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The Road to Cheyenne Tour World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days
The twelve month regular season portion of the CBR Road to Cheyenne Tour comes to an end next week when two World Champions will be fighting for their bull riding lives against three of the hottest riders in the industry. The two day, five round, finale worth over $500,000 in cash and prizes is being held for the sixth consecutive year in the storied Frontier Park Arena in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 25 and 26.
Reigning Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and 2014 CBR World Champion, Sage Steele Kimzey of Strong City, Oklahoma, will be defending his number one ranking after a strong comeback season on the CBR's premier televised tour. He is riding to be only the second cowboy in the history of the CBR to win two World Championships titles. Matt Austin won in 2005 and 2006.
Close behind Kimzey in the second position is the Cajun cowboy with the Midas touch. Jacob O'Mara, Prairieville, Louisiana who won three event championship titles this year to keep up with the champ.
No. 3 ranked Brennon Eldred, last year's event average winner and National Finals Rodeo qualifier is a contender as well as last week's Calgary Stampede winner and the defending CBR World Champ, Cody Teel of Kountze, Texas, also the 2012 PRCA World Champion. No. 5 ranked Cody Rostockyj who led the tour standings for six months will be in the house as will eight rookies who are making their first trip to Cheyenne to try and unseat the veterans.
With a $100,000 check, a Hyo Silver trophy buckle, custom Fenoglio Boots, and a custom trophy saddle by Juan Jose Muñoz Andrade on the line, buckle up and get a good seat, because with over half a million dollars being awarded during the two day CBR finale, they will all be bringing their A game. Behind the top five are eight rookies who battled their way to the qualifying roster month by month on this year's tour.
With a list of bull riding's elite talent headed to the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Chief Executive Officer Benny Cude had this to say about the upcoming event, "It is a great opportunity for the fans to get a glimpse of this rare talent go head to head."
The Cheyenne Frontier Nights two day performance features the top ranked 24 bull rider contestants, who qualified on points earned during the regular season of the Road to Cheyenne Tour, a twelve month fifteen stop televised tour that pays out over half a million dollars and concludes each year with the crowning of the sports new World Champion at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Joining the established group as President in 2005, and continuing to serve as Ambassador, Fox Sports broadcaster, and chute boss, the four-time World Champion Bull Rider and Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee, Richard Neal "Tuff" Hedeman coordinates the Road to Cheyenne tour, assuring fans, bull riders, and everyone involved a great experience.
Hedeman has this to say about the upcoming finale of the organization he commands, "We've never had a more competitive group of guys on the tour. Last year in Cheyenne we had a great event with Cody Teel riding five for five with a fractured foot to become the World Champion and this year Sage Kimzey stormed back to try and reclaim the title, but one thing is for sure - this year's group of riders all want to win and will fight to the very end to get it done. What better place to battle it out than 'The Daddy of 'Em All' Cheyenne Frontier Days."
The CBR World Finals consists of five rounds of bull riding in two night performances including the daredevil cowboy lifesavers, the Famous Energy Bullfighters, bull by bull color analysis with eight time Bull riding World Champion Don Gay, and the humor and hijinks of barrel man extraordinaire, Cody Sosebee.
Each night the cowboys cumulate points in each of the five rounds based on their qualified ride scores. These scores are added to their regular season totals. At the end of the CBR World Finals there are two champions, a World Champion and an event champion which rewards the bull rider with the highest average points from the two day event. The average winner and World Champion may be the same person or different people. At the end of the World Finals, the contestant who has the most points will be crowned the World Champion and receive a $100,000 bonus. The national tour includes stops from Jackson, Tenn., to Las Vegas, Nev., east to west and from Huron, S.D., to Del Rio, Texas, north to south.
The World Finals event will also feature the "other side of the ride", CBR's Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge World Finals which pays out over $655,000 on the Road to Cheyenne tour. Bucking bull owners from all around the country will each bring three bulls that are featured during the two day competition. The bulls are competing for a total prize purse of $372,500 based on their scored performance in the arena. The time the bull rider stays on is added to the bull's score. At the end of the event the owner with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive $120,000 and be declared the CBR World Champion Bull Team.
The Road to Cheyenne tour is powered by Famous Energy, Cinch Jeans & Shirts, Fenoglio Boot Company, W-W Livestock Systems, Neckover Trailers, Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation, American Hat Company, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Michael Gaughan's South Point Hotel and Casino, Fox Sports Networks, Laughlin, Nevada Tourism, Mahindra USA, and Hyo Silver. The 2016 CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days will air on FOX Sports 2 on Wednesday, August 3rd & 10th, and on FOX Sports Networks Sunday, August 28th & September 4th.Tickets are available thru Cheyenne Frontier Days ticket outlets, cfdrodeo.com, or by calling 800-227-6335 - Monday thru Friday during the hours of 9 am to 5 pm.
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