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02.01.2015
The Champs Are Back - Teel and Washburn Win New Mexico CBR

The champ is back. After failing to score enough points to qualify for the semi-final round two weeks prior, Cody Teel, the 2012 PRCA World Champion bull rider recaptured his winning ways as he battled three bulls for three qualified rides. That would win him the buckle and the check for the Rodeo Construction Bucking on the Rio Grande in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Twenty five bull riders from nine different states made the trek to New Mexico for a shot at winning all or part of the $30,000 purse at the Santa Ana Center in snowy Rio Rancho. By the conclusion of the event, fifteen bull riders would hear the 8 second whistle, but in the end opportunity knocked and the cowboy from Kountze, Texas would answer.  

Admitting he knew he had to kick his game up a notch, Cody Teel had this to say about his win in Rio Rancho, 

“Nothing is given to you in this sport, you have to work hard and recognize when you have an opportunity and take advantage of it. Tonight I had three great opportunities and I knew I needed to make the best of it. If it’s one thing I have learned is that bull riding is about opportunities and taking advantage of them.”

Rio Rancho, the sixth stop of the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour, got underway with Craig Jackson setting the pace on the first draw with an 89.5 point score on Cude’s No Hands. Jackson, who has been riding on the CBR tour since 2009, rode two bulls for the second consecutive week. Teel, riding in the fourth slot, managed to score 89 points on the rankest scored bull of the night, 108 Show Me, a bull making his first CBR appearance. 

Teel would lead the round until Payson Utah’s Chris Roundy electrified the crowd with his 90.5 round winning performance on Kojak from Barrett, Craig, and Elite Bucking Bulls. By the end of the round, eight cowboys, including former World Champion Josh Barentine and last week’s champion, Brennon Eldred would post scores to advance to the semi-final twelve man go-round. Four riders, Elijah Moro, Cody Wood, Taylor Toves and Taryl Smith would advance on time ridden.

With the Million Dollar Bull Team powering the draw sheet, the second round was stouter than the first with six riders turning in scores. Taylor Toves’ round winning 91 points, aboard New Mexico stock contractor Owen Washburn’s bull Woody, would bring the crowd to their feet as both rider and contractor enjoyed the highest marked ride of the night. Teel would have an easier time on his second bull, Rewind (TDS) and his 90 points would be enough to take the lead in the average after two rounds with a 179. But Craig Jackson was on his heels as the second rider to post two scores as he covered Boomer (Craig, Barrett, Elite) for 87.5 points and a 177 in the average tally. Last week’s champion, Brennon Eldred, who had to make about three corners to get around Lyndal Hurst’s new bucker Bullionaire was 89.5 to finish third in the average on two with a 176.5... The fourth to ride two in Rio Rancho would be Lane Toon as he posted an 88 on JQH’s Raptor for a 175.5.

If you were going to win in Rio Rancho you had to ride two to advance. With two bulls, both sired by Little Yellow Jacket, making their CBR debut, the bull selection portion of the program was interesting. As the average leader, Teel, whose game plan included selecting the bull he had seen at the National Finals Rodeo, picked first and it was Seeing Red he chose to carry him to his first CBR event title of the season. 

Teel watched patiently as Toon and Eldred were over powered by Yellowhair (Hurst) and Honky Cat (JQH). But the bull riding rap star from Houston, Texas, Craig Jackson, would challenge Teel. Riding for what he thought was the required eight seconds on Gold Buckle (Barrett, Craig, Elite) C. Jack would get the bad news as a slap would stop the clock at 3.23 seconds, leaving the door wide open for the champ.

Teel, who has claimed at least one event title each season since his debut in 2012, heard opportunity knock for the first time on the 2015 Road to Cheyenne, but Seeing Red had a different plan. Coming out of the right hand delivery, the big red bull made a big jump with a hard right corner, continually moving forward then turned back towards the chutes in what looked like an attempt to buck inside the chute. Teel, hustling every move would ride the bull as he went to his knees, but Teel, determined to not waste the night’s efforts hustled to finish the ride for a 90.5 score and the Bucking On the Grand Championship.

With Aaron Pass, the number one ranked CBR rider absent from the day sheet, #2 Wyatt Rogers and #3 Taryl Smith had opportunity to more than take over the World Standings, but both would buck off before the night ended.

But Teel was not the only former world champion celebrating a win. 1996 World Champion Bull Rider, Owen Washburn returned to the winner’s circle after a two year hiatus from the CBR bull team competition. The Captain, Washburn’s nickname during his 21 year professional bull riding career, led the way with his trio of bucking bulls scoring a total 291.73. Washburn, who likes to mix up his team bulls week to week, had this to say about the win. 

 “It does feel good to be back. This was as good a set of bull rider’s as I have seen in one place in a long time. You know that helps us out too.” 

Wasburn, also a partner in Salt River Rodeo Company, raises his own bloodline of buckers that he started twenty years ago when he was still riding professionally. 

High Marked Bull of the night was a tie between two bulls representing the same team. Flanked by former bull riding great Mike White, Elite Bucking Bulls 108 Show Me and 626 Karaoke took home the rank honors with 91 point bull scores. While Teel scored on Show Me, former World Champion Josh Barentine could not get past the great Karaoke. 

Other notable bull team outs were Rockin R’s Anger Management who ended Chris Roundy’s night in 3.27 seconds with a 90 point bull score.  JQH’s new hellcat, Wicked Ways and Cude’s Cadillac Red, both posted 90.5 rank scores while bucking off Corey Maier and Elijah Mora respectively.

The forty eight bull team owners of the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge are all on the hunt to qualify for the CBR World Finals where the winner of the world finals team competition pockets a $100,000 bonus check and the title of World Champion bull Team.

The Mahindra Road to Cheyenne action continues on Saturday, February 7, 2014 at 8 pm at the El Paso County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.  

 

Bucking on the Rio Grand Results

Round One

1, Chris Roundy 90.5 on Kojack. 2, Craig Jackson, 89.5, 3, Josh Barentine, 89.5, 4, Cody Teel, 89.

 

Semi Final Round

1, Taylor Toves, 91 points on Woody. 2, Cody Teel, 90. 3, Brennon Eldred, 89.5. 4, Taryl Smith, 88.5. 5, Lane Toon, 88. 6, Craig Jackson 87.5

 

Shoot Out Round

Cody Teel, 90.5 points on Seeing Red

  

Rio Rancho Bull Team Competition

1. Washburn Bucking Bulls, 291.73. 2, Elite Bucking Bulls #2, 288.43. 3, JQH 285.08. 4, CPX Cattle Co, 284.11.

 

Complete scoring is available by round at cbrbull.com/events 

For more information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder at leighann@theshortround.com or 940.902.1112.

 

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