Corey Maier wins Don Johnson Ram CBR Bulls on the Border Bull Bash
LOS FRESNOS, Texas – The Championship Bull Rider’s Bash on the Border, Sept. 14, in Los Fresnos, Texas, was like a day at the nearby beach for the top two cowboys, Corey Maier of Timber Lake, S.D., and Corey Bailey of Paris, Tenn. The two Coreys took the top spots in both the opening round and the championship “Shoot Out” round, with Maier the ultimate champion. He was presented a check for $15,000, by Tuff Hedeman, four-time World Champion Bull Rider.
Thanks to a break in the extended drought in the Rio Grande Valley, the outdoor arena was a bit like the beach, too – a lot of sand covered by a lot of water. It made for surprisingly good footing for the bulls. Twelve different bull “franchise” owners provided three bulls each to comprise the 36 bulls needed for the opening round and semi-finals. A special award, worth $25,000, went to the franchise with the best combined score. The bulls – Hoky Poky, Speck and Rainbow – were owned by the trio of Winston Loe of Minden, La., Circle T Ranch of Keatchie, La., and Cory Melton of Tolar, Texas.
Don Johnson Ram of Brownsville was the title sponsor, one of many in the community who welcomed the CBR for their first event at the southern-most tip of Texas. Fifty-eight youth representing the the Los Fresnos Falcons National Junior R.O.T.C. were part of the volunteer staff, as well as members of the Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo Committee and local Fire Department and EMTs.
Corey Bailey won the opening round with an 89.5 score on Ragin JT, owned by Exclusive Genetics and Team Whisnant. Maier marked 88 points on Speck, owned by Loe/Circle T/Melton. Tate Harris of Palestine, Texas, was third, and fourth place was divided four ways, between Texans Colby Jones of Dayton, Michael Earl of Pflugerville, Jared Long of Ramona, Okla., and Jeremy Hanson of Towner, Colo.
Ten cowboys in the field of 24 made full eight-second, qualified rides in the opening round. To complete the 12 spots in the semi-finals, two contestants who had stayed on the longest without making the whistle also advanced. One of them, Tate Smith of Litchville, N.D., made the only qualified ride, earning 83 points on Barbwire, owned by J.C. Knapp.
In the Shoot-Out finale, Corey Maier marked 90 points on Dougie, owned by Brad Vogele. Corey Bailey challenged with an 88 score on Scene of the Party, owned by Mike Rawson. Maier won the aggregate by one-half point over Bailey.
Maier, 28, travels with his two bull riding brothers, Ardie and Rorey, and Wesley Silcox. He says the biggest influence on his rodeo career came from his grandfather Bud Day of Faith, S.D., a member of the South Dakota Rodeo Hall of Fame. The 5’11” bull rider, who placed second in the opening round at the Huron, S.D. CBR event on Aug. 29, says the best thing about the Championship Bull Riding series is the quality of the bulls. “I like it because it’s really a riding contest, not a drawing contest,” he said. “You have a chance to win something on any bull you get on.”
The next stop on the CBR tour is the Scottsdale Showdown Chevy Silverado Chute Out in Scottsdale, Ariz. on October 19. The tour culminates at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in July 2014, with a World Finals and $100,000 bonus to the tour champion.
Following are the results from the Don Johnson Ram CBR Bulls on the Border Bull Bash, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
Round 1: ($500 each) 1. Corey Bailey, Paris, Tenn., 89.5 points on Exclusive Genetics and Team Whisnants’ Rajin JT. 2. Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 88. 3. Tate Harris, Palestine, Texas, 87. 4. (tie) Colby Jones, Dayton, Texas; Jared Long, Ramona, Okla.; Michael Earl, Pflugerville, Texas; and Jeremy Hanson, Towner, Colo. 86.
Semi-Finals: (One Ride) ($750 each) 1. Tate Smith, Litchville, N.D., 83 points on J.C. Knapps’ Barbwire.
Don Johnson RAM Shootout: 1. Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 90 points on Brad Vogeles’ Dougie. 2. Corey Bailey, Paris, Tenn., 88.
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