Hedeman Taps Brown Ranch Bull for $10,000 Bounty

With over 100 bucking bulls arriving in Jackson today, one will be separated from the herd into a special run when he unloads off the Brown Ranch livestock trailer at the Oman Arena.

Wearing fire brand number 1086 on his hip for identification, the bull named Big Lew, owned by Texas bucking bull stock contractors Rhon Brown and Bubba Storey, arrives in Jackson, Tennessee today as four time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman’s selection as the Bud Light Classic Bounty Bull at the annual two-day bull riding extravaganza beginning tonight at 8 pm.

The Bud Light Classic Bounty Bull is the highlight of the first performance of the Bud Light Classic Championship Bull Riding presented by Alan Vines Automotive and if the bull rider stays on for the required 8 seconds he will instantly be rewarded $10,000 for his efforts.

Sounds easy right, how hard can it be to hold on for 8 seconds?

According to the professional bull riders that have tried him, the only once ridden bull is known for not just leaving, but exploding out of the bucking chutes with a wild move that happens so fast there is no hesitation by the animal from one leap to the bucking motion.

Five bull riders bull riders have left the arena scratching their heads trying to figure out how to stay on him for the required 8 seconds, and a few would love a second try.

Rookie rider Colten Jesse was the first to take a spin on the bull last March in Salina, Kansas and had this to say about the experience.

“He’s kind of a smaller bull and he kind of bucked out of there hard, I just over estimated him and he started to step out, which caused me to well (slide off to the inside of the rotation of the bull) myself, he’s a jam up bull that I’d love to have another crack at,” said Jesse who had a 2.43 spin on the rookie bull who posted a four judge 89.5 score in Salina, Kansas at his debut.

Big Lew was the highest marked rank bull score of the Fort Worth Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding in 2016 with two time National Finals Rodeo qualifier.

“He was strong and a little long out there before he turned back, but in all in he is the perfect bucking bull...big and strong, bucks hard and nothing trashy to him,” said Aaron Pass NFR and perennial CBR World Finals qualifier, who summed him up after 3.14 seconds.

Big Lew was named after the late Lewis Woodull from Laredo, Texas, a family friend of the owners who is battling cancer. His bull scores rank among the top five bull scores recorded during the 2016 CBR Road to Cheyenne season and he was also selected as the Bounty Bull for the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding in Del Rio, Texas where Sage Kimzey rode him for 90 points.

Rhon Brown, Brown Ranch, Perrin, Texas bought him as a two year old and planned to compete with him on the competitive futurity and derby circuits with the intention to develop him into a rider bull as he matured, but when Brown bucked him for the first time he saw his potential and decided with patience and time he would make a great bucking bull.

“He’s very laid back behind the scenes, but explosive out of the chutes, he bucks hard every time, but is easier to handle now and hauls well, he adjusted to the lights and music of the CBR show very well for a young bull,” said Brown.

1086 Big Lew is sired by Chester and out of a Sky King-Big Red crossed cow and was bred by seasoned Texas bucking bull breeder Gaye McGinn of  

Brown, who hauled Big Lew to Tennessee, credits the late Brad Fudge for mentoring him in the bucking bull business, has been raising and hauling bucking bulls for 25 years.

You can see Big Lew at the Bud Light Classic Championship Bull Riding on Friday night, January 13 at the Oman Arena in Jackson, Tennessee and later on Fox Sports coverage of the event. Check local listings and for exact dates and viewing times. Tickets available at the box office and Rustic Soul and on Saturday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Alan Vines Automotive.

LOCATION: Oman Arena, 179 Lane Ave, Jackson, TN 38301

DATE: Friday - Saturday, January 13-14, 2017 - 8 PM

TICKETS: Ticketing Link or Rustic Soul (1926 Emporium Dr., Jackson, TN 38305)

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