Rookie Bull Rider Breaks Into the Top 10 CBR World Standings

From the bottom of the depth chart he battled to get on tour. This cowboy is the only rookie inside the top ten standings of Championship Bull Riding and is the only bull rider representing the great state of North Dakota at the 2015 CBR World Finals in Cheyenne.

CBR Rookie bull rider Taryl Smith began the CBR season with a hit in his neighboring state of South Dakota at the CBR opener in Huron. He posted a 90.5 ride score at his first appearance on the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour aboard JQH’s great bucker, 935 Jack Tar. 

Riding as a rookie in the world of Championship Bull Riding, the 26 year old Smith got the attention of chute boss, Tuff Hedeman, turning in solid performances all year. After advancing to the Final Four Shootout Round at his first CBR outing in Huron, Smith was on his way to the nationally televised tour for the 2014-15 CBR season.

Nicknamed “Mr. Consistency” on tour, Smith posted ten qualified rides out of 26 attempts to finish the CBR regular season riding just under 50% of the bulls he attempted. He joins the top ten of the CBR as the last rider that can statistically win the World Champion title at this year’s finals on July 20-21st. 

Smith’s best overall performance was his third place finish in Las Vegas at the Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shootout where he made his second Final Four shootout appearance and finished with a 177.5 on two. (Smooth Talking for 89 and Bargain Bin for 88.5).

Looking forward to his first time in Cheyenne, Smith, who has ridden professionally for six years,   attributes the “consistency of the bulls”, as the reason he joined the ranks of the CBR this year.

Not setting traps and riding them “jump for jump” is Smith’s plan of attached for his first CBR World Finals.

Smith spends his off time training horses and doing farrier work, but make no mistake the weekend is reserved for the bucking chutes. 

Smith is healthy and thus far has avoided serious injury, but admitted that a few months ago he hurt his wrist so he took a little time off using the gym and working to stay in physically good shape. 

"I want to do this as long as I can; it's all I've known." 

Following their father, who was a bull rider, bull riding has become the family's sport of choice. The brothers, including Tate, both are regulars at pro level bull riding events. 

As to how he got started, "I've been around rough stock my whole life. My dad used to ride bulls, so I've just grown up with it," said Smith. Living on a ranch, the brothers grew up riding calves. Taryl was the first to get onto a bull, he estimates at age 11. Both boys riding bulls built a partnership that helped as they progressed in the sport. 

“I started on calves, progressed to steers, on to bulls in high school rodeo where I made the finals all four years”, said Smith.

The brothers travel together and are always looking to help each other along the way.

"It's nice to travel with your family because you can get down and tell them exactly what's going on," Taryl said. "You don't have to worry about hurting anything because you're always going to be related. It always helps to travel with family."

Smith is described as a cowboy who lives for the adrenaline fueled moments that come with sport.

"There’s nothing in the world that can match the feel of a 1,200 or 1,300 pound bull under you," Taryl said. "Go jump in the car, let it roll over and that'll be what it feels like when you're done. It's just that much fun to get out and do it."