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03.06.2016
Brasfield Shuffles Field to win CBR Las Vegas

The South Point Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shoot Out Championship Bull Riding

Presented by Boot Barn and Discount Tire

 LAS VEGAS, March 6, 2016 – Making his third Shoot Out Round appearance on the 2016 Road to Cheyenne riding a bucking bull making his fourteenth appearance, Newt Brasfield of Lane, Oklahoma persevered past 8 rookies, two World Champions and 16 other seasoned bull riders to collect the $12,000 check, a pair of custom Fenoglio boots, a western hat from American Hat Co., and a custom engraved Hyo Silver buckle along with the win at the Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shoot Out at the South Point Hotel Arena and Equestrian Center.

“I have a little bit of a game plan, but a bull is going to do what he wants to everyday and you have to adjust,” said the calm cool and collected cowboy who wears an LF patch on his shirt. Growing up one mile from the late Lane Frost’s home, Brasfield credits his good neighbors for his bull riding success.

"Clyde and Elsie Frost, my Dad and Ricky Jones got me started on calves and I was lucky to have those guys showing me the basics."  

On a weekend Las Vegas promoters called the extreme sports extravaganza, Championship Bull Riders did not disappoint the thousands of sporting fans who filled the South Point Arena on Saturday night to see 21 bull riders reach the 8 second whistle including three 90 point plus rides.

ROUND ONE

Thirteen bull riders heard the whistle in round one with three time World Champion bull rider Sage Kimzey scoring first with an 87.5 on JQH’s 25T Wicked Ways. The riders took control with 6 rides in section one including rookie sensation Joseph McConnell’s 89.5 performance on JC Knapp’s 93 Pepper to take the lead. 

Neil Holmes and Cody Rostockyj would be the only two to survive section two where the bulls took back the momentum. Defending Vegas Shoot Out champion Brennon Eldred put the fans back on their feet with his 90 point round winning ride on Y9 Final Judgement, owned by Barn2Buck, which started a contagion of great bull rides turned in by in house favorite U.S. Army veteran, Juan Alonzo, Newt Brasfield and rookie rider Colton Jesse. 

SEMI FINAL ROUND

Powered by the CBR Bull Team Challenge competition, 12 bull riders advanced to the semifinal round, but only six would hear the whistle making it a tie between the riders and the bulls.  Five out of the first six in the round failed to make the whistle with rookie Colton Jesse riding Hood Rat thru a change of direction for 87 points and 172.5 on two. 1137 Cowbanger turned in the rankest marked score of the night, 91.5 bull score, while bucking off Chris Roundy in 2.32 seconds.

Kimzey jumpstarted the second section of the round with 89.5 points on JQH’s Jack Tar which gave him the lead with 177. Juan Alonzo, feeling the crowd’s support took Bred2Buck’s Danger Zone for an 87.5 spin which bumped his score to 175 on two. Brasfield, riding 2079 Cowtown Cartel was 89 points to tie Kimzey. 

“It’s a funny story about my second bull,” said Brasfield. “My dad had mentioned something earlier in the week, he told me he had a bull picked out for me that he would like to see me get on because he really bucks and I think he will really fit you.” Proving the cliché dad knows best, dad did as Brasfield would advance by riding his dad’s pick, Cowtown Cartel, in the semifinals.

Neil Holmes turned in an electrifying 89 on Baker and Hurst’s 285 Wreck Em which put him in the lead at 177.5 McConnell bucked off which left the round one winner, Brennon Eldred. 

Eldred would continue his Vegas momentum posting the highest marked ride of the night, 91.5 on 2015 CBR Bucking Bull of the Year, CR Corpus Red, who Eldred and owner JC Knapp both described as just a great bucker with a lot of heart. CR has been bucking On the road to Cheyenne since 2011 with 12 round winning rank bull scores and 5 assists to riders for round wins. 

“CR settled into the same trip pattern tonight, I think he’s a little easier if you spur him a little and Brennon knows that,” said owner JC Knapp about his bull that earned him a sixth event Champion Bull buckle in Las Vegas. With 181.5 on two, Eldred would be in the driver’s seat for the final four Shoot Out Round.

SHOOT OUT ROUND

Eldred earned first draft honors and selected 8 Ole School, a Jeff Harris bull that according to the riders if you ride him he is showy and bucky enough for the high score. Brasfield went with Outside the Box. Holmes would mount the unridden CPR bull, 158 Sleeping Deacon, leaving the World Champ with Rawson’s Black Betty.

Kimzey who was making his first appearance on Black Betty would post an 87.5 as the bucker changed directions three times with buck and kick, as he powered Kimzey to be the first to ride three. Holmes, who admittedly struggles in the final four, could not get past the unridden Sleeping Deacon who went right first and then bucked Holmes off with a left hand turn. 

Brasfield up next selected a bull he had not attempted, J908 Outside the Box, after feeling he missed an opportunity in Laughlin earlier this season on Jimmy Jaynes storied bucker. 

“I passed on him in Laughlin and Rostockyj would go on to win the event on him,” said Brasfield. “I was expecting one thing and he gave me a different trip, kind of went back to the left a little, but I have seen him plenty and my instinct was to select him.” 

 Brasfield, riding in his third Shoot Out round quickly became an ally of the veteran final four bull and together they put together a crowd pleasing solid 88.5 flaunting on the bull selected 14 times by Tuff Hedeman for the Shoot Out Round. J908 has an impressive profile of delivering 90 point plus rides. Fifty percent of the times he’s attempted, 7 of 14, the scores have resulted in 90 point plus rides for his opponents. 

Eldred was up last and his selection of Ole School would end quickly with a sharp left turn out of the chutes. 

“Ole School would have been my first pick but Eldred pick him. He’s wild and showy if you ride him to win which fits my style. Describing his style as “loose and wild, all the time,” Brasfield looks  to Lane Frost and Tuff Hedeman for inspiration. 

"You can't say one without the other." said Brasfield with a smile who enjoys and appreciates the rider friendly atmostphere at CBR events. 

In addition to the $30,000 prize monies available on the Road to Cheyenne, bull riders accumulate points with each win which qualify them for the World Finals, part of the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration held Wyoming next July. At the end of the World Finals, the contestant who has the most points will be crowned the world champion and receive a $100,000 bonus. 

BULL TEAM CHALLENGE

Thanking God and the blessing of good friends, the alliance of JC Knapp and Flip Em Off Bucking Bulls, collected their $20,000 check, Fenolgio boots, American Hat and Hy O Silver trophy buckle to accompany their second event title win on the 2016 Road to Cheyenne Tour with 285.62 points for the win in Vegas. The partnership, now in their third year added 128 Uptown Funk, a 4 year old bull that is a son of the great Elmo to their line up. 128 bucked Cody Teel off in 3.62 seconds but according to Knapp, the World Champ just got out of time with him. 

“That bull is going to be a superstar and Cody Teel will ride him the next time,” proclaimed the soft spoken stock contractor from Mansfield, Texas who has been on the CBR Road to Cheyenne since 2010. Knapp’s Flip Em Off team is two for two with their first event win in Huron last August. 

Anchored by Corpus Red, Knapp paired him with 93 Pepper, a Mack Altizer bred bull who was ridden by Joseph McConnell for 89.5 points, and rookie bull 128 Uptown Funk.

JQH, another successful partnership comprised of Skip and Elaine Jones of Amarillo, was second with 282.5 and their team was the first to post three rides including two of those three being assisted by Sage Kimzey. 

William Barnette’s Barn2Buck was third with 282.31 points. Cowtown Cartel anchored the team with an 89.5 bull score accompanied by the 90 ride score effort by Brasfield. 

In the No .4 slot was The Jaynes Gang with partners Whisnant, 2J, Tesch, and Mogg with 279.71 with two scored rides and TNT Foreplay with an 88.5 bull score.

Champion Bull was CR Corpus Red, Flip em Off Buck'en Bulls  with a ride score of  91.5 points. Bull of the Event honors went to Cowbanger of Championship Pro Rodeo. 

WORLD STANDINGS RACE

Sage Kimzey remains the No. 1 rider with 1,586 points for the 2016 season. Kimzey extended his lead with his strong second place finish in Vegas to flank his event win in Bossier. He gained two scores on No. 2 Cody Rostockyj who rode only one in Vegas, and is now 440 points behind Kimzey. Brennon Eldred leapfrogged 14 points to go ahead of the reigning World Champ, Cody Teel.

Newt Brasfield jumps into the top 5 with 976.5 points, 84 points (one score) behind Teel. With three events left and 900 points still lurking on the Road to Cheyenne, the No. 1 ranking race is still very much alive with No. 10 ranked Chandler Bownds the last ranked rider still alive in the World Standings race for the No. 1 position going into the CBR World Finals. 

Shoot Out Round Results

1, Newt Brasfield, 88.5 on Outside the Box owned by Jimmy Jaynes, $9,750. 2, Sage Kimzey, 87.5 on Black Betty, Rawson Bucking Bulls, $5,250.00. 3, Brennon Eldred, 0, Ole School, Harris. 4, Neil Holmes, 0, Sleeping Deacon, Championship Pro Rodeo.

Average Results

1, Newt Brasfield, Lane, Okla., 266.5. 2, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 264.5, 3, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 181.5 4, Neil Holmes, 177.5. 5, Juan Alonzo, Weslaco, Tex., 175.6, Colton Jesse, Sulphur, Okla., 172.5.

Bull Team Results

1, Flip ‘Em Off Bucking Bulls/J.C. Knapp, 285.62, $20,000. 2, JQH Bucking Bulls 2, 282.5, $12,000. 3, Barn2Buck 2, 282.31, $8,000. 4, Jaynes Gang/Whisnant/2J/Tesch/Mogg, 279.71, $5,000.

WEBSITES:  cbrbull.com  

For interviews, press credentials and more information please contact Leigh Ann Schroeder at 940.902.1112 or leighann@theshortround.com

About Championship Bull Riding –

Located in Weatherford, Texas, Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman, CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides. Bull riders start in the Horizon Series earning points to move onto the elite Road to Cheyenne Tour.  The Road to Cheyenne Tour culminates in July in Wyoming at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion earns a $100,000 bonus. The CBR Bull Team Challenge is also part of the tour events where stock contractors bring their best bulls and compete for annual cash prizes that total over $1 million. Providing opportunities for contestants, stock contractors, fans and sponsors is why CBR is the REAL COWBOY SPORTtm. CBR is featured at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on the Fox Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks in prime time. For more information visit www.cbrbull.com or call 817-626-BULL (2855)


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