Tennessee’s Bull Riding Titan

Mahindra Young Gun, Corey Bailey from Paris, Tennessee, has become one of the most consistent CBR riders the last few seasons, and he's had another great year in 2015. He finished 10th in the World Standings in 2013 before finishing eighth in 2014. Currently, he's sixth in the standings heading into this year's World Finals in Cheyenne. He's also eighth in the Horizon Series standings. He's registered one victory this season (Fort Worth), and he's tied for the lead with eight top-10 finishes. He also finished second in Huron and fifth at Lufkin and Mulvane. In addition, the young Tennessee cowboy has two appearances in the Final Four Shootout Round.

Bailey has ridden nearly 40 percent (9 for 24) of his bulls at televised events, and four of those rides were good for 90 points or more. His season best was a 92-point effort on Evel Knievel in Huron last August, but his 90.5-point ride on Boomer in Fort Worth clinched the biggest victory of his young career. 

Bailey recently fought past four world champions to earn his first Mahindra Road to Cheyenne championship title at the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge in Fort Worth. The twenty four year old bull rider from Paris is known for riding best under pressure. Bailey is a three time Bull Riding State Champion of the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association and also claimed the Junior Bull Riding Association State Finals title.   

Bailey, for the second consecutive year, is ranked among the top six competitors in the Championship Bull Riding World Standings at the end of the regular season.  

A native of Paris in Henry County Bailey grew up around the sport and it was no surprise to those who know him he found his way into the professional ranks.

“I’ve been around bull riding pretty much my whole life,” he said.

“My uncle rode bulls and it just grew on me. I started actually riding bulls when I was 10 years old and then slowly started kind of moving up. I went to junior rodeos my eighth grade year and won the Tennessee Junior Rodeo title. Then in high school rodeo I got third my first year, and the last three years I ended up winning state. Once I got out of high school I started professionally and went to some pro rodeos and CBR events. My first event was in Bossier City, La., and I ended up with a 91 on my first bull. I got bucked off my second bull and then I was 89 in the third round and I placed second, and I’ve just been going ever since then.”

After five years of riding on the pro circuit, Bailey now has one goal on his mind for the CBR World Finals in July, “To win,” he said simply.

“The main thing though is to try my hardest and do my best and try to win, and the ultimate goal is to be a world champion bull rider. One of those guys that’s able to say that they won the world championship gold buckle.”

Bailey is a member of the elite three bull riders who are the Mahindra Young Guns, sponsored by Mahindra USA.