Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding Returns to El Paso for Twelfth Consecutive Year!

The top ranked professional championship bull riders in the world, 2014-15 PRCA World Champion and 2014, 2016  CBR World Champion Sage Steele Kimzey and 2015 CBR World Champion and 2012 PRCA Champion, Cody Teel, are set to ride at the El Paso County Coliseum Saturday February 18th, 2017 at the 12th Annual Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding Presented by Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Bull riding fans will have the rare opportunity to see these extraordinary cowboy athletes who set records at both CBR and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) events and will be fresh off their WNFR runs in Las Vegas.  

“Kimzey is a rare talent who rides fundamentally flawless and Teel has the heart and determination of a champion every time he pulls his rope,” said Tuff Hedeman, the 4 time World Champion Bull Rider who now produces the nationally televised CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour events.

With 30 years of bull riding history on his resume, El Paso native, Tuff Hedeman is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo, but he defers to the young super stars that are currently the CBR and PRCA World Champions as the best bull riding talent he has seen in over 15 years.

The former 4 time world titled Hedeman, who in recent years has made a name for himself in the production of great bull riding events, will serve as the “chute boss” and television commentator. Come early and enjoy the “Tailgate Down” pre-party with live music, along with great food, cold beer, shopping, and autograph opportunities featuring the Championship Bull Riding Famous Energy Bullfighters.

This year’s event is the 11th stop on Championship Bull Riding’s (CBR) Road to Cheyenne Tour, which pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in three round tournament style action. The Party begins at 5:30, Doors open at 6:30 and action gets underway at 8:00 p.m.

There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the 24-man field.  The field of competition which starts with 24 riders, then 12 and finally 4 in the Shoot Out where they will battle for the lion’s share of $30,000 in prize money. The night’s excitement will culminate as the final four bull riders will get a third opportunity to ride in a winner take all ending. The format appeals to new spectators and established fans alike because riders can challenge as many as three bulls in one performance.

In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the World Finals, part of the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration held in Wyoming next July. At the end of the World Finals, the contestant who has the most points will be crowned the World Champion and receive a $100,000 bonus.

The Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding Presented by Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino will also feature the “other side of the ride,” CBR’s Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners from all around the country will bring three bulls that are featured during the first two rounds of competition. The bulls are competing for points based on their performance in the arena. Additionally, the time the bull rider stays on is added to the bull’s score. At the end of the night, the owner with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive $20,000.  

CBR has become known for their action-packed performances that keep fans on the edge of their seats and every time Tuff Hedeman returns to his hometown of El Paso it is always a great show! From having world class bulls matched up with super star riders, to upbeat music and enthusiastic fans and a few show surprises here and there, there is something for everyone.

Tickets on Sale now at $10 to $75 and new this year VIP seating! Fans are encouraged to get their tickets now as the show is expected to be a sell-out.



Event Location: El Paso County Coliseum 4100 E Paisano, El Paso, TX 79905 - (915) 534-4329


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