Rawson, Baker & Hurst

Hurst Rodeo Ranch, located in Slaton Texas, is a family business owned and operated by Lyndal and Leslie Hurst.  “We take great pride in the cattle we produce. We deal in quality, not quantity. Some of the bloodlines represented are Skat Kat, Houdini, M-17, and Lightning Jack to mention a few.”

Given Lyndal Hurst’s track record of success in the professional bucking bull industry, it’s no surprise to see this CBR stock contractor qualify for the Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge Finals coming up this July in Cheyenne. Lyndal has been an integral part of the CBR as a stock holder, member of the board of directors and has bucked bulls at every CBR Finals since its inception in 2003.  Hurst Rodeo Ranch has had bulls selected for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times and his remarkable set of buckers were also selected for daily outs and the championship round at RodeoHouston.

“Lyndal is one of the founders of the competitive bucking bull industry, I will take his advice on bulls every day of the week,” said Mike Rawson, who finished first in the CBR Bull Team Standings and was the 2013 CBR Stock Contractor of the Year. 

After winning at virtually every level of futurities, derbies and classics, Hurst saw the CBR Bull Team Challenge as an opportunity to compete with his bulls beyond the aged events. “I just love to compete and if there’s a chance to win money, I’m in. It gives all the contractors another place to go with their bulls,” Hurst says.

Hurst’s list of honors include #184 Got It who was selected as the 2013 CBR Bull of the Year and finished third in the PRCA Bull of the Year selection. Lyndal wears a round winning buckle from Cactus Jungle’s performance at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, and his list of accomplishments in CBR competition include bull team championships at Del Rio, Hobbs, Las Vegas, many high marked ride and high marked bull titles and a host of  second place finishes.

Managing bull selections for the Cheyenne team can be tricky, but throughout the season, Hurst has used several bulls, including 211 Iron Horse, Ice Man, Palace Station John Doe, Showboat, Juke Box Hero, Cactus Jungle, and Bullionaire just to name a few. With so many great bulls to choose from, Hurst’s final roster for the bull team finals isn’t set in stone yet.

Despite having attended nearly every major bull competition in the last decade, Hurst is excited about the chance to compete for $335,000 in Cheyenne this July. “What better place than Cheyenne?” he says.

Hurst adds that he’s already planning and preparing for next season’s competition. “I’ve got a good set of three-year-olds that aren’t quite ready to go yet but they look great. I’m really excited for next year,” he says.

But when the bull teams unload their livestock in Cheyenne they are once again, all equal. Points are discarded and the spreadsheets are wiped clean.  No team has any advantage over another.

In 2010, CBR introduced the Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. A performance-based competition payout where every bull team franchise owner has a shot at winning part of $100, 00 dollars in added money per event.  This revolutionary way to provide bucking bulls was created to provide stock contractors the opportunity to compete with their bulls for record prize money. The three bull team concept transformed bull riding into a 21st-century game while preserving the integrity of the sport.

Throughout the 2014-2015 Championship Bull Riding on The Road to Cheyenne Tour, each of the 48 bull teams competed at three events. From those events, the top 20 teams were selected to advance to the finals, to be held at the “Daddy of ‘em All,” Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Hurst Rodeo Ranch would like to thank Mike Rawson for his friendship and partnership on this bull team.