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Sellers and Sanderson take CBR Lufkin Bull Bash Honors

Big Tex Agriplex 2017 Lufkin CBR Bull Bash presented by Mahindra Tractors and Gravely Zero Turn Mowers
  An appreciative and patient packed house inside the George Henderson Expo Center witnessed only eleven qualified rides from forty attempts as the bulls took complete control of the dirt and denied the four man Shoot Out round riders a score at the 28th Big Tex Agriplex 2017 Lufkin CBR Bull Bash presented by Mahindra Tractors and Gravely Zero Turn Mowers. Florida native and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Caleb Sanderson earned the average title and prize package for the second longest running stand-alone bull riding in the country. CBR rules state with zero riders covering in the final four man Shoot Out round, the bulk of the Lufkin prize moneyl remain in the CBR bank and be added to the purse of the CBR Tuff Hedeman Las Vegas Shoot Out to be held in two weeks in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel and Casino and now worth over $48,000 in prize money.    Photo…


 Amber Burda, former member of the multi-channel sales team at Mattress Firm, Inc. — a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Heritage Partner — was named executive director of sponsorship's, business and corporate development at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

“We are excited to welcome Amber to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo family,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Her industry experience and understanding of the Show’s sponsorship program made her an undeniable choice for this position.”
Burda joins the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo after a six-year career with the Houston-based specialty bedding retailer, Mattress Firm. In her previous position, director of multi-channel sales planning, Burda oversaw the enhancement of relationships with managers and sponsor directors at major rodeos and fairs across the country.   She spent most of 2016 traveling, seeking new sponsorship opportunities for Mattress Firm, and…


Rodeo Austin will host the annual Cowboy Breakfast presented by Farm Credit and “Dress Western Day” on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.Free to the public, the event takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The community is invited to come out in their best western dress and enjoy a super-sized Texas breakfast. Items include breakfast tacos, catfish toes, smoked sausage wraps, cowboy coffee, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and biscuits with gravy prepared by an authentic Texas chuck wagon. 
Cowboy Breakfast will feature live music by Lohman’s Crossing complete with a two-stepping instruction by the Austin Academy of Music and Dance. Additional Western-style entertainment includes a trick roper, a chainsaw artist and a Texas longhorn. There will also be additional activities for children including a make your own brand workshop. Cowboy Breakfast is the kick-off to the two-day BBQ Austin event on March 3 and 4, 2017 and the 15-day Fair & Rodeo beginning o…

Three Share $1 million bonus at World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo THE AMERICAN

Three individuals shared a $1 million bonus at the world’s richest one-day rodeo on Sunday. RFD-TV’s The American presented by Polaris RANGER awarded a total of $2 million to winners in seven rodeo contests at AT&T Stadium.

Barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, a college student, and saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, a veteran pro, both came through a qualifying system and won championships. Bull rider Sage Kimzey, who received an exemption and came straight to The American, won the bull riding title. These three each earned $433,333 - $100,000 for first place in their events and a third of a million-dollar bonus. Kinsel and DeMoss were two of 46 individuals whose road to The American started at qualifying events across the country. Then, they had to finish at the top after four days of The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth earlier in the week. Five to ten in each event earned the opportunity to compete at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, against 80 invited con…

Aparecido takes over No. 1 spot in PBR world standings

Saturday night Eduardo Aparecido took over the No. 1 spot in the world standings by winning the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki, in front of more than 38,500 fans.
Aparecido, who also won the Kansas City Invitational last weekend, sealed his victory with an 89-point ride atop Catfish John (Dakota Rodeo/Berger/Struve/Miller) in Round 4 after fellow Brazilian Fabiano Vieira bucked off Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in 1.56 seconds. He took home $138,766 for winning PBR’s second Major of the 2017 season, including $50,000 from Bad Boy Mowers as part of the Bad Boy Mowers Major Bonus Program.
While 15 riders advanced to Round 2, the Iron Cowboy came down to just three cowboys in Round 3. Aparecido, Vieira and Mason Lowe all made the 8 second whistle in Round 2, including the high-marked ride of the event from Lowe who turned in a 90.75-point effort aboard Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo/Rosen/Struve/Berger). Lowe received $…

Aparecido wins PBR’s BFTS event in Kansas City for second year in a row

Defending PBR World Champion Davis places second to jump into the Top 5 of the PBR World Standings
 Eduardo Aparecido returned to Kansas City where he rode his way to the victory at the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Kansas City Invitational, presented by Express Employment Professionals, for the second year in a row Sunday afternoon at Sprint Center.

Aparecido used a perfect 3-for-3 performance to seal the victory. He rode Swashbuckler (Dakota Rodeo/Rosen/Struve/Berger) for 85.5 points in Round 2 before conquering Cooper Tires Brown Sugar (Dakota Rodeo/Rosen/Struve/Berger) for 88.75 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. It was the first time this season that Aparecido turned in a perfect weekend and it earned him 540 world points and $36,400. With the win, Aparecido jumped from sixth to third in the world standings and is just 617.5 points away from world leader Jess Lockwood, who did not record a ride in Kansas City.
2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis co…

Pacheco picks up the 15/15 Bucking Battle win in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Fifteen riders went into the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) 15/15 Bucking Battle at the Kansas City Invitational, presented by Express Employment Professionals, but only one emerged from the field when Kaique Pacheco rode his way to victory Saturday night at Sprint Center.

Pacheco claimed the victory in the special round after an 86.75-point ride on Moto Moto (Jane Clark/Gene Owen). It was Pacheco’s first 15/15 Bucking Battle victory of 2017 and his first since Eugene, Oregon, last season. For his effort, Pacheco took home $21,000 and earned 150 world points to move into 4th place in the world standings, trailing current world leader Jess Lockwood by 932.5 points. Aside from Pacheco’s ride, the bulls were dominant in the special round, bucking off the other 14 riders. Pearl Harbor (Dakota Rodeo/Berger/Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) highlighted the bull power, posting a 46.25-point bull score for his 6.67 second buckoff of Rubens Barbosa.
Earlier in the ev…

A sellout crowd at PBR Velocity Tour in Grand Rapids sees Gowdy ride to victory

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – In front of a sold out, filled-to-capacity crowd, 19-year-old bull rider, Jake Gowdy earned his first-ever PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) win, taking the victory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Van Andel Arena Saturday night.

The Bristow, Oklahoma, native was one of three riders to cover both bulls on the night. He racked up 83.5 points aboard Meller Yeller (Jim Bollinger) before adding 88 points in the championship round on Fire Bender (Cornwell Bucking Bulls) to finish with 171.5 points. He earned 80 points towards the PBR world standings along with $6,200.
Winners of each RVT event in 2017 will be guaranteed at least one opportunity to compete at a PBR Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) regular-season event. With his victory in Grand Rapids, Gowdy will compete at the Jacksonville Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, in Jacksonville, Florida, Mar. 4-5. It will be Gowdy’s first appearance on the BFTS.
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New PBR Party Anthem, Music Video, and Live Shows Highlight New Partnership  PBR (Professional Bull Riders) is partnering with iconic band Warrant for its new “party anthem,” as well as a custom music video for PBR Bars and live concerts for PBR fans at select events. One such concert will be Friday, Feb. 10 at PBR Big Sky in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. Warrant has recorded a foot-stomping remake of Merle Haggard’s classic, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink,” which is also set to appear on the band’s next album Louder Harder Faster being released on Frontier Records in mid-April. 

Warrant’s rousing version of the song, which was a number-one hit in October 1980 for Haggard, along with a music video featuring the band, top riders and bulls, will soon be a mainstay for PBR fans. The song will be played every night at midnight in the seven (soon to be nine) PBR Bars across the country as a clarion call for the good times to continue. The PBR-branded bars are locate…


Riders excited to join forces with countrymen to battle for a global title.
Which country will take home the crown?
3-Day Packages on sale February 28, 10:00 AM at
$1,000,000 Purse on the Line for the World’s Best Bull Riders
PBR (Professional Bull Riders) and Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) today announced Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB will be the first-ever Canadian host of the PBR Global Cup on November 9-11, 2017. The three-day event will feature the world’s best bull riders from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Australia, all competing for their country and a Canadian-record purse of $1,000,000.

3-Day ticket packages for this highly-anticipated event begin at $190 and go on sale to the public at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, February 28 at 
The Edmonton event will award the largest purse for bull riding in Canada and the second-largest payout in North America, next to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.  A first-of-its-kind event for Rog…


Miss Rodeo Austin contestants posed in their best formal wear as they hit the stage for the Style Show and answered questions. The winners were announced at the conclusion of the evening, and will both receive $16,000 scholarships. Kendall Pearse, of Valley View, Texas, was crowned Miss Rodeo Austin 2017, and Shanel Waggoner, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, was crowned Miss Rodeo Austin Princess. The 2017 Miss Rodeo Austin Royalty will serve as ambassadors for the Rodeo Austin brand during the year.
2017 Miss Rodeo Austin Results: Miss Rodeo Austin – Kendall Pearse Miss Rodeo Austin Princess – Shanel Waggoner Photogenic – Shanel Waggoner Horsemanship – Kendall Pearse Appearance – Kendall Pearse Personality – Shanel Waggoner Congeniality – DaLena Tomlinson People’s Choice – Lauren Riback

The reigning 2017 Miss Rodeo Austin Princess, Shanel Waggoner, and Miss Rodeo Austin, Kendall Pearse.

Vietnam Wall Replica Highlights American FanZone in Fort Worth

The Wall That Heals, a traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., comes to Fort Worth Feb. 14 as the centerpiece of The American FanZone in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Nightly concerts, food trucks and exhibits make The FanZone a free area of entertainment and educational exhibits for people of all ages in conjunction with The American Semi-Finals Rodeo, Feb. 14-17 in Cowtown Coliseum.

The Wall That Heals will arrive in Fort Worth and proceed to historic Exchange Avenue, escorted by the Patriot Guard motorcycle club, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Members of local ROTC and other groups will help set up the wall in a parking lot just east of the historic Livestock Exchange Building at 131 Exchange Avenue. The full exhibit includes the 250-ft. wall, erected in a chevron shape and made of 24 individual panels of powder-coated aluminum on aluminum frames. More than 58,000 names of service members who died in the Vietnam Con…

– Texas Country Music Industry Receives Red Carpet Treatment –

Texas Country Music Association, Inc. Launches 2017 Awards Event

The  Texas Country Music Association, Inc., is pleased to announce that the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards show is scheduled to be held on September 28, 2017 at the Carthage Civic Center in Carthage, TX.   Nominations will begin in May, 2017 and will be accepted from Fans well as the Texas Country Music Association members online.
TCMA Executive Vice President, Nathan Hunnicutt states, “The Country scene in Texas is saturated with immense talent, so this is an opportunity to highlight artists who really stand out—people who are making waves in the Industry.  The Texas Country Music Association is a statewide organization, so we're producing a red carpet event that will make any Texan proud."
Texas Country Music Association, Inc. Founder and President, Linda Wilson said, “I'm very excited to be producing the Texas Country Music Awards, and I know that we will be able to shine a light on the greatest…

Tyler Taylor Rides Three to Collect the Largest CBR Purse on the Road to Cheyenne

Riding in his third CBR Shootout appearance, Tyler Taylor followed Tuff Hedeman’s advice to ride three bulls and take home the largest purse of the season as he won his first Road to Cheyenne event at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana.

Hedeman returned to Bossier with his signature event, the Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding, with 25 elite cowboy athletes in the classic event that pits man vs beast producing the two-hour bull riding that has entertained Ark-La-Tex fans for fifteen years. “Slide up there and do my job and don’t worry about the lights or the money,” was Tuff Hedeman’s advice to the Stephenville, Texas bull rider just moments before he was presented with the $23,050 jumbo check, the Hyo Silver custom engraved buckle and the CBR prize package on the floor of the arena in front of a packed house. Taylor rode past five World Champions and ten Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers to win both the second and third r…