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11.15.2016
21X1 The Duke Remains Undridden

 "Young fella, if you're looking for trouble, I'll accommodate ya." -  said the Duke as Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 film True Grit.

On opening night of the PRCA’s National Finals Rodeo in two weeks, there will be only one rider in the locker room that can advise the contestants on how to approach the trouble you might run into when trying to ride Championship Pro Rodeo’s unridden bull, 21X1 The Duke.

“You are going to have to match him move for move. He is small, but fast so u don’t want him to beat you – any, he’s a good young bull and you should ride him and be in high 80’s every time, but if you stub your toe, just a little, he’ll throw you,” texted first year NFR contestant, Cody Rostockyj from a deer blind in Kansas.

The 2011 black and white spotted bull has bucked off every opponent – every year – since his debut in 2015 as a professional bucking bull.

Born and raised at Benny Cude’s 7 Rocking X Ranch in Priddy, Texas, The Duke was somewhat overlooked by his ranch family until last year when they began evaluating their stock. He competed on one of Cude’s two year old futurity teams in 2013, but was small and needed time and groceries to develop.

According to CPR Managing Partner, Zach Craig, he was bucked in 2016 mostly in pro Rrodeos.

“I think after his two outs in Isanti (Minnesota) at the PRCA’s Extreme competition, he became part of the conversation about being a NFR bull,” said Craig who hauls and flanks 21x1.

This year which has rolled over to the 2017 competition year for both PRCA and CBR and he has been to a few CBR Road to Cheyenne events as well pro rodeos.

With approximately 12 outs in 2016, including bucking off rookie Colten Jesse at the CBR World Finals, this somewhat small-sized bull’s looks can be deceiving.

“That bull just gets it on right there to the left, and he’s fast. I’m just waiting for my next opportunity to get on him again,” said Colten Jesse.

“He sort of looks like a little devil,” laughed Craig. He is not intimidating, but rather devilish and fast.

 “Stay down and just let him pack you around there,” are the final words of wisdom from Jesse.


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