CBS Sports Network to air
“Bushwacker: Legend of the Bull” Nov. 2
PUEBLO, Colo. – CBS Sports Network will air a half-hour documentary recapping the life and career of the PBR’s greatest bull of all times, Bushwacker. “Bushwacker: Legend of the Bull” debuts Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. ET.
Bushwacker, dubbed the “baddest body in sports” by ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 The Body Issue, earned his third PBR World Champion Bull title on the final day of the 2014 PBR World Finals after dispatching 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
Bushwacker received a score of 46.5 points (out of 50 points) which, when added to the 45 points he earned for bucking off Brady Sims in Round 2 of the World Finals, gave him 91.5 total points and was enough to defeat the seven other World Champion Bull contenders.
Bushwacker concluded his 2014 season with a 14-0 record on the BFTS and 17-0 overall. He bucked off 64 of his 66 challengers over the course of his six-year career on the BFTS. Overall, Bushwacker slammed 83 of his 86 opponents to the ground since his first out in 2009.
The bovine athlete ended his career with a streak of 20 consecutive BFTS buckoffs, after J.B. Mauney ended his PBR-record streak of 42 consecutive BFTS buckoffs in August 2013 when he rode him for 95.25 points in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tune-in to CBS Sports Network Sunday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. ET to remember Bushwacker’s career and celebrate this great champion. To view a clip of the documentary click here, “Bushwacker: Legend of the Bull.”
About the Professional Bull Riders:
The premier bull riding organization in the world began as a dream of 20 bull riders 23 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. PBR broadcasts reach more than half a billion households in 50 nations and territories around the world, and more than 2.5 million fans attend live events each year. The PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. Three circuits, the televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Velocity Tour and the Touring Pro Division have paid more than $140 million in earnings to its athletes. Twenty-seven men have earned more than $1 million, including three-time world champion Silvano Alves who, in just 54 months, won more than $5.2 million to become the richest Western athlete in history. 2013 World Champion J.B. Mauney and two-time World Champion Justin McBride have also surpassed $5.1 million in winnings. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.
Timed Event Increases Purse
Historic event will pay $100,000 to its winner beginning in 2015
October 14, 2014 / Guthrie, Oklahoma – One of the most unique and lucrative events in rodeo history has upped the ante beginning in 2015.
For the first time in its 30-year history, the Timed Event Championship of the World will feature a $100,000 prize to its champion, increasing winner’s payout by $50,000. “As owners of the Lazy E, the McKinney family has stepped up their support of not only the Lazy E as a whole but also our longest-running championship,” said Robert Simpson, Director of Events for the Lazy E. “This brings the TEC payout in line with other specialized events like RodeoHouston, the Calgary Stampede and The American. The Timed Event Championship was the first of its kind to offer a $50,000 prize to the winner, and the time has come to make the move and push our overall purse to $200,000.”
The Timed Event features the top 20 all-around cowboys in the world competing in each of the 5 timed-event disciplines in rodeo: heading, heeling, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and steer roping. They battle through five rugged go-rounds in order to decide the winner. The fastest cumulative time through the 25-run championship will win $100,000.
“Any time a cowboy can win more money, it’s good,” said Daniel Green, a three-time champion from Oakdale, Calif. “The Timed Event is not an easy deal to win; it’s really difficult. It takes so much that has to go right. “My hat’s off to the owners for boosting financial support for the event. Being as tough as it is and a World Championship event, it should pay in that range.”
This past March, Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., became just the 12th cowboy to earn the coveted championship, joining his father, Paul Tierney, and a list of rodeo legends in the process. The younger Tierney realizes he will have a big target on his back when next season’s event takes place March 6-8. “I bet there will be guys that will work on their other events to see if they can get into the Timed Event and chase that money,” he said. “That $100,000 is a pretty nice enticement to go after.”
Decades ago, many cowboys competed in multiple events, giving themselves every opportunity to win. As rodeo has evolved, most athletes focus on one discipline. That makes this unique championship even more of a draw for fans from across the country and for multi-talented contestants.
“I love being able to show my talent in multiple events, and then you have a chance at the huge prize money there - that’s just tremendous,” said Clayton Hass, who will compete for a fourth straight year in 2015. “It can be life-changing for people to win that much money. With $100,000, it might pull some other guys in there that are dang sure tough and might make it a little tougher. That’s awesome. They want the best guys there; they want it to be a show. It dang sure showcases a guy’s stamina, focus and being able to compete at a high level.” That’s the key to Timed Event success. It is a grueling marathon that not only wears out the body but also the mind.
“It’s probably the hardest thing in rodeo to accomplish,” Green said. “This added money will hopefully make sure that these guys take the time and effort to get ready for the Timed Event Championship.” Rest assured; they will be ready. There’s prestige, history and a huge payout on the line.
The Timed Event Championship is one of the most prestigious events in Western sports, and it was developed 31 years ago as a way to decide the greatest all-around timed-event cowboy. Its list of champions is a who’s who of rodeo’s greatest stars. The tradition continues March 6-8 and the fabulous Lazy E Arena. Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 1st.
The 2015 Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the Timed Event Championship or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.
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Oklahoma Wildlife Expo
The 2014 Wildlife Expo is September 27th and 28th. Presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and a coalition of conservation organizations, agencies and sponsors, Expo celebrates our great state's natural diversity and opportunities for the sporting enthusiasts and newcomers. From camping and outdoor skills to shooting sports and fishing, from bird watching to kayaking, Expo visitors have an opportunity to try their hands at two days of fun in the outdoors. Come experience Oklahoma’s largest outdoor recreation event, 100% free.
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Lazy E Red Dirt World Series of Team Roping Qualifier
The first WSTR event produced by the Lazy E Arena was a success! Doors opened at 7am on Saturday the 6th and ropers poured into the famed Lazy E Arena for their share of a whopping $135,720 purse. When the dust settled, five teams stamped their ticket and qualified for the Word Series of Team Roping Finale in Las Vegas in addition to walking away with wads of cash in their pockets. Click here to view results!
2014 Red Dirt Classic
The 2014 Red Dirt Classic is in the books! We had a total of 872 teams and are very pleased with the success of the over-all event. For any further details or questions, please call. Many thanks for your part in making the 2014 RDC a success!! See you on September 6th for the Red Dirt World Series of Team Roping Heartland Finale #9 and Red Dirt #11 Qualifier.
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