Corey Bailey… Bringing the Heat to the Horizon

Besides Dolly Parton, a lot of famous people were born in Tennessee; Morgan Freeman, Bill Belichick, Aretha Franklin, Jack Hanna, and bull riding’s little big shot, Corey Bailey.

Twenty-five year old Corey Bailey is on the fast track to becoming one of Tennessee’s most famous athletes. Leading not one but two bull riding association rankings as of November 1.

This 5’6”, 126-pound left-handed bull rider is the number one name atop the CBR Horizon leaderboard as the final Horizon Series event for the first half of the season is fast approaching.

Bailey also leads the International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) World Standings for much of the season and has a strong shot at the 2016 IPRA World Championship because of his dominance in the rodeo arena all year.

Each year, veteran stock contractor and CBR Bull Team owner JC Knapp caps off the 2016 portion of the CBR’s Horizon Series with a legendary bull riding event at his ranch in Mansfield, Texas. Featuring fancy fireworks, bounce house, Knapp’s BBQ brisket - and the must have bull riding T-shirts on tour - you won’t want to miss the 6th Annual Bringin’ the Heat event.

But in addition to the fun, good food and fashion, this year’s rider roster is proving to be a hot list. 40 bull riders from 16 states are headed to Mansfield for the last event of the calendar year and final opportunity for contenders to earn Horizon Series points and hopefully be one of the lucky ones called up to the Road to Cheyenne rider roll call by Tuff Hedeman.

Hedeman, a four-time World Champion who serves as CBR’s Chute Boss, was impressed with Bailey when he watched him go three for three to win Hedeman’s namesake signature event in Fort Worth in April of 2015.

“The numbers don’t lie,” Hedeman said. “This guy made really, really good rides, and the bulls were phenomenal.”

Each year Championship Bull Riding’s Horizon Series tour, which serves as the point of entry for bull riders wanting to progress to the premier Road to Cheyenne tour, awards a $20,000 bonus check to the last bull rider standing at the top of the rankings. Koby Radley was the 2016 Horizon Series Champion battling his brother in law Jacob O’Mara for the number one position throughout the year and both will be in Mansfield.

This year it has been a different story thus far. New to the CBR, veteran bull rider Kanin Asay from Powell, Wyoming, jumped out in front after the first three events. Behind him was Dixon, Missouri’s Denton Fugate. Corey Bailey was in fifth place and newcomer rookie Boudreaux Campbell was in sixth.

Later in August Newcomer Clayton Appelhans won the Huron Horizon event but in September it was a new story. Corey Bailey, bringing the heat to the standings won the next two titles, Waterloo, IL and Pendleton, SC. Jacksonville would crown Trey Benton its winner on October 8, which was the last Horizon Series until Mansfield later this month.

Bailey now leads Asay by just half a point. He clocks in at 852.5 points with Asay in at 852. Fugate has 689 points. Campbell stays afloat with 664 and Colt Galvan, a fellow Tennessee native is 335 points off the lead with 517. But the Horizon series regulars will have company next weekend. National Finals Rodeo qualifier Cody Rostockyj is entered as is Road to Cheyenne regulars Jeff Askey, Jacob O’Mara, Dixon Hestetune, Boudreaux Campbell, and Tyler Taylor - but opportunity is knocking as Bailey and Asay are missing from the day sheet.

Corey Bailey exploded on to the CBR scene in January of 2013 and rode his first CBR draw for 91 points.  The silent but strong Tennessee bull rider has made a huge impact on the CBR since that day in January.

“Always aiming for the top and to win and always trying to be that number one man,” said Bailey when asked how he stays consistently in the top during his four-year career with Championship Bull Riding.

*Editor’s Note: Bailey is a member of the elite bull riders who are the Mahindra Young Guns, sponsored by Mahindra USA.

Horizon Series - Bringin' The Heat Event Information

2017 CBR Horizon Series Standings


About CBR Horizon Series

The Horizon Series allows local promoters to conduct a sanctioned CBR event under published guidelines provided by Championship Bull Riding’s administrative office in Weatherford, Texas. The top riders on the Horizon Series Tour, at the time entries are taken for a Road to Cheyenne Tour competition. At the end of the twelve month season, the Horizon Series Tour Champion is awarded to the rider with the most points. The winner earns a Hyo Silver custom engraved trophy buckle and a $20,000 bonus check at the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming.