Rookie Austin Patterson and veteran Ben Jones Score CBR Horizon Wins

 Rookie Austin Patterson and veteran Ben Jones score CBR Horizon Wins

WEATHERFORD, Texas – October 30, 2017 – And then there was one.  Two events are now in the books with just one CBR Horizon Series event left for the 2017 calendar year. The CBR’s qualifying tour, the Horizon Series, is worth a $20,000 bonus check and continues in Mansfield, the last stop until January 12 in Jackson, Tennessee.

The first quarter is almost over and although Braden Richardson is on top of the season’s standings with a 344 points lead over Trey Holston, a rookie emerged from the pack over the weekend and after riding two he is now in fourth place and plans to be a factor in the race for the Horizon Series championship which continues thru July of 2018 and is crowned in Cheyenne at the CBR World Finals.

On an unseasonably cold night the Jacksonville CBR Bull Bash Revolution catered to the area families with a Halloween carnival upon entry and a spectacular main event. The fans witnessed 40 cowboys from 12 different states put on a bull riding show with 21 qualified rides and a new champion. Wearing a huge smile, a rookie emerged from the pack taking his first CBR win photo holding a check for $3,125 and his first Hy O silver buckle.

Austin Patterson of Tokio, Texas rode two bulls for 177 points to win his first CBR title. He drew 292 Birch, a seasoned rodeo bull from NewStar Pro Rodeo whom he bucked off of once before. The big black bull turned back right out of the gate and into his hand until about 6.5 seconds when he changed directions, but Patterson survived this time and was rewarded with 87 points which tied him for the round lead.

The native of West,Texas’ night continued to improve when he drew Y104 Speckled Pup from the all Harris Bucking Bulls championship round, and with another switch in direction - now bucking away from his hand - he came away with 90 points on the bull mostly available on the CBR Road to Cheyenne tour.

“He had to hustle every step to get past them both and he did, but these kids (bull riders) now study the bulls and pay attention every chance they get and if they have not been on one before someone on the back of the chutes probably has or they have seen them on television,” said Harris.

Posting #confidence on his social media, the 22 year old Patterson has had a solid 75 days of bull riding with a win in Mesquite and a second at the Brent Thurman Memorial bull riding and now his first CBR title at the Harris family produced Bull Bash Revolution.

“As a producer I would like to say how proud I was of all the young men who were matched up with top caliber bulls and they went toe to toe with them all night,” said Harris. “They all tried hard and there was no jumping off in any of the 54 outs.”

“With 21 qualified rides from three well known stock contractors, the crowd saw what they came to see, a good bull riding, and we raised about $20,000,” continued Harris.   Harris thanked Lyndal Hurst, Mike Rawson and Jimmy Ray for donating all the outs in an effort to raise more money for the 4-H and FFA Scholarship fund of Cherokee County.

Notable outs were CBR rookie Matt Palmer who was called for a slap at the whistle but made what Harris referred to as an incredible effort and ride on his 277 Dirty Little Secret. 201 Speckled Bird won the battle at 6 seconds in what was described as a “23.5 bull rider on a 23 point bull that was about to blow the scoreboard up” for Horizon Series leader Braden Richardson who kept pace and his Horizon Series lead.  

 Hamilton Dove Festal CBR Horizon

200 miles north and west was another CBR bull riding produced by World Champion calf roper and stock contractor Cody Ohl in conjunction with the city of Hamilton’s Dove Festival. The first time CBR Horizon sanctioned event featured a three round bull riding resulting in 15 qualified rides from 47 outs with Cody Ohl and a few friends pitching a no hitter in the championship round.  

Ben Jones won the event as one of three bull riders to cover two bulls. Finishing with 171 points Jones is now on the Horizon Series standings board for the first time this season. Elijah Mora was second with 160 point average on two followed by Daniel Keeping with 140.

Jones rode 1505 from Paige Stout in round one for 83 points and a second place in the round. He followed up with a round two win of 88 points aboard 4084 Eye of the Tiger from Kooter Kirk.

Lining up buckers not only from his own pen, Cody Ohl recruited from Page Stout, Kooter Kirk and Bar M Bar and they all stumped the 10 man short round line up which included champions such as  Cody Rostockyj, Brody Yeary, Trey Kimzey.  No one heard the whistle as the event concluded and Ben Jones was declared the winner on the average.

The CBR Horizon Series has grown to 18 CBR sanctioned events during the twelve month qualifying series tour which allows entry into the CBR tour system. Each year the bull rider roster is continually growing as the demand to qualify for the Road to Cheyenne increases. 

With the Road to Cheyenne on hiatus until January the top 24 World Standings CBR riders keep in shape and get a look at new bulls thru competition on the Horizon events and according to one participant “the riders and the stock list is getting pretty deep on the Horizon.”

Up next, “Bringin the Heat” held on November 11 at the Knapp Rodeo arena in Mansfield, Texas.

Individual Horizon Series event results are available on



1, Austin Patterson, 177 points, $3,192. 2, Brandon Chambers, 176, $2,086.20. 3, Dustin Boquet, 175, $1,429.56. 4, Logan Hunter, 171, $601.92. 5, Bayle Worden, 170.5, $518.84, 6. Matt Palmer, 87, $1,039.68.


1, Ben Jones, 171, $2,188.80. 2, Elijah Mora, 160, $1,527.6. 3, Daniel Keeping, 140, $836.00.

 About the CBR Horizon Series

 The CBR Horizon Series allows local promoters to conduct a sanctioned CBR event under published guidelines provided by Championship Bull Riding’s administrative office in Weatherford, Texas. The top riders on the Horizon Series Tour, at the time entries will be allowed to enter the CBR Road to Cheyenne televised tour competition. At the end of the twelve month season, the Horizon Series Tour Champion is awarded to the rider with the most points. The winner earns a Hyo Silver custom engraved trophy buckle and a $20,000 bonus check at the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The reining 2017 CBR Horizon Series Tour Champion is John Pitts of Panama City, Florida.