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05.11.2015
Great Bulls Great Venue

Aiming to make their mark on the dirt in front of the historical Cheyenne Frontier Days Grandstands, 22 professional bucking bull teams will head north and west this summer to Wyoming to compete for $335,000, including a $107,500 bonus check to the winner competing in the fifth installment of the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge World Finals held in conjunction with the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 20 and 21, 2015.

According to Brett Barrett, a partner in three different CBR bull teams the excitement, energy and competing on the big stage is all part of the experience you feel bucking your bulls during Cheyenne Frontier Days. “You have made it when you drive thru the livestock entrance at Cheyenne”, said Barrett.

Championship Bull Riding first embarked on a partnership franchise league with stock contractors in 2010 to build an organization that allowed bull owners to compete for record setting amounts of money while providing competitive stock for the ever changing talented young athletes in the sport of stand-alone bull riding.  The BTC World Finals held its first team World Finals event when the CBR relocated its World Finals to Cheyenne in 2011. 

249 different bucking bulls were a part of the 2015 season with Silver Creek Pro Rodeo team using the highest number of different bulls at 17. But recruiting top bulls to compete in the sports elite CBR Bull Team Challenge is just one aspect of “playing the game” says bull team owner and 2014 stock contractor of the year Jeff Harris.

“This is a family of friends,” said Harris upon learning his team earned its way back to Cheyenne this year after winning the final BTC final event in Del Rio. “Some of our best friends are our competitors and when we all work together to make the events successful, it happens for everyone, the bull guys, the riders, and especially the fans.”   

For the fifth year bull owners and investors have seen what an opportunity CBR offers to make an impact on the sport combining the best bucking bulls with the top bull riders riding professionally today. 

 

HOW DID THEY DO IT?

From North Dakota to the Gulf of Mexico, 48 franchise teams have spent the last 12 months competing to earn the valuable points needed to receive the coveted invitation to Cheyenne. 

While money is the allure, it is the points earned along the way that get you to the finals. Twelve points per team are available at each event as twelve teams comprised of three bull teams each compete at each tour stop. The winning team wins the lion’s share, $20,000, of the money at each event with the points being awarded in a descending scale from twelve to one. One point being earned by the last place team.  

While all 12 teams (at each event) earn points depending on how they finish, four teams finish “in the money” with $20,000, $12,000, $8,000, and $5,000, being the designated payout during the 2014-2015 season. 

The second way to qualify for the “winner take all” prize purse available in Cheyenne is thru the Cheyenne Challenge format featured at two events, (Jackson, Tennessee and Del Rio, Texas) where the first place winner is automatically qualified for the World Finals. This year’s automatic winners were Cory Melton’s team in Jackson and Jeff Harris’ team in Del Rio.  

But during the regular season one question is analyzed and consistently debated by the team owners. 

Do rank bull scores win more often or do high marked ride scores offer the safer goal to gaining points? 

626 Karaoke, a son of Wildnights and owned by Elite Buckin Bull’s, Jeri Harmon, shares with #54 Cadillac Red, owned by Benny Cude this season’s record rank bull score, 93 points. Karaoke and Cadillac Red boast the season’s rankest bull score while bucking off their opponents, Josh Barentine and Corey Maier respectively, both in less than 4 seconds. 626 boasts the highest average rank score of 45.3 with 6 outs.

The highest marked ride of the bull team season was 93 points earned by Elliot Jacoby on 050 Gold Buckle at the first event of 2015 held in January during the Jackson, Tennessee Bull Team Challenge Mahindra Road to Cheyenne event. This great bucker, a son of Lightening Jack and out of a M17 cow, is owned by Zach Craig and Brett Barrett and flanked by Barrett.  

 

WHO DID IT BEST?

This year the top scoring team is owned by Mike Rawson, Martinsville, Texas, who surged to the top of the standings after his second place finish on April 28th in Del Rio, Texas, the final stop of the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour. Using 11 different bulls to post 23 qualified ride scores, Rawson earned 35 points to top the leader board for the 2014-15 season.

“It’s a challenge to make sure these bulls always perform when the chute opens”, said Rawson. “While we are winning points and money we also have a responsibility to Tuff (Hedeman) and the event producers to make sure the fans see a good show”.

Rawson who has been in the winner’s circle nine times since joining the BTC, holds the record for the most first place finishes in the history of this wildly popular team concept. 

Giving the former stock contractor of the year a run for his money was the second place Championship Pro Rodeo / Elite Buckin Bulls team powered by Zach Craig and Brett Barrett with partner Jeri Harmon. This team earned 33 points during the competitive season.  A strong supporter of the CBR, Jeri also owns a stake in Mike White’s Elite Buckin Bulls team #2 which finished third with 33 points.

“There is no other opportunity in the bucking bull industry to compete for this kind of money weekend, and week out” said Craig. “It is a business decision that we work hard at enjoying”, said Craig last year during the finals that he won $75,000 for the Reserve Champion honors.

 

THEY WON HOW MUCH?

A total of $699,375 was awarded to the winning teams with high marked bull and high marked ride buckles being awarded at each tour stop. Also topping the list of reasons to win is the custom Fenoglio Boots worn by each event champion and the custom engraved Hyo Silver buckle.

 

WHERE DO I GET TICKETS?

If you want to see these special 66 bulls compete in person make plans to attend Cheyenne Frontier Days, July 22 -22, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Tickets available thru cfdrodeo.com

 

HOW DO I JOIN BULL TEAM CHALLENGE?

The CBR is offering a limited number of franchise teams for sale for the 2015-2016 season. Contact kay-lee@cbrbull.com or call the office at (817) 626-2855 for more information. 

Follow and learn more about these great animal athletes and the CBR Bull Team Challenge on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and Cbrbull.com.

 

2015 CBR BULL TEAM CHALLENGE WORLD FINALS QUALIFIERS

 

Rawson Bucking Bulls #1
Championship Pro Rodeo / Elite Buckin Bulls #2
Elite Buckin Bulls #2
Rawson / Probst
JQH Bucking Bulls #1
Championship Pro Rodeo / Kevin Ruggs
Washburn Bull Co
Championship Pro Rodeo / Elite Buckin Bulls #1
Folds / Winston / Strickland / Melton Bull Co
JQH Bucking Bulls #2
Elite Buckin Bulls #1
Championship Pro Rodeo / Cude Bucking Bulls
Silver Creek Rodeo / -D Cattle / Vogele Bulls #2
Bucking Bull Games & Dial / Johnston / McKinney
Pointed Rock Cattle Co
Rockin R Bucking Bulls #1
Clark View Farms
Harris Bucking Bulls
Okeechobee Bull Co
Rawson Bucking Bulls #2

Winston Loe / Melton Bull Co - Jackson, TN Cheyenne Challenge Champion
Harris Bucking Bulls - Del Rio, TX Cheyenne Challenge Champion

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