A Little Black Magic and Benton’s Back

The 2016 CBR Horizon Series continued this weekend in Jacksonville, Texas with the comeback victory of CBR and National Finals Rodeo qualifier Trey Benton, III of Rock Island, Texas.

With the televised tour on hiatus, Jeff Harris assisted the community of Jacksonville, Texas and gathered some of the industry’s best bull riders and bulls for the annual Spooktacular Bull Bash Championship Bull Riding held at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena.

Benton riding two bulls he was very familiar with finished strong with 178.5 points after the two rounds. Benton was matched with Rawson’s 132 Yabba Dabba Doo for the long round. Ironically it was the second time Benton faced Rawson’s perennial bucker on the first leg of a comeback attempt. Last November Benton rode 132 to win the Thibodaux 8 Seconds to Glory Horizon Series.

“Trey looked fit, strong, and extremely confident last night, riding to win for sure,” said Mike Rawson.

Trey Benton is looking to get things going as the 2017 rodeo season kicks off as well as the start of the second quarter of the 2017 CBR season in January. Benton was sidelined by doctors after an injury on June 29 and was forced to miss the 2016 CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Benton is a two-time George Paul Memorial Bull Riding champion and finished second in the CBR World Standings in 2014 and will be one of the CBR’s strong contenders when returning to the televised Road to Cheyenne tour.

Round one began with 43 riders from fourteen states, including rookie sensation Boudreaux Campbell and 2013 CBR World Champion Cole Echols on the daysheet. Campbell rode 553 Boss Man of Ray Cattle Company for 87 points to take the lead early in the draw. 12 bull riders later former World Champion Cole Echols would take over with 88.5 points on 122 Shystie (Rawson). But Benton would take over the round in the #23 position with 89.5 on Yabba Dabba Doo. Six riders heard the whistle in the long round including Keaton Moody (85.5), and rookies Colt Galvan (86.5) and Cole Miller (85.5).

The championship round featured ten riders, but only three finished with two qualified rides and in the end it was Benton’s 89 point ride on 222 Yellow Wolf (Rawson) that allowed him to pick up the buckle,  $3,200 cash and the title of 2016 Spooktacular Bull Bash Champion. Rookie Colt Galvan was 91 points on Harris’s 15 Herbie to win the short go with John Pitts behind him at 89.5 on 231 Big Baby. Casey Kirwan was 85 points on 139 Lil David while Echols bucked off Harris’s 277 Dirty Little Secret just shy of the 8 second whistle.

CBR fans will be seeing a lot more of this Echols in 2016 as he returns to the bull riding arena on the Road to Cheyenne and is riding well enough to win this weekend as the CBR’s televised tour continues in South Texas with the Bulls on the Border Bash in Mercedes.

The annual Spooktacular Bull Bash CBR bull riding event proceeds benefit local agricultural based programs and operations in the cities’ goals to move the Jacksonville community forward, providing self-sufficiency and local jobs for future generations.


Spooktacular Results

1, Trey Benton, Rock Island, Tex., 178.5, $3,236. 2, Colt Galvan, Lenoir City, Ten., 177.5, $2,454.30. 3, John Pitts, Panama City, FL, 174.5, $1, 3122.20. 4, Cole Echols, Elm Grove, La., 88.5, $1,273.32. 5, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Tex., 87, $797.04.


Photo Courtesy: Spooktacular Bull Bash, Lacee Harris