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09.01.2015
The No. 1 and No. 2 Ranked Bull Riders Set to Duel at the South Dakota State Fair

Sage Steele Kimzey, the 2014 Championship Bull Riding (CBR) and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) World Champion, who is currently the number one ranked bull rider in the world, takes on number two ranked rider, Brennon Eldred, and four top ranked South Dakota bull riders on the dirt in front of the grandstands at the 130th edition of the South Dakota State Fair.  All eyes are on Huron as the cowboys from the 580 Oklahoma area code roll into town for the CBR’s 2016 season opener, the 12th Annual Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash. You can be sure bull riding fans will be treated to two days of heart pounding nonstop action as four South Dakota natives take on the champs, eight seconds at a time.  

“Sage Kimzey is a rare talent. Probably the best bull rider I have seen in 15 years, and it is a great opportunity for South Dakota fans to see such a great athlete who has accomplished so much so quickly,” said 4 time World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman who is back in Huron preparing for the two day event.  

Eldred, an Oklahoma bull rider, who according to Hedeman has matured rapidly over the last six months, was the CBR World Finals average winner last month in Cheyenne. In addition to the Kimzey – Eldred battle, forty cowboys will be gunning for the first opportunity to put points on the national CBR leader board in an effort to claim the World Championship title from Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas who rode five for five at the 2015 CBR World Finals and pocketed a check for over $100,000, an eMax22 Gear Mahindra tractor, a custom Juan Jose Muñoz Andrade saddle, custom Fenolgio boots, and Hyo Silver gold buckle. 

This year in addition to two World Champions in the lineup, four native South Dakota bull riders will be competing for the points and the prize monies. Twenty one year old Tanner Bothwell of Rapid City finished in the top 20 of the 2015 CBR World Standings and as a traveling partner of the two top Oklahoma cowboys, Bothwell is looking to start his sophomore year with a bang riding in front of a home state crowd in Huron.

“I am really looking forward to the CBR season, it’s all about the bull riders in the CBR,” said the Rapid City bull rider who is beginning his second season riding in CBR sanctioned events. “Riding in Huron, it’s like riding in your back yard...I will have lots of my family and my sponsors with me to cheer me on and that is inspiring. The CBR treats us like family and with the great bulls they bring in, it will be an awesome event.”   

South Dakota pride will no doubt raise the roof for Corey Maier, Timber Lake, as he looks to start the CBR season from close to home, and a warm welcome is expected for Kritter Lamb, the 2014 CBR Horizon Series Champion from White Horse, who makes his return to the CBR and Huron after suffering a broken leg in this very arena last August.

Huron is the first stop on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne televised tour and the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash features two evening performances, September 2nd and 3rd at 8:00 PM with the CBR Horizon event which includes a long round followed by the $10,000 Bounty Bull ride of the night. The high scored rider from round one on Wednesday night will be awarded the opportunity to earn an additional $10,000 if he can make the whistle on one specific bull known as the bounty bull. This year’s bounty bull is Beaver Creek Beau from Chad Berger’s Dakota Rodeo Company who has only been ridden four times in 55 career attempts. 

Thursday night’s lineup will follow the CBR’s revolutionary tournament style competition. The action gets underway at 8 PM 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 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.

Four time World Champion and CBR Ambassador Tuff Hedeman will direct the action from in front of the chutes which features three World Champions pitted against a roster that includes the top ranked bucking bulls in the country.

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 bull’s score. At the end of the night, the owner with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive a $20,000 check for his bulls’ performance. A total of $45,000 is awarded to the bulls and their owners. 

Making the trip to Huron this year to witness all this action and crown this year’s champions will be the reigning Miss Rodeo America, Lauren Heaton. “As part of a fifth-generation family with roots in farming, ranching and rodeo, I have a passion for America’s unique Western heritage and its character traits and positive habits that have been fundamental to our nation’s 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.” Miss Heaton and Miss Rodeo South Dakota, Kendra Peterson, will both be joining Tuff Hedeman signing autographs on Thursday night.

It will take eighty bucking bulls personally selected by Tuff Hedeman, and the CBR Bullfighters to power the arena action which features two days, and five rounds, of heart pounding nonstop action that is Championship Bull Riding. CBR has become known for their action-packed performances that keep fans on the edge of their seats. 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. 

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.

South Dakota State Fairgrounds, 890 3rd Street SW, Huron, SD 57530.  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 at sdstatefair.com.


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