A Family that Works Together Stays Together

The 2016 CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour World Finals is nearly six weeks away from its final destination at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Today Chairman and CEO, Benny Cude, announced several veteran and new members of the production team for the CBR World Finals.

The trademark of Championship Bull Riding is the consistency in entertainment and competition for the rodeo and bull riding fans in Cheyenne. “The cowboys today are top athletes. The livestock is bred to buck and the payout is in excess of $500,000 in a twenty-four hour time frame.  It takes a lot of hard work from a small army of men and women to produce two shows of this caliber,” said Cude.

While rodeo has always been about Western heritage and the cowboy-way-of-life, the CBR’s two-night bull riding production is jam-packed with current and classic rock music, pyrotechnics and nonstop entertainment.

“We work hard to promote a family atmosphere and we produce family-friendly entertaining events,” said Cude.

Possibly the biggest job at the Daddy of ‘Em All is transitioning the arena from the rodeo day performance to the night show that is the CBR World Finals. Returning Arena Manager, Matt Noble will be arriving in Cheyenne to guide the amazing two hour transition for each of the two performances.

Serving as the definitive play-by-play voice for the live audience will be Chris Rankin, to be joined by Donnie Gay on Championship Tuesday night.

Interacting with the crowd and keeping them involved during the entire performance will be rock star rodeo clown, Cody Sosebee. Returning to Cheyenne for both the rodeo and the CBR World Finals performances, Sosebee is a crowd favorite in Cheyenne.

Ali Dee, country music artist and television broadcaster, will join Tuff Hedeman reporting alongside National Finals Rodeo producer and on-air host, Jeff Medders, for arena and behind the chutes coverage on FOX Sports Network to be aired August 3rd and 10th on FSN. 


2016 CBR World Finals Production Team for Championship Bull Riding

Chute Boss: Tuff Hedeman

Production Manager: Chris Rankin, Normangee, Tex.

Arena Manager: Matt Noble, Poplar Grove, Ill.

Livestock Director: Robert Williamson, Tyler, Tex.

Sports Medicine: Truman “Doc” Spoon, Big Spring, Tex.; Charlie Harrington, Leander, Tex.

CBR Bull Fighters: Matt Baldwin, Sylvania, Ala.; Brandon Loden, Weatherford, Tex.; Craig Check, Tomah, Wis.

CBR Barrel Man: Cody Sosebee, Charleston, Ark.

Safety Men: Lane Hedeman, Decatur, Tex.; Trevor Hedeman, College Station, Tex.; Blake Vickers, Stephenville, Tex.

Announcer(s): Chris Rankin, Normangee, Tex.; Donnie Gay, Mesquite, Tex.

CBR Television Crew: Geronimo Productions, Tulsa, Okla.; Ali Dee, Tolar, Tex.

Arena Crew: Pat Holme, Shirland, Ill.; Galen Helmuth, Arthur, Ill.; Caleb Oostenryk, Morrison, Ill.; Dixon Hestetune, Cashton, WI.; Hayden Wilson, Paradise, Tex.; Nick Morrison Winnebago, Ill.; Jeff Skaggs, Monroe, Ioa.

Production Staff: Ray Clary, Lufkin, Tex.

CBR Event Coordinator and Bull Team Secretary: Kay-Lee Pearson, Weatherford, Tex.

CBR Staff:  Chad White, Bossier City, La.; Lindsay Whelchel, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Cheryl Hedeman, Stephenville, Tex.

CBR Merchandise Manager: Monica Foerster, San Antonio, Tex.

CBR Photographer: Todd Brewer, Graham, Tex.

CBR Sound: Jill Loden, Weatherford, Tex.

CBR Media and Short Round Magazine: Leigh Ann Schroeder, Ronald D. Schroeder, Gainesville, Tex.

CBR Secretary and Rider Administration: Cicily Cross-Blair, Nacogdoches, Tex.

CBR Chief Operating Officer: Chelsee Murphy, Weatherford, Tex.


Cheyenne Frontier Days begins July 22nd through the 31st with the CBR World Finals, July 25th and 26th. For tickets and information please go to and – Ticket information - 800.227.6336.

For more information on CBR see or – 940.902.111.



Cheyenne Frontier Days is America’s largest outdoor rodeo, and related attractions and events, including premier musical entertainers. Since it was founded on September 23, 1897, CFD has energized the rodeo community, bringing major economic benefits and the nation’s leading rodeo contestants to CFD to showcase their talents. Championship Bull Riding World Finals, PRCA rodeo, concerts and the midway carnival are not the only attractions of CFD, over 100,000 people attend free pancake breakfasts, parades, the Indian village, the art show, the museum, and Thunderbirds air show. Over 500,000 people annually attend CFD’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeo which  involves almost 1,500 contestants vying for more than $1 million in money and prizes. Rodeos are held daily Saturday, 7/22 through Sunday, 7/31 at 12:15 p.m. Each day includes bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, rookie bronc riding, steer wrestling, steer roping, team roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and wild horse races. Championship Bull Riding's World Finals are during Cheyenne Frontier Nights on July 25, 26, 2016 where they will award over $500,000 during the two night performances.