CBR Bull Team Challenge highlights early bull performances of the season

 CBR Bull Team Challenge highlights early bull performances of the season

The CBR first quarter of the 2017-18 Road to Cheyenne tour is in the books and with an influx of new bull riders on the day sheet and a new World Standings leader, Boudreaux Campbell, there appears to be some new star power on the “other side of the ride” as well. The CBR Bull Team Challenge (BTC) is in full swing with veterans and rookie bull team owners splitting the first four wins.

Event Location HMB Score High Marked Bull (Bull of the Event) HMB # HMB Name
Huron, SD 89 JQH Bucking Bulls X37 Ink Slinger
Knapp Bucking Bulls 27 Kookaburra
Huron, SD 90 Winston Bucking Bulls / Melton Bull Co 210 Chaos' Ghost
Window Rock, AZ 93.5 GEM Bucking Bulls 756 Whacked Out
Laughlin, NV 92.5 Williams / Freeman / Pepper 222X High Stakes
Conroe, TX 90 Cunningham / Scoggins 208 Sledge Hammer

Event Location HMR Score High Marked Ride (Champion Bull) HMR # HMR Name
Huron, SD 89 Harris Bucking Bulls 277 Dirty Little Secret
Huron, SD 89 Harris Bucking Bulls 33 Tamale
Window Rock, AZ 98 Ray Cattle Co / New Star Pro Rodeo 38 17 Shots
Laughlin, NV 93.5 Rockin R Bucking Bulls 027 Concealed Carry
Conroe, TX 90.5 Harris Bucking Bulls 201 Speckled Pup

Huron, South Dakota - Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash

Jeff Harris won the first CBR Cheyenne Challenge held on August 30 granting him the first hotel room reservation in Cheyenne for the 2018 CBR World Finals. His trio of bulls scored a total of 279.49 points with his 277 Dirty Little Secret winning the Champion Bull award, CBR’s highest marked ride honor,  with an 89 point score from Corey Maier.

The two rank bulls of the CBR’s night one Horizon Series level event were X37 Ink Slinger and 27 Kookaburra.

X37 Ink Slinger, owned by JQH Bucking Bulls, one of the two rankest marked bulls of the night is enjoying his second year on tour. He has a total of 11 career attempts with one qualified ride. Trey Kimzey bucked off him in 1.58 seconds on night two in Huron and Justin Munn’s bucked off him during the Horizon night one performance in 2.58 seconds.  Sired by Mr. Juicy and out of a Houdini daughter, X37’s only qualified ride was with Denton Fugate aboard for 89.5 points in Laughlin last season in round one.

 J.C. Knapp’s 27 Kookaburra has 5 qualified rides in 24 career attempts with 1 of those scores from a Road to Cheyenne event. Reid Barker rode him for 91 in Hobbs in January for the bull’s only earned ride score in CBR competition. Knapp’s prized bucker debuted in CBR competition in 2014.

On night two the Road to Cheyenne kicked off its 2018 season with Jared Allen Pro Bull Team winning the BTC championship with 276.87 points. The rankest bull score was earned by Winston/Melton Bull Company’s 210 Chaos Ghost who has made two appearances thus far in early competition.  His award winning performance came at the expense of rookie hot shot Dakota Nye when he bucked off 210 in 1.82 seconds. It was quick but 210 earned the top bull score, 90 points, in Huron during the season opener.   

If you think you have a shot at riding 210 you first need to get advice from Corey Melton, but then it is probably a good idea to enter the Jackson, Tennessee CBR Road to Cheyenne event. 210 has only been ridden twice since his early 2016 debut and both times were in Jackson.  Wyatt Rogers covered him for 89.5 points in January of 2016 and then one year later Sage Kimzey rode him for 91.5 points in the small bowl shaped Oman arena.  Both of his career high bull scores have come at the hand of the World Champ, 45.5 scores resulted both in Jackson when he rode him and in Del Rio in April when Kimzey uncharacteristically bucked off in 3.64 seconds. That bull and that buck off in Del Rio would set the Kimzey vs Vastbinder storyline for the CBR World Finals as that one bull forced Kimzey to a must ride situation in round three of the CBR World Finals. 

33 Tamale debuted in 2017 bucking at five events on the Road to Cheyenne including the CBR World Finals where Trey Benton was 90 points on him in round 1. Tamale bucked in Huron and was the Champion bull with Koby Radley’s 89 point score in round two. Most recently Juan Alonzo was 89.5 points on him in Conroe to assist the Long Creek Outfitters/Harris team to second place in the Bull Team Challenge competition. 33’s rankest bull score of record was in Lufkin (44.5) bucking off Jeffrey Ramagos.

Window Rock, Arizona - Navajo Nation CBR

Three days later the teams pulled into Window Rock, Arizona where the all-female GEM Bucking Bulls survived Hurricane Harvey to reek havoc during their first appearance on tour. They earned the Window Rock championship title and their super star bucker, 756 Whacked Out was the bull of the event earning them 93.5 rank points with Cody Jesus who bucked off at 3.13 seconds. The son of Bushwacker was making his second CBR appearance after Sage Kimzey rode at the CBR world Finals for 92 points to clinch his third World title in July.

08 Homeboy was the second rankest bull with 88.5 bull score points as was a new bull on tour from JC Knapp, T62 Dirt On My Boots, representing Knapp and Flip ‘Em Off Bucking Bulls. T62 has bucked three times this season with zero qualified rides. He has consistently bucked off, Cody Rostockyj, Jacob O’Mara and Dakota Nye in Window Rock, Laughlin and Conroe respectively.

The Window Rock Champion Bull was Ray/Newstar Pro Rodeo’s #38 17 Shots. Josh Barentine set the Navajo Nation on fire with his 92 point ride aboard the young bull and that ride score assisted Ray/Newstar to a third place in the rigorous competition.  

Laughlin, Nevada - Colorado River Chute Out

The Colorado River Chute Out was up next on the CBR fall run where the reigning World Champion Bull team, Williams, Freeman, Pepper, got off to a great start defending their 2017 title with the highest marked total bull score team of the season thus far, 288.72 total points.  

Williams, Freeman, and Pepper earned the Laughlin BTC title with the highest marked ride of the night, Dakota Nye’s 92.5 thriller on 222X High Stakes. With .09 points separating the first and second place Laughlin Bull teams, winning the Bull of the event and Champion bull honors in Nevada was no easy feat with five 90 point plus rides on the leaderboard in rounds one and two.

It is now a fact that Chad Ramer came back to the bull team competition loaded with bull. Rockin R’s 027 Concealed Carry was the High Marked Ride of the night in Laughlin with Cody Jesus scoring 93.5 points aboard their new star bucker.  027 was also in the top three scored rank bull scores on the night with 91.5 points (46) on the four judge CBR system. Rockin R came in second place, with just a fraction of one point separating them from the first place check during the BTC team competition.

Dustin Delmas came into Laughlin with no expectations and left with the largest check of the night.  With one qualified ride and two rank bull scores, Williams, Pepper, and Freeman took the third title on this year’s race to Cheyenne for the World Finals where the $100,000 bonus check is waiting.

“I had one (222X High Stakes) that was showy, one that has a set pattern and does the same thing every time, and our semifinal bull I knew I could count on to buck hard every time, and all three performed as expected,” said Delmas who was the only partner of the three that made the trip.

Conroe, Texas - Conroe Bull Mania

The final event of the CBR’s first quarter awarded Jerilyn Harmon’s Elite team 2 the $20,000 BTC check as her team cleared the field by 2.84 points and a total bull score of 285.5 points. Hannah White on the flanks for the team made a case for her World Champion rider and bull team owner husband to continue with the family’s duties while she hauls the bulls. White and Harmon won with three qualified rides from two well-known CBR bulls (059 Boomer and 626 Karaoke) and one, 8363 Mighty Mike, that is earning his place on Jerilyn’s Elite string of buckers.

While more times than not the winning team will include either the Bull of the Event or the High Marked Ride of the night in Conroe that was not the outcome.

Cunningham and Scoggins 208 Sledge Hammer was the rankest bull of the night with a 90 point bull score bucking off Koby Radley in 6.63 seconds. Coming in under the radar during his first CBR appearance in Window Rock, he was among the top four scoring bulls when Clayton Applehans bucked off in 1.78 seconds. If you want a chance at riding him talk to Cody Rostockyj, he predicted 208 would win Bull of the Event honors before the Conroe Bull Mania bucked the first bull.

The Champion Bull, high marked ride, honors went to Harris’ Y104 Speckled Pup, Campbell’s 90.5 score reride bull in round two that he was happy to get by..

Other outstanding bull efforts were made by A8 Buster (Winston/Melton) who was an 89 rank score bucking off Chandler Bownds in 1.81 seconds.

"He's a bull we just purchased before Conroe and he turns back to the right every time with a lot of timing. He's a bull the riders should love to get on but they are going to have to pay attention to get him rode," said Cory Melton.

Jared Allen’s 53B Not My Child was also an 89 point bull score bucking off Campbell in 2.45 seconds. 

721 King Pin stepped on the gas from the latch and looked hot in the 2.73 seconds it took him to end Aaron Pass’s comeback in Conroe. Word from behind the chutes on this one is he is a gassy fast spinner that you can NOT let beat you out of the gate.

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CBR Horizon competition resumes in Hamilton County and Jacksonville, Texas at the Hamilton Dove Festival Cody Ohl Bull Riding and the Bull Bash Revolution, both on October 28.