Local Bull Riders Cowboy Up to Compete with 3 World Champions in Conroe

Bull riding talent will take center stage on Saturday night, October 1, at the Lone Star Expo Arena where Houston’s veteran bull rider, Neil Holmes and rookie sensation, Boudreaux Campbell will battle three World Champions and six National Finals Rodeo bull riders. Included on four time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer’s, Tuff Hedeman’s roster is the number one ranked bull rider in the world, Sage Steele Kimzey who will be in Conroe trying to win one title he has not, the fourth stop of Championship Bull Riding’s (CBR) 2016 Road to Cheyenne tour, the Conroe Texas Bull Mania Presented by DeMontrond Automotive Group.

Houston native Neil Holmes broke into the CBR World Standings for the first time in 2009 and in 2014 he left Cheyenne with $50,000 and the title of the 2014 CBR World Finals Champion and he is off to a great start for new 2016-17 season. Holmes, recently qualified for the final four Shoot Out round in Laughlin, Nevada earlier this month proving he can compete with the next generation of bull riders.

But the buzz behind the chutes is about one of those newbies. Boudreaux Campbell, the eighteen year old rookie from nearby Lovelady High School, who is ranked number three after bursting on the scene of the nationally televised CBR Road to Cheyenne bull riding tour at the season opener in Huron, South Dakota earlier this month.

Local resident CBR Stock Contractor and Chief Executive Officer had this to say about the up and coming bull rider from Crockett, Texas.

“Boudreaux is a great kid, he made it up from our qualifying Horizon Series this summer and has finished in the final four three of his four attempts, and the fourth one he did make, but it was a tie and he lost the coin toss,” said Cude about the latest edition to the stout CBR rider roster.

Holmes and Campbell will give the Montgomery county bull riding fans something to cheer about as they represent the Conroe area in the elite bull riding competition which features a tournament style format that appeals to fans because riders can challenge as many as three bulls in one performance. On Saturday both local riders will be available for autographs. Campbell will be at Cavender’s Boot City from 10 am to noon and Neil Holmes will be at DeMontrond Auto Group with Tuff Hedeman at 1 pm to 3 pm.

Saturday night the action starts at 8:00 pm with 24 athletic cowboys 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 lucrative 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 to be awarded in Cheyenne at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Locally owned World Champion Bucking Bull, Cowtown Cartel, and other champion bulls from the national tour will be making the trip to Montgomery County as well. CBR features the unique CBR Bull Team Challenge “other side of the ride” competition where the crème of the crop in bovine athletes provide the bull power for the three bull teams that are featured during the first two rounds of the contest. The 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 a total purse worth $20,000.  

Fans will have two opportunities to see the talented animal athletes of the industry as the CBR Championship Futurity Tour World Finale gets underway on Saturday morning at 9:00 am Approximately 60 two-year-old bucking bulls will be featured as the future superstars of the CBR compete for a $50,000 check to be awarded to the owner of the winning three-bull team.

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, the Conroe Bull Mania will be second to none.


Tickets: Begin at $15 with a variety of options available - Conroe Ticket Link

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



9:00 am Saturday, October 1 – 2 Year Old Futurity Championships at Lone star Expo Arena

10:00 am – noon Saturday, October 1 – Boudreaux Campbell and Cody Rostockyj – Autograph Signing Cavender’s Boot City, 2557 Interstate 45 N, Conroe, TX 77304

1 pm to 3 pm Saturday, October 1 – Tuff Hedeman, Neil Holmes Demontrond Auto Group, 888 IH 45, Conroe

6:30 pm Doors Open to Conroe Bull Mania – Lone Star Expo Arena

8:00 pm Conroe Bull Mania


3 WORLD CHAMPIONS COMPETING INCLUDE:  Reigning 2014, 2016 and PRCA and CBR World Champion Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 2013 CBR World Champion, Cole Echols, Dodge, Texas,  2012 CBR World Champion Josh Barentine, Johnson’s Bayou, La. Other top ranked cowboys include Cody Rostockyj, NFR qualifiers Chandler Bownds, Jeff Askey, Rorey Maier, Tim Bingham, and Jacob O’Mara.