How the West Was Fun

The sands of Cheyenne have long been the stuff of legend, country songs, and bucking chute folklore, but if any bull rider has the right to brag about the “magic” of Cheyenne it is a well-seasoned cowboy from Timber Lake, South Dakota.

Riding as the middle child in a three pack of a bull riding brotherhood, Corey Maier holds his place in history as only the second bull rider to go five for five at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne. Not only did he ride everything he got on, three of those qualified rides were 90 point plus scores including riding the elusive Little Moody (Rockin R) and Outside the Box (Jimmy Jaynes).

Coming in only 1.5 points behind PRCA and CBR World Champion Sage Steele Kimzey, Maier finished with 449.5 points on five head in the 2014 CBR World Finals. Maier soared up the ranks to finish sixth in the CBR World Standings after that outstanding run thru Cheyenne, can Frontier Park inspire him again?

Maier’s journey to the World Finals this season included riding 51% of his CBR draws and finishing in the top 5 average totals, twice. Maier’s high marked ride of 90 points was on 871 Hell Pony in Del Rio, Texas at the George Paul Memorial Bull riding.

So what is Maier’s secret to riding well in Cheyenne?

“You just gotta have fun when you’re riding bulls and try hard and it’ll work itself out. It was a good bull riding.”  

Corey Maier says the best thing about the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour is the quality of the bulls.

“I like it because it’s really a riding contest, not a drawing contest,” he said. “When you finally get a chance to ride the bulls you’ve been drawing around you’re happy. You gotta be able to ride them all. You have a chance to win something on any bull you get on.”

Some of the regular and constant struggles cowboys face on the road is staying healthy and mentally prepared for the next event. When it comes to methods to combat the fast pace travel schedule and still execute a winning performance, Corey believes there isn’t a set standard but has a plan that works for him.

“Everyone is different. The biggest thing I do is try and stay in shape. Every little bit helps. I’m pretty laid back and love riding bulls. I try not to worry about the rest and keep bull riding simple as it can be,” said Maier in a recent interview with Dakota Missildine.

One of Maier’s most memorable event titles was in undesirable weather conditions back in the fall of 2013. But weather does not bother a South Dakota native.  Corey Maier wasn’t fazed when he looked out across the muddy arena in Los Fresnos, Texas in mid-September at the Don Johnson Ram CBR Bulls on the Border Bull Bash. “Every time I’ve rode at that arena it’s been muddy,” Corey shared. “I drew some good bulls and seemed like it was my night. I had fun.”

Maier rode Brad Vogele’s National Finals Rodeo bull and 2015 CBR Bull of the Year candidate, 96 Dougie, that night for 90 points. He remains the last and only cowboy to hear the eight second whistle on the baffling bucking bull from Kansas who bucked off Teel, Kimzey, and Holmes in 2014. 

Corey’s plan for Cheyenne is to just keep riding consistently. “I’m riding good now in CBR and just want to keep it going. I just show up and stay on as many as I can. At the end of the day, the guy that rides the most is the one that wins."