Chandler Bownds Prepares for His Sixth CBR World Finals

For the second consecutive year, a bull rider from Lubbock, Texas heads to Cheyenne as the number #11th ranked rider of Championship Bull Riding, Chandler Cash Bownds.

As one of the industry’s most popular cowboys, Bownds has graced the cover of not only the CBR’s Short Round Magazine but many rodeo publications in his young but storied career. Baby-bull, a nickname once used to describe the 5’6” 125-pound bull rider, is followed by thousands of dedicated “Chan Fans” on social media.

“Bull riding has brought me a quality of life, full of life-long memories and friendships. It’s taught a life of priceless lessons and experiences,” said tour veteran Chandler Bownds.

Bownd’s 2016 Road to Cheyenne included appearances in eight of the fifteen cities on the televised tour where he impressed the crowds riding nine of the fifteen bulls (60 percent) of the bovines attempted. Three of those rides were on Mike Rawson’s bulls. His high marked ride on tour included multiple 89.5 scores including one on 222 Yellow Wolf.

One of his biggest fans, Mike Rawson, CBR’s reigning Stock Contractor of the Year, would be thrilled to see Bownds’ name beside one of his new bulls appearing at the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne.  

“I’d like to see Chandler on 121 because he gives it so much effort, he’s had talent since he started and will get on anything that bucks and tries really hard,” said Rawson.

Bownds rode Rawson’s Raven’s Mistake for 90 points during the 2015 CBR World Finals and in the process assisted Rawson who went on to win the Bull Team Challenge competition in Cheyenne.

On the 2016 Road to Cheyenne, Bownds was in the final four Shoot Out round twice including riding all three draws in Conroe, Texas where he finished in a first place tie with Cody Teel who was declared the winner by a tie-breaking back judge score in the Shoot Out round.  

In 2015, Bownds competed smooth and steady on the CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour. Posting four 90 point plus scores from seven qualified rides in nine different cities, Bownds earned 91 points and the Highest Marked Ride honors at the George Paul Memorial aboard Mike Rawson’s Black Betty.

But one of his best CBR events along the Road to Cheyenne tour was in El Paso in February of 2015 where he went three for three, including 91.5 points on Yellowhair, only to be edged out by Craig Jackson by .5 points for the event title, but it’s Craig and Barrett’s 050 Gold Buckle that Bownds would like a chance to ride in competition.

Additional stats point towards 2015 as his best year including hitting his career high riding percentage, 40.52 percent for the year and one of bull riding’s most prestigious championship titles. In February of 2015, Bownds took home $21,692 in prize money won during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the richest individual purses for professional cowboys.

Chandler Bownds, currently a top ranked cowboy in the Elite Rodeo Athletes association, (ERA), has shown his strength and stamina by returning to the top of the bull riding standings time and time again. Persevering thru bumps in the road, slumps, and injuries, the 2011 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) Rookie of the Year is returning to the Cheyenne Frontier Park arena to compete in the CBR World Finals event for the sixth time since joining the CBR in 2010 as a high school senior.

The twenty-five year old bull rider from Lubbock, Texas, is no stranger to the winner’s circle having qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2011, 2013 and 2015. In 2014 he barely missed the National Finals Rodeo in a year that ended with disappointing and complicating injuries.

A perennial CBR contestant, Chandler has several CBR event championship buckles from the Road to Cheyenne including Scottsdale, Dodge City, and Del Rio and he has accumulated legions of “Chan Fans” along the way.

Chandler was the 2010 Youth Bull Riders (YBR) World Champion, HPJRA Year End Champion 2005, 2006, 2007, 4 time Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals Qualifier and as the 11th ranked rider heading into Cheyenne, is poised for his best finish to date.

Bownds finished 12th in the 2015 CBR World Standings and 15th for the 2014 CBR Season and will be riding to beat his 12th place personal best ranking in the year-end CBR World standings race. Bownds was chosen for the 2016 Association for Women in Communications Headliner Award, presented to people or groups of people whose achievements or contributions have received widespread positive recognition through the media.

Chandler had represented the sport of bull riding outside the arena often as many times as in! In 2012, the City of Lubbock honored him with the Mayor’s Special Recognition Award (presented by Lubbock, TX City Council) in 2015. In 2012, Rodeo Fame Magazine named him the Hottest Bachelor and at the time he signed with Cinch, he was the youngest endorsee Cinch Jeans had ever signed.

In addition to his CBR career, a few of his outstanding rodeo career highlights include: 2011 PRCA Xtreme Bulls Ride of the Year, 91 Points; 2011 NFR High Point Ride; 6-time CBR World Finals Qualifier, and 3-time PRCA Top 15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Qualifier.


It’s All in the Family

Chandler’s mom, Janci and stepfather, Woody might as well have permanent seats in Cheyenne. They will be making their sixth trip to Cheyenne with their son as he competes in the CBR World Finals and you can rest assured his brother, Kamryn and sister, Jamie will also be cheering him on.

According to his family, bull riding has brought him many life-long teachings, great memories and friends. It has brought him many opportunities that he may not otherwise have obtained.  His personal goals for the future demonstrate that adding to his resume is inevitable.

Bownds who got his start in bull riding in CBR Stock Contractor Lyndal Hurst’s arena when he was probably too young and too little to get on buckers, will no doubt be behind the chutes catching up on some bull during the two-night performances at Cheyenne.

Chandler’s dedication to his career has made him a valuable asset to his family of sponsors who include: CINCH Jeans; Resistol Hats; Crown Royal and Crown Royal Riders; BEX Sunglasses; MGM Grand Las Vegas; Double D Game Ranch; Nod Big Apparel, LLC; Iron Horse; and Association with Cowboy Outfitters USA.