the beauty of nature, and the tranquility of faith, Hyo Silver presents an exclusive collection of timeless jewelry designs.  Each handmade piece features signature elements of tri-colored gold mixed with cool hues of sterling silver against a deep contrast of black antique and vibrant accents of colored crystals and gemstones.  
 
Hyo Silver crafts buckles for not only CBR, but the Fort Worth Stock Yards, Prescott Frontier Days, and even the inaugural committee for the President of the United States to present exquisite trophy buckle awards to champions from all walks of life. 
 
 In addition to custom buckles, clients are also able to work with Hyo Silver designers by selecting from an extensive collection of jewelry and accessories to fashion truly exceptional customized jewelry pieces with superior quality and style.
 
Clients are welcome to visit the Hyo Silver showroom in Bandera, Texas. You can contact Hyo Silver thru www.hyosilver.com or by calling the showroom at 1.877.796.7961. Follow Hyo on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
 
We would love to share your special buckle moments so send us your stories via Facebook, Twitter, or email@ kay-lee@cbrbull.com
 
 

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