South Point Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding
On Tuff Hedeman’s advice, Boudreaux Campbell doubled down and selected an unknown bull for the Shoot Out round, and for the duration of the next eight seconds, he captivated the sold-out South Point Arena crowd fighting every step for his 91 points aboard 53 Wired Up.
“ I got lucky enough to get drawn back on time in the final four and Tuff said this is probably the rankest bull here and if you ride him you will win it, Tuff has never guided me wrong, and he did really good again tonight, and it worked out for the win.”
The South Point Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Championship was the Crockett, Texas cowboy’s first win on the 4-time World Champion's invitation-only tour. Campbell, a two-time NFR qualifier and 2017 PRCA Rookie of the Year hit the jackpot worth $26,000 which included a $2,000 bonus from Rock and Roll Denim for earning the win in their jeans.
“Glad to be wearing my Rock and Roll Jeans for the extra money, they have the best shirts and pants, look ‘em up they are the official sponsor of the Houston Rodeo too.”
Winning in what was dubbed as the Las Vegas Ultimate Sports Weekend, Campbell earned his first custom engraved Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding trophy buckle riding two with an average of 178 points.
21-year-old Campbell, in pursuit of his third National Finals appearance in Las Vegas, is a two time Texas High School Bull Riding Champion who has earned over a quarter of a million dollars riding bulls professionally in the PRCA and an additional $200,000 in bull riding only competitions. Campbell turned professional in August of 2016.
"It's great and fun here, and the crowd was awesome, but you have just to ride your bulls everywhere you go, it's the same job each time, ride one bull at a time," said Campbell following the win.
It was “bulls night out” for the buckers as they made a statement early bucking off eight consecutive riders and only allowing seven qualified rides in the first round of 24 elite professional riders. NFR qualifier Jordan Spears, one of only two passengers to cover two, won the series with 87.5 aboard 49 B Top Line of Whisnant and Shaw Cattle Company.
Fort Worth Champion Foster McCraw heard the whistle but was called for a slap aboard 55 Moneymaker (Mason/Smith Bucking Bulls). Campbell, a left-hander, was the first to post a score as he rode D52 Slammu Jammu (Danley) into his hand for a solid 87 points.
Rookie Wyatt Hart (Speckled Chicken) and blue-chip rider Trey Benton (Fat Boy) had disappointing 7.32 and 7.94 finishes, but both would draw back on time to the semi-final round.
Laramie Craigen, Dalton Kasel and Josh Frost would all turn in 86.5 rides, and Trey Kimzey clocked in at 84.5 points aboard 291 Rocky Mountain Hi (Whisnant/Shaw), and Laramie Mosely posted 83 points.
With only seven bull riders posting a score, five would advance on time ridden including the current No. 1 ranked cowboy in the PRCA, Clayton Sellers, NFR qualifiers Trey Benton, Cole Melancon, and rookie rider, Colton Fritzlan.
Twelve outs and two survived as the bachelor party in the pens continued.
A pair of 87's highlighted the second round turned in by Clayton Sellars on Break the Chain (JQH) and Jordan Spears on 48B Top Line. (Whisnant/Shaw). Campbell bucked off in 4.4 and had this to say about his second draw.
“I got on Yo-Yo of Mike Rawson’s in the semi-final round, and I had seen him before, started riding him perfectly and then made a little mental mistake and bucked myself off,” said Campbell of his semi-final draw.
Spears, with two down, was now leading the average earning him first pick of Hedeman’s hand-picked final four Shoot Out round opponents.
Spears asked for 36B Stage Fright (Barker). Campbell took 53, Craigen and Sellars took Bumble B and Legacy (Whisnant/Shaw) respectively.
Craigen and Sellars both bucked off.
Campbell on advice from Hedeman selected a bull he had not seen. As the third rider out, Wired Up left the chute in his left hand hard and fast and Campbell had to hustle to keep up. He got out from under him more than once, but Campbell waged his best effort to complete the ride and was rewarded with a 91 point score from the judges and a rousing appreciation from the crowd.
In the end, Campbell, who was not watching as his good friend and NFR qualifier Jordan Spears was the only rider to make the whistle to take home to Texas the bulk of the sudden death prize money.
“If he had ridden I would have been happy for him too, that’s how it is on the road,” said Campbell.
BULL TEAM CHALLENGE
Bull Team Challenge Champions in Las Vegas were Bob Whisnant & Shaw Cattle Company who brought nine bulls to Las Vegas. Their bull 12B Hellfire made his way around town as the mascot of the South Point Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding and represented the event at the week's Ultimate Sports Weekend activities which included a three-hour television shoot and Fan Fest in Downtown Las Vegas.
“We are above and beyond pleased with everything's performance, not only did Hellfire have a good week with Tuff and the gang he also matched up with NFR Bull Rider Jordan Spears to start off the show with a bang and had the High Mark Ride of the Long Round.
Second bull of the winning team was 412 Air Jordan. Hayden Shaw had this to say after watching his bulls via video and TuffRideTV.com
“He was as rank as you can ask one to be and highest bull score of 91 points and 49B Top Line matched up with Spears in the Semifinals as well and rounded out the team with a great performance posting an 87 Points the high marked ride of the round.”
“Overall I am very pleased with the bulls performances & have to give a big thanks to the best partner in the World Bob Whisnant and my hauling partner one of the greatest bull men in the world Laramie Wilson for covering for me this weekend and bringing home the Las Vegas Bull Team Championship high marked bull back to Douglass, Texas.
JQH finished second in the competition of the bull teams and Skip Jones had this to say after watching his bulls.
"That's the first time that bull has been ridden since we bought him and I was happy to see him keep bucking all the way through so well. I want to thank Tuff for keeping the bull team concept and for having such great events,” Skip Jones.
SHOOT OUT ROUND RESULTS
1, Boudreaux Campbell, Crockett, Texas, 91 points on 53 Wired Up, Barker Bucking Bulls, $24,000. 2, Laramie Craigen, No Score, 157 Legacy, Whisnant/Shaw Cattle Co., 3, Clayton Sellers, Fruitland Park, FL, NS on 67B Bumble B, Whisnant/Shaw. 4, Jordan Spears, Redding, CA, NS, 36B Stage Fright, Windy Valley Buckers.
1, B. Campbell, 178 on 3, $26,000. Jordan Spears, 174.5, $2,250. Clayton Sellers, Fruitland Park, FL, 87 pts, $1,750. Laramie Craigen, $1,500, Winnie, Texas, 86.5.
*Total money earned
BULL TEAM RESULTS
1, Whisnant/Shaw Cattle Co., Texas, 284.28, $24,000. 2, JQH Bucking Bulls, Amarillo, Texas, 282, $18,000. 3, Rafter B/Harris, Palestine, Texas, 281.44, $12,000. 4, Danley/TDS Bucking Bulls, 277.64.
*Included in Campbell’s total monies earned was the $2,000 bonus for wearing Rock and Roll Denim jeans.