1137 Cowbanger Earns His First Appearance at the NFR

Statistics are not the only criteria Cody Whitney uses when selecting the top 100 bulls in the country that will unload in Las Vegas this week. But when it comes to the unridden 1137 Cowbanger, his stats are the same in both associations he currently supports. He is often compared by industry experts to the infamous Little Yellow Jacket, a three time World Champion bucking bull. But this week the stat that is most interesting regarding 1137 is that none of the top 15 bull riders qualified for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) have attempted him in PRCA competition… advantage Kimzey.

Sage Kimzey is the only NFR qualifer that has been on the lead bucker of the Championship Pro Rodeo string. One of his four 46 point plus bull scores of record was earned with Kimzey when he bucked off the World Champ in Lufkin after four seconds.

5.19 seconds is the longest any rider has stayed on his back, but why is he so hard to ride?

“He has a hop and a skip coming out of the chutes while exploding underneath you,” says owner Benny Cude and Zach Craig of Championship Pro Rodeo. 

In their opinion it will take a rider that slides his rope back, rides loose, keeps shuffling and is constantly moving as opposed to a rider that sits up and centered… advantage Cody Rostockyj.

“Cody Rostockyj or Aaron Pass are best suited to him,” chimed in Championship Pro Rodeo’s co-owner, Zach Craig. 

1137 is well known on the CBR’s Road to Cheyenne as he was Hedeman’s choice four times for a final four Shoot Out Round bull and tapped by Tuff Hedeman as the bounty bull of the legendary George Paul Memorial Bull Riding in April.

“The bull bucked extremely hard, he started really strong and what happens to a bull like that is he usually doesn’t get ridden very far and Sage tested him and he didn’t know what to do when Sage lasted longer than he was used to - so he was just kind of throwing a fit,” said Hedeman in Del Rio.

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“If it happened again I think Sage would ride him, he just didn’t tonight,” added Hedeman, a four-time World Champion Bull Rider.

In bull riding only the whistle determines the outcome, no style points are given for a good try… advantage Cowbanger.

Cowbanger is undefeated in CBR competition and has been ridden once in his professional career when he was three years old and on the bull competition circuit. But like most athletes, bulls also get better in time and combined with solid coaching and handling, and the same can be said of this great bucker.

His bull scores have risen to a high of 47 points, which is way above average high for a bovine athlete. Management decisions have helped him be his best when it was discovered which chute he clears the best after the gate is opened. His bull scores for effort have exceeded expectations and average scores in both professional rodeos and bull riding only competitions.

He has been tried by 8 riders on the pro rodeo trail and seven riders on the CBR’s Road to Cheyenne tour and, to date, none of these bull riders have ridden him.

The 1,200-pound black bull owned by Championship Pro Rodeo is best described as electric. He is bred to buck. Sired by the great bucking bull I’m A Gangster and his mama was sired by the first bull to sell for one million dollars, Frontier Rodeo’s Big Bucks.