2079 Cowtown Cartel

Sire: Carrillo Cartel     Owner: William Barnett, Cypress, Texas

“I am honored to be in the company of these other Stockmen, but it’s really about the bull; I just wrote a check to get him here; his Mama Cowtown Trash and Daddy Carrillo Cartel did the rest!”

William Barnett and his Barn2Buck bull teams received a big boost from that check he wrote to purchase Cowtown Cartel. 2079 was presented the Bull of the Event award three times in his seven outs on the 2016 Road to Cheyenne tour. He earned his highest bull score (46.5) in Salina where he bucked off Trey Benton in 2.2 seconds which shocked Barnett as much as Trey, but Barnett thought that trip was his rankest out on this season’s tour. I am guessing Trey Benton, who Barnett thought would ride him, thinks the same!

Currently ranked No. 17 on’s list of 9048 active bucking bulls, this rookie bulls’ scores tells the story of how he landed on Tuff Hedeman’s coveted Bull of the Year nominee list. His bull scores include a 46 in Rio Rancho, a 45.5 in El Paso, 46 in Lufkin, 45 in Las Vegas, 46.5 in Salina and a 45.5 in Del Rio.

Cowtown Cartel, a son of Carrillo Cartel, anchored Barnett’s Barn2Buck Bull Team on the Road to Cheyenne as he bucked his way to being the superstar.

What makes him so difficult to ride well you can check with Neil Holmes, Kody DeShon, Trey Benton, Robson Palermo, or Demond Haynes. They all bucked off of the Cypress, Texas bovine resident.

If you want to ride him talk to Brennon Eldred and Newt Brasfield, the only two cowboys to hear the whistle while on his back. Both are top ten cowboys in CBR and both won the event championship title after covering him first in Las Vegas and then Del Rio where Eldred and Cartel earned the highest score of the CBR season, 94 points in the Shoot Out Round.

“I knew I was going to pick Cartel in four man (Shoot Out round), I felt like he fit me and was the rankest bull and when you have Teel, and O’Mara to beat, I had to pick the rankest to win over them because they won’t stub their toes,” continued Eldred. “Hedeman told me to stay to the front because this bull will get you raised up and slam you, and that is exactly what it felt like.”

In round two in Las Vegas, Brasfield and Cartel teamed up for an 89.5 bull score and a 90-point ride effort. This was the first time 2079 had been ridden on the tour.

“It’s a funny story about my second bull,” said Brasfield. “My dad had mentioned something earlier in the week, he told me he had a bull picked out for me that he would like to see me get on because he really bucks and I think he will really fit you.” Proving the cliché dad knows best, dad did, as Brasfield would advance by riding his dad’s pick, Cowtown Cartel, in the semifinals.