$50,000 prize purse brings three World Champions to compete in Conroe

 $50,000 prize purse brings three World Champions to compete in Conroe


Conroe Bull Mania at the Lone Star Expo Center  presented by Demontrond Auto Group


CONROE, Texas – (October 3, 2017) – The $50,000 prize purse has caused fury in the race to be on Tuff Hedeman’s roster for this weekend’s Conroe Bull Mania and in addition to three World Champions, including the industry’s top gunner, six time World Champion Sage Kimzey, there are ten National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifiers including Crockett’s Boudreaux Campbell who just qualified for his first NFR and is the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) leading Rookie of the Year. Local athletes qualified and competing include Houston bull rider Demond Haynes, Rock Island native Trey Benton, III, and  former CBR World Champion Cole Echols from Dodge, Texas.

  Bull riding’s finest will take center stage on Saturday night at the Lone Star Expo Arena where the cowboy athletes from 11 states will take the dirt to battle the world class bulls, powered by the CBR Bull Team Challenge competition. The reigning World Champion, Sage Kimzey a native of Oklahoma now living in Texas, will be playing catch up to the current leader, rookie rider Ruger Piva and the top 24 ranked riders including last year’s Bull Mania champion Jeff Askey. Kimzey missed the first three events of the 2017-18 season due to conflicting rodeo schedule and being behind is not a position the three time PRCA World Champ and three time CBR World Champion is accustom too.

 This is the fourth year Conroe Bull Mania, part of the nationally televised Road to Cheyenne tour, has come to the Lone Star but this year’s intermission will feature a different race for the gold buckle. Conroe Councilman Duane Ham will attempt to unseat the reigning intermission World Champion, Mayor Pro Tem Duke Coon who rode for 3.5 seconds last year on Bill the Bull to raise funds and awareness for anti-bullying. The funds help purchase 300 copies of "Bill is no Bully" children’s book that were placed in the Conroe Independent School District schools. The children’s book written by Cindy Hedeman, is available on

This year’s bull riding competition is aimed at paying tribute to first responders of Hurricane Harvey and CBR Chairman of the Board local businessman Benny Cude has opened the event to First responders, active and veteran military and educators free of charge.

 "It's for a great cause and we want to thank everybody and give them a show in appreciation for what they have done for this community," said CBR Chairman of the Board, Benny Cude.

The nationally televised bull riding features the top 24 ranked bull riders in a tournament style format that appeals to fans because riders challenge as many as three bulls in one performance.  The doors open at 6:30 pm and the action begins at 8:00 with the professional rider’s testing their skills against some of the best bovines in the industry and doing their best to hang on for eight seconds. The top 12 from round one advance to a semifinal round with the evening ending in the four man Shoot Out where the bulk of the $50,000 in prize money is paid. The prize money is doubled at this stop because no rider made the 8 second whistle to collect the money on the last tour stop in Laughlin, Nevada, resulting in the money being added to the pot for the Conroe event.

In addition to the doubled prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the World Finals, which will be in Wyoming next July as part of the historical Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration. Those points become very important as the rider who ends the world finals at the top of the standings will be crowned the CBR world champion and will receive a $100,000 bonus.

CBR’s “other side of the ride” Bull Team Challenge competition features locally owned bulls that are part of the crème of the crop in bovine athletes that power the event. The bulls receive points for 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 top four owners with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive a prize purse worth $45,000.  

CBR has become known for their action-packed performances that keep fans on the edge of their seats. That is largely due to the influence of four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman who coordinates every element and attends to the smallest details. From having great bulls matched up with super star riders, to upbeat music and enthusiastic fans, the Conroe Bull Mania will be second to none.

24 bull riders from 11 states competing including three world champions:  Reigning PRCA and CBR World Champion Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., CBR World Champion, Cole Echols, Dodge, TX, 2013 CBR World Champion Josh Barentine, Johnson’s Bayou, La.  NFR qualifiers competing: Sage Kimzey, Cody Rostockyj, Jeff Askey, Trey Benton, Boudreaux Campbell, Cole Melancon, Caleb Sanderson, Trey Benton III, Tim Bingham, Cole Echols.

 LOCATION:          Lone Star Expo Center located at 9055 Airport Rd, Conroe, TX 77303


Friday, October 6

5 – 7 pm Meet and Greet with autographs and selfie’s – Cavender’ 2557 Interstate 45 N, Conroe, TX , World                            Champion Sage Kimzey and NFR qualifier Cody Rostocky. Tickets on sale

Saturday, October 7

        1:00 – 3 pm Meet and Greet - Tuff Hedeman, NFR qualifier Boudreaux Campbell, Jeff Askey at Demontrond Auto                         888 IH 45, Conroe, TX 77304. Tickets on sale 

 6:30 pm Doors Open to Conroe Bull Mania – Lone Star Expo Arena

 7:00 pm Autograph Signing – CBR Bull fighters with Rodeo Queen Shelby Walling – Merchandise booth

  8:00 pm         Conroe Bull Mania Bull Riding

10:00 pm         Autograph Signing – floor of the arena





TICKETS:  Start at $15 with a variety of options available Conroe Bull Mania ticketing link


Sponsors: Demontrond Auto Group, City of Conroe, Cavender’s, and K Star 99.7.


About Championship Bull Riding –

Located in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Texas, Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the very best elements of the sport. Under the direction of bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman and CEO Benny Cude, the CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides. Bull riders start in the Horizon Series earning points to move onto the elite Road to Cheyenne Tour.  The Road to Cheyenne Tour culminates in July in Wyoming at the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days where the world champion earns a $100,000 bonus. The CBR Bull Team Challenge is also part of the tour events where stock contractors bring their best bulls and compete for annual cash prizes that total over $1 million. Providing opportunities for contestants, stock contractors, fans and sponsors is why CBR is the REAL COWBOY SPORTtm. CBR is featured at over 70 venues across the United States with national television programming on the Fox Sports Networks for 26 consecutive weeks in prime time. For more information visit or call 817-626-BULL (2855).