Youth Challenged Experience as Eldred Wins the Fifth Stop on the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne

The only way to earn a paycheck on The 2015 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour is to ride better than the rest of the 24 man field. With five World Champions looking on, twenty year old Brennon Eldred not only won the event, but was the only rider to cover all three of his bulls, putting together three spectacular 90 point plus bull rides to win the 6th Annual Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding.

In addition to the $30,000 purse up for grabs on the fifth stop of the tour, the CBR cowboys are in a battle for points needed to qualify for a shot at the $100,000 bonus check to be awarded at the CBR World Finals in July at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Eldred, a former high school wrestling champion from Sulphur, Oklahoma earned 273 points towards qualifying and is now sitting in the number four slot of the CBR World Standings after his strong showing tonight in Hobbs, the first of two back to back events in New Mexico. 

Eldred had this to say, “The CBR’s three round format makes the best guy stand out, putting three bull rides together is not easy and you are rewarded for it, you have to really want to win to ride all three.” 

Eldred who rode Cude’s No Hands for 90.5 points, finished third in a crowded field of 15 qualified rides in round one. “ No Hands was a great draw tonight, he kicked hard, I knew he usually goes left and I had to hustle back to stay centered, he will beat you around that first corner pretty quick,” said the young bull rider who qualified for his first National Finals Rodeo in 2014.  

But it was crowd favorite Chandler Bownds, from nearby Lubbock, Texas, who won the first round for the second consecutive week, with a 91.5 score on Rawson’s Little Shyster, a grudge rematch after bucking off the bull in Fort Worth last year. 

Other outstanding rides in round one would come from two-time NFR round winner Aaron Pass with 90.5 on Elite’s White Lightning, and Reid Barker who finished second in round one on Kookabura, a previously unridden bull from the Hobbs Bull Team Champion, JC Knapp. Barker is the first bull rider to hear the whistle on Knapp’s super star bucker who until tonight has remained unridden in 30 plus outs.

The lowest score returning for the Semi Final Round would be an 85.5 which left the number one ranked CBR cowboy, Wyatt Rogers, and CBR and PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey, on the sidelines. 

Eldred would win the Semi Final Round on Owen Washburn’s Rubber Band. Washburn, the 1996 World Champion bull rider, who rode professionally for twenty one years, would give Eldred a heads up his bull’s pattern. 

“I had seen this bull at the NFR, and he was just as he told me, turning back right there in the gate and he bucked hard, but at about 6 seconds he changed directions and I had to hustle up to make the whistle,” said Eldred, pausing to sign autographs for young fans.

With eight qualified rides in round two, it took an 89.5 to make the Final Four Shootout round, which paid the bulk of the total purse to the highest scoring ride.  Eldred, the CBR rookie, would watch veterans Bownds, Pass, and Jackson buck off before he finished the night three for three riding Rawson’s new bull #13 Moonshine. 

“I picked Rawson’s bull because I have always earned money on his bulls when I draw them,” laughed Eldred, “and it worked out again.”

Eldred who won over $13,000, travels to Fort Worth on Monday to ride before traveling back to New Mexico to attempt to continue his winning streak on the sixth CBR tour stop next week at the Santa Ana Center in Rio Rancho.

The CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge continued in Hobbs as twelve team owners bucked a combination of three bulls each in an attempt to qualify their team for the CBR World Finals. At the end of the night it was JC Knapp who would receive the title, a beautiful Hyo Silver trophy buckle and a check for $20,000.

Knapp, who bucked two veteran team bulls and one rookie, won with a total of 289.5 points. Leading his team was Kookabura with an 89.5 bull score and a 91 point ride score from Reid Barker. Corpus Red had a familiar rider aboard with Craig Jackson pulling his rope. Jackson who won El Paso in 2013 aboard the big red bucker, scored 88 points on CR, his third attempt on this bull. Knapp mixed up his team a little for 2015 when he selected his third bucker #93 Pepper, a bull bred and raised by Bad Company Rodeo’s Mack Altizer. Pepper carried Aaron Pass to a 90.5 score in the Semi Final Round. 

The 2015 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour continues for both the riders and the bulls on January 31 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.


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Round One

1. C. Bownds 91.5, 2. R. Barker, 91, 3. (tie) B. Eldred, A Pass 90.5, 5.E. Jacoby,89.5

Semi Finals

1. B. Eldred, 91.5, 2. J. Alonzo, 91, 3.Aaron Pass 90.5, 4. C. Jackson, 89.5, 5.R. Barker,89


1. Brennon Eldred – 91


Bull Team Challenge Results

1. B&E / Knapp $20,000 289.50

2. Rawson / Probst $12,000 285.24

3. Elite Buckin Bulls 1 $8,000 284.06

4. JQH Bucking Bulls #1 $5,000 283.77


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