Echols Ends Dry Spell to Win the Baytown Horizon Series

Championship Bull Riding created the Horizon Series tour to give new riders the opportunity to break into the CBR Tour, a national, televised tour. In front of packed crowd, two CBR World Champions joined 36 bull riders as they pulled their ropes tight to benefit the youth livestock exhibitors of the Baytown Fair and Rodeo.

Produced by the televised CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne production manager, Chris Rankin of Normangee, the Baytown CBR Horizon Series was the place to be on a Saturday night in South Texas with bull riding action followed by a concert featuring Jason Cassidy, Jake Worthington and Breelan Angel.

“This was the 5th year for the Baytown Fair & Rodeo to host a CBR Horizon Series Event, each year we try our best to bring the best bulls and bull riders that is possibly available to the event.  Any time you have 2 World Champions and the defending CBR World Finals Champion at a horizon series event you know it is going to be a good night, we appreciate Neil, Clayton & Cole taking the invitation and coming to Baytown. It was by far the best event we have had yet in Baytown. Thanks to my family and friends who came out and helped us and the fair board for giving us the opportunity, it was a pretty awesome event”, said Rankin immediately following the awards presentation.

With the CBR’s regular televised season action coming to an end last week, the CBR Horizon Series is still up for grabs with several events left before a new Horizon Series Champion will be crowned. With valuable points still available at each remaining event, bull riders from seven states came to compete in Baytown.

Rankin, lining up buckers from five former stock contractors of the year, as well as several bulls that will be in contention for the CBR Bull of the Year, had bull power to rival any touring bull riding competition in the country. Bucking off forty bull riders before the night would end, the rodeo savvy crowd, as well as a few veteran bull riders, would be impressed by the power standing inside the bucking chutes.

Drawing two bulls from the same contractor, Billy Jaynes and the Jaynes Gang from Orchard, Texas, Cole Echols, the 2013 CBR World Champion was the only cowboy to ride two bulls and walk away from the Baytown Youth Fair arena with a buckle and $3,360. Echols, a six-time CBR World Finals qualifier and a National Finals Rodeo finalist finished with 177.5 average on two bulls with the highest mark ride of the night, 89.5 points on Jaynes’ 1925 Painkiller. Echols had this to say about his rides:

 “My first bull (1925 Painkiller) I saw not too long ago, he is a nice bull that went into my hand, one you definitely want to get on – it worked out for me this time”.

The two round event began with a bang as the first man out of the chutes, US Army Veteran Juan Alonzo, would ride Little Shyster for 87 points. That score would hold as the second high marked ride of round one, followed by Newt Brasfield with 86.5 on Hou’s Willin, also from Billy Jayne’s string of buckers. Cody Rostockyj would dig up 82.5 points on Pointed Rock’s Smooth Criminal and the latest addition to the Houston Solution, Desmond Haynes, turned in a great ride of 87 points on Silver Creek’s #11 Taxi Pusher followed by Adam Lucero’s #11 from Lancaster Pro Rodeo.

Joining the six qualified rides from round one, six cowboys were drawn back to the short round on time ridden. This would include former World Champion Clayton Foltyn, CBR Finals Champion, Neil Holmes, Tuff Morgan, Jory Markiss, Lane Toon and eighteen year old Tristan Mize, who had won third the previous night in the Junior bull riding competition.

Neil Holmes was the first to post a score in the championship round with 84 points on Jaynes’ Hou’s Sea Sick followed by Tuff Morgan’s 86.5 on Lil Red from Cunningham and Scoggins. Making his professional debut, Tristan Mize, who won the short round slot because Hector Cardona left the arena before the final round, would be the next to cover a bull with 83 points on Fudge Drop of Shane Dagle’s. The next five would buck off leaving Cole Echols, the round one winner with 89.5 points, as the winner before he pulled his rope around the second bull. Proving why he is a World Champion, Echols nodded his head and made a spectacular ride on a bull that bucked him off a few weeks before.   

“My finals bull I was a little worried about, I got on him in Fort Worth two weeks ago and he two jumped me, so I tried a little harder to stay on and did”, said Echols after accepting the check from championship buckle sponsor Trenton Seelye.

Black Betty was rewarded as the rankest bull of the night posting a 91 point bull score as he one jumped rookie Demond Haynes at 1.66 seconds. Other notable outs resulting in a win for the bull were Pointed Rock’s Red Rocket at 90.5 points and Terry Williams, Walker TX Ranger bringing down Neil Holmes in round one with a 90 point bull score.   

The lion’s share of the $24,000 pay-out as well as the champion was the Jaynes Gang, reserve champion Mike Rawson followed by the team of Terry Williams and partner Dustin Delmas, with Lancaster Pro Rodeo finishing in 4th.

Immediately following the bull riding, ticketholders were treated to a concert featuring Baytown native Breelan Angel, finalist from The Voice, Jake Worthington and featured artist, Jason Cassidy.

Baytown Horizon Series Results:

Round 1

1, Cole Echols 89.5 on Painkiller, $806. 2, Demond Haynes, 87 on Taxi Pusher, $470, 3. Juan Alonzo, 87 on Little Shyster, $470. 4, Newt Brasfield, 86.5 on Hou’s Willin, $246. 5, Cody Rostockyj, 82.5 on Smooth Criminal, $156.80. 6, Adam Lucero, 81.5 points on 1100.

Short Round

1, Cole Echols 88 points on Flab Slab, $618.24. 2, Tuff Morgan 86.5 on Lil Red, $349.44. 3,Neil Holmes, 83.5 on Hou’s Sea Sick, 5, Tristan Mize, 83 points on Fudge Drop.


  1.   Cole Echols     177.5     $1,935.36

2. D. Haynes     87     $1,128.96

3. Juan Alonzo     87     $1,128.96

4. Newt Brasfield     86.5     $483.84

5. Tuff Morgan     86.5     $483.84 

6. Neil Holmes     83.5     $215.04