Corey Bailey’s Above Average Season

Corey Bailey exploded on to the CBR scene in January of 2013 and rode his first CBR draw for 91 points in front of a packed house in Bossier City, Louisiana.  The silent but strong Tennessee bull rider has made a huge impact on the CBR since that day in January.

This will be Corey’s fourth CBR World Finals in Cheyenne and he is perched for the third consecutive year among the top ten bull riders as the seventh ranked rider headed into the finals.

“Always aiming for the top and to win and always trying to be that number one man,” said Bailey when asked how he stays consistently in the top ten at this time of year.

Bailey’s 2016 Road to Cheyenne was lacking in 90 point plus rides but riding fourteen of the twenty-five bulls he attempted he rounded the season out riding over 52% of his bulls. He advanced to the final four Shoot Out Round three times (Huron, Mercedes and Del Rio) and progressed to the semifinal round nine times on the 2016 season tour.

“My Road to Cheyenne was good at first, then it went downhill, but I am planning on it ending well and I am aiming to win the Finals,” stated the twenty-five year old bull rider.

His high marked ride was in El Paso riding Jared Allen’s 25 Billy Jack for 89.5 points. He may not have won the event but he was the assist for Jared Allen’s team to win their first CBR Bull Team Challenge Championship. But Bailey remembers the Mercedes event as his favorite moment on tour. He rode J03 Bad Blake from Jeff Harris and 92 White Wolf of Mike Rawson’s to win the average.

He has become one of the most consistent CBR riders the last few seasons, and he's had another great year in 2016 that landed him seventh. He finished eighth in 2015 as he did in 2014 in the final World Standings, before that he was tenth in 2013, his rookie year.

He has one Road to Cheyenne event win and that was in Fort Worth in 2015, but he is the Huron Horizon Series event champion from 2015 and he was the average winner in Mercedes.  

His career best was a 92-point effort on Evel Knievel in Huron in 2014, but his 90.5-point ride on Boomer in Fort Worth clinched the biggest victory of his young career.

Bailey was selected in 2014 to represent Mahindra USA as a Mahindra Young Gun on the bull riding circuit.

A native of Paris in Henry County, Bailey grew up around the sport and it was no surprise to those who know him he found his way into the professional ranks.

“I’ve been around bull riding pretty much my whole life,” he said. The late Sandy Burns was one of my mentors as was Ernie Roberts who was one of my best friend’s Dad. Mr. Roberts set up our first practice pen and we always practiced on Sundays, he taught me a lot,” reflected Bailey.

Bailey is a three time Bull Riding State Champion of the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association and also claimed the Junior Bull Riding Association State Finals title.     

“My uncle rode bulls and it just grew on me. I started actually riding bulls when I was 10 years old and then slowly started kind of moving up. I went to junior rodeos my eighth grade year and won the Tennessee Junior Rodeo title. Then in high school rodeo I got third my first year, and the last three years I ended up winning state. Once I got out of high school I started professionally and went to some pro rodeos and CBR events.

After six years of riding on the pro circuit, Bailey only has one goal on his mind for the CBR World Finals in July, “To win,” he said simply.

“The main thing though is to try my hardest and do my best and try to win, and the ultimate goal is to be a World Champion Bull Rider. One of those guys that’s able to say that they won the world championship gold buckle.”


It’s All in the Family

Just Corey and his wife will be traveling together to Cheyenne this year as his parents can’t make the 2016 World Finals, but Corey and Krista will not be lonely for long. As a member of the Mahindra USA family, he will be signing autographs and making the rounds during the CBR World Finals as a Mahindra Young Gun.