Utah Cowboy Returns to the CBR

Recently members of the Utah state office of tourism, went around the state in an attempt to come up with a new slogan to attract visitors and improve tourism.  Championship Bull Riding has a suggestion…Utah is for Bull Riders!

Preceded by PRCA World Champion and CBR Finals winner Wes Silcox, 7 time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Steve Woolsey, National Finals Rodeo qualifiers Tag Elliott, and Tim Bingham, odds are the bull riders representing the snowy state this year in Cheyenne can ride bulls as well as their fellow Utah natives.

Roundy is one of two top rated professional cowboys from Utah making their way to Cheyenne this summer for the CBR World Finals and he is proud to be on the list with fellow Utah native, Joe Frost. Roundy, who has known Frost since their high school rodeo days, is making his third appearance at a CBR Finals while Frost his first. Roundy, now twenty five years old, has been absent from the televised tour since 2010. 

Roundy, who rode 50% of his bulls drawn this year, enters Cheyenne as the #16 ranked CBR cowboy reiterated that Tuff Hedeman made it possible for him to get back on tour. Roundy had this to say about his return the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne: 

“When I turned 18, I came to some of the CBR qualifying tours, but it was so far for me to travel that it made it hard to stay on tour. In January, Tuff told me to enter the Horizon in Jackson, Tennessee and stay on. It worked, and I was able to stay on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne for the remainder of the CBR season.”

“Growing up in Utah you don’t have as many opportunities to get on bulls as the guys from Oklahoma and Texas”, said Roundy as he prepares for his comeback from a recent shoulder strain.

Traveling with Cody Teel, Trevor Kastner and Nate Perry, Roundy returns this week to the PRCA arenas to keep in shape for Cheyenne after a 30 day injury time-out. “I kind of hit the ground wrong about a month ago and suffered a strain to my rotator cuff,” said the Utah bull rider.

CBR: What do you like about the CBR?

Roundy: I love the format, and the bulls that you get on, can’t find a better set of bulls anywhere. They are always a good even set that is going to buck, fans love to see the cowboys ride bulls and the CBR produces good bull ridings.

CBR: What bulls would you like to draw in Cheyenne?

Roundy: I really like Kojack and No Hands. I have been on both of them for 90 points or better and they just feel really good to me.   

CBR: How did you get started riding?

Roundy: When I was young, about 2 or 3 years old, my dad was riding bulls at local rodeos in Utah. I started riding sheep and just continued, got on bulls for the first time at 13.

CBR: Who did you learn the most from?

Roundy: I learned the most from my Dad, if he didn’t know he would send me to someone who did like Brett Leffew, but I went out and got a job building pipe and cable fence for Gary Leffew (Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee) and he traded out the work for bull riding lessons. It was a great deal for me and I learned so much.

CBR: How do you stay in shape in the off-season?

Roundy: I get on a stationary barrel and ride horses bareback to stay in shape.

CBR: What is your favorite CBR event?

Roundy: Las Vegas. I made the Shootout Round and my family came and they loved the CBR event. 

CBR: What is your advice to someone just starting their bull riding career?

Roundy: Go to somebody that you like their style and let them help you - get taught the right way.