Tuff Hedeman Lines Up World Champions for the 2016 Conroe, Texas CBR Bull Mania

Four time World Champion Bull Rider and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman is busy making plans for the annual Conroe Bucking Bull Mania scheduled to take place on Saturday night, October 1 at the Lone Star Expo Arena where the CBR will be rewarding the competitors with over $170,000 in prize money during the course of the top flight performances. Tickets are now on sale at

Multiple World Champion Bull Riders are expected to go up against the undisputed number one ranked bull rider in the world, four time World Champion, and reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion Bull Rider, Sage Steel Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma who rode all five of his draws in Cheyenne to win his second CBR World Title at the CBR World Finals competition held in July at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“When I show up my job is to ride bulls, I have dedicated 90 percent of my life to riding bulls and honing my craft to be in the position I am in today, I love what I do and there is no other better job in the world than getting to ride bulls,” said the newly crowned 2016 CBR World Champion. 

Kimzey and the field of 24 riders will take to the dirt to battle not only the bulls, but the defending Conroe Bull Bash Champion, 2012 PRCA and 2015 CBR World Champion Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, at the Conroe Bull Mania powered by DeMontrond Auto Group and the city of Conroe, Texas.

The Bull Mania returns to Conroe for the third consecutive year as the fourth stop of Championship Bull Riding’s (CBR) 2016-17 televised Made in America Road to Cheyenne tour. 

The Conroe Bull Mania features not only the top 24 ranked bull riders on Saturday night, but approximately 60 two year old bucking bulls that will be competing on Saturday morning in the CBR’s Championship Futurity Tour World Finale. 

But before the first rider pulls his rope, join the bull riders and K - STAR Country 99.7 for an autograph session, ticket giveaway and selfies at Cavender’s Boot City , 2557 Interstate 45 N in Conroe from 10 am to noon on Saturday, October 1 and at DeMontrond Automotive Group, 888 I-45 South in Conroe from 1 pm to 3 pm. 

The rider portion of the Conroe Bull Mania will kick off at 8:00 pm and features the elite bull riders and bulls in a tournament style format that appeals to fans because riders can challenge as many as three bulls in one performance. 24 cowboy athletes, including Houston natives Demond Haynes, Jonathan Brown and Neil Holmes, will be testing their skills against some of the best bovines in the industry doing their best to hang on for eight seconds. The top 12 from round one advance to a semifinal round where they will do their best to be among the final four riders in the Shoot Out where the bulk of the $30,000 in prize money is paid. 

In addition to the prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the World Finals, which will be in Wyoming next July as part of the historical Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration. Those points become very important as the rider who ends the World Finals at the top of the standings will be crowned the CBR World Champion and will receive a $100,000 bonus. 

Locally owned bulls will be competing in the CBR Bull Team Challenge competition for $45,000 in prize earnings. Cypress, Texas Stock Contractor William Barnett will have his string of buckers including the 2016 Bucking Bull of the Year, Cowtown Cartel and local bull team owner of the 2014 World Champion Bull Team, Benny Cude from the Woodlands.

The CBR featured bull team competition is known as the “other side of the ride”, bucking the crème of the crop in bovine athletes as the CBR Bull Team Challenge provides the bull power for the bull teams that are featured during the first two rounds of competition. Those bulls receive points for their performance in the arena. Additionally, the time the bull rider stays on is added to the bull’s score. At the end of the night, the owner with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive $20,000.  

CBR has become known for their action-packed performances that keep fans on the edge of their seats. That is largely due to the influence of four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman who coordinates every element and attends to the smallest details. From having great bulls matched up with super star riders, to upbeat music and enthusiastic fans, this year’s Conroe Bull Mania will be second to none. 


LOCATION: Lone Star Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Rd, Conroe, TX 77303

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 8 pm

TICKETS:   Start at $20 with a variety of options available including VIP seating and pre-sale prices.