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05.25.2016
Jonathan Brown’s Long Road to Cheyenne

Three time CBR World Finals qualifier, Jonathon Brown, debuted as a professional bull rider in October of 2004 riding in four local PRCA rodeos in the greater Houston area. He would not reappear on a pro draw day sheet until one year later in South Texas and then it would be four more years before he made his first CBR appearance.

In August of 2009, Brown rode Terry Williams’ T655 Three of a Kind in Bossier City, Louisiana, to jump start his bull riding dreams that would include an injury produced “on again off again” seven year relationship with Championship Bull Riding that has come full circle as Brown has now qualified for his first trip to Cheyenne.  

From the moment Brown made the CBR tour in 2009, the very consistent right-handed rider who in those days was the leader of the three Harris County bull riders that traveled together becoming known as the Houston Solution. The three original members of the group are all still active bull riders including 2014 CBR World Finals Average winner, Neil Holmes. The other bull rider criss-crossing the country with Brown and Holmes was three time El Paso CBR Champion, hip-hop recording artist, and Houston school teacher, Craig Jackson.

Statistically, 2009 was Brown’s best bull riding year finishing the year with a fifty percent riding average and with that stat he qualified for his first CBR World Finals and finished fourth in the finals that year which came with a $15,000 bonus check. He would go on to a sixth place in the CBR final World Standings that year.

In 2010 the once consistent and gritty six foot tall athlete was in an auto accident and suffered a rider hand wrist break that kept him fighting to get back to the chutes for nearly four years. Several times Brown would attempt a comeback and time and time again his bull riding dreams would be put on hold for additional healing time.

CBR would not see him back in the televised tour arena until 2014 where he reinjured his riding hand before returning in 2015 to the Road to Cheyenne.

Throughout the 2016 Road to Cheyenne season, Brown heard the whistle on several of CBR’s finest including Flab Slab, Kojack and Final Judgement. Brown’s best finish was in Conroe last October where he finished fourth.

In 2015, he was second at a Horizon Series and was the Fury on the Fourth Horizon Series Champion.

The high marked ride of Brown’s season was 90 points on JQH’s Jack Tar in Conroe, Texas.


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