Wisconsin’s Badge of Honor

Tony Romo is not the only famous “cowboy” from Wisconsin and the Badgers are not the only sports team in the  state with a winning record. 

Clark View Farms bull team, led by former professional rodeo cowboy Cory Check of Eastman, Wisconsin, is returning to Cheyenne for their second appearance at a CBR World Finals with owner/ partners Brad, Wayne, Bruce, and Bryan Clark of Clark View Dairies of Bagley.

Clark View bucked six different bulls in their three appearances on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne for a total of 22 points. Huron, South Dakota, Jackson, Tennessee and Mulvane, Kansas were the team’s three appearances. With over 40 bulls to choose from, Check reports he is “almost certain” he will buck the same team he won first with in Huron.  Here is a look at some of Check’s options for the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne CBR World Finals.  

For the second year 939 Hazmat, a descendant of Skat Kat, made the team for two of the three appearances. Hazmat was ridden once for 89 points by young gun Tanner Bothwell, but bucked Nick Volden off in 5.71 seconds in the Jackson, Tennessee event. Right-handers stand a better chance than lefties with this great bull, but either way you had better bring your “A” game to get passed this great bucker. The bull rider that draws this bucker will be going up against a 79% buck-off rate with an average 45.5 bull score.

Boogie Man, ridden by Cody Teel in the 2014 World Finals, will return to Frontier Park again this year.  189 had three outs on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne this season with the highlight being when Cooper Kanngiesser rode him for 91 points in Huron. Later in the year, NFR qualifiers Aaron Pass and Brennon Eldred, could not get passed this great bull from Wisconsin, will they get a second chance in July?

Making his CBR debut in 2015 was the youngest, but most consistent member of the team, 044 After Hours, who assisted first time CBR Finals qualifiers Taryl Smith and Taylor Toves to 88.5 and 88 scores respectively. After Hours is just a four year old and will be making his first trip to Cheyenne. 

#19 Full Throttle remains the unridden bull with multiple outs representing Clark View while On the Rocks and Double Vision made one team appearance with no qualified rides.

Cory Check, brother of the reigning CBR Bullfighter of the Year, Craig Check, produces approximately 40 bull riding and/or rodeo performances per year including providing the rough stock for the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Finals. With only two weekends off from May 1 to October 1, this former National Finals Rodeo qualifier rode bulls for sixteen years, but admits selecting the right bulls for the CBR Bull Team Challenge is a challenge, but the comradery amongst the stock contractors and bull team owners keeps him coming back to the CBR Bull Team competition year after year. “It’s a challenge for sure and a lot of fun as well as a good investment,” said the elder Check.