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04.25.2016
O’Mara Adds Baytown Horizon Series Win to his Fairy Tale Season

Baton Rouge, Louisiana cowboy, Jacob O’Mara, continues to dominate the titles won column in Championship Bull Riding. As one of only two riders to hear the 8 second whistle twice on Saturday night at the Baytown rodeo arena, O’Mara won the Baytown Youth Fair Horizon Series Bull Riding, his second event championship earned during the month of April.

“We had an outstanding set of bull riders this year that tried hard and we raised the bar, they rode 10 in the long round and managed to ride two in the short round, but with a few guys that rode right to the whistle. But what I really like about the Horizon Series is we see an unknown young bull rider, Cody Hodges (Honey Grove, Texas) show up and make two outstanding bull rides and contend with the hottest guys on tour and hang with them,” said event producer Chris Rankin.

Fending off five determined rookies in the short round, the three time Road to Cheyenne tour champion persevered despite the rank bulls loaded in every chute in Baytown. O’Mara, not concerned with the prize money or awards at this point, had this to say about his win and traveling with his super star rookie brother in law, Koby Radley.

“Yea, the (year-end) Horizon bonus check would be nice but we both go at it and give it our all every time and I thank God for the ability to be traveling together and winning back and forth me and him, you can’t make this up, you can’t take back these memories, just to get to do what we love and have the ability I thank God for every day.”

Adding 175 points to his Horizon Series tally which puts him within striking distance of the No. 1 position in the year end standings and only three Horizon Series events left on the CBR’s schedule.  

“I thank God I got another one down and we just move on to the next one,” said a humbled O’Mara after riding his second bull on a night that produced only 12 qualified rides from 60 outs.

As the first rider out of the chutes, O’Mara’s brother in law, rookie sensation Koby Radley posted the first score, 86 points on Mike Rawson’s Yabba Dabba Doo to take an early lead in the 47 man long round.

But 19-year-old Wyatt Rogers quickly tied the lead with 86 on EG2575 Flab Slab, a bull he watched take 3 time World Champion Sage Kimzey to the pay window in Bossier earlier this year. Veteran Houston rider, Jonathan Brown would be 84 points to finish section one.

The second section produced ride scores from retired U.S. Army veteran, Juan Alonzo, De’Arion Loud and a leaderboard change when O’Mara scored 87 points on 810 Super Moody West. Cody Hodges, a rookie from Honey Grove, Texas turned in 85.5 points on J257 Red Hot from Mike King and Christian Cox was the last rider in section 3 to post a score earning 81.5 on King’s 300 Spike who was trouble for him in the chutes.

With only 10 qualified ride scores in round one, Derek Koch and Garrett Jones were drawn back to the short round on time ridden.

Cody Hodges was positioned in the 7th slot of the short round and after the first six riders bucked off,   he took Jeff Harris’ Herbie the Hereford for a spin and 89 points to take the lead with 174 points on two. The next four would buck off leaving O’Mara on Hurricane Harry for the win.

“I didn’t know the bull and I went and found Mr. Hudgins and his whole team is really nice and the bull did just what he said and we got him rode and another one down and I look forward to the next one after a week of practice ahead,” said O’Mara after the winning ride.

Produced by the televised CBR Road to Cheyenne production manager, Chris Rankin of Normangee, the Baytown CBR Horizon Series was the place to be on a Saturday night in Southeast Texas with bull riding action followed by a concert.

“This was the 6th year for the Baytown Fair & Rodeo to host a CBR Horizon Series, each year we try our best to bring the best bulls and bull riders that are available to benefit the Baytown Youth... I was fortunate when I was young to have the Baytown Youth Fair as a place to show animals and producing the CBR here is my way to give back to a great organization that taught me a lot growing up, but the biggest thing is seeing the Fair Association continue to grow and succeed so that more young people can have the same opportunities that we had,” said Rankin who produced the event with family members.

Championship Bull Riding created the Horizon Series tour to give new riders the opportunity to break into the CBR Tour, a national, televised tour. In front an overflowing bleachers packed house, CBR World Champion, Cole Echols joined 36 bull riders as they pulled their ropes tight to benefit the youth livestock exhibitors of the Baytown Fair and Rodeo.

“Thanks to my family and friends who came out and helped us and the fair board for giving us the opportunity, it was a pretty awesome event,” said Rankin immediately following the awards presentation.

With the CBR’s regular televised season action coming to an end last week, the CBR Horizon Series is still up for grabs with several events left before a new Horizon Series Champion will be crowned. With valuable points still available at each remaining event, bull riders from nine states came to compete in Baytown.

The Baytown bull team competition was won by Hudgins and Carpenter with O’Mara drawing two of his three bulls. 810 Super Moody West was ridden for 87 points in the long round by O’Mara while Cole Echols rode 249 Gunsmoke. Hurricane Harry, a member of Hudgins’ 2013 CBR Championship Futurity Tour World Champion team, was the third leg and winning combination for Hudgins who pointed out that both Hurricane Harry and Rawson’s 107 Jailhouse Socks, both in the short round, were on that team together and are bucking brothers sired by Jailhouse Rock.

“I thought he would ride him, I showed him a video and discussed his usual pattern and it worked out for him and us,” said an elated Hudgins after his team’s win.

Rankin, lining up buckers from five former stock contractors of the year, as well as several bulls are in contention for CBR Bull of the Year, had bull power to rival any touring bull riding competition in the country. Bucking off forty-eight bull riders before the night would end, the rodeo savvy crowd, as well as a few veteran bull riders, would be impressed by the power standing inside the bucking chutes.

 

Baytown Horizon Series Results

Round one

1, Jacob O’Mara, 87 on Super Moody West (Hudgins and Carpenter). 2, Wyatt Rogers, 86 on Flab Slab (EG Jaynes Gang). 3, Cole Echols, 86 on 249 Gunsmoke (Hudgins and Carpenter). 4, Koby Radley, 86 on Yabba Dabba Doo (Rawson). 5, De’Arion Loud 85 on Up and At Em (Scoggins/Cunningham). 6, Cody Hodges, 85 on Red Hot (King). 7, Jonathan Brown, 84 on Rodeo Red (Far South).

Championship Round

1, Jacob O’Mara, 88 points on Hurricane Harry (Hudgins & Carpenter). 2, Cody Hodges, 87 on Herbie (Harris).

Average

1.      Jacob O’Mara            175         $3,498.96

2.      Cody Hodges             172         $2,571.76

3.      Wyatt Rogers             86           $1,571.36            

4.      Cole Echols               86           $1,054.56

5.      Koby Radley              86           $698.32

6.      De’Arion Loud            85           $170.80


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