Key Match-Ups For 2010 CBR Tom Thumb Texas Stampede
The 2011 CBR Horizon Series will be in Allen, TX, tomorrow for the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede. 13 of the riders who qualified for the 2010 CBR Tour Finale will be in action, and there are many others capable of picking up the victory as well. After seeing the draw, it's pretty obvious this event has the potential to be extremely exciting. I've put together 10 long-round match-ups that could have a big impact on what happens the rest of the event. If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page and voice your opinion. You can also email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!Back
Neil Holmes vs. Firehose
Neil Holmes will be looking to jump start his 2011 season this weekend in Allen. His long-round draw is Firehose, a bull owned by K & K Ranch. This bull hasn't had any CBR outs in the past, but he one the guys can be in the mid-to-high 80s on with a qualified score. Holmes rides left-handed, and that should help him a little in this match-up. This should put him in decent shape heading into the Championship Round.
My Pick: Neil Holmes
Willis Trosclair vs. Jitters
Willis Trosclair will be returning to action after missing almost all of the 2010 season with a knee injury, and you can bet he will be as motivated as ever. His draw for the long round is Jitters, another bull owned by K & K Ranch. This bull will be making his CBR debut, but he is unridden and has been marked as high as 45 points in the past. Trosclair will have to bring his best to get by this one, and he could end up contending for the round win in the process. That being said, there could also be some rust on the riders' part.
My Pick: Jitters
Ednei Caminhas vs. Spotlight
Ednei Caminhas plans on riding a full CBR schedule in 2011, and he will get things started at the Texas Stampede. His draw for the long round is Spotlight, a bull owned by Scott Burruss. This bull was only out once in the CBR in 2010, but he bucked off Friday Wright and was marked 43.5 points. Caminhas actually had this bull during the summer and rode him for nearly seven seconds. He knows what the bull will do, and he will take care of business this time around and be in the high-80s.
My Pick: Ednei Caminhas
D.J. Domangue vs. Rock Hard
D.J. Domangue qualified for next month's National Finals Rodeo, and he will be looking to stay sharp this weekend in Allen. His long-round bull is Rock Hard, another bull owned by Scott Burruss. In two CBR outs in 2010, this bull has been ridden once for 86.5 points. Domangue will come in with a lot of confidence after finishing the PRCA season strong, and this bull should fit him well. This one could end up challenging for the round win.
My Pick: D.J. Domangue
Jarrod Craig vs. Spotted Jacket
Jarrod Craig finished just outside the top 10 last season, but he is always one of the most consistent riders when he enters. His long-round bull is Spotted Jacket, another bull owned by Scott Burruss. This bull's only CBR out in 2010 was in Fort Worth, and he bucked off Dave Samsel and was marked 43.5 points. I won't pick against Craig very often, and I'm not going to this time either. He should take care of this bull and be in the mid-to-high 80s.
My Pick: Jarrod Craig
Cooper Kanngiesser vs. Moody
Cooper Kanngiesser is another rider who finished just outside the top 10 this past season. He will be looking to start things off right at the Texas Stampede. His draw for the long round is Moody, a bull owned by Danny Reagan. This little bull is extremely quick, and riders haven't had any luck at all staying on him. Kanngiesser can get the job done if he brings his best, but this bull has already proven me wrong in the past. I can't pick against him again until he proves otherwise.
My Pick: Moody
Luke Haught vs. Psycho Todd
Luke Haught didn't have a great 2010 CBR season, but he has already started the 2011 season off well. His long-round bull in Allen will be Psycho Todd, another bull owned by Danny Reagan. In eight CBR outs in 2010, he has been ridden four times for an average score of 88.8 points. I was planning on picking the bull in this match-up, but left-handed riders have had a lot of success against him. I'm going to have to take the cowboy now, and the ride should contend for the round win.
My Pick: Luke Haught
Craig Jackson vs. Hell Ya
Craig Jackson has started off his 2011 season pretty well, and he will be looking to keep things going in the right direction this weekend. His draw for the long round is Hell Ya, another bull owned by Danny Reagan. This bull is one of the most well-known in the long round and will be a tough test. In 10 CBR trips in 2010, he has been ridden five times for an average ride score of 89.1 points. Jackson can definitely contend for the round win on Hell Ya, but I'm putting things in the bull's favor this time around.
My Pick: Hell Ya
Cody White vs. Depths of Despair
Cody White ended the 2010 season on a pretty good note after coming very close to winning the $10,000 Mahindra Tractors Texas Swing. His long-round bull this weekend is Depths of Despair, a bull owned by Box K Cattle Company. In four CBR outs in 2010, this bull is unridden with an average bull score of 44.33 points. White always tries his hardest, and he will have to in order to get by this bull. This match-up could go either way, but I'm taking the cowboy.
My Pick: Cody White
Lucas Dick vs. Cowboy Coffee
Lucas Dick started off the 2011 season with a fourth-place finish in Longview, TX, last month. His draw for the long round in Allen will be Cowboy Coffee, another bull owned by Box K Cattle Company. In three CBR outs in 2010, this bull has been ridden twice for an average ride score of 85 points. He has gotten better throughout the year, however, and he should be able to provide more points than that. Lucas is one of my surprise picks for 2011, so I'm going to stick with him in this match-up.
My Pick: Lucas Dick
Championship Round Bulls
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