Top Flight Bull Riders Line Up for Baytown Youth

World Champion Bull Rider, Cole Echols, returns to Baytown on April 23 to defend his title at the Baytown Fair and Rodeo Championship Bull Riding Challenge Presented by Ron Craft Chevrolet and Cadillac.

Echols, a seven time CBR World Finalist and National Finals Rodeo qualifier, will have his work cut out for him as he will go up against the two of the hottest bull riders on the CBR’s Road to Cheyenne televised professional tour who are also the No. 1 and 2 ranked rider on the CBR Horizon Series Tour.

To spice things up, three-time event champion, Jacob O’Mara, who won Tuff Hedeman’s Fort Worth CBR Challenge on April 9, will be traveling to Baytown with his bull riding rookie brother in law, Koby Radley, as they compete against each other for bragging rights of the Horizon Series leaderboard. Together, these two Louisiana cowboys have earned over $100,000 on the combined CBR tours in the 2016 season.

The Horizon Series Tour serves as the qualifying tour and was created to give new riders the opportunity to break onto the CBR Road to Cheyenne tour, the nationally televised tour that is currently airing on Fox Sports Network’s FoxSports2 channel.

CBR Road to Cheyenne production manager, Chris Rankin of Normangee brings this top flight event to Baytown each year to benefit the youth livestock exhibitors of the Baytown Fair and Rodeo.

“This will mark the 6th year for the Baytown Fair & Rodeo to host a CBR Horizon Series event, each year we try our best to bring the best bulls and bull riders available to the event. Any time you have World Champions and riders like Echols, O’Mara and Radley and Juan Alonzo who are ranked in the top ten nationally - at a horizon series event you know it is going to be a good night and we appreciate Cole, Jacob, Juan and Koby taking the invitation and coming to Baytown,” said Rankin who will be producing this year’s event from beginning to end with the help of his family.   

With the CBR’s regular televised Road to Cheyenne season coming to a close at the end of the month, the CBR Horizon Series championship is still up for grabs with several events left before a new Horizon Series Champion will be crowned at Cheyenne Frontier Days in July. With valuable points still available at each remaining event and a $20,000 bonus to the winner, bull riders will travel from multiple states to compete in Baytown for their share of the points and $7,500 added money and custom trophy buckle donated by Trenton Seeley of Normangee.

Rankin also announced he will have a line-up of all-star buckers loaded in the bucking chutes from several former stock contractors of the year. The bulls will also be competing in a 4-bull team competition format with a prize package worth $24,000 to the top placing teams.

The event will feature two rounds of competition beginning at 7 pm followed by a concert that is included in the price of ticket featuring country music artists, Sister C followed by the headliner, the Casey Donahew Band brought to the fair by WOWCO Equipment rental, Hotchkiss Disposal, Monument Chemical and Bayshore Ram Jeep Chrysler Dodge.

Tickets are available through and prices start are $15 for advance tickets and $20 at the gate. Schedule of events:

Friday, April 22

5 pm      Junior Auction

8 pm      Junior Bull Riding

Saturday, April 23

7 pm      CBR Baytown Challenge Bull Riding

8 pm      Casey Donahew Band in concert with Sister C

For more information contact Chris Rankin at