Jacoby Strikes First on The 2015 CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour in Jackson

It took getting past two rookies, a World Champion, and a Gold Buckle, but Elliott Jacoby of Fredericksburg, Texas answered the challenge to win the Championship Bull Riding Bud Light Classic Presented by Alan Vines Automotive held at the Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee.

The first event of 2015 was the fourth stop of the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne televised tour and after three rounds and twenty – two qualified rides, the Oman arena exploded with excitement as the sold out crowd witnessed a record setting night of bull riding. 2014 CBR Bull of the Year, Penny Lover, was ridden for the first time in twenty-four attempts, and veteran Elliott Jacoby won the championship event title by posting three 90 point plus scores.

However, before the gold buckles were awarded, the electrifying atmosphere of the Oman Arena would be enough to inspire the 2014 class of rookies to steal the show, round by round.

Cody Rostockyj, the first gunner in the three round tournament style competition, would strike first and set the tone of the second night of Championship Bull Riding, scoring a 90.5 on Rawson and Probst’s White Wolf. For the second night in a row, the first three riders would score with five qualified rides posting from section one.  The number two-ranked rider in the CBR World standings, eighteen-year-old rookie bull rider Wyatt Rogers of Rose, Okla., would turn in an 88 on 908 Catahoula.

Section two kicked off with Chris Roundy of Spanish Fork, UT turning in an 89.5 performance on White Lightning (Elite Buckin Bulls) but that was quickly matched by Jacoby who rode Mayhem, a bull he had never seen before, for the first of two 90.5 rides.

“I didn’t know the bull, but Cody Teel told me he was really good and he was super-fast into my hand and I had to hustle the whole time,” said Jacoby immediately following his first win on The Mahindra Road to Cheyenne.

The twenty four year old bull rider would stay in the lead for four more outs, despite seven rookies posting scores until former CBR World Champion, Josh Barentine, scored 91.5 on Barrett / Craig / Elite’s team bull Ragin JT. JT, who seemed to catch a second gear tonight after last night’s 88.5 score with Cody Rostockyj,  would be the highest marked ride to win round one. Former World Champion Cole Echols, and #1 ranked CBR rider, Aaron Pass, would turn in 90.5 and 91-point performances respectively.

88 points would be the cut off for advancement to round two, but with the CBR Bull Team Challenge $45,000 purse on the line, the bulls bucked a little harder in this round and at the conclusion, two rookies, Keaton Moody and Wyatt Rogers would join Jacoby in the Final Four Shootout Round.  Moody rode JQH’s Raptor for 88.5, while Rogers turned in an 89 on Chad Ramer’s seldom ridden Little Moody.

The event would pause for Whiplash, the Cowboy Monkey, who entertained the already frenzied crowd with his phenomenal herding skills aboard his trust border collie, Boogie.

Four cowboys advanced to the Final Four Shootout round where they picked their bovine opponents with the two rookies challenging two veterans. Josh Barentine who advanced based on his round one winning score, lost his rope and stopped the clock at 3.55 seconds on Jimmy Jaynes’ Out of the Box. Keaton Moody, the rookie from Hartshorn, Oklahoma, would ride next breaking a twenty-four out unridden streak of the 2014 Bull of the Year, Penny Lover, owned by Benny Cude of the 7 Rocking X Ranch in Priddy, Texas.    

Wyatt Rogers, the rookie who won $43,00 at the CBR Mercedes event last fall, would hear the buzzer early when Honky Cat (Harris) would bring him down in only 2.39 seconds.

Jacoby, who has been riding on the pro circuits since he was eighteen, had no reservations when he selected 050 Gold Buckle for his final ride. It would be the third time he and the black and white spotted bull would meet. 

“I rode him twice at Rodeo Houston and he was solid then. He turned back into my hand around to the right and was fast, and bucked hard consistently,” said Jacoby. Barrett / Craig / Elite Buckin Bulls, who acquired him from Lyndal Hurst in 2014, owns Gold Buckle. 

Jacoby, who will appear on tour on The Mahindra Road to Cheyenne, will travel between Denver and Fort Worth before landing in Hobbs on January 24th for the Tuff Hedeman Championship at the Lea County Events Center.

Leading the team who won the Jackson CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge was Brett Barrett of Barrett / Craig / Elite Buckin Bulls.

When asked what made their bulls better tonight Barrett had this to say, “The crowd was a big part of tonight’s performance. No doubt the bulls reacted to the intensity and noise from the fans.”

Barrett’s team triumphed with two veteran bulls, Ragin JT and Kojack, and a youngster named Boomer who is being adjusted to the road. Barrett’s team scored 292.25 total points with Barentine’s round winning 91.5 leading the team. Next up was Lane Toon who was 90 points on their second draw, Kojack, a bull that Sage Kimzey won a round on at the National Finals Rodeo. Their third draw was Boomer, a young less experienced bull who was named by Zach Craig’s toddler son who cheers for the “Boomer Sooners” of the University of Oklahoma. Cody Rostockyj came down early on Boomer at 6.25 seconds, but his efforts rewarded with an 89 point bull score.

The CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour resumes on January 24th in Hobbs, New Mexico at the Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding presented by Legendary Services, LLC.

Jackson Results

1. Elliott Jacoby 90.5, 90.5, 93

2. Keaton Moody 88, 88.5, 92.5

3. Wyatt Rogers 88, 89

4. Josh Barentine 91.5

Round by Round scoring available at

Jackson Bull Team Challenge Results

1. Barrett / Craig / Elite 292.25

2. Elite Buckin Bulls 289.5

3. JQH Bucking Bulls 287.19

4. Rawson / Probst 286.16