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04.19.2016
CBR Prepares for the Cornerstone on the Road to Cheyenne

With 38 years in the record books, bull riding fans know the oldest continuous bull riding competition in the world, the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding, is the hallmark of stand-alone bull riding in the United States. 

The legend started with George Paul himself, the 1968 Rodeo Cowboys Association (now the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) world champion and world record holder of 79 bulls in a row, who died in a plane crash in 1970. Ten years after his death, his brother began producing the bull riding to memorialize the talented bull rider who eight-time World Champion Don Gay described as the greatest natural bull rider ever. 

Tickets are on sale for the two nights of competition, April 29-30 which starts with 40 riders on Friday. Saturday nightís performance will feature the CBRís proprietary tournament style format with 26 riders taking the dirt. The best 12 from round one will advance to the semifinals with the top four then competing in the Shoot Out round where the bulk of $30,000 prize monies will be paid. Friday night will see the bull rider with the highest score pit his skill against the Famous Energy Bounty Bull selected by Tuff Hedeman for the chance to win $10,000. 

This yearís event, sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding (CBR), the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding presented by Title Sponsor, Ram Country Dodge will see last yearís Champion and the reigning CBR and 2012 PRCA World Champion Bull Rider, Cody Teel, pitted against CBRís 2014 and reigning PRCA World Champion, Sage Kimzey, as they battle it out in the arena for the last points available on the final stop on the Road to Cheyenne tour which ends in Del Rio.  This event is of major importance to the CBR Bull Team Challenge competition bulls and the bull rider athletes as the results in Del Rio determine who qualifies for the World Finals in both categories. 

The CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour ends in Wyoming July 25 & 26 at the historic Cheyenne Frontier Days where the CBR World Champion will be crowned. Along with the title, championship buckle and awards the World Champion will earn a $100,000 bonus. 

The George Paul Memorial is also part of the CBR Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners bring three bulls as part of the competition and the team with the highest total score will receive a $20,000 cash prize.

With 38 years of history, over $137,500 to be awarded in total prize money to the riders and bulls, but on the line and minds of the riders is the prestige of earning a custom buckle that is the exact replica of the previous 38 buckles awarded since the event began. Defending champion, Cody Teel had this to say about the tradition.

ďI have always wanted to win the buckle that had George Paulís name on it. He is a legend and this buckle means a lot to any bull rider that can claim this championship."

Reserved tickets can be purchased for the April 29-30, 39th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding at the bull riding office, Val Verde County Fairgrounds located under the grandstands. The box office is open from 9-5, Monday thru Friday, 830-775-9595. General Admission tickets can be purchased at Del Rio Feed and Supply, 111 East Gibbs, Cowboy Johnís 611 East Gibbs and C&S Western Wear, 2200 Veterans Blvd. Performance times are 8PM Friday and Saturday nights, April 29-30. For a list of previous winners go to http://www.georgepaulmemorialbullriding.com/bullriders.htm.

The 39th George Paul Memorial is presented by Title Sponsor, Ram Country Dodge. Other sponsors include Ramada Inn, Tractor Supply and Del Rio Feed and Supply.

Websites: georgepaulmemorialbullriding.com or cbrbull.com

For more information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940.902.1112


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