High School Student from Oklahoma Wins Richest Purse in the History of Championship Bull Riding

Fort Worth, Texas, - October 18, 2014 – There is a first time for everything and it was a night of firsts at the Inaugural Ed Payne-Real Don Johnson “Bulls on the Border” Bull Bash Presented By Tecate Light & Powered by Rivera’s Machinery,  the third stop of the 2014-15 “Road to Cheyenne” bull riding tour held at the Rio Grande Valley Arena. Eighteen year old Wyatt Rogers of Rose, Oklahoma, won his first bull riding championship as a professional while participating at his first Championship Bull Riding event. Simultaneously Brett Barrett, Duncan, Okla., flanked Mid-States Rodeo Co/Elite Buckin Bulls to win their first CBR Bull Team Challenge Championship while engaging 059 Boomer in his first Shootout Round appearance. 
Competing on a personal invitation from Tuff Hedeman, Rogers was one of twenty-six bull riders including five world champions, the top 5 ranked bull riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and six rookie riders all trying to win the lion’s share of the $70,000 purse created after no single rider completed the 8 second ride in the Shootout Round of the last two events. “I just rode them jump for jump”, claimed the high school senior who dedicates his rides to his father who died suddenly in May. 
“This year is all for my dad,” Wyatt said. Warren “Dusty” Rogers of Rose was a steer wrestler and team roper who began teaching his son to be a cowboy at an early age. Rogers, who rode his first sheep at two years old, went on to win the Jr. Bull Riding division of Little Britches at 13 before winning the Oklahoma High Bull Riding State Championship in 2013 and 2014. 
Wyatt’s record breaking night began as the fourth bull rider on the draw. Following two qualified rides by veterans Jared Long and Ardie Maier, Rogers leaned on the only bull rider to ever beat him in high school rodeo competition, Sage Kimzey, for advice. “My first bull (3395 Hou’s Willin – Jaynes Gang) I just climbed on and had fun and was 84.5”, said Rogers who finished 5th in Round One.  As one of only three qualified rides in the Semi Final Round, Rogers described his 86-point ride on Smooth Criminal (Pointed Rock Cattle Co), “The second bull kind of faked left and then went back to the right, but felt good.”  Being one of only two cowboys to ride both his draws, Wyatt entered the Shoot Out Round leading the average which earned him the number one position in choosing his bull for the Final Four. Rogers selected rookie bucking bull Boomer after reading the analysis of the final four bulls earlier in the day. While standing for the first time on the back of the CBR chutes, Rogers watched his three opponents. 
Craig Jackson, one of two riders to come back to the Final Four on a one score ride, bucked off the Bucking Bull of the Year, 8034 Penny Lover. Next up was National Finals Rodeo qualifier Aaron Pass, who was only the third rider to make the whistle on Jimmy Jaynes’ Outside the Box, for 91.5 points.  Next was the reigning World Champion Sage Kimzey who came down abnormally early on Jeff Harris’ Honky Kat. 
In the end it was Rogers who took note from owner Brett Barrett. “He blew out with a big jump and felt good, and well it all worked out”, said Rogers of his first 92-point ride resulting in the high marked ride of the event.
Aaron Pass, who finished second and took home a little over $23,000 to Kaufman, Texas, claimed the lead and the first round with 90 points on Red Dirt Road of Cunningham/Scoggins.  With only seven qualified rides in Round One, the Semi Final round would see only three with Neil Holmes riding Mayhem, B&M Bucking Bulls for the round win at 88.5 points.  
 Finishing first, for the first time, in the CBR Bull Team Challenge was Reserve World Champion bull team owners, Mid-States Rodeo Co/Elite Buckin Bulls. The Bull team competition features the “other side of the ride” in a 3 bull team challenge. Winning first in a competition where the bulls are competing for $20,000 in prize money, the trio of Ragin JT, One More Dip, and Gold Buckle were a combined 282.14 points for their first win after numerous second and third place finishes in previous years. The Bull Team Challenge features the crème of the crop in bucking bulls as they compete to earn points to qualify for the Road to Cheyenne World Finals featuring a $100,000 bonus to the Champion bull team at the year-end competition featured as part of the Cheyenne Frontier Days in July in Cheyenne, Wyoming. . 
Immediately following the bull riding action, fans flooded the arena floor for the musical concert of country music artist Aaron Watson. Watson, has sold over 150,000 records, recorded seven #1 singles on the Texas Music Chart, and 4 albums that debuted on the Billboard charts.  
Mercedes Bull Bash Results
Round 1 – 7 Qualified Rides
1, Aaron Pass, 90.5 points on Red Dirt Road., 2. Craig Jackson, 90 points on Catahoula, 3, Josh Barentine, 89 on Short Stack, 4. (tie) Eli Vastbinder, 88 on Honey Badger, Ardie Maier 88 on White Wings
Semi-Finals – 3 Qualified Rides
1. Neil Holmes, 88 pts on Mayhem, 2. Sage, 86.5 pts on Shifty, 3. Wyatt Rogers, 86 pts on Smooth Criminal   
Shoot Out Round
1. Wyatt Rogers, $42,000, 92 points on Boomer, 2. Aaron Pass, $23,000, 91.5 pts on Outside the Box, 3. Neil Holmes, $2,500, no score, 4. Sage Kimzey, $2,500 no score 
 Bull Team Challenge Results for Mercedes
1. Mid-States Rodeo Co/Elite Buckin Bulls  292.14      $20,000
2. Rawson Bucking Bulls                279.81 $12,000
3. Pointed Rock Rock Cattle Co         279.40 $8,000
4. Harris Bucking Bulls                    278.05 $5,000
About Championship Bull Riding –
Located in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas, Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman, CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides. Bull riders start in the Horizon Series earning points to move onto the elite Road to Cheyenne Tour.  The Road to Cheyenne Tour culminates in July in Wyoming at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion earns a $100,000 bonus. The CBR Bull Team Challenge is also part of the tour events where stock contractors bring their best bulls and compete for annual cash prizes that total over $1 million. Providing opportunities for contestants, stock contractors, fans and sponsors is why CBR is the REAL COWBOY SPORTtm. CBR is featured at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on the Fox Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks in prime time. For more information visit or call 817-626-BULL (2855).