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George Paul Memorial Bull Riding
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Saturday April 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Val Verde County Fairgrounds,
2006 N. Main St., Del Rio, Texas
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Benton Wins Back to Back Titles at the 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding!
DEL RIO, Texas - April 26, 2014 - Not since Lane Frost in 1986 has a bull rider won two consecutive years of the oldest continuous stand-alone bull riding in the world, the George Paul Memorial. When Trey Benton, Rock Island, Tex., bucked off J908 Outside the Box at the 2013 CBR World Finals in 3.41 seconds he vowed it would not happen again.
Tonight in front of a beyond capacity crowd at the Val Verde Fairgrounds Benton avenged the unridden bull to win his second George Paul Memorial Bull Riding (GPMBR) buckle. With a trail of wins including the Tuff Hedeman Louisiana Shoot Out in Bossier City, and the Fort Worth Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge, Benton not only moved into the number two position in the CBR World Standings, but he also takes his place in the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding history books as only the third rider to win successive titles.
Surrounded by friends, family, and fans..oh so many fans, Benton talked about his journey to the top of the leader board.
“My semifinal bull stumbled and bucked me off and I knew it was a long shot to make it to the final four and then I heard them call my name. Coming from a buck off to a chance to win, I just geared up and got ready for another one (bull), but the shoot out round was the toughest I have ever seen so it made it sweeter to win”, said Benton as he signed autographs and handed out rodeo trinkets from his rigging bag to the younger fans.
Round one consisted of seven qualified rides with both offspring, Bolton and Foltyn, of former George Paul champions taking care of business. Bonner Bolton, Gardendale, Tex., son of Toya Bolton, the 1991 GPMBR Champion, was the lead off score with an 87 on Rawson and Probst’s newly acquired bull, Little Shyster. Clayton Foltyn, son of 1983 GPMBR Champion Lane Foltyn, Winnie, Tex., and last night’s Horizon Series winner, would take a gamble on keeping his 72 point score by not taking the offered reride. “Experience helps in making these game time decisions”, said the third generation cowboy who made it back to the semifinal round.
The action continued when Louis Villarreal, Leon, Mexico, thrilled the border town crowd making the whistle with 86 points. Neil Holmes posted the first of his two 91 point rides on Nashville from King and Herrington bull team. Benton would follow with 90.5 on Buffalo Hump, a score that would lock him in a tie with Aaron Pass, Kaufman, Tex., for second place in the CBR World Standings. Coming out swinging to tie the round at 91 points was fan favorite Chandler Bownds on Iron Horse, a rematch for the 22 year old bull rider from Lubbock, Texas. Jory Markiss, Stephenville, Tex., would score 90 points and was the final rider to post a score and advance to the semi round on Cadillac Red from the Cude Energy bull team.
With the CBR World Finals qualifying positions at stake for each cowboy and every bull, the semi- finals began with Jarod Craig riding Lyndal Hurst’s World Champion bucker Got It for 88.5. Elliott Jacoby answered with an 86 followed by the first man to cover two bulls, Luis Villeral’s 89 points on lady stock contractor Nicole Porter’s bull named Lincoln’s Logs. With a pair of 91’s, Chandler Bownds and Neil Holmes led the round and advanced to the final four “Shoot Out” round.
Championship Bull Riding's On the Road to Cheyenne Tour competition format erases the first and semi-final round scores and every rider starts clean in the Shoot Out round. Bulls are selected by the riders with the leading aggregate scores from the first two rounds in descending order.
Benton, the only rider to advance on one score, had no choice in selecting his bull as he was the last rider of the final four to qualify. Setting the bar high at 90 points, Benton was rewarded for his electrifying effort on the previously unridden bull, Outside the Box. Luis Villarreal would ride next for 87.5, followed by Neil Holmes’s 89.5 points. Chandler Bownds, the final rider who could unseat Benton, failed to make the whistle and Benton would not only win the most prestigious bull riding on record, but leap into second place behind Sage Kimzey in the CBR World Title race.
The Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge finished up the 2014 season in Del Rio with Lyndal Hurst winning his first George Paul Memorial Bull Riding team championship. Hurst Rodeo Ranch, home of World Champion bucking bull, Got It, needed the win to qualify his team for Cheyenne and a shot at the 5100,000 bonus prize money. Hurst’s team win cleared the competitive field by 4.93 points. Iron Horse, Hurst’s latest addition to his string of prize buckers, was awarded the High Marked Ride honors of the GPMBR. Corpus Red from the J.C. Knapp Ranch, Mansfield, Tex., was a season high 92 points which was more than enough points to win the High Marked Bull award of the bull team portion of the event.
Del Rio, Texas was the last stop on the CBR 2013-2014 regular season. CBR World Finals are being held on July 22-23, 2014 in conjunction with Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For a complete listing of qualified bull riders, bull teams, and event information including tickets, check cbrbull.com for updates.
Del Rio Results - Round One – 1. (Tie) Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas on Iron Horse from Lyndal Hurst and Neil Holmes, Houston, Tex., 91 points each. 3. Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, on Buffalo Hump from Greg Talbert, 90.5 points. 4. Jory Markiss, Stephenville, Tex., 88.5 on Cadillac Red from Benny Cude. 5. Bonner Bolton, Gardendale, Tex., 88.5 on Little Shyster.
Semi Finals – 1. (Tie) Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Texas on Shoot Out the Lights from Silver Creek Pro Rodeo and Neil Holmes on Ragin JT, 91 points each. 3. Luis Villarreal, Leon, Mexico, 89 points on Lincoln’s Logs from Nicole Porter. 4. Jarod Craig, Hillsboro, Texas, 88.5 points on Got It from Lyndal Hurst. 5. Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, Tex., 86 on Moon Cricket from J.C. Knapp Rodeo.
Shoot Out Round - 1. Trey Benton, Rock Island, Texas, 90 points on Jaynes Gang Outside the Box. 2. Neil Holmes, Houston, Tex., 89.5 points on Box K Cattle Company’s Black Jack. 3. Luis Villarreal, Leon, Mexico, 87.5 on Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s American Fire. 4. Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, Tex., no score on American Gangster, Silver Creek Pro Rodeo.
Bull Team Results – 1. Lyndal Hurst, Slaton, Texas 288.26 points, 25,000.00. 2. Bud Ellis/Knapp, Mansfield, Tex., 283.33 points, 15,000.00. 3. Loe and Melton, Weatherford, Tex., 283.26 points, 10,000.00 4. Harris Bucking Bulls, Palestine, Tex., 280.24 points, 5,000.00.
37th George Paul Memorial Riders! What do they have in common?
What do Trey Benton, Cooper Kanngiesser, Clint Craig, J W Harris and Cole Echols have in common?
Oh! What do Bonner Bolton, J W Harris, Josh Barentine, Cole Echols, Clayton Foltyn and Luke Kelly have in common? Well, while we’re at it, what do Bonner Bolton and Clayton Foltyn have in common?
They all are incredible bull riding talents one must concede. But the common factors in the three above categories make for an interesting mix.
The first group, Benton, Kanngiesser, Craig, Harris and Echols are all past George Paul Champions. Trey Benton is the reigning George Paul Champion, having captured the 2013 title. Cooper Kanngiesser won the event in 2008 but, has twice been runner up for the championship since his 08 victory. Clint Craig won the title in 2010 and J W Harris was the 2011 champ. Sporting a George Paul championship buckle can and does give a bull rider an additional amount of swagger. The next category however, kicks up the swagger factor a notch.
Bonner Bolton, J W Harris, Cole Echols, Josh Barentine, Clayton Foltyn and Luke Kelly all sport buckles that identify them as World Champions. Bolton, Echols, Barentine, Foltyn and Kelly are all CBR World Champions. J W Harris is a four-time PRCA World Champion.
For those really up on your George Paul history, you will remember the names Bolton and Foltyn. Aw! Now you remember! In 1983 Lane Foltyn, Clayton’s dad and in 1991, Toya Bolton, Bonner’s dad were George Paul champions. Bonner and Clayton are the only two sons of past George Paul champions that can be contenders for this year’s George Paul title.
Let’s recap. There are six world champions that will compete in the 37th George Paul Memorial. There are five past George Paul champions that will be in competition to win a second George Paul title. The sons of two former world champions will be in competition to be the first father and son to win a George Paul title. But as they say in the commercial, “That’s not all”.
The lineup is deep for this year’s event and this is but a glimpse of who fans will get to see. The leading contender for the CBR world championship is Aaron Pass of Mesquite, TX who will strive to lengthen his lead for the title. Hot on is heels in second place is Sage Kimzey, son of a retired rodeo bull fighter. This young Oklahoma cowboy is also the current leader for the PRCA world bull riding championship. Tennessee bull rider Corey Bailey is ranked forth and Trey Benton is ranked fifth. Benton is also ranked third in the PRCA current standings. Jared Long, Ardie Maier, Eli Vastbinder, and Tyler Adrian round out the top CBR top ten and all will ride in Del Rio.
The competition will be fierce for the 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding and all the gold and silver trophy buckles worn by all George contestants means only one thing. You don’t go because you are invited, you go to win. Friday night 40 bull riders will compete for money and the chance to win the Ram Country Bounty Bull 2500 Ram diesel, loaded crew cab truck. If the high marked ride of the 40 bull riders can ride the Ram Country Bounty Bull Truck, they will win the $50,000 truck.
Saturday night, the format changes for the 37th George Paul Champion.
The twenty-four top riders in the world including six world champions and five past George Paul Champions will ride one bull. The top twelve will return for a second bull. The first and second round scores will be added to determine the final four riders. In the shootout round all scores are thrown out and the top score of the four riders will be crowned the 37th George Paul Champion. Double your fun and go both nights. Come early and stay late with plenty of food, beverages and music until midnight.
Title Sponsor once again is Ram Country of Del Rio. Other sponsors are Bud Light, Ramada Inn, Del Rio Feed & Supply, USMC and Tractor Supply.
General Admission tickets are on sale at Del Rio Feed & Supply, Cowboy John’s and C & S Western Wear. Reserved tickets can be purchased at the GPMBR office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM or call 830-775-9595. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted.
37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding will be more fun than ever!
Come early and stay late advises George Paul Memorial Bull Riding icon Bobby Paul. The producer of the oldest, continuous bull riding in the world wants everyone to enjoy not just the bull riding, but a chance for everyone to eat before the event and stay and dance or visit after the last bull is bucked. Paul said, “We have so many friends that come to this event and for a lot of ranchers and folks from all over West Texas this is the best chance for everyone to see each other. That’s why I decided that we will have music before and after the event and we will have food and beverages served until midnight. I get so busy during the event that after the last bull is bucked is the only time I have a chance to talk to old friends so we are staying open until midnight Friday and Saturday nights”.
The event is named for George Paul, the 1968 World Champion Bull Rider, Nationals Final winner and the only man to ever ride 79 consecutive bulls. George Paul became a world champion at 21 and died in an aircraft accident in 1970 at age 23. The event was started in his memory by his brother, Bobby Paul, his late mother Georgia, sister Betty and late brother Lee Paul.
Tuff Hedeman, four-time world champion bull rider will supervise the production in the arena and announcers John Ludlum and Chris Rankin will provide up to the minute descriptions of the arena action and information about the riders and bulls. The two knowledgeable professional announcers have years of experience in bringing audiences the information they want and need to keep fans and spectators informed. Ludlum and Rankin agree, “The George Paul is not about the announcers, it’s about the riders, bulls and sponsors. It takes all three to make this event possible and Bobby and Bonnie Paul have done an outstanding job making this event possible and better each year to make this the best bull riding in the world”.
The 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding will be held Friday and Saturday nights, April 25 & 26 and, is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding of Fort Worth, TX for the seventh year. The event will be delayed broadcast nationally and internationally on Fox Sports 1.
Title Sponsor once again is Ram Country of Del Rio, other sponsors are Bud Light, Ramada Inn, Del Rio Feed & Supply, USMC, and Tractor Supply.
General Admission tickets are on sale at Del Rio Feed & Supply, Cowboy John’s and C & S Western Wear. Reserved tickets can be purchased at the GPMBR office at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds, Monday – Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM or call 830-775-9595. Visa, Mastercard & Discover are accepted.
Bull Riders, Bull Teams, Bounty Bull and Big Bucks
What it all means!
Years ago, a producer would hire a stock contractor to bring bulls to the George Paul Memorial. The stock contractor would contact other rodeo stock owners and they would pool their bulls to put on the event. Whoa! Things have changed mightily in the past seven years.
Bull owners now bring their bulls to the George Paul, pay an entry fee and compete among themselves to determine who has the best bulls on Saturday night. If their team of three has the highest scores at the end of the e vent on Saturday night, the bull team owner gets a check for 25K. Bulls are now prized animals for their ability to 1) buck and 2) sire little buckers. Of course, the cow the bulls breed to is a large factor. Some believe that 75% of the bulls bucking ability comes from the mother. That’s right. The cow.
No longer are bucking bulls scoffed at as Mc Donald’s prospects. Good bucking bulls fetch a healthy price. GREAT bucking bulls are as valuable as any good race horse. The world of bucking bull owners has also changed. Now, syndicates of friends pool their money and pay for the care, feeding, training and transportation of their prized animals to and from events like the George Paul. Because they compete for prize money, they are also considered, like race horses, as a tax shelter. Bucking bulls are a business. A big business. Space and time eliminates a lot of statistics however, listen at the announcers at the 37th George Paul Memorial and learn more about these high prized and priced athletes of the arena. The bulls that is.
Bull riders have also become beneficiaries of standalone bull riding events. When Bobby Paul and family started the George Paul Memorial to honor their son and brother, little did they realize how big the standalone bull riding industry would become. Estimates now range from a multi-million dollar industry to over a billion dollars. Bull riders have become a top entertainment commodity and their life risking efforts are finally being rewarded. Millions of dollars in prize money nationally are at stake yearly and with only a short competitive life span, rewards are becoming more in line with risk. Not completely, but much better than years ago. If you consider that riders on the professional bull riding circuit are in the teens, by the time they are in their late twenties or early thirties, most have peaked or are past their prime. Too often they leave the sport with pins, nuts and bolts attaching bones and permanent lifelong injuries but, the freedom, thrill, lifestyle and adreneline rush are worth the risk bull riders argue prize money now makes the risk more enticing and as it gets better, so will the sport of riding bulls attract talented bull riding athletes.
At the 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding, Ram Country owner Nick Khoury appreciates athletes, especially bull riders. Khoury’s generosity can be exhibited as the title sponsor of the George Paul Memorial for over 15 years. Ask why he continues to sponsor the world famous event his reply is simple. “I appreciate the athletic ability of these men and they do it knowing their time to compete is limited by age and ability.” When further asked why he wants to give a truck away to a contestant if he can ride the Ram Country Bounty Bull his answer is a little longer but candid and to the point. “I don’t give anything away to these guys. They earn the chance to ride the Bounty Bull on Friday night if they have the highest score of all 40 riders. If they can ride the Ram Country Bounty Bull then they have earned the keys to a Ram 2500 diesel, crew cab truck, loaded Ram truck. The Bounty Bulls aren’t unrideable; they are just extremely hard to ride. I applaud every bull rider that can make qualifying for the George Paul and wish all of them success.” When asked if he pulls for the bull or the rider his answer is short. “The rider.” He continued, “Two years ago I had the pleasure of awarding a Ram truck to the rider who bested the Ram Bounty Bull. I was happy for weeks afterward because I had been able to help a guy get down the road in a dependable truck that meant a great deal to him and his wife and their soon-to-be-born child. I hope to have that feeling again this year knowing I helped a young professional bull rider perhaps achieve his dream of becoming the Championship Bull Riding 2014 World Champion.” He turned to walk away, stopped, laughed and looked back and replied, “Of course, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if he is driving a 2500 Ram Country yellow Bounty Bull truck that says Ram Country, Del Rio, TX.”
April 25 & 26, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM are performance times for the 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding. Tickets are on sale at Del Rio Feed and Supply and the Val Verde County Fairgrounds Office from 9-5, Monday through Friday. MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card accepted.
The 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding is brought to you by title sponsor, Ram Country of Del Rio, Bud Light, Ramada Inn, Del Rio Feed and Supply, USMC and Tractor Supply.
37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding on tap for April 25 & 26
Bobby Paul, brother of the 1968 RCA (PRCA forerunner) World Champion Bull Rider announced the dates for this year’s event today. The 37th edition of the oldest, continuous bull riding in the world will be held on Friday and Saturday nights April 25 & 26 starting at 8:00 PM nightly. Paul advised “My mother, brother and sister and I started this event to honor George after his untimely death in 1970 in a plane accident near Kemmerer, WY. It has always been a fan favorite with folks from all over the world including Mexico, Latin America, South America, Europe, Japan and China. I probably left out some other countries but, not intentionally. Fans from all over America and Canada have come to this event and this is a great asset to the Del Rio economy. We are the biggest event in Del Rio each year and we will always try and be the best bang for the buck for our community”.
The nationally televised Fox Sports Network event is delayed telecast and is the last major stop on the road to the Championship Bull Riding World Championships held in July in Cheyenne, WY. Paul continued, “Cheyenne is one of the last rodeos George competed in before he died and I think it is great that the Championship Bull Riding World Champion will be crowned in Cheyenne.
George Paul continues to hold the record at 79 for the most consecutive bull rides in history. That 46 year record is not in jeopardy according to Bobby Paul. “The closest that anyone has come to beating George’s record is 38 and that is held by Tuff Hedeman, four-time world champion bull rider from Morgan Mill, TX. Hedeman said from Fort Worth, home of Championship Bull Riding headquarters, “All bull riders know when you say George Paul that he was one of the greatest bull riders of all time. They also know that the event in Del Rio is where bull riders determined that stand alone bull riding could be a viable event on its own and is the cornerstone for all standalone bull riding’s in the world. We might have figured out that only bull riding events would attract large crowds eventually but, probably not as quick if it hadn’t been for what Bobby Paul and his family had done.”
The 37th edition of the George Paul Memorial will be delayed telecast on Fox Sports Network internationally.
Championship Bull Riding will once again sanction the event for the seventh consecutive year. Benny Cude, CBR CEO and Carl Willburn, President of CBR issued a joint statement saying, “We are honored that for the seventh year CBR has been selected by Bobby Paul and John Ludlum as the sanctioning organization for the historic George Paul Memorial and we will continue to bring the best bull riders and bulls that the knowledgeable bull riding fans of Del Rio demand and expect. This is our last televised event before the world championships in Cheyenne so bull riders, all riders will be trying to gain a spot on the roster for a shot at the CBR world championship buckle and the additional $100,000 that is awarded the 2014 world champion”.
Tickets are on sale at Del Rio Feed and Supply and the Val Verde County Fairgrounds box office. Hours for the office are 9-5, Monday through Friday and the office may be contacted by phone at 830-775-9595. Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card are accepted.
The 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding is brought to you by title sponsor, Ram Country of Del Rio, Bud Light, Ramada Inn, Del Rio Feed and Supply, Studio 6, Tractor Supply, USMC and Championship Bull Riding, Fort Worth, TX.
Next week, The 37th George Paul Memorial Bull Riding format for 2014.