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03.23.2016
Fort Worth Set to Celebrate the 24th Annual Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding

4 time World Champion Bull Rider and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, is readying the Cowtown Coliseum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards for the No. 1 and No. 2 bull riders in the world, Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Okla.) and Cody Teel (Kountze, Tex.) as they head to Fort Worth to face the field of the top 24 CBR contenders as they compete for the lion’s share of a $30,000 purse in the 24th Annual Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding Presented by Las Vegas South Point Hotel and Casino. This year’s event will include seven National Finals Rodeo qualifiers battling on the dirt including former Forth Worth event champions Corey Bailey and Trey Benton III, and CBR Finals Average winner, Brennon Eldred of Sulphur, Okla., and three time NFR qualifier Chandler Bownds from Lubbock, Tex. The CBR Road to Cheyenne televised Tour event pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in a three round tournament style format featuring barrel man Robbie Hodges, and the voice of Cheyenne Frontier Days, Andy Stewart. Tuff Hedeman has selected the 60 bucking bulls who will be competing alongside the bull riders for an additional $45,000 in prize monies.

CBR Ambassador, chute boss and event commander Tuff Hedeman is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo. In recent years he has made a name for himself in the production of great bull riding events and on April 9th he is bringing the Fort Worth legacy of bull riding to Cowtown for the 24th time.  

“Organizing the Fort Worth bull riding is like coming home”, said the 4-time World Champion Bull Rider who held the first stand-alone bull riding in this area in 1993.

“I always look forward to this event, the fans, the sponsors and the whole Fort Worth Stockyards community gets behind it and it’s a great way to give back to the people of our area who are big bull riding fans and who have supported me during my whole career”, said Hedeman, the Ambassador of Championship Bull Riding. 

This year’s event is the fourteenth stop on the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) Road to Cheyenne Tour. The festivities will begin at 6:00 pm when the doors open for a stick bull riding competition for kids 6 and under. Action gets underway at 8:00 pm with the invitation only junior steer riding contest at intermission. The young stick-bull riders will show us their best imitation of their favorite bull rider as they buck out of miniature chutes with the winner taking home the grand prize, a Tuff Hedeman Championship Belt Buckle. Enter the stick-bull by emailing stickbullrider@aol.com for more information, limited contestants being accepted.

There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the 24-man field.  The field of competition which starts with 24 riders, then 12 and finally 4 in the Shoot Out where they will battle for   $30,000. 

  In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points 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. 

  The Fort Worth event will also feature the “other side of the ride,” CBR’s Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners from all around the country will bring three bulls that are featured during the first two rounds of competition. The bulls are competing for points based on 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 $20,000 of the $45,000 purse.  

CBR has become known for their action-packed performances that keep fans on the edge of their seats. That is largely due to the influence of four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman who coordinates every element and attends to the smallest details. From having great bulls matched up with super star riders, to upbeat music and enthusiastic fans there is something for everyone at the Fort Worth Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding. 

Activities begin on Friday, April 8 at the Stockyard Saloon, 2409 N. Main Street, Fort Worth, with a Reception from 6 – 7:30 pm. Stick-bull riding Saturday at 6 pm prior to event at the Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth, TX, followed by the bull riding kicking off at 8 pm. The fun will continue at the Stockyard Saloon after party. 

Advance tickets are available at Ticketmaster, StockyardsRodeo.com, Cowtown Coliseum Box Office and Group Pricing is available @ 254-459-9205. Prices start at $20 with a variety of options available. 


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