Smith Gets the Nod for the CBR Road to Cheyenne World Finals

Taryl Smith will be the only CBR bull rider representing the state of North Dakota at the 2016 CBR World Finals in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Smith who is described as a cowboy who lives for the adrenaline fueled moments that come with sport, had no trouble describing his passion of bull riding.

"Theres nothing in the world that can match the feel of a 1,200 or 1,300 pound bull under you," Taryl said. "Go jump in the car, let it roll over and that'll be what it feels like when you're done. It's just that much fun to get out and do it."

Smith spends his off time training horses and doing farrier work, but make no mistake the weekend is reserved for the bucking chutes.

In only his second year to qualify for the CBRs televised tour, twenty-six year old Smith took home his first event title last September at the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation CBR event in Window Rock, Arizona. But more important than the title, he left Arizona with $28,780.00 check and 261 valuable points that jump started his efforts for qualifying for the 2016 CBR World Finals in July at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Known on tour in 2014-15 season as Mr. Consistency, Smith rode three bulls he had never attempted to win that first championship title and in a post win interview defined his style as riding them jump for jump and not setting traps.

CBR has some of the most consistent bulls and they give you an opportunity to win at each event, said Smith.   

The win put Smith second in the CBR World Standings after his solid performance on the 2015 Road to Cheyenne during the first quarter of the season, but as the calendar turned to 2016 so did Smiths luck.

During the Jackson, Tennessee CBR event in mid-January Smith suffered a severe injury to his left shoulder after landing underneath a bull in the semifinal round. Smith is a left handed rider, or he was up until this point in his career.

Smith went home to North Dakota and began physical therapy for the dislocated shoulder. After missing six tour events and 48 days of bull riding, Smith returned to the Road to Cheyenne in March in Las Vegas, Nevada. This time he borrowed a right handed rope from Cody Rostockyj and rode his first round bull; with his right hand. That one bull ride added enough points to his season total to land him enough points to finish 26th in the CBR World Standings. He described how he felt when he got the call that he would qualify for Cheyenne.

It was a big surprise to know I qualified this year, I was surprised, it totally made my day, said Smith who is once again rehabbing that left shoulder until the end of the month when he will hit the rodeo trail again.    

His highest marked CBR ride is from a 90.5 ride score at his first CBR appearance aboard JQHs great bucker, C735 Jack Tar during Huron, South Dakota event in 2014.

In 2014 riding as a rookie in the world of Championship Bull Riding, the 26 year old Smith got the attention of chute boss, Tuff Hedeman, turning in solid performances all year. After advancing to the Final Four Shootout Round at his first CBR outing in Huron, Smith was on his way to the nationally televised tour for the 2014-15 CBR season.

Looking forward to his second time in Cheyenne, Smith, who has ridden professionally for seven years,   attributes the consistency of the bulls, as the reason he joined the ranks of the CBR.Smith has appeared in the final four Shoot Out round three times during his short tenure with CBR.

"I want to do this as long as I can; it's all I've known."


Its a Family Thing

Following their father, who was a bull rider, bull riding has become the family's sport of choice. The brothers, including Tate who qualified for the 2014 CBR World Finals in Cheyenne, are both regulars at pro level bull riding events.

As to how he got started, "I've been around rough stock my whole life. My dad used to ride bulls, so I've just grown up with it," said Smith. Living on a ranch, the brothers grew up riding calves. Taryl was the first to get onto a bull, he estimates at age 11. Both boys riding bulls built a partnership that helped as they progressed in the sport.

I started on calves, progressed to steers, on to bulls in high school rodeo where I made the finals all four years, said Smith.

The brothers travel together and are always looking to help each other along the way.

"It's nice to travel with your family because you can get down and tell them exactly what's going on," Taryl said. "You don't have to worry about hurting anything because you're always going to be related. It always helps to travel with family."