Championship Bull Riding Returns to Window Rock for Fall Run

Plans are underway for the return of Championship Bull Riding (CBR) to Window Rock for the 70th Navajo Nation Fair on the second stop of the 2017 CBR Made in America Road to Cheyenne tour.

Four time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman will be back in town for a one day bull riding performance on Wednesday, September 7 at 8 PM. With him will be the top cowboy and bovine athletes of the industry. The performance will feature three rounds of non-stop adrenaline rush action in a tournament style event featuring the undisputed number one ranked bull rider in the world, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Oklahoma, two Native American champions and a field of 24 of the top bull riders in the USA.

Kimzey who earned his fourth World Champion Bull Riding title in July at the CBRís World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days is expected to compete in Window Rock for the first time. Kimzey, also the reigning World Champion and currently the number one ranked rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rode all five bulls to earn his second CBR World Championship.

ďWhen I show up my job is to ride bulls, I have dedicated ninety 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,Ē said Kimzey after winning the CBR World Finals in July.

The two Native American bull riders who will be competing against the CBRís elite line up of bull riders including local bull riding Champion, Cody Jesus of Sawmill, AZ, representing Southwest Indian Rodeo Association, and Tustin Daye from Lupton, AZ, representing Navajo Nation Rodeo Association.

Last yearís event champion, Taryl Smith from Litchville, North Dakota, will be in town defending his 2015 title and hoping to win another $28,000 which jumpstarted his top ten position in the CBR Final World Standings last season.

In addition to the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey, 24 of the industryís elite riders, including six of the top 15 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Associationís bull riders, will line up in Window Rock on the arena floor of the Dean Jackson Memorial Arena located at the Window Rock Fairgrounds.

The bull riding action gets underway at 8 PM when the top ranked bull riders will be trying to earn their share of the $30,000 purse, a pair of custom Fenoglio Boots, a cowboy hat from American Hat Co., and a custom engraved Hyo Silver trophy buckle and valuable points to remain on the CBRís televised bull riding tour.

Brought to you by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, the annual CBR event is part of the 70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair celebration, the largest Native American fair, which is scheduled to begin on September 6.  

The CBR event in Window Rock will also feature the ďother side of the ride,Ē CBRís Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners from all around the country will bring three bulls that are featured during the first two rounds of competition. The bulls are competing for points based on their performance in the arena. Additionally, the time the bull rider stays on is added to the bullís score. At the end of the night, the owner with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive $20,000.

The performance will be held at the Navajo Nation Fair Grounds, Highway 264- Window Rock, AZ. Tickets on sale now and begin at $15 in advance and $20 day of the show and free admission for children 6 and under. Parking is $5. For more information contact



Location:     Window Rock Fairgrounds - Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena, State Highway 264, Window Rock, Arizona 86515

Time:     6:30 PM Doors Open

             8 PM Bull Riding Begins                 

For interviews, press credentials and more information please contact Leigh Ann Schroeder at 940.902.1112 or or Wanda Nelson, Navajo Nation Fair at 928.550.1775, or