The Equalizers

Championship Bull Riding’s (CBR) Bull Team Challenge (BTC) competition continued in conjunction with the Las Vegas Tuff Hedeman Vegas Shootout held at the South Point Arena on March 5. With 12 teams competing, the contest was evenly balanced between the bulls and the riders with a total of 21 qualified rides resulting from 42 outs.

With a bonanza of world class sporting events happening in Vegas on the same night, Championship Pro Rodeo’s bulls came out swinging like the heavy weight prize fighters on the other end of the strip.

Three of the seven bucking bulls that made the trip to Vegas with Brett Barrett posted 3 of the top 5 rank scores. 1137 Cowbanger was the BTC Bull of the Event, high marked (rank) bull of the night, with a 91.5 total bull score bucking off Chris Roundy in 2.32 seconds. His traveling partner 050 Gold Buckle took a sharp intense turn out of the chutes and left Cody Rostockyj, the No. 2 CBR rider, without a ride. Rostockyj and 050 had faced off 4 times previously and the bull now goes up 3 to 2 in the lifetime grudge match. 050 received a 91-point score to tie with Corpus Red as the No. 2 rankest BTC marked out. CPR’s newly acquired bull from Mike Rawson, 158 Sleepin Deacon, in his fourth tour appearance remains unridden after bucking off Neil Holmes in the Shoot Out Round. Sleepin Deacon posting two 46 plus bull scores on this year’s Road to Cheyenne with 5 outs.

JC Knapp made the journey to Vegas with two teams and his partnership with Flip Connolly paid off adding another event title win to Flip’em Off Buck’en Bulls in their quest to qualify for the Road to Cheyenne Bull Team World Finals. With total earnings, off of two wins, of $40,000 Knapp scored 285.62 points, 3.12 points ahead of the second place JQH team. Knapp and Connolly are feeling good about their chances with 24 points on the leader board and one more event to gain those valuable qualifying points.

With two veteran bulls and one rookie, the winning trio included the Champion Bull of Vegas, CR Corpus Red, who Brennon Eldred rode for the first time for 91.5 in the 12 man semifinal round to earn the bull his sixth title. 128 Uptown Funk, a 4 year old bull that is a son of the great Elmo, bucked off Cody Teel in 3.62 seconds in round one while making his second CBR tour appearance after posting a 45.5 bull score during Koby Radley’s buck off in El Paso at 4.22 seconds.

“That bull is going to be a superstar and Cody Teel will ride him the next time,” claimed Knapp.

93 Pepper, a Mack Altizer bred bull, was ridden by Joseph McConnell in round one for 89.5 points. 93 has produced 90 point plus rides 5 of the 7 times he has been ridden on the Road to Cheyenne with an average bull score in CBR of 45.

JQH Team No. 1, thought to be the luckiest team out on Saturday night, was the only team to have 3 qualified rides on the draw sheet. Their luck began and continued with Sage Kimzey whose 87 points on Wicked Ways led the team in the right direction followed by Chris Roundy’s 84.5. Kimzey would be pitted against their anchor bull, C735 Jack Tar in the semifinals and that resulted in a picture perfect performance by both for an 87.5 ride score, driving JQH to 282.50 and the second place $12,000 check for the second time this year and a hold on the No.4 slot in the BTC Standings with this team’s outs completed for this season.

William Barnett’s Barn2Buck No. 2 team drew well and was third with 282.31 points. Cowtown Cartel, a son of Carrillo Cartel, anchored this team with an 89.5 bull score and a 90-point ride effort by Brasfield. This was the first time 2079 has been ridden on the tour, but he has taken home two Bull of the Event, high marked (rank) bull, buckles after posting a 46 in Rio Rancho, a 45.5 in El Paso and a 45 in Las Vegas. Eldred rode Barn2Buck’s Final Judgement for 90 in round one. ZY Hez Twisted bucked of Dixon Hestetune in less than 3 seconds to round out this team’s performance for the third place $8,000. This team is at 21 points with one event left on their schedule.

In the No .4 slot was The Jaynes Gang with partners Whisnant, 2J, Tesch, and Mogg with 279.71 points. Turning in two scored rides, TNT15 Foreplay gathered an 88.5 bull score while bucking off Taryl Smith.  Neil Holmes was paired with Painkiller, who has a 50-50 record with the bull riders on the Road to Cheyenne. Neil made the whistle for 88.5 points. The Jaynes Gang’s team won a $5,000 check and 8 points, which moved them to 22 points with three events complete.



With 33 teams finishing their 3 event requirement, there is a three way tie for the No. 1 ranking in the BTC World Qualification standings. Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team, Rawson No. 1, and Winston Loe and Corey Melton all have completed three events and have 28 points. JQH is in at no. 4 with 27 points. Championship Pro Rodeo’s K&G team is sitting at No. 5 earning 26 points. Championship Pro Rodeo’s Cude team is tied with Elite’s No. 2, led by Mike White, in the No. 5 slot with 25 points.

But you have to look close at the race to know that it is anything but over. Flip’em Off Buck’en Bulls is now in the top ten and they only have two events completed. If they place 4th or above in their last event they will tie or take over the lead of the CBR BTC Standings, but they are not the only ones who can threaten the top ranking.

Mike White’s Elite team No. 2 is lurking in the top 10 with only 2 events completed and the team you should not count out two time stock contractor of the year and last year’s bull team champion, Rawson and Probst, who are in the No. 13 ranking with one event left to go and $32,000 won with this team thus far.

A total of 22 teams travel to Cheyenne Frontier Days to compete in the CBR BTC World Finals. 20 of those teams qualifying from the 60-team field and two wild card teams are added from two Cheyenne Challenge events, which are automatic qualifications for the winning team. These single night competitions take place at Jackson, Tennessee and Del Rio, Texas. Championship Pro Rodeo & Willis team won the Jackson team event receiving the automatic entry into the CBR BTC World Finals in Cheyenne, which is worth over $372,000 in cash and prizes.


Las Vegas, NV CBR BTC March 5th, 2016 RESULTS