Bull riding at South Point

    Professional bull riding returns to Las Vegas Jan. 23-24 with the Championship Bull Riding World Championship at the South Point Equestrian Center.
    The series, which is owned by legendary rider Tuff Hedeman, will feature a close championship race between points leader Danny McDowell of Longview, Texas, and Cooper Kanngiesser of Attica, Kan., who trails McDowell 3111.9-3052.4 in season points.
    Among those who competed at last year’s CBR finals and went on to qualify for the 2008 National Finals Rodeo are: Wesley Silcox, Douglas Duncan, Mike Moore, Colin McTaggart, Cody Hancock, Spud Jones, Zack Oakes and Chance Smart.
    More information on all contestants is available at www.cbrbull.com.

    The 2009 season opens for the UNLV rodeo club opens March 21-22 at Cal Poly Pomona in San Bernardino, Calif.
    The Rebels women’s team is the reigning national champion.
    For info: UNLVrodeo.com.

    From the Professional Bull Riders media department:
    Madison Square Garden saw a new form of “bull” as the top 45 bull riders in the world invaded New York City for the third consecutive year.
    On the second stop on the elite 2009 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), the Built Ford Tough Invitational showcased the world’s toughest bull riders taking on the top bulls in the country.
    In the end, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) emerged victorious after scoring 350.75 on three bulls, taking home the title for the second time in three years and adding $30,245 to his 2009 season earnings.
    “I won this event for the first time in 2007 and came in second in the end last year so it’s exciting to be here winning again,” Mauney commented from the winner’s circle.
    In Round One, Mauney scored 85 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s bull, Copperhead Slinger, following up with a second place finish in Round Two after riding Bad Action, owned by Chad Berger/Clay Struve, for 89.5 points. Mauney scored 84.5 points on the bull, Catie Did It (Chad Berger/Clay Struve) in Round Three.
     Mauney chose to get on 2007 World Champion bull, Chicken on a Chain (Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy)---the same animal he drafted in Baltimore the weekend before, but did not successfully complete the eight second ride.
    Taking second place in New York was BFTS alternate Cody Campbell (Summerville, Ore.) who scored 349 points on three bulls, adding $18,183 to his bank account. Finishing third was Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash.) who totaled 344 points and $10,515.
    The race for PBR’s million dollar world title takes the top 45 bull riders in the world to California for stop three and four on the tour. PBR will be in Fresno on Jan. 16, and Sacramento on Jan.17-18. The Versus network (Las Vegas cable 67) airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening.
    For info: PBRnow.com.
    OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 940.70 points, $30,245; 2) Cody Campbell (Summerville, Ore.) 914 points, $18,183; 3) Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash) 761.50 points, $10,515; 4) Wiley Peterson (Fort Hall, Idaho) 678.50 points, $5,933 points; 5) Leonil Santos (Colorado, PZ, Brazil) 654.25 points, $5,061.
    WORLD STANDINGS: 1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 1,279 points, $26,721; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 1,250.75 points, $40,380; 3) Guilerme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 1,158 points, $11,799; 4) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil)935.50 points, $12,010; 5) Cody Campbell (Summerville, Ore.) 914 points, $18,263; 6) Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash) 879.25 points, $14,359; 7) Valdiron De Oliveira (Aparecida, SP, Brazil) 801.25 points, $17,775; 8) Wiley Peterson (Fort Hall, Idaho) 762.50 points, $5,933; 9) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 744 points, $28,450; 10) Leonil Santos (Colorado, PZ, Brazil) 738.50 points, $5,061.
    (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)

    ODESSA, Texas -- With all the buzz created by his PRCA Rookie-of-the-Year little brother Tuf Cooper, it was easy for tie-down roper Clint Cooper to get overlooked last season.
    That appears to be over.
    Clint Cooper placed in both rounds of the Sand Hills Stock Show & Rodeo, held Jan. 2-3, 7-10, and won the average title by a full second over Johnny Emmons of Weatherford, Texas.
    Cooper's earnings of $6,095 took him all the way to first place in the Jan. 12 PRCA World Standings.
    "It is great to win your first rodeo of the year," said Cooper, who celebrated his 27th birthday during the rodeo. "It gives you so much confidence that you can be competitive throughout the season."
    A 2007 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, Cooper slipped in the standings to 45th last year while adjusting to being a new father. Son Casen Dale was born  March 28 and it was sometimes difficult for Clint to stay focused on the job at hand when he was away from home in Decatur, Texas, for extended stretches.
    Wife Amber and Casen were with Cooper at Odessa, and the plan is to have them with him "as much as possible" this season while he tries to fight his way back to a third Wrangler NFR qualification.
    "There is no other better feeling than (fatherhood)," Cooper said. "It is a blessing, and it sure did change me. I don't know if I can quite express what it means to me. It was great to have my family here with me. It figures to be quite a year."
    Cooper was one of four who parlayed wins at the $339,027 SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo into the top spot in the PRCA World Standings.
        The 2007 World Champion header Chad Masters and partner Michael Jones took over first place in the standings with a win in the team roping average at the Ector County Coliseum, and defending World Champion Steer Roper Scott Snedecor moved into first place by claiming the four-head average by 1.2 seconds over Leo Campbell with a time of 43.2 seconds.
        Vin Fisher Jr. of Andrews, Texas, was third in the steer roping and eighth in the tie-down roping to earn the all-around championship at Odessa with $4,859.
        Utah's Rusty Allen won the saddle bronc riding with a score of 85 points on Harry Vold Rodeo's Pine Cone to earn $5,301 and push his season total to $11,632, the highest total of any PRCA competitor by nearly $1,000 over bull rider Kanin Asay and nearly $7,000 better than Kanin's brother Kaleb Asay, who is No. 2 in the saddle bronc riding standings.
    For more info: ProRodeo.com.