Bownds Bounces Back to Win CBR Mercedes

Powering past two World Champions, a red hot rookie, and the 2016 Horizon Finals Champion, a Championship Bull Riding veteran in his eighth CBR season, put it all together to win the Ed Payne Bulls on the Border Bull Bash in Mercedes, Texas on Saturday night. Chandler Bownds, the three time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals Rodeo qualifier had this to say about his first CBR event championship since 2014.

“When you have been doing it long enough, you learn when you buck off you just have to have a game plan and know how to let it go and have the ability to refocus immediately on your next bull, that’s my game plan always and it usually works out,” said Bownds after being presented with the Bulls on the Border prize package by Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman.  


Bownds who has been on the Road to Cheyenne since 2009 and qualified for seven CBR World Finals. Bownds rode in eight events last season and finished the year riding fifty percent (ten of eighteen) of his draws during the CBR’s 2016 season which ended in Cheyenne in July.


Bownds takes home to Lubbock, Texas a prize package that includes a $15,150 check, a pair of custom Fenoglio Boots, an American Hat Company western hat, and a Hyo Silver custom engraved trophy buckle. But as important as the monetary prizes are the 178 points on the leaderboard which now rank him number 12 in the CBR world Standings after only his second Road to Cheyenne appearance.


While only four bull riders rode two bulls, only eleven of the 44 outs were qualified rides during the three round tournament style competition which incuded the CBR’s elite Bull Team Challenge competition.


Mercedes, the fifth stop on the Road to Cheyenne, was poised as a night of comebacks as the fans cheered on four bull riders attempting to make remarkable returns from injury.


The 2016 CBR Horizon Series Champion, Koby Radley had a strong comeback night riding two of his draws including a 90 point ride in the Shoot Out round on Jimmy Jaynes’ storied bucker, J908 Outside the Box. Bownds received the higher score from the back judge which rewarded him the event title and prize package.


Radley who had to draw out of the CBR World Finals due to injury has missed the first four events on tour due to a shoulder and hand injury. Demond Haynes was back in action after missing Conroe while healing and two time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Aaron Pass returned to action after a six-month hiatus due to multiple fractures in his back.



Round One


Leading off in the first round was Josh Frost of Randlett, Utah who posted first with 87 points on 14 Jughead owned by Championship Pro Rodeo. Frost was followed by Ramagos and rookie Triston Boor with 86.5 and 85.5 respectively.


The next ten cowboys would buck off including the reigning pro rodeo and CBR World Champion, Sage Kimzey and number two ranked Eli Vastbinder. Bownds would be the first to excite the crowd in section two with 89 points on Moad Land and Cattle’s Apollo’s Dream, a bull he had never seen before he climbed on him in the first round.


“Brandon (Loden) told me what he would do and as a bullfighter Brandon knows them the best and that worked out for me. He was a good confidence builder and I stayed on it worked out,” said Bownds.


Weslaco, Texas native Juan Alonzo bucked off to start the last section, but Koby Radley turned the crowd around when he took the lead in section four with 89 on Y9 Final Judgement, a rematch for Radley. Rookie Boudreaux Campbell would easily handle 210 Alien for 88 points followed by another 88 point score from Mahindra Young Gun Corey Bailey on D4’s second bucker, 12 Slingin Cash.


“He’s just a good 5 year old bull that was good tonight, he’s rider friendly,but he bucks,” said D4 Cattle Company’s Rhon Brown.





Fielding the twelve man semifinal round would include advancing six riders on time scored. Fueled by the CBR Bull Team Challenge the bucking bulls would continue to be in command of the arena. Six straight buck offs would set the tone for the second round. Twenty-one year old Josh Frost would strike first and make the decision to keep his 70 point score after Hedeman offered him a reride.


The second and most impressive ride on the Mercedes statistic competition chart was the last rider to post a qualified score in the semifinal round. Eighteen-year-old Boudreaux Campbell found himself in the driver’s seat of the event when he marked 91 points on Silent 7 Bucking Bulls’ 9103 Red Solo Cup, a bull sired by the legendary Walk This Way. Ironically this same bull was the rankest marked bull at last year’s Mercedes bull bash where the bull was 91 points and went unridden.


Radley found himself in familiar territory as he drew 1086 Big Lew, a bull he bucked off of in the semifinal round in Del Rio at the George Paul Memorial in April. Once again Big Lew got the win after 6.01 seconds, but Radley would advance on his round one winning score of 89.5.


With just two qualified rides in the semifinal round, two riders would have to advance from their round one scores, Chandler Bownds and Koby Radley. Bownds fell short on one of the rankest scored bulls of the night.


“I had Cowtown Cartel again for a rematch in the semifinals, he kind of pulled me down and I tried to sit back up and I lost my feet,” continued Bownds who rode the CBR bucking bull of the year a little over 6 seconds.



The Shoot Out


After intermission the final four Shoot Out round would get underway with Chandler Bownds, Boudreaux Campbell, Koby Radley and Josh Frost. Bownds was up first and easily took Tatonka (Vogele) for 90 points.


“I was the last man to get to pick my bull and I didn’t know that bull Tatonka but I got stuck with a good one, he was right there in the gate around to the right, Vogele told me he would fit me real good and to be 90 on him, he was right,” said Bownds.


Koby Radley was up next and would match Bownds with his own 90-point score on J908 Outside the Box.


Utah’s Josh Frost making his first final four Shoot Out appearance came down early on 21X1 The Duke, a bull raised by Benny Cude at the 7 Rocking X.


With all the pressure on the final cowboy, rookie bull rider Boudreaux Campbell, he would fall short and come down early on the veteran final four bull, 052 American Fire, a bull he selected for the win. This is the second consecutive year that 052 has crushed the championship dreams of the final rider in the Shoot Out round. In 2015 the same bull ended Corey Bailey’s night in Mercedes as he bucked Bailey off in the Shoot Out round.


With a pair of 90 point rides on the scoreboard the event champion is decided by the back judge’s score and the nod in Mercedes was in Bownds favor as he was a half point higher than Radley on the deciding judges’ score sheet.



World Title Race


With the reigning CBR World Champion Sage Kimzey absent from the night’s final standings, Campbell made the largest leap on the World Standings board. He moved up two scores after missing the third opportunity to get one bull score closer to catching Kimzey,the four time World Champion who knows what it is like as he was in Campbell’s exact position in 2014 when he was the rookie sensation climbing his way to the top of the CBR.


The rookie Campbell moved from fourth to second with 532.50 points, just 177 points now behind the top ranked Kimzey and the prize package that includes a custom Juan Jose Muñoz Andrade saddle, Fenoglio Boots, a Hyo Silver gold buckle, and a bonus check for $100,000.


 Eli Vastbinder dropped from second to third place after bucking off in round one. Taryl Smith is fourth and Jeff Askey who was absent from Mercedes holds steady at fifth. Chandler Bownds moves to number 12 with his first win of the new season. The CBR Road to Cheyenne televised tour returns to action on January 7 in Enid, Oklahoma.



CBR Bull Team Challenge


The $20,000 check and CBR Bull Team Challenge Championship in Mercedes was won by D4 Bull Team. Competing in their first event of the season, D4 won the competition with two qualified rides of 88 points and a buck off that produced the top rank bull score of the night, 90.5 points, when Radley came down in 6.08 seconds off of Big Lew.

Big Lew, considered the anchor of Rhon Brown and Bubba Storey's D4 team, was pleased with their trio of buckers on the hot and humid night at the Ed Payne Auto Rodeo Arena. Brown who hauls and handles two CBR bull teams had this to say about his bulls’ performance.  

“I was happy with all of them tonight, but our third out, Big Lew, had the best trip. We put together three that are rider friendly but good solid buckers. We paired four year old 210 Alien and 12 Slingin Cash who is a five year bull that was also good tonight,” said Rhon Brown.

“We enjoy the CBR because it gives the contractors a chance to win money with their stock,” added Brown.

Other notable bull performances include 9103 Red Solo Cup, owned by Mack Altizer, and representing the Silent 7 bull team. 9103 pulled in the High Marked ride score and semifinal round winning score at 91 points with Boudreaux Campbell.

1.72 points behind D4 was Burleson and Barnett’s team #1 comprised of one ride score and two rank buck offs. 264Z Houdini Martini bucked Wyatt Rogers off at 6.34 while Y9, Final Judgement teamed up with Koby Radley for 89.5 points leaving the third leg of the team Cowtown Cartel, the reigning World Champion Bull, to buck Bownds off at 4.95 seconds.

While the two did not get a ride score, the bull earned 90.5 in rank bull score points to tie the rank score card of the night. This team will move close to the top of the CBR Bull Team Standings after two second place finishes in two events this year.


Mercedes Bulls on the Border Shoot Out Results

1, Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Tex., 90 points on 1102 Tatonka (Vogele) $14,650. 2, Koby Radley, Montpelier, La., 90 points on J908 Outside the Box (Jaynes) $8,350. 3, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Tex., 0 on 052 American Fire (Vogele) $2,250. 4, Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah, 0 on 21X1 The Duke, (CPR) $2,250.

Round by round bull rider results and corresponding stock data available on


Mercedes Bull on the Border Bull Team Challenge Results

1, D4 Cattle Co., 283.51 points, $20,000. 2, Burleson/Barnett 1, 281.79, $12,000. 3, Championship Pro Rodeo/7 Rockin X, 280.44, $8,000. 4, Winston Loe/Melton Bull Co., 278.40, $5,000.


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