Palmer Piles on Second Win to lead the Wicked Rank Midwest Series Tour

 Two-time Midwest Swing Event Champion - Matt Palmer

Two-time Midwest Swing Event Champion - Matt Palmer

    Whiteside County Fair Bull Bash

MORRISON, Illinois -  (August  15, 2018)  – Going 2-for-2 for the second time in five days, Matt Palmer stood in front of the chute gate to accept the check, trophy buckle, and championship title of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing Bull Riding event after posting 176.5 total points. The Whiteside County Fair Bull Bash in Morrison, Illinois was the third stop of the series known as the Wicked Rank Tour produced by Matt Noble of Next Level Bull Riding and sponsored by Wicked Rank Apparel.

   “I would like to thank Matt Noble for the great events he has put on up here, I have been fortunate to draw really good bulls and riding in front of a sold-out crowd again this week just gave me the confidence I needed," said Palmer after the win.

Palmer, a nineteen-year-old bull rider from Chelsea, Oklahoma, leads the series standings after three events, but his lead is only by one bull score. Palmer, who missed the first stop of the tour sits atop the leaderboard with 356 total points. Just one bull score behind Palmer is 28-year-old Brandon Davis of Cabot, Arkansas with 266.5 points and in third place is young gun Hunter Ball who is just 5.5 points behind Davis with 260.5. Davis is the only rider competing that has covered at least one bull at all three events.

In third place, Hunter Ball who was last week’s young gun and the featured Hedeman “breakout” cowboy athlete, recently signed with Fort Scott Community College. Ball will represent the Kansas college rodeo team in the bull riding category at the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association competitions beginning this fall.

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Round one saw a confident Matt Palmer on a bull he drew last week, 55 Frank the Crank, for 88 points and Caleb Ruyle and David Markham split third and fourth with a pair of 85.5 scores on 40 Smoke This and 003 Bull Dust, both from CC bucking Bulls.  Bubba Greig, Estherville, Iowa, came in second with 87 points on 629 Slinger.

“I was excited to have the first bull, 55, because I had him in Belvidere last week so there were no nerves – just a good bull and that gave me confidence,” said Palmer.

Round two saw Cabot, Arkansas cowboy Brandon Davis in first place with 89 points on 416 Wolf Gun(CC Bucking  Bulls). Palmer landed second just .5 points behind Greig with an 88.5 on 99 Nine-O (CC Bucking Bulls). Greig was third with 84 points on 010 Google This (CC Bucking Bulls). 

 Brandon Davis heads to the Wicked Tour Finals in second place as the Breakout Series Midwest Swing prepares for its final event in Waterloo on September 15.

Brandon Davis heads to the Wicked Tour Finals in second place as the Breakout Series Midwest Swing prepares for its final event in Waterloo on September 15.

“I saw my second bull last week in Belvidere when Hunter Ball had him and scored 90 on him, but when he had him he went right out of the chutes - with me he went left which got me off a little and I had to adjust to get him ridden,” laughed Palmer who admitted the rough start reminded him to ride them all jump for jump instead of “setting a trap”, a bull rider term that refers to thinking too much about what they are supposed to do. 
“The bulls are so unpredictable and you have to be open to riding them individually,” continued Palmer.  

Bounty Bull Kicks and Giggles was the other winner of the night as he got past Palmer and Grieg who attempted him after Palmer who qualified to attempt the Bounty Bull opted out. Grieg finished second with 171 points.

The Tuff Hedeman sanctioned tour is headed for Waterloo where the annual Blue Army Bull Bash is the final opportunity to earn points for the Wicked Rank Tour championship title. In addition to the lucrative prize money, the field of riders has been earning points that qualify them for the Finals to be held on September 15, at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The bull rider with the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle, and engraved buckle.  

 “I have been impressed with Hunter who was second last week in Belvidere’s Bull Bash, he’s an up and coming bull rider with a lot of talent and he’s making big bull rides and the fans will get to see him again in action as he battles Palmer and Davis for the series win in Waterloo,” continued Noble.

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Series features round by round bull riding, feature acts, entertainment from the barrel, the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk, and play by play and color commentary from the announcer’s stand.

Tickets are on sale for The Wicked Rank Tour finale in Waterloo are available on http://www.waterlooiloptimist.org/bullride.                                                                        CONTACT: Matt Noble, a or call 815-651-6661.

Whiteside Bull Bash Results

1, Matt Palmer, Chelsea, Okla., 176.5, $1964.16. 2, Bubba Greig, 171 pts,  $1277.76. 3, Brandon Davis, 89 pts, $1129.92. 4, Caleb Ruyle, $411.84.

 

Whiteside County Fair to Host Tuff Hedeman Break Out Bull Bash

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Morrison, Illinois -  (August  13, 2018)  – 4-time World Champion bull rider and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, brings the third stop of the Tuff Hedeman Break Out Series Midwest Swing to the Whiteside County Fair on Tuesday, August 14 at 7 pm.  Grandstand tickets are included in the gate admission price to the fair. The annual event is produced by Matt Noble of Next Level Bull Riding and sanctioned by Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Series, and held at the Whiteside Fair Arena in Morrison.  

“The third stop on our Wicked Rank tour is now a Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series event and for 13 years we have been bringing this family-friendly bull riding tradition to the fairgoers and we enjoy supporting the community in this way and bringing a great line up of riders, said Matt Noble.              

According to Noble, the “breakout” cowboy athlete to watch is Hunter Ball from Deckerville, Michigan who went two for two including a 90 point ride last week in Belvidere and he also split second and third in Woodstock, the first stop on the Wicked Rank Midwest Tour.  Caleb McCaslin is on the possible “next big thing” radar as well. McCaslin who travels with Boone County Champion Matt Palmer is from Jones, Okla. The seasoned athletes to watch are Trey Holston, a past National Jr. and High School Rodeo World Champion and Matt Palmer who has earned over $25,000 riding bulls in the past three weeks including a second place finish in Cheyenne.

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“I have been impressed with Hunter who was second last week in Belvidere’s Bull Bash, he’s an up and coming bull rider with a lot of talent and he’s making big bull rides and the fans will get to see him again in action in Morrison” continued Noble.

The Whiteside County Fair is produced by said The Whiteside County Central Agricultural Society which was formed May 28, 1872, in Morrison, Illinois. Its purpose is to promote all the industrial pursuits of the county, especially the agricultural, horticultural, floricultural, and mechanical interests and also the fine arts and domestic manufactures.

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     Whiteside Bull Bash will be the third stop and the Tuff Hedeman Wicked Rank tour is at the halfway mark with the finale scheduled for September 15 in Waterloo with $10,000 added money and a custom engraved saddle.

This year’s event festivities will begin at 6:00 pm when the doors open.  The pro bull riding action gets underway at 7:00 pm and expected to conclude at 9 pm. Bull riders will face a field of approximately selected competitors for the lion’s share of the 7,500 added prize money and a custom engraved trophy buckle.

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Tour pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in a two-round format featuring entertainment from the barrel, the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk, and the voice of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding, Matt Palmer, who will provide play by play and color commentary from the announcer’s stand.

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There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the field in a two-round format with a bounty bull and $1,000 the prize for staying on the required 8 Seconds.

 In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Wicked Rank Tour Midwest Swing Finals to be held on September 15. At the end of the Midwest Swing, the bull rider who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle, and buckle.

TICKET INFORMATION - Free Grandstands with fair gate admission

EVENT LOCATION: Whiteside County Fair, 201 West Winfield Street, Morrison, IL 61270

CONTACT: Matt Noble, matt@nextlevelbullriding.com or call 815-651-6661.

Tuff Hedeman interviews or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquiries matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

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Palmer Prevails to win Second Stop on Wicked Rank Tour

Tuff Hedeman Break Out Series Bull Bash at the Boone County Fair

  BELVIDERE, Illinois - (August 12, 2018) – The adrenaline and the big bucks keep coming for 19 year old Matt Palmer from Chelsea, Okla., who used his recent success as adrenaline and knocked out a perfect 2 for 2 including the highest ride-score of the night, to take home the title win on the second stop of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing held at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

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Matt Plamer on Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour 

 "I got on two good solid bulls, the first away from my hand and the second into my hand," said Palmer who re-injured his wrist which prohibited him from attempting the Bounty Bull that earns the rider an additional $1,000 check if you make the 8-second whistle. 

 The Boone County Bull Bash, a 15-year bull riding tradition at the fair was produced for Hedeman by Next Level Bull Riding and featured two rounds of bull riders matched up with 40 bulls that entertained the fans with eight 90 points plus rides.  

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“The fans this year were treated to a great night of great bull rides and big scores which is what they come to see,” said Matt Noble.  

  Matt Noble, Next Level Bull Riding and producer of Wicked Rank Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing

Matt Noble, Next Level Bull Riding and producer of Wicked Rank Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing

Bull riders faced a field of competitors for the lion’s share of the 7,500 added prize money, but it was Palmer with the winning check at the end of the night riding two bulls he had never seen, 55 Frank the Crank and 307 Justice.

Two bulls from Shop Creek Cattle Company turned in the first and second place honors in round one. Trey Holston, a past National High School, and Jr. High School Rodeo bull riding champion, finished first in the opening round posting a 90.5 ride on 11 Joker. Palmer’s traveling partner, Caleb McCaslin, was second with an 89.5 on 1468 Crow Shade. Third place was veteran rider Corey Atwell with an 89 on 629 Slinger followed by Matt Palmer and Luke Bradley, each with 87.5 points on 55 Frank the Crank and 171 Red Bone both from CC Bucking Bulls).

  Trey Holston, Fort Scott, Kansas wins round 1 on 11 Joker from Shop Creek Cattle

Trey Holston, Fort Scott, Kansas wins round 1 on 11 Joker from Shop Creek Cattle

“I had never seen that bull and he was away from my hand, I like to know a little about them so I asked the contractor and he said he would go left out of the chute and he did,” said Palmer who plans to continue the Wicked Rank Tour Series next week in Morrison.

Palmer, a professional bull rider from Chelsea, Okla., has been riding professionally since he turned 18. He has earned over $25,000, including a second place win on night one in Cheyenne, in the past 30 days and his consistency thrilled the crowd when he took 307 Justice (Shop Creek) on a 92 point spin to win round two and the average.

“He was definitely a stronger and better bull than my first round bull and went right – into my hand which was better for me - after I fell and bent my wrist back in round one,” continued Palmer.

Hunter Ball, a Michigan cowboy, finished second in the average with 177 points and with Palmer’s injury he was offered the Bounty Bull attempt. 742 Check it Out from CC Bucking Bulls was the winner in that battle.

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Tour pits professional bulls riders against some of the best bulls in a two-round format featuring entertainment from the barrel, the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk, and the voice of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding, a second cowboy named Matt Palmer, who provided play by play and color commentary from the announcer’s stand.

There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the field.  The field of competition advances thru rounds with highest average score declared the event champion.  The champion gets on the bounty bull for an additional $1,000 attempt.

During the four stop Midwest Swing, in addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Midwest Swing Finals to be held on September 15 in Waterloo. At the end of the Midwest Swing, the bull rider who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, custom trophy saddle, and the engraved trophy buckle.

Tuff Hedeman and bull rider interviews or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com or 940.902.1112. Midwest Swing information contact Matt Noble at Matt@nextlevelbullriding.com. 

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Red Wilk Unveils Inaugural Trophy Belt for Annual Bull Bash at South Dakota State Fair

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Tickets on Sale for the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

HURON, South Dakota - Partnering with Red Wilk Construction the Tuff Hedeman led marquee Bull Riding tour is preparing to invade the South Dakota State Fair for two nights and five rounds of family-friendly, action-packed adrenaline rush entertainment wrapped around a traditional western show on August 29-30 at 8 pm. Red Wilk Construction is proud to introduce to the Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash a one of a kind inaugural custom crafted trophy belt.

The annual professional, fast-paced, high-speed competition bull riding features over 30 riders and three bullfighters all matched to animals of superior strength and spirit rivaling that of the cowboys. Hedeman, known for lining up elite riders to face off with world-class bucking bulls brings the new "invitation only" format to the fair's Grandstands for the first time.

 THBRT Fort Worth Champion and PBR World Champion Mike Lee 

THBRT Fort Worth Champion and PBR World Champion Mike Lee 

The pre-Labor Day weekend celebration includes the much anticipated American Hero Award Ceremony held each night during the intermission honoring 24 deserving United States veterans of war.

Wilk, a Vietnam Veteran himself, has honored 100 plus South Dakota Veterans since beginning this much-anticipated ceremony in 2013. 

“The sacrifice these men make for our country is how we are able to do what we do today, right here in this very arena, and it is our honor to stand down and be part of this great rite of passage and remember why we can celebrate the freedoms we enjoy,” said Hedeman.

 Tuff Hedeman Welcomes 4-time NFR Qualifier Trey Benton III 

Tuff Hedeman Welcomes 4-time NFR Qualifier Trey Benton III 

In the arena the only way to get on the roster at Huron’s elite event is by invitation from four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman who produces his invitation-only event format which yields the best roster of elite bull riders facing off with world-class bucking bulls in five rounds of intense, high energy battle.  

Produced by Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour this year, The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash has been thrilling audiences in Huron for 15 years including wins by bull riding greats 4 time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey (2015), IFYR World Champ Koby Radley, (2017), Corey Maier (2014) of Timberlake, NFR qualifiers Aaron Pass (2013) and Ardie Maier (2012) to name a few. Many riders have gotten their breakout start at this event including the current number three ranked PRCA bull rider in the world, Boudreaux Campbell who placed third here in 2016.

 4-time PRCA World Champion and Bossier THBRT Champion, Sage Steele Kimzey

4-time PRCA World Champion and Bossier THBRT Champion, Sage Steele Kimzey

Thus far in 2018, fans have watched the cowboy athletes battle in 7 different cities with the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour payouts exceeding $200,000 thus far. The tour rolls into Huron for stop number 8 on the season led by THBRT Fort Worth Champion and PBR World Champion Mike Lee - the complete roster of contestants to be released at a later date.

With its thrilling 8-second attempts and two hours of impressive athletics, the newly created THBRT is trending, setting local attendance records and drawing packed grandstands nationwide and soon to be available for millions of viewer audiences on cable television.

The bull riding action begins with performance 1 at 8:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, August 29, and Performance 2 on Thursday, August 30. 40 bull riders will get on one bull each in Wednesday night’s Breakout Series event followed by the highest scored rider in the round getting on the Tuff Hedeman selected Bounty Bull for an extra $5,000. Performance 2 on Thursday is the three-round tournament style event, the riders’ individual score advances them thru three rounds hopefully earning a coveted slot in the final four-man "Shoot Out Round" where the bulk of the prize money, championship title, and custom prizes are earned.

Tuff Hedeman and the bull rider’s appearance schedule and roster to be announced at a later date.  Immediately following the bull riding, fans will get a chance to meet and get autographs from Tuff Hedeman and the bull riders.

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Tickets for the two-day event are on sale now and start at $12 for youth and $20 for adults. Tickets are sold in either grandstand reserved seating area or in the standing room area located in the party pit.  They can be purchased at the SD State Fair Office, or by calling (605) 353-7340, or online at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/12046/south-dakota-state-fair.

About Tuff Hedeman

Hedeman formed the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour after serving for a combined 23 years as the former head of the two nationally organized professional bull riding organizations (PBR and CBR) since his retirement as a rider from the sport in 1999. Referred to as the “pioneer of the sport of bull riding” after producing the first stand-alone bull riding event in Fort Worth, Texas in 1993, Hedeman is a four-time World Champion Bull Rider, inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the most recognizable cowboy in the world. He resides on his ranch near Morgan Mill, Texas and has three sons, Lane, Trevor, and Ryker.

Tickets on Sale for the Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding

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Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Raises Money for Cherokee County 4-H and FFA

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (August 8, 2018) – Four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff  Hedeman announced today that tickets are on sale to The Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Bash, a Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Bull Riding.  

The Nicky Wheeler Memorial will pay tribute to an industry great, former bull rider and stock contractor who died suddenly in April. Formerly known as the Bull Bash Revolution, the name was changed this year to honor a great man. Nicky devoted his life to helping kids in FFA and 4H chapters statewide. The Wheeler family owns Fresh Country Fund Raising, a statewide fundraising company supporting 4H and FFA chapters nationwide.

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Nicky Wheeler is remembered as a “great guy”, dedicated father and husband, a superior bull riding judge, a bucking bull man, rodeo producer, and talented fundraiser, but first and foremost a bull riding champion.

 “Nicky was a great bull rider regardless of what era it is - there are very few people that go to the NFR and ride 9 out of ten,” said Wheeler’s friend and colleague Tuff Hedeman.

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Bull Rider Dakota Nye on Flab Slab, Dennis Davis Bucking Bulls 

“Nicky treated everyone like they wanted to be treated and that is why we decided to change the name to honor him and his legacy,” said Jeff Harris.

“I didn’t know him until after I won my first world title, we had some bull riding schools in his arena and I got to know him there. He is a super guy, super Dad, and anytime I could get him to judge I would - he judged in Fort Worth, Lufkin, and Bossier, but his kids were always first on his schedule and priority list and to be part of an event that honors his legacy while helping kids is a great way to honor our friend,”  continued Hedeman.

The two round annual event will be held on October 6 at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena where the bull riders will compete for prize money and a custom engraved Hy O Silver Trophy Buckle.

 Producers of annual Bull Bash -  Haley and Brian Beasley, 2017 Champion Austin Patterson, Jeff Harris and daughter Lacee Harris.

Producers of annual Bull Bash -  Haley and Brian Beasley, 2017 Champion Austin Patterson, Jeff Harris and daughter Lacee Harris.

This annual event powered by the fans and the local community is the largest benefactor event for local FFA and 4-H college scholarships. Providing self-sufficiency and local jobs for future generations in the agricultural community is the goal of these scholarships and agricultural based programs.

This year’s event will once again be produced by a host of dedicated volunteers including previous Stock Contractor of the Year and World Champion bull team owner Jeff Harris and family of Palestine and Haley and Brian Beasley of Jacksonville.

The newly created tour gives new riders the opportunity to break into the ranks of professional bull riding and advance to the national level tours.

“What I really like about the Breakout series is we see relatively unknown young bull riders that show up and make outstanding bull rides and contend with the hottest guys on tour and hang with them,” said Hedeman.

Classic rodeo barrel man style entertainment, cowboy lifesaver bullfighters, and the voice of the Tuff Hedeman tour, Chris Rankin, will join Hedeman in front of the chutes as he surveys the new class of young guns as they battle the experienced contenders.

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“It is our privilege to honor Nicky Wheeler in this way and it is great chance to come out and see Tuff Hedeman and the high-quality competitors and bucking bull athletes. We will have several of the top familiar names on the roster, but many fresh faces packed with talent, at a family-friendly environment, “ said co-producer Haley Beasley.

For More information and tickets visit Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding or by calling Haley Beasley, 903-747-7199.  

DATE:    October 6, 2018 at 7pm

LOCATION: Jacksonville Rodeo Arena, 915 Peeples Street, Jacksonville, TX 75766

WEBSITES: tuffhedemanbullriding.com

SOCIAL MEDIA:  Nicky Wheler Memorial Bull Riding (Facebook); @TuffHedeman (IG); @TuffHedemanofficial

TICKETS AVAILABLE: Raven Jute Company, 107 E Commerce Street, Jacksonville, TX 75766; or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-nicky-wheeler-memorial-bull-bash-tickets-48716785216.

For more information on Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour log on to www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com or contact Leigh Ann Schroeder thedemanpr@gmail.com.

 

The Boys of Summer

Skender, Taylor, and Leather win bull riding’s top Youth World Championship titles

by LeighAnn Schroeder

The sport of bull riding is full of impressive young athletes and as soon as the last school bell rings they hit the road qualifying and competing in three of the industry’s largest national youth finals events for rodeo competitors.  These three organizations are the gatekeepers of the sport and in their hands is developing the future field of cowboy athletes.

"First let me say congratulations to all the youth winners, winning at the highest level is never easy and something to be very proud of. It gives you confidence which I believe always helps you be competitive...Being able to ride and win when it means something is the first step to climbing the ladder in a sport which has no guarantees," 4-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman.  

The boys of summer have faced talented opponents on both sides of the chutes and we pause to salute these young athletes and recognize their outstanding seasons and what they have accomplished…buckles and titles engraved with two sacred words…World Champion.

National high School Finals Bull Riding Champion

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The newly crowned National High School Champion Bull Rider is Cole Skender of Crossett, Arkansas.

The 18-year-old completed two qualified rides to earn 157 points to win his first national title. Skender also left Wyoming knowing his 86 point ride in round two was the highest scored ride of the event. In the championship round, Skender earned 71 points and was one of two bull riders to hear the whistle out of the 22 finalists.

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Skender is a familiar name on the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding tour where he debuted as a professional in February in El Paso making a 90 point ride to place second in the first round and finish in the top 10 at his first top-level event. 

“Riding on Tuff’s tour has really helped me, I know what I have to do and can stay focused better after being on such a big stage already, I can just zone in better now and know that you ride them all the same, one at a time – it’s just the same everywhere – crowds only thing different,” said Skender.

The entire 2018 National High School Finals Rodeo Bull Riding Results can be found at https://www.nhsra.com/.

2018 International Finals Youth Rodeo Bull Riding World Champion

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Boasting 1,411 entries, the world’s richest youth rodeo, IFYR, held in Shawnee, Oklahoma, awarded more than $250,000 in prize money, championship saddles, and buckles[G2] . After two long rounds and 10 performances, the bull rider that emerged as the 2018 Champion was Mason Taylor of Maypearl, Texas.

Before he was crowned the 2018 IFYR Champ, Taylor honed his skills in May at the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Baytown bull riding.

In Shawnee, Mason edged out five additional bull riders in the final round to win the average. Taylor followed his 81.5 first ride with an 81.5 in the championship round for a 163.0 average that placed his total earnings at $2558.80 over the six-day rodeo.

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 “We rode six out of the 15 in the finals and behind the bucking chutes, I was so nervous I couldn’t hardly spit,” Taylor said. “My heart was pumping. When the gate opened, my nerves went away, and I did my business like I was supposed to,” said Taylor to the Waxahachie Daily Light newspaper.

Recalling his championship ride, Taylor said the bull bucked early and jerked him to his fingertips. Taylor said he has learned the finer points of bull riding from his father, Chris, who rode bulls for 20 years. He recalled his father putting him on a sheep at the ripe age of two and Taylor has “been riding ever since.”

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The International Finals Youth Rodeo, held annually since 1993, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that presents top high school athletes with a professional rodeo. The internationally-recognized IFYR is held annually at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  Full Results available on www.ifyr.com.

YOUTH BULL RIDING WORLD FINALS

Thirty bull riding only associations feed contestants to the YBR which holds their world final competition annually in Abilene, Texas.  2018 was the historic 11th year of the world's largest youth bull riding finals with over 400 riders, their friends and family in attendance over the four-day event held in Abilene, Texas. 

 The new 2018 WorldYBR  Champion is Macaulie Leather from Calliope, Australia

The new 2018 WorldYBR  Champion is Macaulie Leather from Calliope, Australia

Since its inception in 2008, the YBR World Finals was founded on the belief that every child’s dream can come true if only given something to believe in.  

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This year’s dream catcher was Macaulie Leather who traveled from Queensland, Australia to earn the title with 319 points and the average check for $1,654.00.

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Leather, one of 12 children in what is described as a “rodeo mad” family, is from Calliope and is well known in his native Australia.

 Photo credit: The "rodeo mad" Leather family of Australia

Photo credit: The "rodeo mad" Leather family of Australia

The captain of the YBR is Mike Vergari, chairman, and founder who has 20 plus years’ experience in high school rodeo and youth bull riding events.   

Youth Bull Riders World Finals (YBRWF) has been structured under the Texas Youth Bull Riders, Inc., a non-profit 501 c3 organization based in Fort Worth, Texas. www.ybr-now.com.

 

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Figueredo rides two to win first stop of Breakout Bull Riding Series Midwest Tour

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WOODSTOCK, IL – August 3, 2018  – As the only rider in a 32 man field to turn in a 2 for 2 performance in the two header Thursday night in Woodstock, Cristiano Figueredo won his first Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding and took home the prize money, buckle and championship title of the Tuff Hedeman McHenry County Fair Bull Bash.

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Against a field of 32 riders from three countries and 11 states, the 29-year-old began the night winning round 1 with an 89.5 trip on 40 Smoke This (CC Bucking Bulls). Later he would thrill the fairgoers as the only cowboy athlete to ride two as he conquered 04 Cruel Intentions (cc Bucking Bulls) for 90 points.Figuerado earned $3,851.12 in addition to valuable points for the Wicked Rank Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing which comes with an additional paycheck, custom trophy saddle, and buckle on September 15 at the finale of the swing. As the winner of the event, Figueredo earned the opportunity for an additional paycheck if he could ride the bounty bull Kicks and Giggles (Noble and Check), but he bucked off before the 8-second whistle.  

 “I drew two really good bulls that both turned back into my hand and had no problems, the crowd was good too,” said the Hugo, Oklahoma resident. Mentored by former pro bull rider Allan Moraes, Figuerado, stays in shape by getting on practice bulls near Gainesville, Texas. He has ridden professionally for nine years and learned to ride bulls at the hand of his brother, Juliano.  

 “It was a great experience to see such dedicated fans pack the house on a night in the middle of the week, the Breakout Series is a great way to give the dedicated bull riding fans of the Midwest a chance to see a great production and a good group of talented young bull riders,” said Tuff Hedeman who made his first trip to Woodstock to assist the production sanctioned by Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding.

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The four event series produced by Matt Noble’s Next Level Bull Riding kicked off in at the McHenry County Fair and continues on next week with stops in Belvidere, Morrison, ending with a series finale in September in Waterloo.

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Tickets and information for the Midwest Swing are available on www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com.   

 “Since 1949 the weeklong McHenry County Fair Association has been entertaining the community during the first six days at the beginning of August and the addition of the pro level bull riding is exciting, “ said Frank Kerns of the Fair Board.

Hedeman’s events have become known for their action-packed performances with great bulls matched to super star riders and upbeat music

  In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Midwest Swing Finals to be held on September 15. At the end of the Midwest Swing the bull rider who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle and buckle.

McHenry Bull Bash Results

1, Cristano Figueredo, 179.5, $3,851.12. 2, Brandon Davis, 87.5, $1521.52. 3, (tie) Hunter Ball, Albert Labaron, 83.5, $953.68.

Media inquiries and interview requests available by calling or email – Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquires matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

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Boone County Fair Prepares for Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Bull Bash

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BELVIDERE, Illinois -  (August  1, 2018)  – The most recognizable cowboy in the world, 4 time World Champion bull rider Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, is readying the Boone County Fair for the second stop of the Tuff Hedeman Break Out Series Midwest Swing.  Tickets are on sale for only $10 for the newly created event produced by Next Level Bull Riding and sanctioned by Tuff Hedeman, will be held in conjunction with the Boone County Fair on August 10 and begin at 7:00 pm at the Boone County Fairgrounds.  

“Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series is a 15-year bull riding tradition here and each year the fans and the sponsors and the entire Fair gets behind it - it’s a family friendly event and a great way to entertain the fairgoers who are big bull riding fans and are supporting the community, said Matt Noble.   

“In addition to the great bull riding action we have something for everyone, the Mutton Bustin gets underway earlier in the day with the preliminary round, barrel racing, and don’t forget the great food where you can sample from the Boy Scouts baked potatoes, sweet corn from the Cosmopolitan Club and the fan favorite – the Fire Department’s home-made donuts,” Said Tom Ratcliffe, Marketing Director of the fair.

 Chute boss and event commander Tuff Hedeman is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo. In recent years he has made a name for himself in the production of great bull riding events and for the first time on August 10, he is bringing his legacy of bull riding to Belvidere and the Boone County Fair. 

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This year’s event festivities will begin at 6:00 pm when the doors open and the first event is the final competition of the Mutton Bustin. Earlier in the day, the young ones will compete to determine the finalists and they will compete in front of the grandstand crowd.  The pro bull riding action gets underway at 7:00 pm and expected to conclude at 9 pm. Bull riders will face a field of approximately 40 selected competitors for the lion’s share of the 7,500 added prize money.

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Tour pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in a two-round format featuring entertainment from the barrel, the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk, and the voice of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding, Matt Palmer, who will provide play by play and color commentary from the announcer’s stand.

There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the 40 man field.  The field of competition begins with all attempting to ride one bull in the “long round”. The top 8 ride scores will advance to the championship round where they will battle for the prize money and trophy buckle.

 In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Midwest Swing Finals to be held on September 15. At the end of the Midwest Swing, the bull rider who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle, and buckle.

TICKET INFORMATION -  Link for more information to Boonecountyfair.com or by calling 815-544-2900. $10

Tickets available at the Box Office at Gate 1, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm or call (815) 547-4503.  EVENT LOCATION: 8791 Illinois 76, Belvidere, Illinois 61008. 

Media inquiries and interview requests available by calling or email – Thomasratcliffe@msn.com, 815-404-3059. Tuff Hedeman interviews or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquires matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

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"WE ARE TALKING BREAKOUTS, BASHES...and BIG BUCKS" 

World Champion Bull Team Owner and Stock Contractor Retires

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I recently read Billy Jaynes was retiring the Jaynes Gang and from bucking bulls. I would like to take a moment to commend Billy Jaynes for his accomplishments and friendship as he steps back from both sides of the bucking bull arena. Billy and his original Jaynes Gang were one of the first to jump into the bull team competitions and with Billy flanking the bulls, he won one of the earliest World Champion Bull Team Titles in 2012 at CFD.

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Dakota Nye on Flab Slab, April 7, 2018 - Fort Worth, THBRT 

Like me, Billy rode bulls in high school and college. That passion for the sport ended up with him managing and owning Southern Rodeo, a professional rodeo company.  After selling it in 1999, we would run into each other again as he began buying and breeding buckers for competition.  Eventually Billy would manage over 300 head of cows and bulls, as a stock contractor Billy began delivering top rated animals such as Outside the Box, Rajun JT, Flab Slab, OMG, ZY Hez Twisted just to name a few.

Billy leaves this industry knowing he bred, trained and bucked some of the best, and I appreciate that I could count on Billy to bring bulls the riders and fans were excited to see and I knew would buck.  I look forward to seeing Dennis Davis on the back of the chutes as he will be carrying on that tradition of great buckers from Southeast Texas.

Happy Trails,

Tuff

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Dennis Davis, Davis Bucking Bulls 

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Bull Riding Icon Brings Signature Event to McHenry County Fair

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For Immediate Release

WOODSTOCK, IL ( July 13, 2018)  – The most recognizable cowboy in the world, 4 time World Champion bull rider  Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, is readying Woodstock for the first stop of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing.  Tickets (Ticketing link ) are now on sale for the newly created event produced by Next Level Bull Riding in conjunction with the McHenry County Fair on August 2 and begin at 7:00 pm at the McHenry County Fairgrounds.  

“I look forward to new events, meeting the fans and the sponsors and the way the whole Fair community gets behind it -  it’s a great way to entertain the fairgoers who are big bull riding fans and are supporting the community, they may witness the next world champion at breakout,” said Hedeman.           

“Since 1949 the weeklong McHenry County Fair Association has been entertaining the community during the first six days at the beginning of August and the addition of the pro level bull riding is exciting,“ said Frank Keans of the Fair Board.

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 Chute boss and event commander Tuff Hedeman is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo. In recent years he has made a name for himself in the production of great family friendly bull riding events and for the first time on August 2, he is bringing his legacy of bull riding to Woodstock. 

This year’s event festivities will begin at 6:00 pm when the doors open and the bull riding action gets underway at 7:00 pm and expected to conclude at 9 pm. Bull riders will face a field of approximately 40 selected competitors for the lion’s share of the 7,500 added prize money in the McHenry County Fair Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding.

 This year’s event will include 40 bull riders battling on the dirt including former event champions Eli Vastbinder and National Finals Rodeo qualifier Cody Rostockyj. The Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Breakout events pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in a two-round format featuring barrel man Ryan Mead of Norfolk, NE and the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk and the voice of the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour, Chris Rankin, who will provide play by play and color commentary from the announcer’s stand.

There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the 40 man field.  The field of competition begins with all attempting to ride one bull in the “long round”. The top 8 ride scores will advance to the championship round where they will battle for the prize money and trophy buckle and invitation from Hedeman to compete in a televised Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour event.

  In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Midwest Swing Finals to be held on September 15. At the end of the Midwest Swing the bull rider who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle and buckle and an invitation to compete in Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour event.

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Advance tickets are available at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/2018-mchenry-county-fair-where-farm-families- a meet. Prices start at $5.

 Event location: 12015 Country Club Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098.  Media inquiries and interview requests available by calling or email – Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquiries contact matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

 

 

Hedeman Adds Nicky Wheeler Memorial and Midwest Swing Bull Riding Series to Schedule

Four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman announced today that five long-standing events will bear his name as the Tuff Hedeman Breakout series resumes on August 2 adding five events to the schedule.

Produced by Matt Noble, owner of Next Level Bull Riding and Jeff Harris, a previous Stock Contractor of the Year and World Champion bull team owner from Palestine, Texas the events include the Midwest Swing Series in Illinois in August and September and the Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding in Jacksonville, Texas to be held on October 6.

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Jeff Harris and the late Nicky Wheeler

The newly created tour gives new riders the opportunity to break into the ranks of professional bull riding and advance to the national level tours.

“What I really like about the Breakout series is we see relatively unknown young bull riders that show up and make outstanding bull rides and contend with the hottest guys on tour and hang with them,” said Hedeman.

Each event will feature a long round followed by a championship “short go”. Classic rodeo barrel man style entertainment and cowboy lifesaver bullfighters will join Hedeman in front of the chutes at each event as he surveys the new class of young guns as they battle the experienced contenders.

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“It is a great chance to come out and see Tuff Hedeman and the high-quality competitors and great bulls that do not get to this part of the country very often, I have been producing this event for several years and it is always one of the highlights of my year,” said Next Level Bull Riding producer Matt Noble who brings Hedeman’s Break Out bull ridings to the Midwest.

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Tuff Hedeman and Matt Noble

Hedeman announced the creation of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series in May with the first event already in the books on May 5, in Baytown, Texas. The Breakout Series will have several of the top familiar names on the roster, but many fresh faces packed with talent will make the events competitive throughout the Midwest Swing and the Nicky Wheeler Memorial which will pay tribute to an industry great, former bull rider and stock contractor who died suddenly in April.

The annual bull riding, formerly known as the Bull Bash Revolution, is scheduled for October 6 at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena is produced by Jeff Harris, Brian and Haley Beasley and a crew of dedicated volunteers that raise money and have earned the title of the largest benefactor event for local FFA and 4-H college scholarships. The efforts are all geared towards supporting the kids in local agricultural based programs and operations in an effort to move the agricultural community forward, providing self-sufficiency and local jobs for future generations.

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Nickey Wheeler

The schedule is listed below. Please see www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com for details.

August 2, 2018 - McHenry County Fair Bull Bash, Woodstock, Illinois

$7500 added purse and Custom Trophy Buckle

August 10, 2018 - Boone County Fair Bull Bash, Belvidere, Illinois

$7500 added purse and Custom Trophy buckle

August 14, 2018 - Whiteside County Fair Bull Bash, Morrison, Illinois

$5000 added and Custom Trophy buckle

September 14, 2018 -Midwest Swing Series Finale, Waterloo, Illinois

Waterloo Optimist's Blue Army Bull Bash

$10,000 added purse, Trophy Saddle and buckle

October 6, 2018 - Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding, Jacksonville, Texas

$7,500 added and Custom HyO Silver Trophy Buckle

For more information on the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com. Nicky Wheeler Memorial contact Haley Beasley at 903-747-7199. . Series contact Matt@nextlevelbullriding.com

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Hedeman Tackles a Tough Draw

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Tuff scouting the Scurry County Rodeo Arena in Snyder, Texas

DENTON, Texas – July 3, 2018 – Tuff Hedeman, four-time World Champion bull rider, pro rodeo Hall of Famer, Executive Producer of the upcoming feature film Tough Draw, was in West Texas this past weekend scouting shooting locations with Atonement Entertainment.

Hedeman has partnered with Atonement Entertainment’s Bradley Hughes and James Trawick to make a feature film that embodies the spirit of the modern-day cowboy and authentically represents bull riding and the heart of the community that embraces it. Hughes and Trawick both reside in the heart of Texas and have strong ties to the rodeo community.

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Tom Baker, James Trawick, Ralph Miller and Tuff Hedeman discussing location options for upcoming feature film Tough Draw

Hedeman, a bull rider, and owner of the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour will be featured on the big screen for the second time in his storied career. Hedeman is once again at the heart of a bull riding drama, which will continue his legacy of inspiring the next generation of bull riders. Hughes is a native of Lubbock and draws inspiration for the film from his childhood summers spent at his grandfather’s ranch in the west Texas town of Fluvanna, Texas.

The film’s scouting trip began in Lubbock at local businessman and stock contractor Tom Baker’s ranch followed by a look at Post’s Rodeo Arena, and then onto the campus of Texas Tech University as possible filming locations. The next day; the crew toured Western Texas College and county arenas in Snyder followed by a stop in Gail at businessman Ralph Miller’s ranch.

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Wacey Cathey and Tuff Hedeman 

The pioneer of the sport of bull riding ended the day greeting fans attending the grand reopening of the legendary West Texas cafe venue, The Coyote Country Store. Owner Becky Justice invited Hedeman who brought infamous bull rider and Big Spring resident Wacey Cathey along as they celebrated Cathey’s 65th birthday and attended the Johnny Lee concert on Friday night.  An avid "Texas Country" music fan, Hedeman is frequently spotted on music stages as he was Saturday night.

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Hedeman with fans at the Coyote Store in Gail, Texas

Since his retirement from competition in 1999, the bull riding leader has been producing bull riding events that have been thrilling audiences with his two-hour adrenaline rush entertainment style punctuated with the two things he knows fans want to see - big bull rides and high scores. 

For three decades Tuff Hedeman has been a part of providing opportunities for bull riders and the result is evident. Many of the bull riders who have earned the title of World Champion have benefited from his devotion to bull riders…on and off the chutes.

Hedeman was one of the original founders of the PBR and served as the first President of the PBR from 1992 to 2004 and he was President of the CBR from 2005 to 2011. Hedeman is a four-time world champion with three PRCA titles (1986, 1989 and 1991) and the 1995 PBR world champion. He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1997 and awarded the PBR Ring of Honor in 1999.  Hedeman retired from bull riding competition in 1998 after a neck injury.

Hedeman began his career in professional bull riding in 1981 and retired in 1999 and is recognized within the industry as a staunch supporter of the sport and the professional bull rider as a professional athlete. Over the past 28 years, he has proven to be a tireless and versatile event producer with an incredible ability to connect with people and fans from all walks of life.

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For more information, and interviews contact Leigh Ann Schroeder – 940-902-1112. TuffHedemanPR@gmail.com. Follow Tuff and the tour on tuffhedemanbullriding.com.

 

 

 

Tickets on Sale for the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

Presented by the South Dakota State Fair

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HURON, South Dakota, - June 11, 2018 – Tickets http://www.sdstatefair.com/are on sale TODAY for the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash, presented by and held as the kick off for the 133th edition of the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.  The Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour (THBRT) kicks off their fall schedule with a two night performance in the Grandstands at the South Dakota State Fair on Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30 beginning at 8 pm each night. The doors open at 6 pm nightly and tickets are $12 for youth and $20 for adults.

The pioneer of the sport of standalone bull riding, Tuff Hedeman, and local businessman Red Wilk together again will produce the fan favorite event featuring three rounds of adrenaline rush action packed traditional western entertainment. Early winners of the THBRT include 7-time World Champion Sage Kimzey, PBR World Champion Mike Lee, Navajo Nation Champion Cody Jesus, NFR qualifier Tyler Bingham, and National Intercollegiate Wrestling Champion Ruger Piva.

 PBR World Champion Mike Lee wins Hedeman's Fort Worth Championship Challenge

PBR World Champion Mike Lee wins Hedeman's Fort Worth Championship Challenge

To kick of this year’s South Dakota State Fair Red Wilk and Tuff Hedeman are pleased to introduce two new features to the ticket holders this year.  Red is having a custom designed “boxing style” trophy belt to be awarded to the bull riding champion, the belt will be unveiled by Wilk at a later date. In the arena, Hedeman heads north with his “invitation only” designed event format which yields the best roster of elite bull riders facing off with world class bucking bulls in five rounds of intense, high energy battle. 

The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash features two nights and five rounds of pyrotechnics, family friendly action and the fan favorite Red Wilk American Hero Award ceremony at intermission.  The doors open at 6:30 with the event start at 8 pm on Wednesday night August 29, in Huron, South Dakota with the second performance on Thursday night August 30.  Tickets are available at ww.sdstatefair.com.

Hedeman, known for lining up elite riders to face off with world class bucking bulls brings the new “invitation only” format to the fair’s Grandstands for the first time.

 5 X National Finals Rodeo qualifier Trey Benton III

5 X National Finals Rodeo qualifier Trey Benton III

“We would not be in Huron without Red Wilk, we share the same ideas and values in producing great entertainment and the ceremony honoring the freedom that we all experience every day is truly amazing honoring the service record of some of the most decorated War heroes.

The highpoint of each year’s event in addition to the bull riding action is Red Wilk’s tribute to US veterans in his American Hero Award ceremony, at an extraordinary intermission rite.

   “We would not be in Huron without Red Wilk, we share the same ideas and values in producing great entertainment and the ceremony honoring the freedom that we all experience every day is truly amazing honoring the service record of some of the most decorated War heroes," said Tuff Hedeman,     four time     World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer.

“We would not be in Huron without Red Wilk, we share the same ideas and values in producing great entertainment and the ceremony honoring the freedom that we all experience every day is truly amazing honoring the service record of some of the most decorated War heroes," said Tuff Hedeman, four time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer.

Hedeman’s signature three round tournament style format is popular with fans as it allows them to see their favorite riders challenge as many as three bulls in one night. As the bull riders progress each earning money for their qualified rides, the final four man Shoot Out round determines the winner and the bulk of the prize money.  Assisting Hedeman’s tour entertain the crowd will be top flight barrel man entertainers and the “gladiators of the arena” the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters who protect the life of the cowboy at every turn.

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Bullfighter Bryce Redo of Crosby, Texas  

Hedeman formed the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour after serving for a combined 23 years as the former head of the two nationally organized professional bull riding organizations (PBR and CBR) since his retirement as a rider from the sport in 1999. Tuff Hedeman and the rider’s appearance schedule with rider roster to be announced at a later date.  Immediately following the bull riding, fans will get a chance to meet and get autographs from Tuff Hedeman and the bull riders.

The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash will be held at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, 1060 3rd St. SW.  Tickets go on sale June 11.  Tickets start at $12 for youth and $20 for adults and are available by calling 866-605-FAIR, or online www.sdstatefair.com. List of contestants will be available at a later date.

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For interviews, press credentials and additional information please contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940.902.1112 or tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com, or @leighaschroeder.

Bull Rider Profile

Cody Jesus

Sawmill, Arizona

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With the Spirit of the Navajo Nation on his shoulders, Cody Jesus, a left-handed bull rider from Sawmill, Arizona arrived on the professional bull riding scene and kept pace with World Champions from his first nod in 2016 to January 2018 where he received the largest payout of his young career.

The storied career of this young rider is rooted in faith, family, and friendship on both sides of the chute. Traveling with his brothers, continually hailed by the Navajo Nation we will no doubt see Jesus on September 5, 2018, for the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding in Window Rock, Arizona.

“It is exciting to see a young guy come into a big event and deliver, it is extremely difficult to be successful at the highest level, and he was riding with extreme confidence which is a very important factor in bull riding,” said Hedeman. 

As the event champion, Jesus earned 272.50 points on 3 bulls, and collect the $46,075.00 payday at the Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding held annually at the Lea County Events Center in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Jesus is the former Indian National Finals Rodeo Junior Champion, the 2015 Navajo Nation Champion bull rider, and the 2017 CBR Finals Champion. Cody began riding with the Navajo rodeo associations in high school. He first came to the forefront when he won the 2015 Navajo Nation Fair. He earned his first professional title in Rio Rancho in 2017 thus demonstrating he could not only compete at the national level but to date, he has posted ten 90 points plus scored rides.

Battling the flu as he arrived in Hobbs, 19-year-old Cody Jesus managed to produce three spectacular 90 point plus rides to win a piece of the 2018 Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding which paid out $100,000 to the bull rider athletes.  

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“It was a life-changing moment for me tonight, I want to thank Tuff for providing such a great atmosphere to come and compete, the way I was feeling I was not sure my body could even last,” said the Navajo Champion bull rider holding his jumbo check.

Jesus led the event from the first two rounds of the three-round tournament style event and earned the right to pick first in the sudden death “shootout” round. He selected N1 Bet N Black.

“The first two guys came out and made 2 really great bull rides, that just fired me up,” said Jesus. Taking advice from Hedeman that the bull from Elite could go either way, Jesus, a left-hander, gambled on N1. Jesus was 92 points for the win as he glanced Hedeman’s way with a big smile.

“Bull riding is an individual sport and everyone has a different way of executing - learning to ride at the highest level is hard and I mean riding when it means something, no matter where you are,” continued Hedeman when asked about Jesus’s performance. 

The Navajo Nation, who annually brings bull riding to Window Rock is extremely proud of their new rising star.

 “The Navajo people love the sport of rodeo and especially bull riding and anytime a Navajo competitor in any rodeo event is doing well the people fully support the athlete because he or she represents the Navajo Nation and people.  I believe that Cody demonstrates that spirit in the sport he excels,” said Martin Begaye, Department Director at Navajo Parks and Recreation.

Jesus began his pro career after being invited by four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, to ride in Window Rock, Arizona and then again in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Hedeman, a notorious mentor of young bull riding talent, Hedeman then cultivated Jesus’s career by assisting him with travel and arrangements. Jesus of Sawmill, Arizona, kept pace with three World Champions and surpassed the top three men to win the average title in Cheyenne last summer where the eighteen-year-old Navajo bull rider left the arena at Frontier Park with a $41,050.00, a life-changing moment of his young career…and life. 

“You are always going to have strong rookies because bull riding is a sport of hunger and desire and your flame as a new guy is burning pretty hot when you are young. We create opportunities for rookies that they don’t see everywhere else, our job is to give them great bucking bulls and a comfortable atmosphere,” continued Hedeman.

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 “He’s a bad cat, we witnessed the start of a long illustrious career and it’s happening right now to Cody. Last year in Window Rock he ask me to pull his rope and he was a pile of points and I knew he would be one to watch,” said World Champion Sage Kimzey on watching Jesus win the title he earned last year.

In the beginning

According to Heather Duncan, Cody’s mom it all started when he was fourteen years old.

“One beautiful summer morning when Cody woke up and walked into the kitchen he said "Mom, I want to ride bulls,” said the very grateful mom.

She quickly hung a barrel from two trees in the backyard and he was always on it.  Next, she found him a practice pen and eventually bought a bull and built a little arena.

“We have an old bull riding tape from 1995, which we are grateful we still had a VCR that worked so he would watch that. He began to watch his rides and comprehend the sport. I took him anywhere and everywhere so that he could ride. His older brother Miguel and him would set up lights at night and buck bulls early into the morning,” she continued.

What does a Mom think as her son prepares to ride on the biggest stage of his life?

“During the event, I just thought about how hard he worked to get to this moment. Our long drives, his dedication and desire to do what he wanted to do, the faith that carries him over and over to the next show. I just saw this young boy who always said that he has to try harder to make it and he will, I am so nervous every time he rides and I just pray for his safety.”

For more information please contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com; 940.902.1112. @leighaschroeder.

Memorial Day Remembering Death by Celebrating Lives

How can we honor veterans on Memorial Day? Just ask Red Wilk of Huron, South Dakota.

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Memorial Day is an important time for Americans to remember our veterans and those who have served our country. It is also an opportunity to honor those loved ones who have gone before us.

Once again this year the heart of the Bull Bash will be Red Wilk’s American Hero Award ceremony, at an extraordinary intermission rite honoring veterans of Viet Nam, Desert Storm, Freedom, and Global War on Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Mayor of Huron, Attorney General Marty Jackley and United States Senator Mike Rounds have both participated as presenters.

Under the clear skies and bright stars of Middle America, not only does Red Wilk bring World class bull riders and elite bucking bulls to open the South Dakota State Fair, he produces an intermission ceremony honoring Veterans that quiets everyone in the stands, on the grounds, behind the bucking chutes, and Tuff Hedeman.

“This event is one of the great moments for me during the year, to meet the veterans selected as American Hero’s is an honor I look forward to in Huron.. The stories that are read about their service to our country puts life in perspective and we all thank Red Wilk for sharing the opportunity to witness and participate,” said Tuff Hedeman.  

The magic created by Red Wilk and his team is simple, he remembers death by celebrating lives. The American Hero Award ceremony has become an extraordinary intermission rite. Bringing in a wooden floor to allow wheelchairs and seating for the recipients and honorees, Red leaves no detail to chance, including honoring competing bull rider, Juan Alonzo, who is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

If you have not been, the intermission is worth the price of admission. Members of South Dakota's National Guard present the flag while Taps is played to honor America's fallen at the break of the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash each year. With thousands of people in the grandstands, elite bull riders standing at attention, and even the bulls staying quiet for the invited elected official and Red to present a commissioned flag that has flown over the White House and a commerative coin to a group of men who served their country in a way only a few will ever experience.   

While who and how many veterans will be honored this August is still under wraps at the Red Wilk Construction office for later announcement, we would be amiss if we did not thank and honor Red Wilk. Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour is proud to partner on the presentation of the upcoming Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash in Huron, South Dakota (August 29, 30) with such a great man of honor, Red Wilk.

Tickets on Sale for the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash on sale June 11.  

TUFF AS NAILS

Jockey Mike E. Smith Justifies His Career Choice

by Leigh Ann Schroeder

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Mike E. Smith at Booger Bryants Bull Riding School 

"He was gutsy and fearless as a kid and it’s no surprise to anyone that he is now one of the most successful jockeys on the planet,” ...Tuff Hedeman

At 11 years old Mike E. Smith wanted to be a bull rider. He attended Booger Bryant’s bull riding school but was too small against the power and size of 1970’s style bucking bulls.

“He was gutsy and fearless as a kid and it’s no surprise to anyone that he is now one of the most successful jockeys on the planet,” said his long-time friend, Tuff Hedeman.

52 year old jockey Mike Earl Smith is this week’s Tuff as Nails choice after piloting the gifted race horse Justify to the winner’s circle for the second time in two weeks. Justify's fifth start saw him remain undefeated through the first two legs of the Triple Crown. He now boasts earnings just shy of $3 million. He changed history as he rode Justify in to the history books as the only horse since 1892 (Apollo) to win the Derby and the Preakness without running as a two year old.

“This week we veer from the bull riding and rodeo world to honor one of the world’s great athletes’ and someone I look up to personally and professionally, a rock star on the racetrack, a super star rider who won his first race at age 16, but who recently won the 2018 Kentucky Derby and on Sunday - the Preakness. On June 9, he launches his bid to win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.

 Justify, the only the second horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness who did not run as a two year old, on his way to the Start gate at Sunday's Preakness  

Justify, the only the second horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness who did not run as a two year old, on his way to the Start gate at Sunday's Preakness  

“He is a 52-year-old in a sport where youth, comparable to bull riding, is tough to compete against, you have to be in the best shape physically and mentally and it just doesn’t happen much. There are guys that have ridden at that age, but it’s a short list. Nothing comparable to what Mike’s accomplished,” said Hedeman.

Hedeman describes Smith as a once in a lifetime gifted athlete with the one quality that separates him from the rest – Desire.

“I have watched him master the horse skills, develop the innate ability to read and react therefore helping the horse,  not hurting his performance – that is not an accident. He is flawless in every part of the job. He understands the two biggest challenges of a racetrack – timing and finesse,” continues Hedeman.

“The other coolest thing about Mike Smith is you wouldn’t know he’s who he is by the way he presents himself – he’s great with fans, celebrities, the media - just everyone. Sunday after the race we were going to eat with his fiancé and his aunt and he’s responding to the 500 plus congratulation messages on his phone. I promise he returned every one of them – now that’s tough as nails!”

The Story

Tuff and Mike got to be friends after sharing a common upbringing on the racetrack with both their father’s career in racing.

“We both started doing well at about the same time, Mike was 16 and I was 18. I followed his career and over the years he came to the NFR, we stayed friends and we reconnected one year at the Espy’s Awards event and have been great friends and stayed in touch. After Trevor and Lane graduated and finished High School rodeoing, I have been able to make it to the Debry, Preakness and Belmont races in recent years.

 Jockey Mike Smith, Trainer Bob Baffert, and Tuff Hedeman  

Jockey Mike Smith, Trainer Bob Baffert, and Tuff Hedeman  

Mike Smith is a highly decorated Hall of Fame jockey winning his 5,000th victory of his Hall of Fame career in 2012. He is not only one of the highest earning jockeys and winningest jockeys in history but he exemplifies and represents the sport according to the 2014 Lafitte Pincay Jr. Award. Recipients are given the award for having served the sport of horse racing "with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination, and distinction."

"When we started this award back in 2004, Mike Smith was absolutely the sort of person we had in mind as one of our winners," Pincay said.

Mike Smith was born in Roswell, New Mexico, August 10, 1965. Smith began riding races in New Mexico at age 11. Shortly after launching his licensed career in 1982 at age 16 he won his first race in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Balance and physically getting in riding shape is the challenge of most athletes, but for a jockey, I mean when you look at the body of any jockey, they are the thinnest guys in the world,” continued Hedeman.

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Hedeman explains firsthand what it was like to grow up in the race horse industry like he and Mike Smith.  With rock star racehorse jockeys and fathers who prepared and handled both the riders and the horses, their boyhood heroes were the stars of the show.

“When I was an 8 year old kid I was always at the racetrack with my Dad who was a valet, the person responsible for preparing both jockey and horse for racing. As a teenager I was 5’4 and weighed 110 pounds and thought I was going to be a jockey, one of the ‘Cool Guys’.  We looked up to them, they were the exciting guys at the track. It’s pretty exciting to be around them, they were the ones with the best sports cars, sunglasses, hot girlfriends - everything. We looked up to them”

As a teenager, Tuff began breaking and galloping horses at Sunland Park Racetrack in New Mexico, just miles from his hometown of El Paso, Texas he was developing skills that aided his future career choice of sport that required many of the same skills, balance, instinct, and the ability to react. 

“I would love to have been able to ride races, but by the time I had enough experience I got too big, I was 135 pounds.” 108 – 118 pounds is standard for jockey weight.

What was it like to be at the Preakness?

Tuff:      This year’s Preakness was an odd race because the fog came in right when they got on the track – when you watch him at the Derby he was so good, but you couldn’t see him run the whole race due to the weather conditions. Standings next to that magnificent horse is amazing and just seeing all my old friends in the Jockey’s locker room is entertaining.

What was it like to see Justify in person?

Tuff:      Standing next to him you instantly know he is different. The look of that horse - He is a horse who has instant presence. You just know he is a great one.  The great ones - it is in them to be great all day every day and up to the team to know how and when to get the best performance out of them.

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Who makes up Justify’s team?

Tuff:      Bob Baffert is the trainer, assisted by a great guy named Jimmy Barnes. Baffert is a remarkable trainer that told me the feeling right before you compete – “it never gets old” – I am suree it was the same feeling you had right before the gate opened when you're riding only I'm not risking my life." I feel the same every time I step back into the racetrack venues. He is a Hall of Famer and Triple Crown winner in 2015 with American Pharaoh. His awards are too many to mention – Google him! 

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"It never gets old, the feeling you get just before you compete, " Bob Baffert

When did you connect with Mike Smith?

Tuff:      He is two or three years younger than me, when I started doing well riding bulls was about the same time he was doing well (16 years old) so I kept up and began following his career.

You went to all three Triple Crowns in 2017 and two of the three this year, what is it like hanging out with a World renowned jockey?

Tuff:      It’s like going to the Super Bowl with Tom Brady

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Mike and I visiting with race officials in the Jockey's Locker Room  

We think of you as a rodeo personality, what is it like to be back among your roots of the Thoroughbred world?

Tuff:      I grew up around many of the now elite Thoroughbred jockeys, trainers, and racehorse experts at Sunland Park near El Paso – it’s why I enjoy going to the big races. Its amazing thing to me because I grew up around so many of these guys who I saw get their start and I had the privilege of watching these individuals continue on to have amazing success in the Thoroughbred racing industry. It is fun to see the guys at the races that I have known for ever and they are now at the top of their fields, the best of the race horse world and many of them Hall of Famers like Jerry Bailey, Pat Valenzuela, Mike Smith, Bill Cazner, Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Steve Assmussen and D. Wayne Lucas.

What qualities do you recognize from your background that you see is special about Mike Smith?

Tuff:      Reading the situation and reacting. Knowing what to do when with the horse is a learned skill Mike has mastered, to do that with a horse you have to be able to learn and know from actions because there are no words from the horse.

Are there any similarities in training bucking bulls and racehorses?

Tuff:  Like a bull – you can’t do a whole lot to make them better than they are – it’s up to you as a trainer and an owner to give them the best chance to win and be competitive – It’s important in racehorses to get them in shape and knowing what that is so the team can produce a winning performance.

Tuff will join his friend Mike Smith in New York for the Belmont Stakes as he attempts to change history.

What makes the Triple Crown difficult? Is it the turf changes, the distance, the weather changes? In Hedeman’s opinion it is the fact that the horses are being asked to produce so much - three different tracks at three different distances - in such a short period of time and they are competing against fresh horses at each race.  It takes a rare horse to do what so many try to accomplish.

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Sounds like a little more than the 8 Second challenge for the bucking bull, but conditioning and soundness still key.

About Mike Smith - Michael Earl Smith (born August 10, 1965) is an American jockey who has been one of the leading riders in U.S. Thoroughbred racing since the early 1990s, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2003, and has won the most Breeders' Cup races of any jockey with 26 Breeders' Cup wins. Smith is also second leading jockey all-time in earnings with over $312 million.

Robert A. "Bob" Baffert is an American racehorse trainer who trained the 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Baffert's horses have won five Kentucky Derbies, seven Preakness Stakes, two Belmont Stakes and three Kentucky Oaks. Baffert holds the distinction of becoming the first trainer in history to win the Derby and Preakness in back-to-back years.

 

TUFF AS NAILS

  Bull Riding Hall of Fame Inductee Wacey Cathey

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This week's Tuff As Nails honor goes to the ironman of the National Finals Rodeo, 14-time NFR qualifier Wacey Cathey of Big Spring, Texas. Wacey, who holds the record with Ted Nuce, qualified for his first NFR in 1976 and his last in 1991. Cathey's top performance year was 1986 when he rode 7 bulls for a total of 30,450.00

Kudos to Wacey for being selected this year to be inducted to the Bull Riding Hall of Fame. The Bull Riding Hall of Fame recognizes and commemorates the legends of the sport of Bull Riding.

Wacey is the kind of guy bull riders name their kids after (Wacey Dalton Hart) and mother's cheer for from the stands of the Superbowl of rodeo. Hedeman and Cathey are friends to this day and you can find Cathey at the VIP table during several Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour events.

Tuff reflects on his favorite story about Wacey Cathey:

"I remember before the NFR in 1990, Wacey Cathey had a pretty big lead going in, and he'd never won the NFR. I liked Wacey- I looked up to him. Anyway, I was talking to my mother and she made the comment, ‘I sure hope Wacey wins it this year.' I said, ‘Really? You know I'm entered, right?' She said ‘Yes, but you've won a couple already and Wacey deserves it...' I said ‘Okay, you go ahead and pull for him. I'll be the only rider in the history of the finals whose mother was in the stands pulling for someone else.'

He Looks Soft but he rides Hard was a title to an article about Cathey in the newspaper during the 1988 NFR. Jim Murray writes:

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"You would think you had a mental picture of a guy who would ride a bull in a rodeo. A wild-eyed, wild-haired, hare-brained young kid with the leather skin and chapped lips of a guy who never slept in a bed in his life or drank coffee out of anything but a can. A hundred years ago he would have been holding up stagecoaches or drawing down on frontier marshals and he would have the life expectancy of a sick coyote. Wacey's secret is not hard to guess: The bulls take one look at him and they figure this is one of those midnight cowboys who thinks this is just a video arcade game. They figure they'll throw him up in the lights. The next thing they know, the horn has sounded and he's sitting there like a guy on a bus reading the financial pages. He rides the bull like a commuter. Even to the bull, he looks like one."

He's the oldest and certifiably the best bull-rider in the National Finals Rodeo, the Super Bowl of the cowboys-and-Indians set, up here at the Thomas & Mack Arena this week. The best 15 bull-riders in the world qualify for this event on the basis of money won and Wacey has won more than any of them--$70,413 to date in 150 rodeos this year.

Wacey Wayne Cathey was born to Bob and Ruth Cathey, June 29, 1953, in Big Spring. Wacey was raised on the family ranch and at 16 began to rodeo. Among Cathey's wins are: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days, Prescott, AZ, Oakdale, CA, San Angelo, Big Spring, and San Antonio TX., Ellensburg, WA, Oklahoma City, OK, Sikeston, MO., Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo/TX State Fair, Greeley, Colorado, Edmonton, Canada, Madison Square Garden, The Summit Presidential Rodeo, North Platt, and Colorado Springs, CO. Wacey won the $50,000.00 Purse in Calgary, Canada in 1983 and 1990. Breaking the record at the 1990 Calgary Stampede with a 92 point ride. He received the Texas Circuit Championship in 1982 and the Pro Tour in 1985.

Wacey has two children, a daughter Shelley and a son Sloan.

Today, he is a respected bull riding judge and continues to work and reside on his family ranch with Jeannie Woodruff.

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This year's, 4th annual, Induction Ceremonies and Reunion will be held May 18th and 19th in the legendary Fort Worth Stockyards. Pam Minick and Donnie Gay return this year as co-hosts and masters of ceremonies. http://www.the-bull-riding-hall-of-fame.com/

 

 

KEEP CALM AND CALL THE RODEO MOM

  “I could not have dreamed of the life I have been lucky enough to live, but I’m sure my mom did. My mom always believed in and supported our dreams. She taught us by example to never quit, to lend a helping hand and to work harder than the guy in front of you. I do not know anyone who is tougher or kinder than my mom. Love ya ClaraBelle,”  Tuff.

“I could not have dreamed of the life I have been lucky enough to live, but I’m sure my mom did. My mom always believed in and supported our dreams. She taught us by example to never quit, to lend a helping hand and to work harder than the guy in front of you. I do not know anyone who is tougher or kinder than my mom. Love ya ClaraBelle,”  Tuff.

Mother’s Day is Sunday and for many bull riders, their Mom was their first career coach and undeniably their original sponsor. Mothers of professional bull riders have seen and sat through it all. Some sit quietly clutching a rosary while others jump up and cheer loudly while the clock works its way to the 8-second buzzer.

While the fans enjoy the drama of the battle on the dirt, Moms only relate to one type of ending – healthy. 

It is hard to watch the bull rider athletes and not wonder about their extreme sport style lives and the impact on their families. What’s it like to have an extreme job? Many are married and all have a mom.    How exactly does that work in everyday life when each time you go to work you face extreme danger and the possibility of injury or worse? What must it be like waiting for that text or phone call signifying safety?

One mom, in particular, knows the routine. She has sewed an endless number of flashy shirts, driven more miles than we can count, fed more chicken enchiladas to cowboys than Joe T. Garcia’s, stood on the chutes and sat in the stands for over 60 years. Clarice Hedeman - matriarch, leader and enforcer to the rowdy Hedeman rodeo clan is hailed often by her offspring’s competitors as the original “Rodeo Mom, long before the tee shirts were made to identify them.”

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 At 89 years of age, Mrs. Hedeman still passes on her pearls of wisdom whenever she gets a chance with hairstyle and fashion tips, bull riding event and individual ride analytics, and the trait her family remembers as most important to her…family first. For decades Mrs. Hedeman’s home was open to any and all rodeo cowboys whom she so graciously always considered family, that needed a roof and a hot meal and the food (and advice) was complimentary.

“She no doubt will never be replicated; the mold has been broken. She has taken care of more cowboys, race track kids and really anyone who needed a little help. Her huge heart and straight-shooting advice; has made her infamous. She has been and will always be the most amazing woman in all our lives,” daughter Jane Hedeman.

Advice from your mom comes in various ways and is usually private given most bull riding events have a “no mom behind the chutes” policy. Tough love as inspiration is normal among rodeo kids, but one conversation defined his Mom.R

“I walked up on my Mom talking to Wacey Cathy at the World Finals one year, she was telling him she thought he would win and good luck. Mom, you do know I’m entered - right?” recalls Tuff as the conversation continued.

Clarice Hedeman was born on a ranch in northeast New Mexico, near Farley.

“My granddad was a rancher and my folks were ranchers,” she said. “I started running barrels when they first started doing that. I rode cutting horses, showed cattle a lot. I was a bookkeeper for a number of years. I worked at Sunland, La Mesa, and Raton race tracks.”

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At 15, Clarice Hedeman was working for her Dad driving a truck.

Seven children later, she always enjoyed horses, the track and rodeo. Having a pair of sons in harm’s way is not exactly some people’s idea of a relaxing way of life. But worry?

Clarice said, “I don’t worry. Some fool down here’ll run over you while you’re getting the mail outta the mailbox. The thing I worry is they have to do so much driving. But I just figure they know what they’re doing – in the rodeo and away from it. They were raised in it.”

“I could not have dreamed of the life I have been lucky enough to live, but I’m sure my mom did. My mom always believed in and supported our dreams. She taught us by example to never quit, to lend a helping hand and to work harder than the guy in front of you. I do not know anyone who is tougher or kinder than my mom. Love ya ClaraBelle,”  Tuff.

Since the first Mother’s day celebration, May 8, 1914, moms have been claiming the best Mother’s Day gifts are ones that come from the heart.

Greeting cards and perfume mega companies insist the ultimate gift moms give and receive is their children’s unconditional love…best expressed by purchasing a card with a box of the latest perfume and chocolate covered strawberries. But in a cowboy’s world, their best gift is staying alive.

Riders are probably reminded of home more often with pre- and post-ride texting.  Most of them are in agreement that no matter what decade you competed in you have faced a tough loss, and it is your mom who always has your back. “See you soon…Sunday roast in the oven or listen to your momma…she knows what’s best for you.”

We asked a few professional bull riders and one World Champion mom what motherhood looks like in the sport of professional bull riding.

Terri Lee, mother of PBR World Champion Mike Lee”

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Mike and Terri Lee

“The most important traits a bull rider’s mom should have is to have a lot of faith in the Lord and to be fearless. Whenever I’ve been asked how I can watch my son ride bulls (and I have been asked countless times) my answer has always been “if the bull riders can face any fears or doubts they might have and convince themselves they can and are going to win the battle against animal so much bigger and stronger, then the least we can do is to be strong enough to be there to support them and pray for their safety.”

Gaile Bingham, Honeyville, Utah, Mother of Tyler and Tim Bingham

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“I love my mom and wouldn’t be where I am today without her,” Tim Bingham.

“My mother said to always remember your family and put them first, a rodeo mom has to be supportive whether times are good or bad. My Mom never tried to get us to quit rodeoing or riding bulls, she asked if this is what we wanted to do even through all the broken bones and helped us get to every rodeo we wanted to go to from the time we were young and all the way up to helping us drive to pro rodeos. Now she doesn’t go to many but still works out all our flights and travel. I love my mom and would not be where I am today without her.”

Jennifer Kimzey, Mother of Trey and Sage Kimzey

"Trey, boots, hat, belt, what'd you forget?" "The best advice she gave me was God first - then everything will happen the way it should and her superhero trait was driving and being tough."

 Super Rodeo Mom Jennifer Kimzey with Trey, Dusta, and Sage   

Super Rodeo Mom Jennifer Kimzey with Trey, Dusta, and Sage

 

Chantel Haynes, Houston, Texas – Mother of Demond Haynes

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Demond and his Mom, Chantel Haynes

 

“Most important thing my Moma ever told me is follow my dreams and watch my friends - she never was a big rodeo mom because she was scared if she came to watch I would get hurt. She records all my rides that come on TV and I talk to her a lot while I’m traveling.  I talked her to coming to Humble a few years ago and I won the rodeo, but got hung up and she was about to jump into the arena to kill the bull,” laughed Demond.

“She texts and calls till she reaches me, 100 times back to back sometimes. She’s been there since day one with nothing but love and support and that little lady payed more fees for me than any sponsor I had along the line. Happy Mother’s Day MOM.”

Jeanna Rostockyj, Waco, Texas – Mother of Cody Rostockyj

“Mom never gave to much advice that I can remember out right. But what she did that has always stuck with me was her demeanor towards others. We didn’t grow up with much money or things but she was always nice to everyone and tried to help if she could. And even though I saw it bite her in the rear sometimes, it put plenty of good people that helped us out some in life as well. So even though I never really took any advice - I did try to take some of her sincerity and kindness to help others to heart and I try to help who I can on and off the road.”

 

 

 

 

TOONING UP AT THE BAYTOWN YOUTH FAIR

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Lane Toon and Jeff Harris Win Baytown Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding

BAYTOWN, Texas - (May 6, 2018 ) –  Oklahoma bull rider Lane Toon outlasted forty one bull riders to earn the championship title of the Tuff Hedeman Baytown Breakout bull riding held Saturday night highlighting the closing of the Baytown Youth Fair. Standing in the arena with four time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman, the Oklahoma cowboy collected the championship buckle and prize package that included a check for $3,396.48.

“I guess I just wanted it bad enough and I just listened to Tuff and dug down deep and tried really hard,” said Toon accepting his buckle and check from event producer Chris Rankin and bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman. 

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“What I really like about these events is seeing unknown young bull riders that show up and make outstanding bull rides and they contend with the hottest guys on tour and hang with them,” said Hedeman who was making his first appearance in support of the Youth of Baytown and enjoyed signing autographs, boots and hats at the conclusion of the event. 

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Toon, a twenty-five year old left handed bull rider was the only competitor to ride two bulls. He scored 83.75 points in round one aboard Houdini Martini from Mike Rawson’s string of buckers. He came back as the sixth rider in the 12 man Championship round and made an 87.25 point ride aboard Harris’ 44 Red Wing.  Hanging on to hear the buzzer Toon exemplified everything Hedeman said to him in the shoots. “Sometimes it’s all about the try.”

There were 10 qualified rides in round one with the lead being split between NFR cowboy Boudreaux Campbell and Crosby’s Demond Haynes, both with 86 points. Rookies Colby Jones (Dayton) and Foster McCraw (Navasota) tied for third and fourth in the round with 85.5 points. Nick Landreneau and Laramie Craigen finished fifth and sixth with 85.25 and 84 points respectively.

“The Baytown Fair & Rodeo bull riding each year is an event we bring to the community and we try our best to bring the best bulls and bull riders that are available to benefit the Baytown Youth," said Rankin.

Several alumni riders and Baytown Jr. Bull Riding champions returned to compete in the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding after competing as a youth in previous years. World Champion Josh Bar entine, Boudreaux Campbell, Demond Haynes, Mason Taylor, and Parker McCowan.

I was fortunate when I was young to have the Baytown Youth Fair as a place to show animals and producing the bull riding here is my way to give back to a great organization that taught me a lot growing up, but the biggest thing is seeing the Fair Association continue to grow and succeed so that more young people can have the same opportunities that we had,” said Rankin.

Cowboys from seven states and Brazil provided the 53 quality outs, but in the end, Toon was the only rider to hear the 8 second whistle twice during the two-hour performance. The veteran bull rider from Lane, Oklahoma was the only rider to cover his bull in the short round riding 44 Red Wing of Jeff Harris Bucking Bulls for 87.25.  

“We had an outstanding set of bull riders this year that tried hard and we raised the bar, they rode 9 in the long round and although they only managed to ride one in the short round, the bull power was incredible and a few guys rode right to the whistle, said event producer Chris Rankin.

Tuff Hedeman Break Out Bull Ridings were created to give new riders the opportunity to break into the national bull riding tours.  Hedeman had the opportunity to see several state high school bull riding champions, the intercollegiate southern bull riding leader, just to name a few of the rising young stars that were in competing Baytown.

Rankin, lining up buckers from three former stock contractors of the year, as well as several bulls who buck day in and day out on the pro circuits, had bull power to rival any competition in the country.

The Baytown Open Bull team competition was won by a World Champion bull team stock contractor Jeff Harris of Palestine. Harris earned the open bull team title with 278.15 total points and was the only contractors to post two qualified rides. Harris’s check for $7,500 came from Demond Haynes leading long round on 451 Scarface and the second bull was Lane Toon’s winning ride on 44 Red Wing. Harris' third bull on the three bull team was Tamale who bucked Cole Skender off in 4.15 seconds but with an 86 point bull score.

 “I was bucked off that 44 Red Wing bull and had to hustle, I said to myself, not to tonight,” laughed the always happy go lucky Lane Toon.

“Thanks to my family and friends who came out and helped us and the fair board for giving us the opportunity, it was a pretty awesome event”, said Rankin immediately following the awards presentation. The event was sponsored by Ron Craft Chevrolet and WOW Equipment.  

Baytown Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Results

1, Lane Toon, Lane, OK, 171 on two bulls, $3,396.48. 2, Demond Haynes, Crosby, TX, 86, $2,282.88. 3, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, TX, 86, $1,494.08. 4, Colby Jones, Dayton, TX, 85.5, $983.68. 5, Foster McCraw, Navasota, TX, 85.5, $644.96. 6, Nick Landreneau, Sulphur, LA, 85.25, $385.12. 7, Laramie Craigen - $92.80.

Bull Team Results

1, Jeff Harris, Palestine, 278.15, $7500. 2, Jaynes Gang #1, 276.54, $5,000. 3, 4GMcKenzie/Novak, 275.68, $3,500. 4, Hat Brand Rodeo, 274.25, $2,000.

 

 

World Champion and PRCA Rookie of the Year Ready to Ride in Baytown tonight

 

 

 

Baytown Fair and Rodeo Bull Riding and Concert presented by Ron Craft Chevrolet Cadillac

 A Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding

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Boudreaux Campbell

 

Nationally and internationally ranked bull riders from seven states and two countries have landed in Houston and are making their way to Baytown, Texas for the Baytown Fair and Rodeo Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding held tonight at the Baytown Fairgrounds at 6:30 pm.

Highlighting this year’s list of competitors is Pro Rodeo’s Rookie of the Year, Boudreaux Campbell of Crockett, Texas who will join Four Time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman tonight in Baytown in support of the Baytown Youth. Campbell, who won round 9 of the NFR and  finished 10th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association world standings in 2017 joins top ranked riders including World Champion Josh Barentine, NFR qualifier Aaron Pass, and Luis Blanco of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Bryce Redo of Crosby, Texas, a former Bullfighters Only champion, will be joined by Caleb Oostenryk from Morrison IL, as the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters who will be protecting lives at every turn.

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Bullfighter Bryce Redo

 

These bullfighters are within inches of the bulls showcasing true athleticism to save the cowboy’s life and while attempting to stay out of harm’s way themselves.

Local entries include 21 year old Ezekiel Mitchell of Baytown who has found recent success winning over $10,000 this season. Returning to Baytown are members of the bull riding group known as the Houston Solution, Jonathon Brown, and Demond Haynes. Bull Riding Champions Parker McCowan from Montgomery Tx, and Ross Freeman from Kountze TX join the list of 46 bull riders who will be competing in the two round event worth over $10,000 in prize money.

Powering the rides will be bulls from some of the country’s top breeders and stock contractors including Stock Contractor of the Year Mike Rawson, several World Champion Bull Team owners including Jeff Harris and Billy Jaynes’ Gang. The bulls will be competing for prize money alongside the riders which adds excitement to the event.  

Tuff Hedeman will be signing autographs with the famed bull riders in the arena following the event. Immediately following the bull riding only event will be EMI Records Nashville and Grammy nominated artist Eric Paslay in concert.

“Events like these are crucial to our sport and are created to give bull riders the opportunity to “break out” and be noticed alongside some of the industry greats and it is imperative the events at this level survive, and I am just there to help out if I can,” said Hedeman.

Known as the Baytown Fair & Rodeo Challenge Bull Riding and Concert presented by Ron Craft Chevrolet and Wowco Equipment, the local event is in its 8th year.  Immediately following the bull riding action ticket holders will be treated to the musical talents of Nashville country music artist Eric Paslay who was nominated for his “Forever Young” song released last year.

The Baytown Youth Fair is a 100% self-funded 501 C3 non-profit organization. In addition to maintaining the fairgrounds and providing the youth of Baytown many opportunities with their livestock, the organization, also provides valuable scholarships each year. “Its’ all about the kids”, said President Tony Dahlquist.

The gates open at 5:30 pm with the Bull Riding action beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 9 p.m.  Ticket price is $15. Bull Riders and bull fighters will be available to sign autographs for the kids and ticket holders after the event. Event address: 7900 N. Main Street in Baytown.

Tickets available at the gate and online at dirtroadtickets.com and for more information about the events at the Baytown youth fair visit www.baytownyouthfair.org

 World Champion Josh Barentine 

World Champion Josh Barentine 

About the Baytown Youth Fair – To provide facilities and opportunities for area youth to exhibit their work in agricultural and homemaking projects; to promote improvement of livestock in the community and in the adjoining territory; to promote understanding and better knowledge of proper selection and care of livestock; to give youth an opportunity for training in leadership and sportsmanship; to provide additional facilities and opportunities for youth of the community and of the adjoining territory.