“Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.”

This quote from Vince Lombardi accurately brands the bull rider that comes into Cheyenne as the number #11th ranked rider of Championship Bull Riding.

The bull rider from Lubbock, Texas, is no stranger to the winner’s circle having qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2013. Bownds barely missed rodeo’s championship in 2014 and had injuries to complicate the disappointing end to a difficult year for one of the CBR’s fan favorite cowboys who is followed by more than 12,000 fans on Facebook.

Highlights from Bownds 2015 season include his championship title and $21,692 prize money won during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the richest individual purses for professional cowboys.

Chandler Bownds, currently ranked 5th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA), has shown his strength and stamina by returning to the top of the bull riding standings time and time again. Persevering thru bumps in the road, slumps, and injuries, the 2011 PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year is returning to the Cheyenne Frontier Park arena to compete in the CBR World Finals event for the sixth time since joining the CBR in 2010 as a high school senior.

While listening to classic rock and running the road with Elliot Jacoby, Trey Benton, and Aaron Pass, Bownds is climbing the ladder of the PRCA standings which will no doubt have a positive impact his performance in Cheyenne later this month.

In 2015, Bownds competed smooth and steady on the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour. Posting four 90 point plus scores from seven qualified rides in nine different cities, Bownds earned 91 points and the Highest Marked Ride honors once this season at the George Paul Memorial aboard Mike Rawson’s Black Betty.

His best showing on tour was in El Paso in February where he went three for three, including 91.5 points on Yellowhair, only to be edged out by Craig Jackson by .5 points for the event title, but it’s Barrett, Craig and Harmon’s 050 Gold Buckle that Bownds would like a chance to ride in competition.

A perennial CBR contestant, Chandler has several CBR event championship buckles from the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne including Scottsdale, Dodge City, and Del Rio.

In 2013, he qualified for the National Finals Rodeo placing second in two rounds, but being better known for the legions of “Chan fans” that a cheer him on. Bownds’ popularity continues to increase as he represents Cinch, Resistol Hats, MGM Las Vegas, Justin Boots, Bex Sunglasses, and Bloomer Trailers.

Chandler was the 2010 Youth Bull Riders (YBR) World Champion, HPJRA Year End Champion 2005, 2006, 2007, 4 time Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals Qualifier and as the 11th ranked rider heading into Cheyenne, is poised for his best finish to date.

Bownds finished 15th for the 2014 CBR season, but will be riding to beat his 12th place personal best ranking in the year- end CBR World standings race.