Making and Breaking Careers, Veterans and Rookies Get a Bump from the CBR Horizon Series

Just three days after Sage Kimzey won his second CBR World Championship Bull Riding title in Cheyenne, veterans and rookie bull riders began lining up in arenas in hopes of launching their quest to qualify and advance to the 2017 CBR Road to Cheyenne televised tour as well as win the title of Horizon Series Championship which comes with a $20,000 bonus check and photo with four time World Champion, Tuff Hedeman and a Hyo Silver custom engraved trophy buckle.

The bull riding hopefuls began their mission North and West of Cheyenne Frontier Days at the Teton County Fair CBR Horizon Series in Jackson, Wyoming. Rookie rider Buskin Wilson rode two for the win. Wilson was 171.5 on two to win the average and the $3,157.20 check. Boudreaux Campbell finished second with 159 on two bulls. Finishing third and fourth behind the rookies were two veteran bull riders, Steve Woolsey and Kanin Asay.

Moving to the Midwest to beat the summer heat the bull riding veterans took back the statistics and the win at the Boone County Bull Bash in Belvidere, Illinois where fourteen qualified rides battled over the $8,120 that was up for grabs. 

Produced by CBRs tour manager Matt Noble, the early events help the tour hopefuls get a jump start on their CBR season, and career.

The 2016-17 Horizon Series is on every riders mind, but five-time NFR qualifier and bull riding veteran Kanin Asay from Powell, Wyoming, took the win in Belvidere with 175 points on two bulls and was the only rider to hear the whistle twice. Adding to his over one million dollar earnings record riding bulls, Asay earned $3,438.87 for the second Horizon title awarded on the season. Rookie Clayton Jacob was second with 88 points followed by rookie Marcus Mast with 86 points. The next three spots were claimed by veterans Corey Bailey, Keaton Moody and Corey Atwell.

For the third Horizon Series of the New Year, the CBR Horizon series moved slightly West to Morrison, Illinois where fifteen qualified rides split a $8,820 available purse at the Whiteside County Bull Bash.

CBR World Finals qualifier, Denton Fugate was the only bull rider to hear the 8 second whistle in the short round and the only bull rider to ride two bulls. He was declared the Bull Riding champ of the Whiteside Fair with an average score of 175 points which earned him the first place check for  $3,228.12. 

CBR regulars J.T. Moore and Corey Atwell followed with 88.5 each as did a new face, Casey Coulter to split second, third, and fourth. Casey Kirwan rounded out the top 5 placings with Newt Brasfield and Dakota Eagleburger splitting sixth.  

The Horizon Series continues North as the bulls and riders travel to Huron, South Dakota for the next event. The riders prepare for the two day Bull Bash at the South Dakota State Fair on September 31 in Huron. A few select riders who finish in the top tier on the Horizon Series night one competition will advance to night twos performance, the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Road to Cheyenne tour event. 


The top ten in the CBRs Horizon Standings as of August 22, 2016 after the first three events of competition are as follows:

1, Kanin Asay, Powell, WY, 682.00. 2, Denton Fugate, Dixon, MO, 350.00. 3, (tie) Buskin Wilson, Jackson Hole, WY, 343.00. 4, (tie) Corey Atwell, Statesville, NC, 343.00. 5, Corey Bailey, Paris, TN, 338.00. 6, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, TX, 318.00. 7, Casey Coulter, Farmington, MO, 177.00.7 -8 (tie), J.T. Moore, Alvin, TX, 177.00. 9, Clayton Jacob, Chaseburg, WI, 176.00. 10, Casey James Kirwan, 175.00.


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