“I am focused on Championship Bull Riding right now...”

Moving up three notches on the CBR standings belt fit right into 21-year-old Taylor Toves plans for 2014 as he was the only bull rider to cover two bulls to cinch the Spooktacular Horizon Series Bull Bash Championship on Saturday night at the rodeo arena in Jacksonville, Texas.  


The Stephenville, Texas raised cowboy drew Mike Rawson’s Jail House Socks in the long round where he said, “Although the bull backed up a little after coming out, his timing was great and he felt good into my hand.” Toves posted an 86.75 score which placed him fourth in the first round behind Dustin Boquet, Jamon Turner, and Juan Alonzo. But the short round was all Toves’ as he was the only rider to make the required 8 seconds. 


Toves’ attention would quickly turn to his short round bull, which was Sonic. Being the only rider to stay on, he would ride Sonic for 87.25 points with a combined 174 average score that would win him the event title, but more importantly move him three slots closer to taking the lead of the 2015 CBR Horizon Series Standings. 


“I’ll take him anywhere,” said Rawson of the young rider who drew one of his bulls for the second time, “he has always done a good job on my bulls. He sits right in the middle, just a good bull rider.” Toves’ 86.75 helped Rawson secure the open bull team competition win and a check for $11, 200.


Although Cody Rostockyj had won an earlier event this year on #107, a bull bred and actually owned by Ricky Carpenter, Toves had not seen this bull before.  “I usually just ride them jump for jump,” laughed Toves, but on this cold and windy night he took the elder rider’s advice on what he thought the bull would do.  


With only 10 riders hearing the whistle in round one, Dustin Boquet marked the highest ride of the night to win the long round with 88.5 points on Mike Rawson’s White Wolf. The rankest marked bull of the night was also from Stephenville, 629 Magic who had a total bull score of 91.25 and represented the Ramblin Verl bull team.  Magic is an own son of Houdini out of a daughter of White Water Skoal with a 90% buck off percentage which he upheld in Jacksonville with a 2.65 second dismissal of CBR superstar  Corey Bailey.


Toves, who moved from Alexandria, Louisiana to Stephenville when he was 10 years old, got on his first rough stock at age 13. He then rode his way up the ranks of the Texas High School Rodeo Association qualifying for the State Finals twice and placing third. “We got on the bucking barrel as kids, and my uncle and Dad rode bulls when they were younger, but I didn’t start getting on steers until the 9th grade,” said Toves when asked how he got started riding bulls.


But how and why he got started does not seem to matter too much to this young rider who hones his craft by getting on a lot of practice bulls. “Riding every Wednesday night at the Lonestar Arena in Stephenville helps, you get on a lot of young bulls so you learn to ride a good variety of different kinds”, said Toves the night after his first Horizon Series Championship.  


While this was Toves’ first big win on the 2015 Horizon Series, he has four first place finishes at the CBR’s Stockyards Horizon series events which keep him on the bubble of qualifying for The Road to Cheyenne Tour events. He has ridden in five tour events with his best showing being a 90.5 score on the Reserve Bucking Bull of the year, Ragin JT, in Laughlin, Nevada last March. Toves is also a former winner of the PRCA Ram Circuit Finals. 


Toves, who as ridden in all but one Horizon event of the new season seems to be on track.  “I am focused on Championship Bull Riding right now,” said Toves as he continues to prepare for this organizations last two events of the year scheduled for next weekend in Mansfield, Texas and the following Saturday in Thibodaux, Louisiana. 


All proceeds of the annual Spooktacular event benefits local agricultural based programs and operations. “Moving our community forward, providing self-sufficiency and local jobs for our future generation,” is the motto of the event.  A big thanks to CBR Stock Contractor of the year, Jeff Harris, for making this event possible each year.


Results  - November 1 Spooktacular Bull Bash Jacksonville, Texas


1.  Taylor Toves 174 $1,883.52 

2.  Dustin Boquet 88.5 $1,360.32 

3.  Juan Alonzo 88 $837.12 

4.  Jamon Turner 87.75 $575.52 


Open Bull Team Results


1. Mike Rawson 280.05

2. Martinez Bucking Bulls     278.34

3. Ramblin Verl 276.00

4. Billy Jones 273.67


5th Annual #CBRHorizon Spooktacular Bull Bash Bull Team Champion, Mike Rawson