Teel wins Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding
Jan. 25, 2014 – In their second straight week of competition on the Road to Cheyenne Tour, Cody Teel proved once again he could stand up to the ultimate man-against-beast challenge and won the Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding (CBR).
Returning to where his CBR journey began in 2012, Teel, from Kountze, Texas, claimed his second event title in the Lea County Events Center and earned $11,700. He rode 4C’s and McVak Nitro’s Crimson King for 89.5 in round one. In round two Teel went head to head with CBR world champion bucking bull, Got It, from Lyndal Hurst.
In the shoot-out round, Teel drew Raven’s Mistake owned by Mike Rawson and there was no doubt he would know what to expect. His 2014 traveling partner, Cooper Davis, rode the same bull last week all the way to the pay window at the Jackson, Tenn., CBR. But when it was his turn to nod his head, the ride did not go exactly as planned.
“Tonight he switched it up and threw a roll at the end and had me moved over on his back, then he hesitated and went to the left.” Teel said. “Just goes to show you if you try and set a trap they will make you look stupid.”
In the first round, Pass rode Hurst Bucking Bulls’ Palace Station John Doe. JQH Bucking Bulls’ Evil Knievel took Davis to the pay window. They were among the 12 riders that advanced to the semi-finals. But Penny Lover brought down Cole Echols, the reigning CBR world champion after bucking off Teel last week.
In the semifinal round Pass was again at the top of the leader board. Pass took on Rockin R Bucking Bulls Little Moody for 92.5 points.
Reigning PRCA world champion J.W. Harris, from Mullin, Texas, was 90.5 points on Rawson’s Bandito’s Gold. Cody Teel followed that up with a 90-point effort on the CBR World Champion Bucking Bull, Got It, owned by Lyndal Hurst. The final rider to advance to the Shoot Out Round was Tyler Adrian from Osceola, Mo., with an 88-point ride on Exclusive Genetics’ Diamond Back.
Adrian, who is the current CBR Horizon Series champion, began the Shoot Out round bucking off Backdraft (Rawson) at 3.07 seconds. Pass was 88 points on Iron Horse, another great bull owned by Lyndal Hurst and JW Harris came down early at 6.8 when Outside the Box (Exclusive Genetics) went unexpectedly to the left.
The Million Dollar Bucking Bull Team competition continued in Hobbs with Chad Ramer’s Rockin R winning all three bull team awards for the Hobbs event. For the second time in his career Chandler Bownds rode Big and Sexy for 89.5, but it was Aaron Pass’s 92.5 score on Little Moody in the semi-final round that boosted Rocking R for the win and the awards of high-marked bull and high marked ride buckles.
The Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding was the fifth stop on the Road to Cheyenne tour. Riders are accumulating points to qualify for the World Finals which will be held in conjunction with the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration in Wyoming next July. Pass remains in the lead of the world standings. Teel entered the competition in tenth place but will move up significantly with the points he earned in Hobbs.
Top Four Results: 1, Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 88.5 points on Raven’s Mistake (Rawson), $11,700, 2, Aaron Pass, Kaufman, Texas, 88 points on Iron Horse (Hurst), $8550, 3, JW Harris, Mullin, Texas, 0 points on Outside the Box (Exclusive Genetics), $2250. 4, Tyler Adrian, Osceola, Mo,, 0 points on Backdraft (Rawson), $2250. Complete scoring by round available at http://www.cbrbull.com/events.html. F
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