Bull Team League Owners Jockey for Points on the Road to Cheyenne

Forty-five thousand dollars is available at each stop of the CBR’s Bull Team Challenge competitions along the Road to Cheyenne. Sixty teams are in hot pursuit of making the 24-team roster that will qualify for the CBR World Finals in July at Cheyenne Frontier Days. $100,000 is the rabbit everyone is chasing and after five events, they have rounded the first corner. Although each team competes three times and many teams have not even started competing, the scores have been tight and at times just one tenth of a point separating the top teams.

Each Bull Team Competition pays a total prize package of $45,000 at each tour stop. First place receives $20,000, second $12,000, third place $8,000 and fourth place $5,000. CBR’s Cheyenne Challenge events offer stock contractors a one-time win that comes with an automatic entry to the CBR World Finals.

Jeff Harris and JQH top the list in team earnings thus far both with $32,000 in the bank from CBR competitions. Harris won the first Cheyenne Challenge with 281.35 points, which included two qualified ride scores and he will be the first to make guaranteed room reservations in Cheyenne for the 2017 CBR World Finals. Harris would go on to win second in the Bull Team Challenge on night two in Huron and he earned the championship title at the Conroe Bull Mania with partner, Mark Smith of Long Creek Outfitters. His bull 8 Ole School finished first in Conroe as well in the rank score category. 

Billy Jaynes joined Harris as the only other stock contractor to finish first in multiple events. He won both in Huron, South Dakota and Window Rock, Arizona, bucking the same three bulls all sired by the legendary #61 Little Yellow Jacket. 

Twice Skip and Elaine Jones, owners of JQH Bucking Bulls, finished in the top four. Picking up the $12,000 check in both Window Rock and Laughlin. JQH added to their points when they placed third in Huron.

Consistency was the name of Championship Pro Rodeo’s game with four top four placings in the first quarter.

Single event champion was D4 Cattle Company with Rhon Brown on the end of the rope in Mercedes as they placed first at their first of three events with two ride scores and one of the top rank scores in the Rio Grande Valley. Bucking 210 Alien, 12 Slingin Cash and 1086 Big Lew, the team earned 283.51 points.

The highest scoring team of the CBR’s Fall Run was Jerilyn Harmon’s Elite Bulls who came up with the win in Laughlin as Mike White put a winning combination together bucking three veterans of the road. 626 Karaoke, 059 Boomer and 166 Big Tex joined forces for the 286.19 points in Laughlin to top the charts of the highest scoring team thus far. Jerilyn Harmon’s Elite Bulls was also fourth in Conroe with Sam Wyatt flanking as they picked up valuable points towards qualifying for the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days. 

The highest scoring bull (rank score) at each event earns the Bull of the Event custom Hyo Silver trophy buckle. Five different bulls earned this honor, but after the first five events the overall Bull Team Challenge rankest bull score was earned by 118 Reaper who bucked off Denton Fugate in 3.03 seconds in Laughlin. He scored 91.5 points for his efforts in Laughlin representing Jerilyn Harmon’s Elite Bulls / Ty Rinaldo team. 

This was 118’s first trip on the Road to Cheyenne and his only recorded out in 2016, but he has bucked since 2014 professionally, bucking off 70 percent of those who attempt him. Twice (Huron, Mercedes) Cowtown Cartel (Barnett) received the Bull of the Event buckle, but not before splitting the honor with 125 No Dry County (Hurst) in Huron and a three way tie resulted in Mercedes with Crimson King (Melton/Loe) and 1086 Big Lew (D4 Cattle). 3381 Wet Willy of Barker / Barn2Buck was top bull in Window Rock.

The Champion Bull or highest marked ride during the fall run were earned at the same arena on the same night as Corey Atwell and Taryl Smith both electrified the grandstands in Huron with 92 point rides. Atwell rode Cowtown Cartel in round one and Smith took J908 Outside the Box in the Shoot Out for the win. Seven different bulls assisted riders for the Champion Bull honors thus far including 2079 Cowtown Cartel (Barnett), J908 Outside the Box (J. Jaynes), T25 Destination Unknown (Jaynes), 626 Karaoke (Elite), 1925  Painkiller (Jaynes), 8 Ole School (Harris), and 9103 Red Solo Cup (Silent 7). 

In Huron, Jaynes winning team posted three qualified rides, this was the only city thus far where all three bulls were ridden on the winning team.  According to Jaynes he expected all three to be ridden when he selected Huron and Window Rock team entries.

“We brought three bulls (1925 Painkiller, 25T Destination Unknown, 2575 Flab Slab), the guys love to get on, all our bulls were solid tonight and had their usual trips, giving it their full effort and it worked out,” said Dennis Davis who hauled and flanked the team for both of Billy Jaynes’ event wins. 

Early in the season it is hard to predict what the minimum score will be to get an invitation to Cheyenne, but there are a few stand outs thus far in the competition. Burleson and Barnett Team #1 and JQH Bucking Bulls #1 are setting the bar high with 22 points after just two events and Championship Pro Rodeo / Cude Energy team has completed their three events and is sitting with 21 points in the third slot.


2017 Event Results & Champions:

Huron Cheyenne Challenge – Harris Bucking Bulls

Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Champion, Huron, SD – The Jaynes Gang

Champion Bull - Cowtown Cartel (Barnett) & Outside the Box (Jaynes) - 92 points

Bull of the Event - Cowtown Cartel (Barnett) & No Dry County (Hurst) - 89.5 points

Navajo Nation CBR Champion, Window Rock, AZ – The Jaynes Gang / Johnston & McKinney

Champion Bull - Destination Unknown (Jaynes) - 90 points

Bull of the Event - Wet Willy - (Barker / Barnett) - 89 points

Colorado River Chute Out Champion, Laughlin, NV – Jerilyn Harmon’s Elite Bulls #2

Champion Bull - Karaoke (Elite) & Painkiller (Jaynes) - 91.5 points 

Bull of the Event - Reaper (Elite / Rinaldo) - 91.5 points

Conroe, Texas Bull Mania Champion – Long Creek Outfitters / Harris

Champion Bull - Ole School (Harris) - 91 points

Bull of the Event - Big Tex (Elite) - 91 points

Ed Payne Bulls on the Border Bull Bash Champion, Mercedes, TX – D4 Cattle Co

Champion Bull - Red Solo Cup (Silent 7) - 91 points

Bull of the Event - Big Lew (D4), Crimson King (Melton) & Cowtown Cartel (Barnett) - 90.5 points


See link below for full 2017 CBR Road to Cheyenne Bull Team Challenge World Standings: