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CBR Release The 2014 Championship Bull Riding Road to Cheyenne Tour is headed down the homestretch. The regular season portion of the schedule is complete, and only the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days remains. The two-day event will be held July 21st and 22nd, and Frontier Park will be the venue where the new CBR World Champion will be crowned. The 2014 World Champion will walk away with a $100,000 bonus and a gold buckle.
With so much on the line at the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days, the CBR's best riders will be giving it their all for the biggest prize in the sport. In addition, there will be five rounds of action in Cheyenne which leaves the door open for a number of riders to make a run at the gold buckle. The following is a list of the top-five riders in the standings. They have stood above the rest so far this season and all have a legitimate shot to become CBR World Champion and become $100,000 richer.
The Fab Five
Sage Steele Kimzey will head into Cheyenne as the man atop the 2014 CBR World Standings. The young Oklahoman has a 77-point lead over Trey Benton after a fantastic first year in Championship Bull Riding. He missed the first few events of the season, but he has made the most of things since his debut in Jackson, TN. The highlight of his season so far is his victory in El Paso, but he has six top-10 finishes overall. His best results include a runner-up finish in Mulvane, third-place finishes in Bossier City and Las Vegas, and fourth-place finishes in Jackson and Fort Worth.
Kimzey is riding 67 percent of his bulls at televised CBR events, and he has six 90-point rides as well. His ride aboard No Hands (B&M Bucking Bulls) in Bossier City was good enough for 93.5 points and is the high-marked ride of the season so far! He has been to the Final Four Shootout Round six times which is tops in the CBR. This young bull rider has done it all so far this season, and the World Title will be his to lose in Cheyenne.
In addition to his success in Championship Bull Riding, Kimzey is also currently atop the PRCA Bull Riding standings in his rookie season. He's already made almost $100,000 and will be making his first appearance at the National Finals Rodeo this December. He will be a major factor to win both a CBR and PRCA World Title in 2014.
Trey Benton missed the start of the 2014 season, but he returned at Laughlin and hasn't looked back since. There isn't a bull rider on the planet hotter than Benton has been the last couple months. In five CBR events this season, he has won three. Those wins include Bossier City, Fort Worth, and Del Rio. The win in Del Rio was his second consecutive at the historical event. He also has a second-place finish in Laughlin and fifth-place finish in Las Vegas.
Benton's statistics this season are almost hard to believe. He's ridden 13 out of 14 bulls at televised CBR events, and eight of those rides have been 90 points or better. His season-high is 92.5 points on Corpus Red (Laughlin) and Gold Buckle (Fort Worth), respectively. He has made it to the Final Four Shootout Round at four of the five events he's entered, and to say he's been tough to get on the ground is a huge understatement. Benton is only 77 points behind Kimzey in the CBR World Standings, and he may very well be the favorite in Cheyenne.
Like Kimzey, Benton has also had a great deal of success in the PRCA this season. He didn't get started as early as most riders this year, but he's already ridden his way into contention and currently sits third in the season standings with over $70,000 won. No rider has been hotter than Benton the last couple months, and he has the potential to win both World Titles in 2014.
Aaron Pass started the 2014 CBR season with a win in Huron last September, and he held the lead in the CBR World Standings for a large portion of the season. He's currently third and is only 167 points behind Kimzey. In addition to his victory in Huron, the young Texan also won in Mulvane, KS. He has seven top-10 finishes this season which is tied for tops in Championship Bull Riding. He had a rough patch the last few events and has battled a number of injuries, but he's still been a model of consistency so far in 2014.
Pass has ridden just over 50 percent of his bulls at televised CBR events, and seven those rides have been good for 90 points or more. His season-high is 92.5 points on Little Moody (Rockin R Bucking Bulls), but his highlight may very well be his 92-point ride on Mike Rawson's Bet on Black to win in Mulvane, KS. He has been to the Final Four Shootout Round four times, and he's always a threat to win the round. Pass has been a contender all season, and that won't change at the CBR World Championships in July.
Aaron Pass has also moved his way into the top 15 in the PRCA Bull Riding standings recently and will be looking for his first National Finals Rodeo appearance later this year. He has battled a number of injuries in 2014, but he's still riding at a very high level.
Eli Vastbinder is a CBR rookie who has made an immediate impact during the 2014 season. The North Carolina bull rider debuted in Jackson, TN, and he has ridden his way up the standings ever since. He's currently fourth with 979 points, and that total is only 268 points behind the leader Kimzey. The highlight of his season so far is his win in Las Vegas. He went 3-for-3 including a 90-point ride in the Shootout Round aboard Gold Buckle (Lyndal Hurst).
Vastbinder has ridden 50 percent of his bulls at televised CBR events, and four of those have gone for 90 points or more. He has finished in the top 10 on five separate occasions. Other than his victory in Las Vegas, he finished second in Bossier City and third in Mulvane. He has been to the Final Four Shootout Round three times and has proven to be very consistent this season. Vastbinder may not be a household name like Benton or Pass, but he's legit and will have a shot to win it all in Cheyenne.
Cody Teel is currently fifth in the CBR World Standing with 895 points, a total that is 352 points out of first place. The Texas bull rider is in the middle of the CBR World Title race for a second-consecutive year, even though his season has once again been interrupted by the injury bug. He was going head-to-head with Aaron Pass for the top spot for a majority of the season, but he's been out the last couple months. He will be back for the CBR World Championships, however, and he'll be a major factor as always.
Teel has two wins this season, and those victories came in Hobbs and Lufkin. He went 3-for-3 at both events. He has finished in the top 10 on four occasions, and he's been to the Final Four Shootout Round four times as well. He's ridden 10 out of 15 bulls at televised CBR events, and four of those rides have been 90 points or more. His season-high is 91.5 points on Mayhem (C&K Cattle Co.) en route to winning Lufkin. Teel will be a contender for first place every time he enters, and while he will have to be just about perfect in Cheyenne to win this year's CBR World Title, it's not out of reach.
Cody Teel is a former PRCA World Champion bull rider, and he has started to move up the PRCA standings once again this summer. He is currently fifth with almost $60,000 won. Now that he's healthy again, he's going to be as hard to buck off as ever before. He still has an outside shot to win a CBR World Title in 2014, but he'll be right in the mix for another PRCA World Title in Las Vegas this December.
Cheyenne Frontier Days begins July 19th through the 27th with the CBR World Finals July 21st and 22nd. For tickets and information please go to cbrbull.com and CFDRodeo.com – Ticket information - 800.227.6333. For more information on CBR see cbrbull.com or info@cbrbull – 817.626.8255