Veteran Bull Rider Leaps and Bownds Towards a Gold Buckle

Since being named the PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year in 2011, the fan favorite bull rider from Lubbock, Texas, is no stranger to Las Vegas in December. Having qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in 2011, 2013 and 2015, Bownds heads back to the WNFR after barely missing the top 15 in 2014 due primarily to injuries.

Chandler Bownds blasted onto the bull riding scene in 2009 where he competed in the Lubbock CBR event at 18 years of age. Bownds would become be so engrossed in bull riding that he missed his senior prom to compete in the CBR’s George Paul Memorial Bull Riding in Del Rio, Texas in 2010. That same year he began competing in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as well.

A perennial CBR contestant, Chandler has several CBR event buckles from the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour including Championship titles and hardware from Scottsdale, Dodge City, and Del Rio, where he has picked up three high point ride awards from that legendary venue.

Highlights from Bownds 2015 season include his championship title and $21,692 prize money won during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the richest individual purses for professional cowboys. As he enters the WNFR he is riding at 43 percent. He won seven event titles this year and during the span of his career he has had 35 recorded 90 point plus rides, including 53 go-round wins. 

Chandler Bownds, currently ranked 5th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA), has shown his strength and stamina by returning to the top of the bull riding standings time and time again. Persevering thru bumps in the road, slumps, and injuries, the 2011 PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year traveled the roads this year with Elliot Jacoby, Trey Benton, and Aaron Pass to earn his spot in the top 15.

In addition to the PRCA nod for 2015, Bownds competed smooth and steady on the CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour. Posting five 90 point plus scores including riding Mike Rawson’s great bucker, Raven’s Mistake for 90 points in Cheyenne at the CBR World Finals.

Highlights from Bownds season include 91 points and the highest marked ride honors at the George Paul Memorial for the third straight year.

In 2013, he qualified for the National Finals Rodeo placing second in two rounds, but being better known for the birth of “Chan fans” that cheer him on. Bownds’ popularity continues to increase as he represents Cinch, Resistol Hats, MGM Las Vegas, Justin Boots, Bex Sunglasses, Bloomer Trailers and newest sponsor Crown Royal.

Chandler got his start in the truck with Lyndal Hurst going to bull ridings. Soon after he became the 2010 Youth Bull Riders (YBR) World Champion, HPJRA Year End Champion 2005, 2006, 2007, 4 time Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals Qualifier and now the No.5 ranked bull riders in the World.



The last time Bownds competed was in Conroe at the CBR in October. Returning to his roots, Chandler stated that he has used Lyndal Hurst’s bulls to tune up for the NFR this year. Referring to Hurst who fostered Bownds’s early bull riding career.

“I have been working out a little more than usual, more than I have for the past two NFR’s that I have been to. I got on 3 bulls at Lyndal’s last week for a tune up.”



If Chandler Bownds has his way he wants to get on Hurst’s Yellowhair in round one at the WNFR.

That comes to no surprise to those that know Bownds. He rode the yellow bull at the El Paso CBR in February to win the round with 91.5 points.

As far as the toughest bull in the pen in the back of Bownds’ mind is Long John or Bruiser.



“I haven't had any serious injuries this year and feeling pretty healthy going into this year's NFR.”

Bownds has suffered from groin injuries that required surgery and a few hand problems, but feels this is the healthiest he has felt in a while.



Bownds’ answer to the question of what he enjoys the most at the NFR was not surprising.

Bownds appreciates and enjoys the 13,000 fans which follow him on Facebook and Bownds is apparently popular in his hometown of Lubbock where was recently recognized by the Lubbock City Council as they declared “Chandler Bownds Day” as a way of thanking this west Texas cowboy for serving as an ambassador of their town in the sport of rodeo and to other young athletes.

“I enjoy the grand entry. There is nothing like the crowd screaming when they say "TEXAS"! And, this year during the NFR's 6th round, I will walk out on the Thomas and Mack Arena with a Western Wishes candidate.”

Success at the NFR according to Bownds is all about, “being confident and staying on your bulls.”

You can catch Chandler’s daily schedule on CBR Facebook page during the NFR.


2015 Professional Highlights

• Won the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

• Won the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days

• Won the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo (Abilene, Kan.)

• Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede Champions Challenge

• Won the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede Xtreme Bulls Division 2

• Won the Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, Utah)

• Co-champion at the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa)