The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash at the South Dakota State Fair
HURON, S.D. – The first official stop of the CBR’s Road to Cheyenne got underway with a record crowd at the thirteenth edition of the Red Wilks Construction CBR Bull Bash, the longest running consecutive CBR sanctioned event.
After forty one outs and ten qualified rides, it was Litchville, North Dakota’s Taryl Smith who was declared the winner in the season opener of the 2016-17 CBR Road to Cheyenne televised tour. Smith was the only bull rider to ride all three of his draws in front of the Grandstands during the three round tournament style format. Smith took home $23,000, a custom Hyo Silver engraved buckle, a pair of Fenoglio boots, an American Hat and more importantly the first lead in the CBR World Standings for the 2016-17 season.
“CBR will be a habit this year, I have been going to pro rodeos and working hard getting ready for Huron and this year’s CBR tour,” said the North Dakota bull rider, farrier and ranching cowboy after his second career event win on the CBR’s premier tour.
Three of the ten cowboys to make the whistle on night two of the Huron event were in section one. Veteran bull rider Corey Atwell, Moravian Falls, NC took an early lead on Clark View Farms 104 Grey Goose with 87.5 points. Five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Kanin Asay answered on 66 Magic Man (Clark View) with the same 87.5 tally. But it was rookie rider Bayle Warden who electrified the crowd with 90.5 points on the veteran bull, EG1825 Painkiller (Jaynes) to take the lead. Warden, making his first appearance on the Road to Cheyenne tour was invited by Tuff Hedeman to ride on night two based on his first performance in Huron on night one.
CBR World Finals super star Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, TX, started section two with 87.5 on the World Finals bull, 25T Destination Unknown.
Wyatt Rogers began his third year on tour making it look easy as he posted 88.5 points on Y9 Final Judgement. Taryl Smith was the final rider to receive a score in the long round as he advanced on Championship Pro Rodeo’s 99×2 Comanche Moon.
“I hadn’t drawn him before but I know at the rodeos if you get him you win money on him,” said Smith.
With the crowd pumped after six great bull rides and several almosts, the semifinal round kicked off with six riders drawing back on time earned. And six advanced on their round one scores. The bulls remained in control of the event as they bucked off the first three riders before rookie sensation Boudreaux Campbell stepped up to ride Jeff Harris’s 231 Big Baby for 91 points which would hold and be the highest marked score of the round.
Tour Veterans Juan Alonzo and Cody Rostockyj would buck off next with Rostockyj losing his grip and disappointing the crowd at 7.89 seconds.
Taryl Smith was up next and the crowd appreciative of his 87 point effort on Flab Slab (Jaynes) to be the first rider to cover two bulls. Smith jumped onto the leaderboard with a 176 average score on two against a well-known opponent.
“I was pumped about this rematch, it was my fifth time on him and he was ahead, it was really a revenge ride for me after he beat me out in Cheyenne, but I rode him in Vegas,” recalled Smith.
With five riders left, Smith had to wait while the next five attempted to take the lead. Tyler Taylor was over matched by Big Lew (Brown) as was Kanin Asay on Championship Pro Rodeo’s Gotcha. Up next was Corey Atwell who took on 2069 Cowtown Cartel (Bred2Buck) and won. 92 points he was rewarded for riding the reigning CBR Bull of the Year and he took the lead from Smith with 179.5 on two. Rank bulls Check It Out (Clark View) and No Dry County (Hurst) would end Rogers and Warden’s night as they bucked off in 3.4 and 5.44 seconds respectively.
Shoot Out Round
Atwell earned the right to select first and he selected the unknown bull 10 Blues Man from Clark and Check. Smith took J908 Outside the Box (Jaynes), a bull he had seen take many riders to the pay window. Rookie Boudreaux Campbell selected his third bull of the night from Jeff Harris, 8 Old School who was the Bounty Bull from night one, which left 3663 Mr. Hobbs for Baylee Warden. Riding in descending order, Baylee and Campbell bucked off to start the round. Smith, who went to the cowboy who has earned over $50,000 on his bullJ908 for advice was next.
“I was second to pick, and I was just going to wing it, but I wanted to get on OTB…when they pick him they win. I ask Cody (Rostockyj) the trick to riding him, but I’m not going to divulge the magic formula,” laughed Smith holding his $23,000 check and Hyo Silver trophy buckle.
Atwell was the only rider left who could unseat Smith, but Blues Man would win the battle.
Smith rode the big bull who he described as smooth with lots of timing for 92 points and his second CBR Road to Cheyenne event Championship.
Bull Team Challenge
The CBR Bull Team Challenge got underway in Huron on night one with Jeff Harris winning the first of three Cheyenne Challenge events which grants instant qualification for the CBR World Finals. Billy Jayne’s team, The Jaynes Gang, took home the $20,000 from Huron as they post nudged out Harris on night two by .66 points. The winning team was the only team to post three qualified rides, a plan the team manager Billy Jaynes expected when he selected this week’s bulls for the CBR’s team competition worth over $45,000 in Huron.
“We brought three bulls the guys love to get on, all our bulls were solid tonight and had their usual trips, giving it their full effort and it worked out,” said Dennis Davis who hauled and flanked the team for Billy Jaynes and the Jaynes Gang.
World Standings Race
Taryl Smith is the first leader for the 2016-17 Road to Cheyenne tour with 268 points from his three bull performance at the season opener in Huron, South Dakota. Corey Atwell is second with 179.5 and the two rookies, eighteen year old Boudreaux Campbell from Crockett, Texas and Bayle Warden from Athens, Texas clock in at 91 and 90.5. Wyatt Rogers rounds out the top five with 88.5 points.
Red Wilk Construction CBR Bull Bash – Road to Cheyenne Tour Results
Shoot Out Results
1, Taryl Smith, Litchville, ND, 92 points on J908 Outside the Box owned by Jimmy Jaynes, $23,000.
1, Taryl Smith, Litchville, ND, 268 points, $23,000. 2, Corey Atwell, Moravian Falls, NC, 179.5, $2,250. 4, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, TX, 91 pts, $1,750. 4, Bayle Warden, Athens, TX, 90.5, $1,750. 5. Wyatt Rogers, Rose, OK, 88.5, $1,500.
CBR Bull Team Challenge Results
1, The Jaynes Gang, Orchard, TX, 283 points, $20,000. 2, Harris Bucking Bulls, Palestine, TX, 282.66, $12,000. 3, Clark View Farms, 279.90, $8,000. 4, Mike Sellers, Duncan, OK, 279.69, $5,000.
Round by round scoring available click here (http://www.cbrbull.com/results_draws.html)
Courtesy of CBR