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Cody Teel Conquers Penny Lover to Become the 38th Champion
of the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding

Three times Cody Teel has faced Benny Cude’s all-star bucker, 8043 Penny Lover, and three times the 2014 CBR Bull of the Year has won.  In front of a beyond capacity crowd at the Val Verde Fairgrounds, the 2012 bull riding champion of the World faced his arch rival for the fourth time and won. Cody Teel would ride Penny Lover for the first time in his career to win $20, 750, two custom engraved belt buckles, a custom pair of Fenoglio boots, and most importantly to him, the oldest continuous stand-alone bull riding in the world, the George Paul Memorial. 

Named in memory of George Paul, the bull rider that still holds the record for the bull rider with the most consecutive bull rides, 79 in 1968, the annual two day bull riding produced by Bobby Paul, is a ritual for bull riding fans and western lifestyle enthusiasts in south Texas.

Making his second appearance in Del Rio, Teel had this to say about his journey to the top of the leader board of what is still considered the most prestigious win in bull riding, “I decided not to over think it, I didn’t do anything I had tried in the past, I just relaxed and said to myself, just ride it out..and it worked, the bull felt really good to me tonight,” said the twenty-two year old from Kountze, Texas.

Winning his third CBR event title on the 2015 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne televised tour, Teel’s three qualified rides in Del Rio gave him the points needed to take the lead in the CBR World Standings race where he will arrive in Cheyenne with a 33 point lead over the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champ, Sage Steele Kimzey. 

Round one consisted of nine qualified rides with the bulls taking care of business bringing 18 riders down early.  Neil Holmes, Houston, Texas won the round with a thrilling 91 points on Silver Creek’s American Fire. Paired with a rookie bull, Juan Alonzo, a retired United States Army veteran who was featured in the opening ceremonies, would prove he belonged to be among the top cowboys finishing second with an 89.5 on Cude’s Energy Too. 

Four 88.5 scores would be turned in by Bothwell, Toon, Toves, and Roundy. After a reride was awarded to Corey Bailey he would hear the whistle at 88 points followed by Teel with an 87.5 and Kimzey with an 87, both on bulls they had never attempted.

With the CBR World Finals qualifying positions at stake for each cowboy and every bull, the Semi Finals began with the three riders who qualified on time bucking off. Kimzey would strike first on J87, a son of Real Deal making his CBR debut representing the Cunningham & Scoggins bull team. Not moving ten feet from the out gate, Lil Red would crank it up to give Kimzey 89 points to be the first man to ride two in Del Rio. 

Teel would keep pace with 88.5 on a bull he had not seen before, 1160M Mr. Wilson from M & M Rodeo Co. Halfway thru the second round, Lane Toon stepped up to be the first cowboy of the season to ride 54 Cadillac Red, a bull that had not been ridden since the 2014 Del Rio event. The next four would come down early leaving Neil Holmes to determine if he would be one of the final four cowboys to make the final four Shootout Round in the CBR winner take all tournament style format. The luck of the draw would continue to match the bull riders on stock they had never attempted, but Neil Holmes would take Pointed Rock’s Arm Candy for a 90 point spin to set the stage for the final round. 

With a 91 and a 90 thus far, Neil Holmes was 181 on two, earning him the right to select bull rider favorite 846 Black Betty for his final ride. Toon was next and he chose Rocking R’s A-Whooping. Kimzey, who rode into Del Rio as the number one bull rider in the CBR was tied with Cody Teel for 176 after two rounds. Kimzey, who has attempted Penny Lover five times, would pass on a sixth attempt and select the bull he was 90 plus points on last year in Cheyenne, Cory Melton’s Crimson King, leaving Teel with Penny Lover. 

As the final bull rider qualified for the Shootout Round, Cody Teel, would ride first. Taking his time to prepare, Teel would stun the crowd, the CBR and himself with his 90 point domination of Penny Lover. Melton’s Crimson King won the rematch with Sage Kimzey as he came down early just shy of the whistle. A-Whooping would get the best of the rookie Lane Toon and Holmes, who rode three to finish second in the 2014 George Paul Memorial Bull Riding, was set on Black Betty, a bull who has taken ten cowboys to 90 point plus rides on the CBR tour. Holmes, the CBR 2014 Finals average champion would be overpowered by the big black high flying bull at 5.7 seconds.   

For thirty eight years professional cowboys, bulls, and fans have made the trek to the border town to either make or be a part of bull riding history.  As fate would have it, the 2012 PRCA World Champion bull rider, Cody Teel, would take his place on the wall of fame as the 38th George Paul Champion in Del Rio, Texas as well as advance to the number one ranking in the CBR World Standings for the 2015 Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour.

The Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge finished up the 2015 season in Del Rio with Mike Rawson winning his second George Paul Memorial Bull Riding team championship.  The 2013 Stock Contractor of the year was proud of his buckers in Del Rio and thought they all turned in outstanding performances despite not one cowboy covering his bulls.  

Rawson, who shot to the top of the CBR Bull Team standings, will continue on to Cheyenne to compete for the $100,000 bonus prize money. Rawson’s team win edged out Brad Vogele’s Silver Creek team by a mere .13 points, the closest team competition win of the year.  White Wolf, who returned to action with Rawson’s team after recovering from a horn infection, led the team as the highest marked bull score of the night, 90 points. 

Del Rio was the final event of the 2015 CBR Mahindra Road to Cheyenne regular season for both riders and bull teams.


Friday Night!  38th Annual George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Under Way!

Army Vet to Compete in the 38th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding

Juan Alonzo, 24, of Weslaco, Texas, who served five years in the U.S. Army including a tour in Iraq, will be making personal history at the 38th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding this weekend. Alonzo will be making his first trip to Del Rio as a professional bull rider while also being the first United States veteran to compete in the recent history of the George Paul, according to event producer Bobby Paul. 

Despite experiencing combat on a daily basis, Alonzo always wanted to become a bull rider.

"I love this sport, this is all I ever wanted to do and it's always been on my mind," said Alonzo, who even during his deployment would practice on a homemade bull machine made with a barrel and rope. "Right after I got in the military, they wanted to keep me in and send me to Special Forces to do all kinds of stuff. But I turned everything down and told them 'No. I want to ride bulls for the rest of my life.' "

More than a year has passed since Alonzo traded combat boots for cowboy boots, and as a rookie in the bull riding world, he has worked hard to move up the ranks, now at No. 10 in the CBR standings. But more impressive than that fact is that he has posted qualified rides in five of the twelve events he has attended and four of the five were for 90 point plus scores.

Alonzo’s top score was in Lufkin, Texas on February 28 where he was 91.5 on Mike Rawson’s Black Betty. He has also qualified four times for the Shootout round, the CBR Tournament style format, which features a four man shoot out round to win the event titles on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne.

"It's about who's got the biggest heart and who wants it real bad," Alonzo said. "Yeah, it's going to be rough, you're going to be scared, but you've got to know how to control your fear and go on with your business and let your skill and muscle memory take over.

"You've just got to stay on for eight seconds, throw your hat in the air and make a big smile and wave at the crowd. It's a pretty good feeling."

Action gets underway at the Val Verde Fairgrounds on Friday April 24th at 8:00 pm with the first round of Championship Bull Riding. Forty cowboys will compete to try to win a RAM Country Dodge Ram Truck valued at $35,000, courtesy of Ram Country Dodge, Del Rio, TX. truck.

For ticket information, call 830-775-9595, the George Paul office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds. General Admission tickets are available for purchase at Cowboy John’s, Del Rio Feed & Supply and C&S Western Wear. Title sponsor is Ram Country with presenting sponsor Bud Light. Ramada Inn, Cripple Creek, Del Rio Feed & Supply and Tractor Supply also are long time event sponsors. Visa, Master Card, and Discovery Cards are accepted at the bull riding office. Performance times are 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday night.


Tuff Hedeman Taps Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Dougie as the Bounty Bull for the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding

Dubbed the “baddest bull on the draw” by stock contractors and cowboys alike, Dougie, one of Championship Bull Riding’s reigning unridden bulls for 2014-15 season, currently leads the CBR’s bovine athletes as the one the cowboys want to ride and they will get their chance as Tuff Hedeman announced he would be the bounty bull for 38th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding.
On April 24th in Del Rio, Texas, at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds rodeo arena, the winner of the first round of bull riding will have an opportunity to attempt to last 8 seconds aboard Silver Creek’s #96 Dougie for a new Dodge Ram Truck, courtesy of Ram Country Dodge, Del Rio, TX.
The storied oldest continuous bull riding in the world is preparing for the 38th time as world champions, CBR as well as PRCA World Champion and NFR finalists prepare for the two day event. World class bulls and world class bull riders will battle it out for a chance to qualify for the CBR World Championships to be held in Cheyenne, WY, in July. But the Friday night feature is what bull riders are concentrating on. As one bull rider advised, “Eight seconds for a $35,000 truck. Can’t beat that deal”.
For ticket information call 830-775-9595, the George Paul office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds. Title sponsor is Ram Country with presenting sponsor Bud Light. Ramada Inn, Cripple Creek, Del Rio Feed and Supply and Tractor Supply also are long time event sponsors. Visa, Master Card, and Discovery Cards are accepted at the bull riding office. Performance times are 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday night.
When asked about his relationship and sponsorship with the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Nick Khoury, CEO of the Khoury Group, had this to say:
"It has been my pleasure to be associated with Bobby Paul, Producer of the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding for 15 years. When I first opened a Dodge dealership in Del Rio, I was not from that community and really did not know anyone. I quickly became familiar with the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding and loved the sport. I met John Ludlum and Bobby Paul and realized that being involved with the bull riding was a way to get to know Del Rio community citizens and surrounding ranchers. I made a business decision that becoming part of that event was not only a good idea, it was a good business decision. Dodge Ram and bull riding go hand in hand and that event has helped build our brand name and Ram Country Del Rio. Being Title Sponsor of such a prestigious event is an honor and I am now proud that we sponsor the Bounty Bull Truck, a 2015, Dodge Ram Crew Cab 1500 to be given to the bull rider that wins the Friday night bull riding if he can complete an 8 second ride on the Bounty Bull, Dougie. We have given away one truck so far and I hope to present the keys to the 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab to the man that can ride Dougie".
Dougie has been attempted fifteen times with one qualified ride on record. On Friday night in Del Rio he will face the best cowboy of the night in the final ride of the forty cowboy opening round.

Dougie, who has been ridden once, was mastered by Corey Maier of Timber Lake, South Dakota for 90 points in 2013 at the CBR in Los Fresnos, Texas bucks off cowboys 93.3% of the time. He has been boarded by the reigning CBR and PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey, twice, once at a PRCA rodeo in Strong City, Oklahoma, Kimzey’s hometown and once at the CBR World Finals when he made quick work of Kimzey, sending him overboard in 2.00 seconds for a bull score of 44.00 points.
On a twenty-five point scale, 21 is considered a good bucking bull score within the performance bull industry. Statistically speaking, Dougie’s best performance was in Topeka in 2013 when he was rewarded 46 points on the bull side of the ride for his efforts in bucking off John Young. 42 points is considering a good bucking bull and #96 is consistently above average on the professional circuits.
One of Dougie’s top honors was being selected by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association to buck at the Wrangler National Finals last December in Las Vegas and the five year old bull was not bothered one bit by the bright lights of Vegas as he bucked off CBR contender Tyler Smith in 4 seconds in the fourth round.
Brad Vogele had this to say about Silver Creek’s young superstar, “When you really sit back and look, it’s such an honor to be able to be here and participate and have a hand in maybe helping a cowboy to win round money and possibly a truck.”
Dougie, owned and representing Silver Creek Pro Rodeo, Bar D, and Vogele Bucking Bulls, ranks fourth historically amongst rank bucking bulls from the great state of Kansas, but despite his 93% buck off average, Vogele is looking forward to the top riders in the industry attempting his great bull this weekend and this year on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour.
Who would Silver Creek like to see get on Dougie?
“I would really like to see Kimzey get another shot on him,” said Vogele.
So what makes him so hard to get a score on? According to Vogele he stands still in the chutes, sometimes leaning back just a little, but comes out clean and goes to the left every time the gate opens.
“He bucks hard and breaks over kicking consistently hard. I think in the middle of his high rear he hesitates when he is coming around getting the bull rider off his balance and timing.”
Although Vogele has not seen a qualified ride on his super star bucker in nineteen months when Corey Maier was 90 points on him to win the Los Fresnos Mahindra Road to Cheyenne Tour title, he has earned multiple High Marked bull buckles and remains one of the draws the bull riders can’t wait to wrap their rope around.
With the number one bull rider in the world, Sage Kimzey, on the draw in Jackson, as well as 2012 PRCA World Champion Cody Teel, Corey Maier, World Champion Clayton Foltyn and NFR qualifiers Chandler Bownds, Brennon Eldred, and Elliott Jacoby, it is possible we will see a rematch on Friday night’s performance?
The George Paul is the last stop on the Mahindra Road to Cheyenne tour and the CBR appreciates what Nick Khoury does for the fans in Del Rio. Khoury added, "The partnership between the George Paul and CBR has been a great asset to the George Paul and to the Del Rio fan base and I personally believe that the CBR is the coming force in the sport of bull riding under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Benny Cude".
The bull riding will take place on Friday and Saturday night, April 24-25, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by debit or credit card by phone, 830-775-9595 or in person at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds.
Stay tuned at cbrbull.com, Championship Bull Riding on Facebook, and CBRBull on Twitter and Instagram to find out. For the stock contractors who are awarded the honor of bringing their bucking stock to Del Rio, the experience is one of a kind.
 


Championship Bull Riding Brings the #1 Bull Rider in the World to Del Rio Super Bull

On April 24th for the 38th consecutive year Tuff Hedeman, the Championship Bull Riders, and the bred to buck you off beasts they climb on, will arrive in Del Rio, Texas, home to the celebrated George Paul Memorial (GPM) the world’s longest continuous stand-alone bull riding. Named in memory of George Paul, the bull rider that still holds the world record for the bull rider with the most consecutive bull rides, 79 in 1968, the annual two day bull riding is a ritual for bull riding fans and western lifestyle enthusiasts in South Texas.

Headlining this year’s event is the #1 bull rider in the CBR, Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, who is the 2012 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) World Champion who has won two CBR events this year on his way to the #1 ranking. But to keep that ranking he will have to get past several world champions, a few on fire rookies and the PRCA’s number 1. 

Making his first trip to the border town, Sage Steele Kimzey, the 2014 CBR and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association World Champion will be riding in both performances in Del Rio. While riding 63% of his bulls in 2014 the twenty year old Kimzey was only the second rookie to win the PRCA title. In addition he broke the PRCA record for rookie earnings by more than $100,000, broke the record for the most money won in a season, rode 8 of his 10 bulls at the National Finals Rodeo, and 4 of this CBR finals rides were 90 point plus rides. He also was the 2014 winner of the RAM Top Gun Award.

Planning every day, all year round, for 120 minutes of bull riding time in the arena, is the passion of event founder Bobby Paul. Building relationships, providing entertainment, and creating commerce for the citizens of Del Rio is Paul’s challenge in producing this year’s edition of the memorial bull riding sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding (CBR). The event created by Paul as a tribute to his brother,  World Champion bull rider George Paul, who died in a plane crash on his way to rodeo in 1970.

After 37 years of welcoming friends, family and the ranchers from neighboring communities Bobby Paul refers to the last stop of the twelve month CBR regular season schedule as a family reunion.  Families have been gathering at this bull riding for 37 years. Seats and boxes are owned and often passed down to the next generation. “We respect our patrons wishes”, says Paul, regarding patronage to the yearly event at the Val Verde Fairgrounds.

With 3,550 outs since 1977, the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding began as a day of bull riding following a three day Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s (PRCA) rodeo. With over 60 bull riders entering the first year’s Sunday performance of the “bulls only” format, the stand alone bull riding competition was born in Del Rio, Texas.  Fast forward 38 years and the legendary event once referred to as “The Super Bull” has evolved into a two day tournament style format with over 81 electrifying outs. 

Some say change is inevitable, and Paul is quick to reminisce when asked about former riders, contractors, specialty acts and traditions such as the “hard luck” award once won by Lane Frost, but Bobby Paul is a purist when it comes to one particular custom.

As one of the most coveted items a bull rider can win, the GPM buckle has not changed since the first edition, a fact that is important to Bobby Paul. “Each year the manufacturer tries to get me to update the look, each year I stand firm in the original design”, said Paul overlooking the crowd gathering at the annual Ramada Inn kickoff party. “George is gone, but the things he stood for, the things he is remembered for, death can never kill”, said Paul. 

The bull riding will take place on Friday and Saturday night, April 24-25, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by debit or credit card by phone, 830-775-9595 or in person at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds. 

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame Inductees 2015

The Bull Riding Hall of Fame is honored to announce the inaugural Class of 2015 Inductees. This is a day everyone in The BRHOF organization has been looking forward to for a long time. We are proud and excited to introduce and commemorate this phenomenal class of inductees in each of the four categories. In "The Legends" category, The George Paul Memorial Bull Riding and Mesquite Rodeo-Neal Gay are the two inductees. In "The Bulls"... category, the legendary bucking brahma, V-61, owned by the Minick Rodeo Company, gets the induction. "The Bull Fighters" category came down to the final days of voting to determine the inductees but when the final votes were tabulated, Skipper Voss and Wick Peth get the nod. "The Bull Riders" category features a phenomenal lineup of inductees that includes six of the greatest legendary riders of all-time... Don Gay, Jim Shoulders, Freckles Brown, Harry Tompkins, George Paul and Larry Mahan. The Bull Riding Hall of Fame is also excited to announce plans for the upcoming Inductions Ceremonies and Reunion... On Saturday, May 9th, at Tejas Rodeo in Bulverde, Texas, The Bull Riding Hall of Fame will host the first ever, inaugural induction ceremonies. We want to invite bull riding and rodeo fans everywhere to make plans to join us for this festive, history making event. There will be more updates and details forthcoming at the official BRHOF website...http://TheBullRidingHallofFame.com and on The Bull Riding Hall of Fame Facebook page. Congratulations to the 2015 Class of Inductees into The Bull Riding Hall of Fame!

 

 

 


 

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