Soon, there will be an opportunity to watch gutsy 20-year-olds take their turn at bull-riding, adventuresome 10-year-olds try to stay on bucking ponies, and daring five-year-olds try their hand at riding wild and crazy... sheep?
It’s no joke. A new event will take place at this year’s Cowley County Fair. The Kansas Junior Bull Riders Association will conduct a junior rough stock event with sheep, calf, steer, bull and bronc riding at 7:30 p.m. July 30 at the Cowley County Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena in Winfield.
Kent Miller, president of the Cowley County Fair board, said that there has been bull riding before, but this is the first rough stock event solely for youth.
“Open bull-riding is more for professionals,” Miller said. “This is for juniors. We’re trying to make it a youth-oriented event. It’ll be kind of a neat opportunity for the kids.”
The KJBA offers sheep riding for ages six and under, calf riding for eight and under, senior calves for 10 and under, steer riding for 12 and under, junior bulls for 15 and under and senior bulls for 21 and under. In addition, there will be bronc riding for eight and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, 15 and under and 21 and under. The animals will be chosen according to the age group.
“This is a good idea for someone who wants to try the waters,” Miller said. “It’s a way to build some skills in a little less threatening of a situation. They’re not just going at it cold turkey.”
Although members accumulate points to qualify for future rodeos, kids don’t have to be members in order to ride with the association.
This is the first summer series by the KJBA, which was started in June 2008 by Bret and Jennifer Pope. It is the first rough stock only association in Kansas for youth only.
The Popes realized the need for a rough stock only association in Kansas because of the qualification standards for the Youth Bull Riders World Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. In order to qualify, youth must participate in rough stock only competitions.
Jennifer, who is the treasurer for the KJBA, said that the best part about the organization is the number of levels available to youth to gain experience.
“We have each level that the kids practice on to move up to the senior bulls,” Jennifer said.
The fee to enter ranges from $25 for sheep riding to $50 for senior bull riding. The entry fee will go toward the pot, stock and association charge. In addition to money that competitors pay into the pot, Cowley County is putting in $1,200.
“That’s huge,” Jennifer said. “They’re putting in that money to give it to the kids, and that’s what we’re doing it for, is for the kids.”
The fact that they are indeed making a positive influence on children is something that has caught the eye of several people, including Kansas rodeo announcer Scott Fry. Fry got his start announcing at youth rodeos, but now does rodeos across the Midwest, including Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Still, when the opportunity arose, he decided to participate in one of the KJBA events in Kingman.
“The KJBA is one of those deals where you kind of want to be involved,” Fry said. “They not only challenge the kids to be winners but to be winners outside of the arena. It’s a pretty good organization for kids to be involved with.”
Fry was especially impressed with stock contractor David Berry.
“David Berry is just a really positive influence on those kids. He talked to each and every one of them kids that rode. He’d tell them what they was needing to do right and encouraged them to keep on competing and succeeding. You just can’t say enough for him and the positive influence that he is on the kids.”
“A lot of contractors want the stock to win, because it means they’re getting better,” she said. “To David, he’d rather see the kids win. If one of them gets hurt, he’s down in the arena. He did this, so he’s been there before. The kids are really drawn to him. They flock to him.”
Jennifer said that the organization is just getting its feet wet, and that they hope to be keeping up the association for as many years as there continue to be young rough stock riders in Kansas.
“We’re in it for the long haul. We’re going to be doing this for a long time,” Jennifer said.
To enter the event, call (785) 893-2691 July 27 or 28 from 6 to 10 p.m., and specify what category you would like to enter in. For more information about the KJBA, visit www.kjba.org.
The JBR paid out over $57,000.00 in cash during their 2008/2009 Winter Series! This is not including all the year end awards. The JBR is one of the richest youth bull riding organizations in the United States.
The next JBR event is the Finals Oct 24th & 25th in McAlester, OK. Please go to www.jbrnow.com for more information and to see their 2009/2010 Winter Series Schedule.
Thanks to EVERYONE who came out to our 2009 Summer Series and making it a success. We have had a great series and are continuing to grow.
We have posted our 2009-2010 Winter Series schedule on the Events Calendar page. Please be sure to check out the dates. We will still qualify kids from each age group for the 2010 YBR World Finals, so hang on tight and ride with all your might.
Once again, rodeos don't put them selves on. Here's a special thanks to behind the scenes people! From the stripping chute, to the gate puller's, out gate help, concession stand workers, loaders, back pen help, judges, announcer, bull fighters, drag out men, and our Stock Contractor David Berry. It takes a lot to put everything together and make it work and make it work right. We appreciate all of you!
Please email us some places you would like to see us have rodeos at, we want to come to your town!
**Please make note that Finals has been moved from Chanute to Burlington, KS**
At Finals we will be having another Silent Action and we are asking each member to bring an item if you can, large or small.
For the 2009-2010 Winter Series, all contestants that make it to finals will receive a buckle along with other awards. We will also be taking kids to the JBR Finals (our sister assoc) in Oklahoma where there you will be competing for $35,000 added money and awards, along with another chance to qualify for the 2010 YBR World Finals. This is a great opportunity for our kids to excel in the sport of Rough Stock.
Again, if you have any questions or comments, please speak to or contact one of your board members.
Respectfully, KJBA Board
The next KJBA event isSaturday Nov 14th at 5:00 pm in Ft. Scott, KS. This is the 1st event for the 2009-2010 Winter Series
For more information and to see their Winter Series schedule go to www.kjba.org
Riggin Phillips Gets First CBR Win In Window Rock, Arizona
Fort Worth, Texas (September 10, 2009) ~ It was a great night of bull riding in Window Rock, Arizona but it was the bulls who put on the big show tonight at the Navajo Nation CBR. Some of the best stock contractors on the circuit brought their best stock to Arizona and it was only a lucky few who were left standing in the money at the end. Riggin Phillips of McKinney, TX secured his first CBR win with a score of 171.5. Riggin was first up on the Mike Johnson bull Big Boss which he rode to a 85.5. He then drew McCrazy another Mike Johnson bull which gave him the (86).
New Mexico natives fared well in the long round with the two highest scores of the section. Guytin Tsosie scored a (90) on Gunslinger- Casper Baca, and Navajo native and 2008 CBR World Champion qualifier Spud Jones scored (89) on JR’s Jacket -Diedrich/Murphy (89).
Hugo Pedrero hangs on to his position in the CBR World Standings with two rides this evening and a second place finish. Brody-Casper Baca (86) and Heavens Gate- Owen and the Five Ladies (83).
CBR World Standings leader Jarrod Craig had the highest score of the evening with a 91 on Only The Good Die Young of McCloy Rodeo.
Bull of the event is Rio Grande, Martin Baca stock contractor, the score was 48.
If you missed the show in Window Rock tonight, no need to worry- catch it on GAC October 13.
The CBR standings race is heated with only ONE event left to determine who will qualify for the CBR Tour Finale and $300,000 bonus money! Next up is Lubbock, Texas - October 17. Log on to www.cbrbull.com for more info and a complete look of the standings.
Led by bull riding icon, Tuff Hedeman, Championship Bull Riding, Inc. (CBR) is a nationwide professional bull riding tour which airs primetime every week on both GAC and RFD-TV with over 14 million viewers each year and logging over 300 hours of television annually since 2004. Every CBR Tour features a two hour show and an adrenaline rush with more than 20 events and over 100,000 fans in live attendance. CBR is home of the REAL COWBOY SPORT and the best bull riders and bulls in the world. We are committed to the riders, the fans, the sponsors, and all those involved in the professional bull riding industry and we live by the words Strength, Stamina, Integrity and Speed. For more information on CBR, please visit www.CBRbull.com or call us at 817.626.BULL.
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CBR Returns to Kansas City for Tour Finale
Fort Worth, Texas (May 5, 2009) ~Championship Bull Riding (CBR) announced the final stop of the 2009 Ride It Out Tour, presented by Mahindra Tractors. The Tuff Hedeman CBR Tour Finale presented by American Royal will be held in Kansas City, October 30 and November 1, 2009. The 2009 CBR World Champion will be crowned at this season finale. Bull Riding icon, 4-Time World Champion, Tuff Hedeman will host the show where CBR’s top 40 riders in the world will compete. The top prize of $ 10,000 is on the line but an additional $ 300,000 in bonus money will be awarded to the TOP 15 year end riders with $ 100,000 of that going to the 2009 CBR World Champion.
CBR returns to Kansas City for the first time since the 2004 World Championship where Kemper Arena was host to capacity crowds. The 2009 venture marks the first time CBR has teamed up with American Royal. The American Royal will celebrate its 110th season this fall. The American Royal each fall hosts the world’s largest barbecue contest, one of the Nation’s largest livestock exhibitions, one of the top five ranked rodeos in the Nation, Championship Bull Riding, Nationally recognized equine and Western entertainment events as well as the UPHA National championship horse competition.
“We could not be more excited about the CBR coming to Kansas City this year,” stated Bryan Beaver, American Royal Board Chairman. The American Royal has a rich tradition of hosting the best Western entertainment and equine shows in the Nation and that’s why we’ve partnered with the CBR to hold their Tour finals in Kansas City this year.”
“American Royal and Kemper Arena have a long history of great rodeos and bull riding. We are privileged to be partners with such a great organization and great event” added Tuff Hedeman, CBR President.
Tickets will go on sale Summer 2009- keep up to date on all CBR info at www.cbrbull.com . About The American Royal. The American Royal is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that benefits youth and education. Over 250,000 people attend the American Royal events held in downtown Kansas City at the American Royal Complex/Kemper Arena each fall. In 2007, the organization contributed more than $1.5 million in financial support in the form of scholarships, educational awards, educational programs, community donations, competitive awards and prize monies and premiums. About CBR Led by bull riding icon, Tuff Hedeman, Championship Bull Riding, Inc. (CBR) is a nationwide professional bull riding tour which airs primetime every week on both GAC and RFD-TV with over 14 million viewers each year and logging over 300 hours of television annually since 2004. Every CBR Tour features a two hour show and an adrenaline rush with more than 20 events and over 100,000 fans in live attendance. CBR is home of the REAL COWBOY SPORT and the best bull riders and bulls in the world. We are committed to the riders, the fans, the sponsors, and all those involved in the professional bull riding industry and we live by the words Strength, Stamina, Integrity and Speed. For more information on CBR, please visit www.CBRbull.com or call us at 817.626.BULL.
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Lostroh Wins Fifth BFTS Title in 2009 and Extends His Lead on the World
The current no. 1 bull rider Kody Lostroh takes the Dickies Invitational as the top 10 riders continue to shuffle for position as Las Vegas approaches.
ONTARIO, Calif. (September 27, 2009) - The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) took the world’s best bull riders to The Golden State of California for stop no. 28 on the elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) tour.The toughest bulls the PBR had to offer tested the top 40 riders as they invaded Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on September 26-27.In the end, current world no. 1 bull rider Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) took the Dickies Invitational event title after riding top bull, Troubadour, owned by Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls, for 91.75 points.This is Lostroh’s fifth win of the 2009 BFTS season and his third win in California.He was one of only three men to ride all three of his bulls over the weekend where he totaled 265.25 points and added a check for $41,373 to his bank account.
“I think the California government is setting this up so they can tax me—kind of like a California stimulus plan,” the no. 1 rider in the world joked in the winner’s circle.“Seriously though, right now, I’m trying not to think a lot about the World Championship race.If I’m looking back, I can’t look forward to where I want to go.I’m just trying to do my job and let the judges figure out who the winner is.”
In round one, Lostroh finished in a split for sixth and seventh place after riding the bull, Shaggy, owned by Hyland Cattle Company, for 85.5 points.He claimed the round two victory after taking on the bull, Devil’s Night of 4C’s Bucking Bulls/Marvin Nixon, for 88 points, giving him a total of 173.5 points and putting him in first place on two bulls.He entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round draft with the no. 1 pick and chose to ride a familiar foe, Troubadour, who he has teamed up successfully with three times in his career—twice in 2009 and he collected event wins at both.Lostroh covered the top bull for 91.75 points, winning not only the Championship Round, but also the Dickies Invitational event title.
“That bull (Troubadour) bucks really hard every time and he doesn’t give you time to think about it,” Lostroh said.“He did a big fake to the left, went back to the right, and it really worked out.This is the third time I’ve had him and he’s been great every time.”
2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) took second place after riding all three of his bulls for 257.25 points, collecting a check for $14,388.Taking third place was LJ Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) who scored 252.5 points over the weekend, riding for a check for $9,819.This was the fourth of the last five events that Jenkins has placed in the top 3 standings of the event.Jenkins’ cousin, Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) took fourth after scoring 174 points and collecting a check for $7,783 while back-flipping Brazilian Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) rounded out fifth place with 172.75 points and added $5,563 to his 2009 earnings.
The race for PBR’s 2009 million dollar world title is getting down to the wire and the top 40 bull riders in the world are heading to Oregon for the GoDaddy.com Invitational, stop no. 29 on the prestigious BFTS tour.PBR will buck into Portland’s Rose Garden Arena on October 2-3, showcasing the best bull riders and the toughest bulls in the country.The VERSUS network airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening.Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information, and complete broadcast times.
INJURY REPORT: Elliott Jacoby (Fredericksburg, Texas) suffered a concussion in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.He is probable for the event in Portland, Ore.
Travis Sellers (Wentzville, Mo.) broke his thumb during Saturday night’s competition.He is competing.
Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Okla.) broke his jaw on Saturday night.As of now, surgery is not required, but he was waiting further evaluation to see if it is necessary.He is questionable for next weekend’s event in Oregon.
BEHIND THE CHUTES: Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus: Due to his round two win at last weekend’s PFIWestern.com Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo., J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during round one of the Dickies Invitational.Because he did not make the eight second whistle on the bull, Chili, the stock contractor, Flying U/Cindy Rosser Bucking Bulls, took home the $5,000 bonus.
Due to his round one win at the Dickies Invitational, 2009 Daisy Rookie of the Year contender Elliott Jacoby (Fredericksburg, Texas) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best) bonus during round two of the Ontario event.Jacoby made the eight second whistle on his re-ride bull, White Lies, owned by Ryan McClure; therefore, he collected the $5,000 bonus.
As the winner of round two at the Dickies Invitational, Team Enterprise rider Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) will be eligible for the bonus during round one at the 29th BFTS stop in Portland, Ore.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and won the Dickies Invitational and collected the $10,000 bonus.The bonus will be $5,000 at the next event in Portland, Ore.The event grows by $5,000 each week if it is not claimed.Once claimed, it returns to $5,000.
Ford F-150 Challenge: As the event winner of the Dickies Invitational, Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) has qualified for a chance to participate as a Ford F-150 Challenge contestant at the 2009 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2009 Built Ford Tough Series event winners who qualify for the Finals.The Ford F-150 Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2009 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win $50,000 towards the purchase of a brand-new 2009 F-150 truck.
Salem NationaLease Bull of the Event: The bull, Lone Star, owned by Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls/Bar None, earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 46 points.This honor is acknowledged by an award of $1,250 going to the top bull of each event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull score.
High-Marked Ride of the Event: Current no. 1 bull rider Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) recorded the high-marked ride of the Dickies Invitational in Ontario, Calif., during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round after riding the bull, Troubadour of Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls for 91.75 points.
Daisy Rookie of the Year Standings: The 2009 Daisy Rookie of the Year race is getting too close to call and as of stop no. 28 on the BFTS tour, Tennessee cowboy Cody Nance (Paris, Tenn.) still holds the lead while “The Royal Solution” Skeeter Kingsolver (Mclouth, Kan.) and young Aussie Pete Farley (Kempsey, AUS) are right on his heels. A rider is considered a rookie in the year he debuts on the elite Built Ford Tough Series tour. The Daisy Rookie is determined by the rider who has won the most money during the year at all PBR events including Challenger events, International events, BFTS events, and the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Dickies Invitational RESULTS ROUND ONE:1) Elliott Jacoby (Fredericksburg, Texas) 88.75 points on Shotgun Willie (Holman Bucking Bulls), $2,730; 2) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 88.5 points on Tighty Whitey (Simpson and Dennis Bucking Bulls), $1,950; 3) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 87 points on Monkey Shine (4C’s Bucking Bulls), $1,170; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 86.5 points on Hank (4C’s Bucking Bulls); 5) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, MEX) 86 points on Mighty Whitey (Katie Parker).
ROUND TWO:1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 88 points on Devil’s Night (4C’s Bucking Bulls/Marvin Nixon), $2,730; 2) Cody Nance (Paris, Tenn.) 87 points on Class 6 Kat (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls), $1,950; 3) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 86.75 points on Tighty Whitey (Simpson and Dennis Bucking Bulls), $1,170; 4) Shane Proctor (Mooresville, N.C.) 86.5 points on Red Bull (Isbell/Leffew/Sweeney).
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 91.75 points on Troubadour (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls), $2,730; 2) Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) 88.25 points on Little Bo (4C’s/Sills/Barker), $1,950; 3) LJ Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 87.75 points on Bring It (Flying U/Cindy Rosser Bucking Bulls), $1,170; 4) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 87 points on Charlie Bullware (Julio Moreno/Chadwick); 5) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 86.75 points on Chili (Flying U/Cindy Rosser Bucking Bulls).
All roads are leading to Las Vegas and you don’t want to miss out on any of the action at the 2009 Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, Nev.The world-class event will take place on Oct. 30-Nov 1 and Nov. 5-8 at the Thomas & Mack Center---get your tickets NOW at 866.PBR.SHOW or unlvtickets.com!
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR): PBR attracts over 1.7 million live attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure which includes the prestigious Built Ford Tough Series, the Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour, and the Discovery Tour, designed specifically for entry level contestants.With over 450 hours of prime time programming annually and a viewership of 100 million, PBR ranks among the most prolific sports on air and broadcasts on FOX, NBC, VERSUS, and on a host of foreign networks across the globe.The PBR is headquartered in Pueblo, Colo., with additional offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico, and prides itself in its 1,000 plus stock contractor relationships and over 1,200 PBR bull riders competing in more than 300 PBR sanctioned competitions across the five countries.