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04.29.2016
1086 Big Lew

With 12 rookie riders making their first appearance on the day sheet at the 39th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding, it is appropriate that the feature bull this week for the CBR Bull Team Challenge competition be a first timer.

When 1086 Big Lew loads into the old wooden white bucking chutes for the first time in Del Rio, he will make his third and final appearance for the regular season as a rookie bucking bull. Just like Koby Radley, Mickey Andrews, and Newt Brasfield who have taken the CBR by storm winning event titles during their first season, 1086 Big Lew has made a name for himself quickly on the CBR televised tour.

Known for making a wildly explosive move out of the chutes, with no hesitation, Big Lew was the highest marked rank bull score of the Fort Worth Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding earlier this month and the seasoned bull rider who got on him would like one more try.

“He was strong and a little long out there before he turned back, but in all in he is the perfect bucking bull… big and strong, bucks hard and nothing trashy to him,” said two time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and perennial CBR World Finals qualifier, Aaron Pass who summed him up after 3.14 seconds.

Big Lew, named after Lewis Woodul, Laredo, Texas, a family friend who is battling three different kinds of cancer, posted a total four judged bull score of 92 points for his effort against Pass and that ranks among the top scores recorded in the 2016 season of the CBR Bull Team Challenge.

Rookie rider Colten Jesse was the first to try out the bull who comes from D4 Cattle Company’s Rhon Brown and Bubba Storey.

“He’s kind of a smaller bull and he kind of bucked out of there hard, I just over estimated him and he started to step out, which caused me to well myself, he’s a jam up bull that I’d love to have another crack at,” said Jesse who had a 2.43 spin on the rookie bull who posted a four judge 89.5 score in Salina, Kansas at his debut.

Big Lew, who arrives in Del Rio with owner Rhon Brown, will have a cheering section in the border town as his friends and family including his namesake Lewis Woodul, will be sitting pretty in a sky box at the GPMBR to make sure they could see their young superstar make his debut in the legendary event that is known for super star buckers. It will be the first time Woodul sees the bull perform.

Rhon Brown, of Brown Ranch, Perrin, Texas bought him from Ross Tomaski as a two year old that was a competitive prospect with the intention to develop him into a rider bull.  When he bucked him for the first time he saw his potential and decided with patience and time he would make a great bucking bull.

“He’s very laid back behind the scenes, but explosive out of the chutes, he bucks hard every time, but is easier to handle now and hauls well, he adjusted to the lights and music of the CBR show very well for a four year old,” said Brown.

“In my opinion it will take a rider like Brennon Eldred or Kimzey to ride him first. The longer the rider takes him the harder he bucks,” continued Brown.

1086 Big Lew is sired by Chester and out of a Sky King-Big Red cross cow and was bred by seasoned bull breeder Gaye McGinn of Buyabucker.com.  

D4 Cattle Company team owner Bubba Storey from Cotulla, Texas, who rode bareback horses in college in Uvalde grew up in the rodeo business and reunited with college friend Rhon Brown while fishing at their neighboring coastal property at Aransas Pass. The fishing partners decided to combine their efforts and headed for the CBR Bull Team Challenge. 

Brown, who credits Brad Fudge for mentoring him in the bucking bull business, has been raising and hauling bucking bulls for 25 years.

You can see Big Lew at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding on Saturday night, April 30 at the Val Verde Fairgrounds in Del Rio, Texas and on Fox Sports coverage of the event.


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