Tuff Hedeman Taps Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Dougie as the Bounty Bull for the Season Opener

Dubbed the “baddest bull on the draw” by stock contractors and cowboys alike, Dougie, one of Championship Bull Riding’s reigning unridden bulls for 2014-15 season, currently leads the CBR’s bovine athletes as the one the cowboys want to ride and they will get their chance as Tuff Hedeman announced today he would be the bounty bull for the season opener.

On January 16, in Jackson, Tennessee, at the Oman Arena, the winner of the first round of bull riding will have an opportunity to attempt to last 8 seconds aboard Silver Creek’s #96 Dougie for $10,000.

Dougie will buck for the first time this season during the CBR’s first performance on Friday, when he will face the best cowboy of the night in the final ride of the forty cowboy-opening round.

Dougie, who has been ridden once in four attempts in CBR action ( Corey Maier - 90 points in Los Fresnos, Texas), went against the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey last June at a PRCA rodeo in Strong City, Oklahoma, Kimzey’s hometown.  The CBR World Finals bull made quick work of Kimzey, sending him overboard in 2.00 seconds for a bull score of 44.00 points.

On a twenty-five point scale, 21 is considered a good bucking bull score within the performance bull industry. Statistically speaking, Dougie’s best performance was in Topeka in 2013 when he was rewarded 46 points on the bull side of the ride for his efforts in bucking off John Young. 42 points is considering a good bucking bull and #96 is consistently above average on the professional circuits.

One of Dougie’s top honors was being selected by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to buck at the National Finals Rodeo last December in Las Vegas and the five-year-old bull was not bothered one bit by the bright lights of Vegas as he bucked off CBR contender Tyler Smith in 4 seconds in the fourth round. 

When CBR’s Lindsay Whelchel caught up with Vogele at the National Finals Rodeo on Sunday before Round 4 of the finals, CBR bull rider Tyler Smith was getting ready to attempt the un-ridden Silver Creek bull. After the round was over, Dougie remained un-ridden, but Vogele had this to say about the WNFR experience. 

“When you really sit back and look, it’s such an honor to be able to be here and participate and have a hand in maybe helping a cowboy to win round money or possibly win the round.”

Dougie, owned and representing Silver Creek Pro Rodeo, Bar D, and Vogele Bucking Bulls, ranks fourth historically amongst rank bucking bulls from the great state of Kansas, but despite his 93% buck off average, Vogele is looking forward to the top riders in the industry attempting his great bull this weekend and this year on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour. 

“I would really like to see Kimzey get another shot on him,” said Vogele. 

So what makes him so hard to get a score on? According to Vogele he stands still in the chutes, sometimes leaning back just a little, but comes out clean and goes to the left every time the gate opens. 

“He bucks hard and breaks over kicking consistently hard. I think in the middle of his high rear he hesitates when he is coming around getting the bull rider off his balance and timing.” 

Although Vogele has not seen a qualified ride on his super star bucker in sixteen months when Corey Maier was 90 points on him to win the Los Fresnos Road to Cheyenne Tour title, he has earned multiple High Marked Bull buckles and remains one of the draws the bull riders can’t wait to wrap their rope around.

With the number one bull rider in the world, Sage Kimzey, on the draw in Jackson, as well as Tyler Smith, Corey Bailey, and Corey Maier, is it possible we will see a rematch on Friday night’s performance? 

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