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07.18.2016
The Rising Young Stars of CBR

With eight rookie bull riders making their way to Cheyenne, Wyoming for the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days, it’s a good time to take a look at a few cowboy athletes in the 2016 class of Championship Bull Riding rising stars.

Most of these rising stars are classified as CBR rookies, enjoying their first season on the Road to Cheyenne, but a few have been on tour longer and continue to flourish, some just got their rope pulled tighter this year and finished the season needing a plane ticket to the Daddy of ‘Em All.

 

Koby Radley, Montpelier, Louisiana 2016 Rookie

Eighteen-year-old Koby Radley finished his rookie season with one of CBR’s highest honors, 2016 Horizon Series Champion, success he found while riding on the Horizon Series advanced Radley to the televised tour where he impacted the standings from his first ride in Jackson, Tennessee. He would finish his first season with five top ten finishes and one Road to Cheyenne tour event title win in Salina, Kansas on March 26. It is no surprise he found success on the Road to Cheyenne. He is the 2015 International Finals Youth Rodeo Champion and he proved himself riding fifty-two percent of his draws on the CBR’s televised tour.

 

Colten Jesse, Konawa, Oklahoma 2016 Rookie

For only being on the professional circuits of pro rodeo and CBR for 13 months, without doubt Colten Jesse made an impression. Currently riding above 50 percent of the bulls he attempted, seven of the twelve on the Road to Cheyenne, Jesse claims to not think about each bull too hard and just have fun doing what you love. His favorite ride this season was when he rode 059 Boomer in Bossier City at the Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Tuff Hedeman CBR. He posted four top ten finishes and his season best was second place in Bossier City. Described by one CBR stock contractor as one of the most talented riders to come up to the CBR tour, Colten Jesse made his first appearance in late January in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

 

Newt Brasfield, Lane, Oklahoma

Brasfield is in his second season on tour, but finished thirty-five in 2015. He’s a rising star because he climbed the CBR ladder twenty-nine places and is currently in the No. 6 position on the CBR World Standings list. He tied for second place in the most top ten finishes (8) category and secured his first championship title win in Las Vegas in March. He posted two 90-point plus scores and won three rounds on his Road to Cheyenne. Brasfield competed in fourteen of the fifteen Road to Cheyenne tour events. Impressively he qualified for the final four man Shoot Out Round five times and advanced to the semifinal round eight times. He covered a total of 13 bulls during his second CBR season.

 

Jeffrey Ramagos, Zachary, Louisiana 2016 Rookie

At 13 years old, Jeffrey Ramagos decided to take up bull riding after watching it on TV. With no rodeo experience in his family, he taught himself. It was not until this year that Jeffrey stepped up into a starting line-up qualifying for his first Road to Cheyenne Tour stop in Laughlin, Nevada. Known in Louisiana as the “rough talent,” he was selected for the first tour stop based on his Horizon Series points. Ramagos posted four top ten finishes in the 12 events he competed. He has six go round wins as a rider and his highest marked ride on the Road to Cheyenne was 89.5 points on Lyndal Hurst’s 125 No Dry County in Rio Rancho, New Mexico in January. He competed in 12 of the 15 CBR Tour competitions riding at least one bull at half of those events which resulted in his No. 12 position in the current CBR World Standings as he heads to Cheyenne for his first World Finals.

Sometimes known as surviving one of the worst bull riding wrecks in the sport in 2014, Ramagos never quivered about returning to the arena. Swapping his cowboy hat for a helmet, the determined Ramagos was back riding bulls less than eight weeks after being transported by helicopter from Okeechobee, Florida to a major hospital where he had a five hour surgery to put five plates in his face.

 

Demond Haynes, Houston, Texas 2016 Rookie

Haynes makes the rising star list after completing his first full season with CBR. He competed in fourteen events with four top ten finishes. He is known as a student of the bucking bulls and you can find him loading and unloading bulls for contractors and often hauling bulls himself. He owns a practice bull riding arena, Hard2Break8, where he helps anyone interested in learning to ride bulls. Entering the CBR World Finals in Cheyenne as the No. 17 ranked bull rider, Haynes, the 2014 and 2015 National Professional Bull Riders year-end champion, made the final four Shoot Out round in his first CBR Road to Cheyenne tour event.

 

Mickey Andrews, Checotah, Oklahoma 2016 Rookie

Besides living in Carrie Underwood’s hometown, Mickey Andrews has earned some fame and a little fortune thus far in his young career on the Road to Cheyenne. Mickey won his first Road to Cheyenne tour event in early February when he went three for three at Tuff Hedeman’s legendary El Paso event, where he reached the highest marked ride of his career, 91 points on 105 Money Talks in the Shoot Out round. He had two top ten finishes this season and enters Cheyenne as No. 15 on the World Finals roster. Andrews recently graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and represented his Alma Mater in bull riding in the College National Finals. Success in athletics is not new for Andrews who earned four varsity letters in basketball, three in baseball and one each in football, cross country and track at Midway High School... he also was the 2011 Salutatorian of his class.

 

Wyatt Rogers, Rose, Oklahoma

Sitting in the No. 9 slot of the CBR World Finals roster, Rogers just completed his first FULL season (2016) with Championship Bull Riding.

Committed to CBR in 2016, Rogers rode in fourteen of the fifteen stops on the Road to Cheyenne and multiple Horizon Series events. He finished in the top ten five times and top five three times. He progressed to the semifinal round seven times and the four man Shoot Out round twice. He finished the tour riding 53 percent of his draws and at one time during the tour he rode six bulls consecutively.

Rogers is best known in bull riding circles as the eighteen-year-old who burst onto the already in progress 2015 CBR tour in mid-October shortly after his 18th birthday. He rode three for three bulls at the Bulls on the Border Bash in Mercedes, Texas to pocket the $43,000 cash prize at his first televised event on the Road to Cheyenne. He finished 2015 in fifth place at last year’s finals.  As a freshman Rogers placed 5th this year at the College National Finals representing Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

Joseph McConnel, Bloomfield, New Mexico 2016 Rookie

The left hander who has ridden professionally since 2013 has completed each season with more than a forty-two percent riding average. He boasts three top ten finishes in his rookie CBR season and is currently riding sixty percent within CBR competition. Only two events on tour did he not cover at least one bull in the CBR’s three round competitions.

It is no accident Joseph found his way to the CBR after three years riding professionally. His mentor is fellow World Champion Bull Rider and stock contractor and World Champion Bull Team owner, Owen “The Captain” Washburn, also a New Mexico native and Joseph’s brother is professional bull rider, Ryan McConnel.

In 2012, the Bloomfield High School graduate was New Mexico’s High School Finals Champion, the National High School Finals Bull Riding Champion and the International Federation of Youth Rodeo Association Bull Riding Champion.


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