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04.20.2015
Tuff Hedeman Taps Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Dougie as the Bounty Bull for the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding

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 he would be the bounty bull for 38th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding. 

On April 24th in Del Rio, Texas, at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds rodeo 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 a new Dodge Ram Truck, courtesy of Ram Country Dodge, Del Rio, TX.

The storied oldest continuous bull riding in the world is preparing for the 38th time as world champions, CBR as well as PRCA World Champion and NFR finalists prepare for the two day event. World class bulls and world class bull riders will battle it out for a chance to qualify for the CBR World Championships to be held in Cheyenne, WY, in July. But the Friday night feature is what bull riders are concentrating on. As one bull rider advised, “Eight seconds for a $35,000 truck. Can’t beat that deal”.

For ticket information call 830-775-9595, the George Paul office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds. Title sponsor is Ram Country with presenting sponsor Bud Light. Ramada Inn, Cripple Creek, Del Rio Feed and Supply and Tractor Supply also are long time event sponsors. Visa, Master Card, and Discovery Cards are accepted at the bull riding office. Performance times are 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday night.

When asked about his relationship and sponsorship with the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Nick Khoury, CEO of the Khoury Group, had this to say:

"It has been my pleasure to be associated with Bobby Paul, Producer of the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding for 15 years. When I first opened a Dodge dealership in Del Rio, I was not from that community and really did not know anyone. I quickly became familiar with the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding and loved the sport. I met John Ludlum and Bobby Paul and realized that being involved with the bull riding was a way to get to know Del Rio community citizens and surrounding ranchers. I made a business decision that becoming part of that event was not only a good idea, it was a good business decision. Dodge Ram and bull riding go hand in hand and that event has helped build our brand name and Ram Country Del Rio. Being Title Sponsor of such a prestigious event is an honor and I am now proud that we sponsor the Bounty Bull Truck, a 2015, Dodge Ram Crew Cab 1500 to be given to the bull rider that wins the Friday night bull riding if he can complete an 8 second ride on the Bounty Bull, Dougie. We have given away one truck so far and I hope to present the keys to the 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab to the man that can ride Dougie". 

Dougie has been attempted fifteen times with one qualified ride on record. On Friday night in Del Rio 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, was mastered by Corey Maier of Timber Lake, South Dakota for 90 points in 2013 at the CBR in Los Fresnos, Texas bucks off cowboys 93.3% of the time. He has been boarded by the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey, twice, once at a PRCA rodeo in Strong City, Oklahoma, Kimzey’s hometown and once at the CBR World Finals when he 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 Wrangler National Finals 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. 

Brad Vogele had this to say about Silver Creek’s young superstar, “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 and possibly a truck.”

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. 

Who would Silver Creek like to see get on Dougie?

“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 nineteen months when Corey Maier was 90 points on him to win the Los Fresnos Mahindra 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 2012 PRCA World Champion Cody Teel, Corey Maier, World Champion Clayton Foltyn and NFR qualifiers Chandler Bownds, Brennon Eldred, and Elliott Jacoby, it is possible we will see a rematch on Friday night’s performance? 

The George Paul is the last stop on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour and the CBR appreciates what Nick Khoury does for the fans in Del Rio. Khoury added, "The partnership between the George Paul and CBR has been a great asset to the George Paul and to the Del Rio fan base and I personally believe that the CBR is the coming force in the sport of bull riding under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Benny Cude".

The bull riding will take place on Friday and Saturday night, April 24-25, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by debit or credit card by phone, 830-775-9595 or in person at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds.

Stay tuned at cbrbull.com, Championship Bull Riding on Facebook, and CBRBull on Twitter and Instagram to find out. For the stock contractors who are awarded the honor of bringing their bucking stock to Del Rio, the experience is one of a kind.


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