Tuff Hedeman Taps Dougie as the Bounty Bull for Round One of the CBR World Finals

Dubbed the “baddest bull on the draw” by stock contractors and cowboys alike, #96 Dougie, is one of Championship Bull Riding’s most famous unridden bulls for the 2014-15 season. On Monday night, July 20th, each of the twenty six CBR World Finals contestants will attempt two bulls in round one. The highest marked ride of night one of Championship Bull Riding’s World Finals, held in conjunction with Cheyenne Frontier Days, will earn the opportunity to get on the bad boy bucking bull from Silver Creek Pro Rodeo, in hopes of hearing the eight second whistle that comes with $10,000 prize.

Dougie will make the trip west with owners Silver Creek Pro Rodeo, Brad Vogele, and –D Cattle.

Vogele is looking forward to the top riders in the industry attempting his great bull again at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne. The two top ranked riders, Cody Teel, and Sage Kimzey, have both attempted and both failed to hear the whistle.

What makes him so hard to get a score on? According to Vogele he stands still in the chutes, sometimes leaning back just a little, but comes out clean and goes to the left every time the gate opens. 

“He bucks hard and breaks over kicking consistently hard. I think in the middle of his high rear he hesitates when he is coming around getting the bull rider off his balance and timing.”

 #96 has served as the Bounty Bull twice this year, ironically at the first and last event of the 2015 portion of the tour held in Jackson, Tennessee and Del Rio, Texas.  

But not even a bounty prize of a new Dodge Ram 3500 truck in Del Rio, helped Chandler Bownds make the whistle on the elusive bucker with unknown origin.

Dougie, who has not been ridden since the fall of 2013, has been attempted four times in CBR action this year. Two of the four he was the bounty bull and two were from the Cheyenne Challenge event competitions. 

If you draw Dougie a quick phone call might help. The only cowboy to hear the whistle on him is Corey Maier of the Maier brotherhood of bull riders from Timber Lake, South Dakota. Corey was 90 points on him in the final round of the Los Fresno’s Road to Cheyenne tour event in the fall of 2013. 

Who would Vogele like to see draw Dougie?  

“I would really like to see Kimzey get another shot on him,” said Vogele. 

Although Vogele has not seen a qualified ride in CBR action on his super star bucker in twenty-one months, he remains one of the draws the bull riders can’t wait to wrap their rope around.

Dougie when matched against the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey in June of 2014, at a PRCA rodeo in Strong City, Oklahoma, Kimzey’s hometown, the CBR World Finals bull made quick work of Kimzey, sending him overboard in 2.00 seconds for a bull score of 44.00 points.

Statistically speaking, Dougie’s best performance was in Topeka in 2013, when he was rewarded 46 points on the bull side of the ride for his efforts in bucking off John Young. 42 points is considering a good bucking bull and #96 is consistently above average on the professional circuits.

One of Dougie’s top honors was being selected by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to buck at the Wrangler National Finals last December in Las Vegas and the five year old bull was not bothered one bit by the bright lights of Vegas as he bucked off CBR contender Tyler Smith in 4 seconds in the fourth round. 

Dougie, owned and representing Silver Creek Pro Rodeo, Bar D, and Vogele Bucking Bulls, ranks fourth historically amongst rank bucking bulls from the great state of Kansas, but despite his 94% buck off average, Vogele is looking forward to the top riders in the industry attempting his great bulls.

Dougie has earned multiple High Marked Bull buckles in his career and remains one of the draws the bull riders cannot wait to wrap their rope around.