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07.19.2015
2015 CBR World Finals Preview

Championship Bull Riding will head to Wyoming July 20th and 21st for the 2015 CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The regular season portion of the schedule is complete after starting the season in Huron, SD, last August and culminating things in Del Rio the last week of April. The 2015 season has been another banner year for Championship Bull Riding, and this year's CBR world title race has all the ingredients for something special to happen in Cheyenne.

Cody Teel currently sits atop the CBR World Standings, but only 33 points separate him from the reigning CBR World Champion Sage Steele Kimzey. In addition, both young guns have a PRCA world title on their resume. These two riders have separated themselves from the rest of the pack a little, but there are plenty of others well within striking distance of the gold buckle and $100,000 bonus. Here's a look at this year's CBR world title contenders!

 

Cody Teel

Cody Teel has been at or the near the top of the CBR World Standings a number of times in recent years, but the injury bug has derailed his hopes at a title before it's all said and done. That is not the case this season, however, as the 2012 PRCA World Champion is the man to beat heading into Cheyenne. He is one of the most talented bull riders in the world, and he has proven that once again in 2015. In addition to leading the CBR World Standings, he is also currently seventh in the PRCA World Standings.

Teel has three victories at CBR televised events this season. Those wins came in Rio Rancho, Lufkin, and Del Rio. His three wins are tops in Championship Bull Riding this year, and his five appearances in the Final Four Shootout Round are tied for the most among riders. In total, he has six top-10 finishes. His other top finishes include a runner-up finish in Conroe and Mulvane and a seventh in Bossier City. 

Teel has ridden 70 percent (14 for 20) of his bulls at televised events, and five of those rides have been 90 points or better. His 91-point ride aboard Outside the Box at Lufkin was good enough for the win, and that is his high score of the season so far. He is also coming into Cheyenne with plenty of momentum after riding 2014 CBR Bull of the Year Penny Lover for 90 points to win Del Rio to conclude the regular season. If Cody Teel goes 5-for-5 in Cheyenne, the gold buckle will more than likely be his. Either way, it is his to win or lose at this point.

 

Sage Steele Kimzey

Sage Steele Kimzey is coming off an incredible 2014 season that saw him win the CBR and PRCA World Title. He could have easily endured a sophomore slump, but that has not been the case at all. He comes into Cheyenne second in the CBR World Standings, and he is only 33 points off the lead. In addition, he is currently leading the PRCA World Standings and is in good shape to repeat his incredible feat from a year ago.

Kimzey has been very consistent in Championship Bull Riding this season. His lone victory of the year came at the Kansas Star Chute Out in Mulvane where he was the only rider to go 3-for-3. He has been to the Final Four Shootout Round four times, and he has six top-10 finishes. His other top finishes include a third-place finish at Mercedes, Fort Worth, and Del Rio. He also placed sixth in Bossier City and eighth at El Paso. 

Kimzey has ridden 71 percent (15 for 21) of his bulls at televised events, and that's tops among the world title contenders. Two of those rides were good for 90 points or better. His 90.5-point ride on Flab Slab in El Paso is his high-marked ride of the season so far. His other 90-point ride was on Black Magic in Fort Worth. Kimzey faced the pressure of Cheyenne last year, and he came out on top. The Oklahoma bull rider definitely has what it takes to win another gold buckle.

 

Cody Rostockyj

Cody Rostockyj finished 12th in the CBR World Standings a year ago, but he has taken an even bigger step forward this season. He is currently third in the standings and is 344.5 points behind the lead heading into Cheyenne. The Texas bull rider is also atop the CBR Horizon Series standings. He has not won a televised event this year, but he has been to the Final Four Shootout Round on three occasions. In addition, his eight top-10 finishes are tied for tops in Championship Bull Riding. His best result is a runner-up finish in Lufkin, and he finished fourth in Bossier City and Fort Worth.

Rostockyj has ridden 44 percent (11 for 25) of his bulls at televised events, and three of those have resulted in 90 points or more. His high-marked ride of the season came in Fort Worth where he rode perennial Bull of the Year Contender Corpus Red for 92.5 points! He also rode Footloose for 91 points in El Paso en route to a seventh-place finish. Rostockyj has proven he belongs with the world's best on a weekly basis. He has some ground to make up if he is going to win the world title, but regardless of the outcome in Cheyenne, it has been a banner year for this young gun.

 

Lane Toon

Lane Toon is one of several rookies who have burst onto the CBR scene this season, and he comes into the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days fourth in the World Standings. He is currently 380.5 points out of the lead held by Cody Teel. In addition, the Oklahoma bull rider is third in the Horizon Series standings. He has not won a televised event this season, but he has been to the Final Four Shootout Round twice and has six top-10 finishes. His best result so far was a third-place finish in Del Rio, and he also finished fourth at Rio Rancho.

Toon has ridden 44 percent (11 for 25) of his bulls at televised events, and two of those rides resulted in 90 or more points. His best ride of the season was a 90.5-point ride on Gold Buckle in Las Vegas that helped him to a seventh-place finish. He rode Kojack for 90 points in Jackson, and that propelled him to an eighth-place result. It has been a great rookie season in Championship Bull Riding for Toon, and while he still has an outside shot at winning the gold buckle in 2015, he's going to be a factor for years to come.

 

Brennon Eldred

Brennon Eldred is a CBR rookie this season, and he has made an immediate impact in his first year in Championship Bull Riding. He is currently fifth in the CBR World Standings and 424 points behind the leader. The Oklahoma cowboy is also third in this year's PRCA World Standings after making his first appearance at the National Finals Rodeo last December. He has become one of the best bull riders in the world in 2015. He has two victories at CBR televised events this year, and he is tied for tops with five appearances in the Final Four Shootout Round. 

Eldred's wins came in Hobbs and Las Vegas, and he also finished third at Conroe, Rio Rancho, and Mulvane. He has ridden 43 percent (10 for 23) of his bulls, and his seven 90-point rides is easily the best in Championship Bull Riding this season. His 91-point ride aboard Raven's Mistake in Las Vegas was good enough for the victory. He rode Rubber Band for 91.5 points and Moonshine for 91 points in Hobbs en route to his first win of the year. This young gun has debuted in the CBR in a big way this season, and he is going to be a contender for a long time.

 

Corey Bailey

Corey Bailey has become one of the most consistent CBR riders the last few seasons, and he has had another great year in 2015. He finished 10th in the World Standings in 2013 before finishing eighth in 2014. Currently, he is sixth in the standings heading into this year's World Finals in Cheyenne. He is also eighth in the Horizon Series standings. He has registered one victory this season (Fort Worth), and he is 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 continues to trend in the right direction as he matures, and he is going to be a big factor in Cheyenne this month. He has a lot of ground to make up and may not win this year's world title, but he will be in the hunt for many years to come.

 

Wyatt Rogers

Wyatt Rogers is yet another rookie who has made a huge impact in the CBR during the 2015 season. As a high school student, he burst onto the scene last fall by winning his first CBR event in Mercedes. He added $42,000 to his bank account for his efforts that night. He comes into the World Finals seventh in the standings after a great rookie campaign. In addition to his win in Mercedes, he also finished third in Jackson and fourth in El Paso and Las Vegas. He has been to the Final Four Shootout Round on three occasions.

Rogers has ridden an impressive 56 percent (10 for 18) of his bulls at televised events, and that includes three rides for 90 points or more. The highlight of his season was undoubtedly his 92-point ride aboard Boomer to clinch the win in Mercedes. He also rode Firehouse (El Paso) and White Wolf (Las Vegas) for 90 points en route to a pair of other high finishes. Rogers has a very bright future in Championship Bull Riding, and while he is still a long shot to win this year's world title, fans will be hearing his name plenty more in the future.

 

Taryl Smith

Taryl Smith is another newcomer who has made a big impact in Championship Bull Riding during his rookie season. He is currently eighth in the standings heading into Cheyenne after a really strong year. He did not win any televised events, but he finished in the top 10 on seven occasions. He finished fourth in his first event in Huron, and his best finish of the season was a third-place result in Las Vegas. In addition to his consistent riding, he has made two appearances in the Final Four Shootout Round.

Smith has ridden nearly 40 percent (10 for 26) of his bulls at televised events, and that includes one 90-point ride. His best ride of his young career was a 90.5-point ride aboard Jack Tar in Huron. Smith has been a really consistent rider this season which is evident by his high number of top-10 finishes. He is a long shot to win the CBR World Title this year, but he has definitely made a name for himself and will be a factor moving forward.


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