#23 Travis Briscoe
As one of the oldest guys in the locker room, Travis Briscoe, Edgewood, New Mexico has qualified for his first Road to Cheyenne World Finals in 2017 in what most would consider the end of his career. At 30 years old the 5’9 145 pound cowboy athlete has been riding bulls professionally for twelve years.
He enters Cheyenne in the number 23 position in CBR World standings points, but is the third ranked rider in earnings. With $46,675.00 won this season, he ranks behind Sage Kimzey and Eli Vastbinder in money earned on the Road to Cheyenne 2017 tour.
Dedicating this season to getting his professional bull riding career back on track, Travis Briscoe, a 20 year veteran of the sport will head to Cheyenne in July to try and win a portion of the $300,000 purse up for grabs in the legendary Frontier Park.
Fighting back the tears a humbled Briscoe, who has earned in excess of one million dollars riding bulls during his storied career, had this to say about what fueled his CBR Las Vegas event win which kept him on tour and earned him enough points to qualify for this year’s CBR World Finals.
“More practice bulls, an empty wallet and a hungry stomach will do a lot for a guy. It just took being persistent and not giving up on myself, I feel healthy and young again… and it feels good,” said Briscoe.
Briscoe joined the CBR tour in September of 2016 in Window Rock, Arizona where he rode two of three in his first CBR appearance since 2014. He advanced to the final four Shoot out round on a round one score. He rode for 77 points in the four man and was offered a re-ride. He kept the score and declined the re ride option. Kimzey would go on to win the event, but with two scores on the CBR spread sheet, Briscoe would get himself a second chance to return to the Road to Cheyenne tour.
Briscoe rode in eleven Road to Cheyenne tour events winning one championship title in Las Vegas where he received his highest mark of the season from 911 Hy Test (Phenom) where the duo was 91.5 in the final round of the South Point Las Vegas event where he won over $42,000, the largest purse of the 2016-17 season. The New Mexico native attempted eighteen bulls with five total qualified rides.
The son of a bronc rider, Travis Briscoe’s path to the CBR World Finals is a storied one. He turned pro at 18 years of age. He qualified for the PBR World Finals six times (2005-2011) where he was perched in the top five standings most of the year and finished in the top 20 each of those years where in his best year financially he accumulated over $265,000.
In 2014 he missed riding bulls for seven months after undergoing surgery on both his ACLs and MCLs.
Briscoe declares the 2016-17 tour has refocused and re-energized his love for the sport that not only has physical demands, but mental demands, as well.
#23 Bull Team Challenge Qualifiers – Green Acres and Harris
On January 8, Elizabeth Doughtery Trout, owner of Gren Acres Bull Team, posted this quote on social media:
“In every season of life there are things we leave behind, but there are always new things unfolding ahead.”
Five days later on January 13, while competing in Jackson, Tennessee, Trout and her team partners Jeff Harris and Mike Rawson won $20,000O at the Jackson Cheyenne Challenge which earned them automatic entry to the CBR Bulls Team Challenge World Finals event in Cheyenne, Wyoming where they will compete for over $300,000 in cash and prizes.
“Qualifying for Cheyenne was on my bucket list,” said Trout from her home in Fort Worth.
“My favorite event at the rodeo was always bull riding and to be a part of what is really the iconic western heritage Americana, in this way, is just amazing and exciting,” said Trout.
Elizabeth Doughtery Trout, owner of the Green Acres bull team franchise will be making the journey to Cheyenne for the first time since joining the CBR’s Bull Team Challenge competition in 2014.
Trout, a Senior Executive Vice President and operating partner with the Lonestar Division of Kensington Vanquard National Land Services in Fort Worth, Texas, became involved in the bucking bull industry several years ago when she met Joy Hawks and joined Hawk’s bucking bull group for women, Rhinestone Renegades. She is an avid equestrian who grew up in Greeley, Colorado.
Green Acres joined the Harris team with the help of Benny Cude and Trout refers to them as her blessing after a life threatening illness.
“It was friends from my rodeo world who really came to my side during my time of need,” continued Trout.
Green Acres, Harris and Rawson bull team won the Jackson Cheyenne Challenge with 282.45 points, 2.18 over the second place Jaynes Gang team who was the only team that posted a two ride score. 911 Hy Test anchored Green Acres team bucking off Demond Haynes in 6.69 seconds, but earning the highest bull score of the team with 90 points. Kimzey was the second leg paired with 27 El Toro and that duo produced the only ride of the team, 88 points. Mickey Andrews bucked off 231 Big Baby in 4.26 seconds.
“We are thrilled to be part of this journey with Elizabeth. She has been part of this industry for several years and we appreciate her dedication and enthusiasm to the sport and allowing us to partner with her, she is a family friend and fantastic person and we look forward to competing with her in Cheyenne and the future,” said Harris who won three of the four CBR Cheyenne Challenge qualifying events.
Courtesy of CBR