Tuff Hedeman Readies Hobbs for the New #1 Ranked Bull Rider

Eighteen-year-old Wyatt Rogers of Rose, Oklahoma, won his first bull riding event as a professional rider while participating at his first Championship Bull Riding event last October. That event netted the high school senior over $43,000. 

Five days ago he proved he was not a one shot wonder as he made the whistle round by round in the season opener in Jackson, Tennessee. Rogers, who frequently plays basketball for his high school team the night before traveling to CBR events, rode 908 Catahoula for an 88 in round one and followed it up with an 89 on Chad Ramer’s Little Moody, a bull seldom scored on.  Rogers advanced to the final Shootout Round, but could not get Jeff Harris’s Honky Cat covered. He finished third in the average with 177 points, which was enough to move the young bull rider into the number one ranking in the CBR World Standings. 

“I just rode them jump for jump”, claimed the high school senior who dedicates his rides to his father who died suddenly in May.

Riding for the first time as #1, Rogers will be in Hobbs, New Mexico to defend his new ranking. “It is a great opportunity for the fans to get a glimpse of this rare talent,” said the producer of the event, four time World Champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman.

Joining Hedeman on the dirt will be twenty four cowboys from eleven different states. New Mexico’s own, Travis Briscoe, Edgewood, NM, will be among the contenders.

World Champions pulling their ropes on Saturday night include the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion, Sage Steele Kimzey, former World Champions Josh Barentine, Clayton Foltyn, and Cole Echols. Two time NFR round winner Aaron Pass, Kaufman, Texas, will also be amongst the cowboys on Hedeman’s roster who will be looking to unseat Rogers. 

Pass, who finished second in Mercedes last fall, was narrowly edged out by Rogers for the $43,000 event win in Mercedes. Other veterans on the day sheet competing for a rank increase include Eliott Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, NFR qualifier and last week’s CBR Jackson event champion, and NFR qualifier Chandler Bownds of Lubbock, Texas.

But will experience be challenged by youth on Saturday night?

Rogers, still technically classified as a rookie, will join seven other rookies at the Hobbs event who are all attempting to unseat the established veterans of The CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour. 

Supplying power to these athletes will be a few super stars from “the other side of the ride”. The 1996 World Champion bull rider, Owen Washburn (Lordsburg, NM), will be in Hobbs, but he will be flanking a trio of buckers as his bucking bulls compete in the CBR Bull Team Challenge, a competition held simultaneously to the rider action. 

“I am glad to be back,” said the former New Mexico champ. “Hoping to have a little luck in front of a home state crowd,” said Washburn.

The Bull Team Challenge features the crème of the crop in bucking bulls as they compete to earn points to qualify for The Mahindra Road to Cheyenne World Finals featuring a $107,500 bonus to the Champion bull team at the year-end competition featured as part of the Cheyenne Frontier Days in July in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 

Activities begin on Friday, Jan. 23rd with a meet and greet at Pacific Rim from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm followed by a reception at the Western Heritage Museum Complex and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

On Saturday, Jan. 24th, there will be a stick-bull riding at 6:00 prior to event. The Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding will start at 7:30 pm. The after party will continue at Pacific Rim. 

Advance tickets are available at Lea County Events Center 5101 N. Lovington, Hwy. or 800-735-1288. Prices start at $15 with a variety of options available.