Tuff Hedeman is Looking for Budding Bull Riders to Continue the Cowboy Tradition in Fort Worth

For over 23 years, four time World Champion Bull Rider, Tuff Hedeman, has been supporting the rodeo industry’s next generation of bull riders by inviting them to compete in the spotlight as part of his annual Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge Bull Riding to be held next month at the Cowtown Coliseum. 

Each year, Hedeman taps the champions from the top youth bull riding organizations when issuing the special invitations to compete at his annual bull riding in Fort Worth.

This year he is taking it a step further and inviting the public to bring their very young budding bull riders to the “Tuff Hedeman Stick Bull Riding Challenge” where each child receives a trophy and the winner takes home a Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding Buckle just like the big boys. The first opportunity for your youngster to qualify for the short round held during the event on Saturday, April 9th is at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in the Historic Stockyards at 10:30 on Saturday, April 2. The top talent will win 2 tickets to the Bull Riding Saturday, April 9th and earn a spot in the final round. The second opportunity to qualify for the final round is at the Cowtown Coliseum at 6:00 pm just prior to the start of the bull riding at 8:00 pm. Kids ages 6 and under are welcome to compete for free, request an entry form at or call Cheryl 254.459.9205

“These junior riders are this country’s future to carry on the cowboy tradition and we need to start offering support and mentoring earlier to the kids out there that are interested in the sport,” said Hedeman.

Hedeman’s April 9 bull riding extravaganza features the Cripple Creek Junior Championship Bull Riding held during intermission of the April 9 performance. 

“They’re excellent athletes who have earned the privilege of riding here. All kids can look up to them. It’s a great experience for the other kids too and I know spectators really enjoy the youth bull riders, said Hedeman.

It is more than an exhibition. It is all business on the back of the chutes for these already heavily decorated young athletes.

The Cowtown Coliseum, located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards was the original home to the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge, starting the trend for big-money bull riding competition. It has been one of the most prestigious bull ridings on the circuit for over 23 years. This year’s event is again part of Championship Bull Riding’s (CBR) Road to Cheyenne Tour and will be held April 9.

Competition starts at 8 p.m. with 24 of the world’s best bull riders trying to last eight seconds aboard bulls with the athletic prowess to throw them head first into the dirt. The 12 most successful competitors will advance to a semi-finals round with the top four qualifying for the Shoot Out where the bulk of $30,000 in prize money will be paid. The tournament-style format appeals to new spectators and established fans alike as riders may get on as many as three bulls in one night.

These action-packed performances have been known to keep fans on the edge of their seats and earned the CBR’s reputation of putting on world-class entertaining events. That is largely due to the influence of four-time World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman. Not only is Hedeman the centerpiece of the bull riding here that carries his name, he will be coordinating every element assuring fans, bull riders and everyone involved has a great experience.

In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the World Finals, which will be in Wyoming in July as part of the historical Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration. Those points become very important as the rider who ends the World Finals at the top of the standings will be crowned the CBR World Champion and will receive a $100,000 bonus.

The competition is also part of the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners will bring three bulls that are featured during the first two rounds of competition. Those bulls will each be scored for their performance and earn additional points for how long the rider stays on. At the end of the night, the owner with the highest total points will receive $20,000.

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