#22 - Taylor Toves

On November 1, 2014, the 22nd ranked bull rider heading into the World Finals, Taylor Toves, declared his commitment to Championship Bull Riding entering all but one of the events on the CBR’s Horizon qualifying tour. Toves, fueled by winning the CBR Spooktacular Bull Riding in Jacksonville, Texas and the CBR 8 Seconds to Glory, Thibodaux edition, hatched a plan in the fall of 2014 that got him an invitation to the CBR World Finals to be held on July 20 and 21 in Wyoming at Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

Toves who stays in shape getting on practice bulls weekly at the Lonestar Arena in Stephenville, Texas, earned his way onto the CBR’s televised 2014-15 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour which began Last August in Huron, South Dakota. 

The twenty two year old made an impression on Tuff Hedeman and company when he was the only bull rider to cover two bulls to cinch the Spooktacular Horizon Series Bull Bash Championship, claims he usually just takes each draw jump for jump. 

The Louisiana native, raised in the cowboy capital of the world, Stephenville, Texas, is a favorite of former CBR Stock Contractor of the Year, Mike Rawson. He had this to say about the rising young star.

“I’ll take him anywhere,” said Rawson of the young rider who drew one of his bulls for the second time, “he has always done a good job on my bulls..he sits right in the middle, just a good bull rider.” Tove’s consistency helped Rawson secure the open bull team competition win in Jacksonville as well.

Toves, who moved from Alexandria, Louisiana to Stephenville when he was 10 years old, got on his first rough stock at age 13. He then rode his way up the ranks of the Texas High School Rodeo Association qualifying for the State Finals twice and placing third. “We got on the bucking barrel as kids, and my uncle and Dad rode bulls when they were younger, but I didn’t start getting on steers until the 9th grade,” said Toves when asked how he got started riding bulls.

But how and why he got started does not seem to matter too much to this young rider who hones his craft by getting on a lot of practice bulls. “Riding every Wednesday night at the Lonestar Arena in Stephenville helps, you get on a lot of young bulls so you learn to ride a good variety of different kinds,” said Toves.

While Toves’ has yet to win a Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour event, he won two CBR Horizon events in 2014-2015 and has multiple first place finishes at the CBR’s Stockyards Horizon series events which earned him a place on the televised tour at the beginning of 2015. Toves has competed in ten tour events with his best showing a 91 point ride on #41 Woody (Washburn Bull Co) in Rio Rancho, New Mexico and a 90.5 score on the Reserve Bucking Bull of the year, Ragin JT, in Laughlin, Nevada. Toves is also a former winner of the PRCA Ram Circuit Finals.  Toves is making his second appearance in Cheyenne, the first being in 2012 and is in fourth place in the 2015 CBR Horizon Series Standings with less than 45 days left on the 2015 season, Toves is only three bull rides away from #1. Good Luck Taylor!