Championship Bull Riding Kicks Off the South Dakota State Fair

The CBR spotlight is pointed towards Huron, South Dakota for its 2016 season opener. In July, CBR crowned its 13th World Champion, Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas. Teel, who rode five for five last month at the 2015 Mahindra CBR World Finals in Cheyenne pocketed a check for $108,000, an eMax 22 Gear Mahindra tractor, a Juan Jose Munoz Andrade custom saddle, custom Fenoglio boots, and a Hyo Silver gold buckle.  

But in Huron it will be the reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and 2014 CBR World Champion Sage Steele Kimzey, who will be gunning to reclaim the title from Teel. The two rivals will no doubt add excitement to the twelve month 2016 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour which begins on September 2nd in Huron. Twenty-five bull riders, 80 bucking bulls personally selected by Tuff Hedeman, and the CBR Bullfighters will be featured during the two-day, five round, heart pounding nonstop action that is Championship Bull Riding. 

But if the World Champions plan on keeping their titles, they will have to get around several South Dakota champion bull riders. Kritter Lamb from Whitehorse, the 2014 Horizon Series Champion, the Maier brothers from Timber Lake, and Tanner Bothwell, the young superstar from Rapid City will all be among the 24 bull riders expected to compete with the mega star World Champions as CBR takes its place as the lead grandstand event of the South Dakota State Fair on September 2nd and 3rd.

The Red Wilk Construction CBR Bull Bash presented by the South Dakota State Fair will begin on Wednesday, September 2nd at 8 PM with the CBR Horizon Series event which will include a long round followed by the $10,000 bounty bull ride of the night. The high scored rider from round one will be awarded the opportunity to earn the additional $10,000 by getting on a bounty bull that is personally selected by Tuff Hedeman.

Thursday nightís lineup will follow the revolutionary 8 Second Format featuring a three round tournament style competition. The action gets underway at 8 p.m. with twenty-five bull riders doing their best to stay on for eight seconds in round one so they can advance to the Semi Finals. The 12 top scores get to ride in the Semi Finals with the best four advancing to a Shootout Round where the bulk of $30,000 in prize money is paid. 

Making the trip to Huron this year to witness all this action and crown this yearís champions will be the reigning Miss Rodeo America, Lauren Heaton. ďAs part of a fifth-generation family with roots in farming, ranching and rodeo, I have a passion for Americaís unique Western heritage and its character traits and positive habits that have been fundamental to our nationís past and keys to its future. Younger generations, whether associated with rodeo or not, can catch onto the responsibility, independence, initiative and self-reliance embraced through professional rodeo.Ē Miss Heaton and Miss Rodeo South Dakota, Kendra Peterson, will both be joining Tuff Hedeman signing autographs on Thursday night.

CBR has become known for their action-packed performances that keep fans on the edge of their seats. That is largely due to the influence of four-time World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman who coordinates every element and attends to the smallest details. From having great bulls matched up with super star riders, to upbeat music and enthusiastic fans, the CBR Bull Bash in Huron will be second to none. 

The competition is also part of the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners will bring three bulls that are featured during the first two rounds of competition. Those bulls receive points for their performance in the arena. Additionally, the time the bull rider stays on is added to the bullís score. At the end of the night, the owner with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive a $20,000 check for his bullís performance. A total of $45,000 is awarded to the bulls. 

Immediately following the bull riding, fans will get a chance to meet and get autographs from Tuff Hedeman and the champion bull riders of the CBR.


WHEN:  September 2&3, 2015

LOCATION:   South Dakota State Fairgrounds located at 890 3rd St SW, Huron, SD 57530

TICKETS:   Tickets start at just $12 and free admission to the fair is included if purchased before Wednesday September 2nd, 2015. For tickets call: 866-605-FAIR, or online: