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10.14.2015
Bull Riding Super Stars Benton, Rogers, Alonzo Posed for Comebacks in Mercedes

MERCEDES, Texas (October 14, 2015) – Three bull riding athletes arrive in the valley with three unique backgrounds and three tales of stardom, but for this group of professional championship bull riders, there is more than just money at stake at the Mercedes Livestock Show Arena on Saturday night. Trey Benton, Wyatt Rogers, and Weslaco bull rider Juan Alonzo will attempt to fulfill their dreams in what could become the foundation to their comeback seasons.

THE CHAMP

Three time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Trey Benton from Rock Island, Texas, competed at his first Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge in the junior steer riding when he was just 14 years old. In 2014 he rode in the Hedeman Championship at the legendary stockyards of Fort Worth and earned the storied bull riding championship as well as the Bossier City and Del Rio gold buckles and was the runner up in Laughlin. That year he rode on a self-proclaimed comeback tour that netted him over $42,000 in three events and more importantly, he positioned himself as the No. 2 ranked bull rider on the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne. He would take on No. 1, Sage Steele Kimzey, who would go on to win two World Champion titles that year as he narrowly beat the cowboy athlete that specializes in bull riding comebacks, Thomas Benton, III.

2015 was again supposed to be his year, after placing in three rounds at the 2014 NFR that netted him over $38,000, he closed out 2014 as one of the top ten cowboys in both associations. The year had taken a toll on the Sam Houston State athlete and Benton suffered injuries during the 2014 NFR that subsequently kept him from the majority of the 2015 CBR tour. Benton gathered enough points during the fall events last year in Mercedes and Conroe and remained among the top 26 bull riders thus earning him an invitation to compete at the 2015 CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days, but fate stepped in and on July 14 at the Calgary Stampede, Benton re-tore the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee, thus taking him out of the competition and sending him home for yet another rehab assignment.

Three months later, Trey Benton is feeling stronger than ever and is in the best shape of his life as he is prepared to make a third comeback on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne.

“We welcome and hope the fans and great people of the valley will come see Trey in his first CBR appearance in over a year,” said CBR Chief Executive Officer, Benny Cude.  

“Trey does not take no for an answer and his insane drive, day in and day out to better himself is amazing,” said Doug Champion of CrossFit Hville in Huntsville, Texas where Trey has spent the last three months strengthening his hamstrings and glute muscles in preparation for his comeback attempt in Mercedes, Texas.

THE KID

One year ago Wyatt Rogers, a high school senior at the time, competed in Mercedes for the first time as a professional cowboy athlete. That night he won the Mercedes Bulls on the Border Bull Bash and the largest purse in the history of CBR, over $43,000, all while still a senior at Locust Gove High School in Rose, Oklahoma.

Saturday night he returns to Mercedes as a college freshman winning buckles and event titles for Southeastern Oklahoma University, and remains a top ranked cowboy for CBR.  

“It is exciting to comeback to Mercedes, it has been an incredible rookie year and I look forward to riding again in the town that launched my bull riding career,” said Rogers. “The fans were amazing and I can’t wait to meet them on Friday and Saturday.”

THE VETERAN

Juan Alonzo, a retired United States Army veteran and Weslaco native, returns to bull riding action on Saturday night after suffering a shoulder injury resulting in surgery less than six weeks ago.

Come meet Wyatt and local bull rider Juan Alonzo at The Boot Jack on Friday, October 16 between 5 PM and 7 PM. And again on Saturday, October 17 at Ed Payne Motors from 12 noon to 2 PM.

Coming back in town for the event is the sponsor of the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne, Mahindra USA. Mahindra and CBR will be giving away a tractor away at Rivera's Machinery, Inc., 800 West Expressway 83 in Donna, TX 78537. It is open to the public and registration begins at 10 AM and will end at noon for the drawing. Entrants must be present to win.

Mahindra Young Guns Bull Riders, No. 1 ranked in the CBR World standings, Cody Rostockyj will be joined by Eli Vastbinder and Corey Bailey, meeting fans, taking selfies, and signing autographs on site from 10 AM to noon.

DETAILS

The Ed Payne Motors “Bulls on the Border” Bull Bash will be held at 8 PM at the Mercedes Livestock Show Arena located at 1000 North Texas Avenue. Saturday night’s lineup kicks off with the Chris Marshall tailgate party on the main stage followed by the bull riding and the concert. Doors open for the tailgate party at 6:00 PM. The bull riding action gets underway at 8 PM with the top 24 bull riders in the world doing their best to stay on for eight seconds in round one so they can advance to the semifinals. The 12 top scores get to ride in the semifinals with the best four advancing to a Shoot Out round where the bulk of the $30,000 in prize money is paid.

SCHEDULE

Friday, October 16

Autograph Session: Wyatt Rogers and Juan Alonzo

5 - 7 PM The Boot Jack - 1428 E Jackson, McAllen

9 PM CBR Kick Off Party - Mustang Lounge, 3610 East Expressway, Weslaco

Saturday, October 17

Autograph Session: Wyatt Rogers, Juan Alonzo, Cody Rostockyj, Eli Vastbinder, Corey Bailey

10 - 12 PM Rivera's Machinery, Inc., 800 W Expressway 83, Donna                            

12 - 2 PM Ed Payne Motors, 2101 E Expy 83, Weslaco

6 PM Tailgate Party with Chris Marshall on the main stage, Mercedes Livestock Show Arena

8 PM The Ed Payne Motors “Bulls on the Border” Bull Bash followed by Costello and Madelyn Victoria Concert following bull riding

 

Great seats are still available and can be purchased online at www.dirtroadtickets.com and at the following ticket outlets:

Wednesday – London’s Grill, 129 E Nolana Ave, McAllen, TX 78504; 10 PM – 2 AM

Thursday – Ed Payne Motors, 2101 E Expy 83, Weslaco, TX 78596;  6 – 9 PM

Friday – The Boot Jack, 1428 E Jackson Ave, McAllen, TX 78503; 10 AM – 9 PM

Reserved - $ 35.00 Presale / $40.00 at the Gate

General Admission - $ 20.00 Presale / $25.00 at the Gate


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