LUFKIN, Texas – Feb. 12, 2014 – By Leigh Ann Schroeder – With 25 years of history, the T-Rex – S Outdoor Store Lufkin Bull Bash presented by Mahindra Tractors has a lot to celebrate and a bright future ahead.
This year’s event is part of Championship Bull Riding’s (CBR) Road to Cheyenne Tour, featuring elite riders and bulls in tournament style action. It will be held at the George H. Henderson Jr. Angelina County Expo Center. Doors open at 6:30 and action gets underway at 8 p.m.
Three rounds of competition start with 24 riders, then 12 and finally 4 in the Shoot Out where the lion’s share of $30,000 in prize money will be paid. After the 24 riders compete in the first round, the best 12 will advance to the semifinals. They will be hoping to be among the final four that get a third opportunity to ride. The format appeals to new spectators and established fans alike because riders can challenge as many as three bulls in one performance.
In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the World Finals, part of the legendary Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration in Wyoming next July. At the end of the World Finals, the contestant who has the most points will be crowned the world champion and receive a $100,000 bonus. The tour includes stops from Jackson, Tenn., to Las Vegas, Nev., east to west and from Huron, S.D., to Del Rio, Texas, north to south.
The Lufkin Bull Bash is part of the CBR Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners will bring three bulls that are featured during the first two rounds of competition. Those bulls receive points for their performance in the arena. Additionally, the time the bull rider stays on is added to the bull’s score. At the end of the night, the owner with the three highest-scoring bulls will receive $25,000.
CBR has become known for their action-packed performances that keep fans on the edge of their seats. That is largely due to the influence of four-time world champion bull rider Tuff Hedeman who coordinates every element and attends to the smallest details. From having great bulls matched up with super star riders, to upbeat music and enthusiastic fans, Lufkin’s Bull Bash will be second to none. And, after the bull riding action is over, they can hear country music star Bret Eldredge perform in the arena. Eldredge, whose song Don’t Ya hit the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs top 10 list last July recently played at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.
Activities begin on Friday, Feb. 21 with an autograph signing at Perry Ellis Kia from 4-6 p.m. Then on Saturday Cavender’s Boot City will host Hedeman along with a group of bull riders from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a stick horse race there as well. There will also be a tailgate party in the parking lot of the Expo Center from 5:30 to 6:30 with free entertainment.
Discounted advance tickets are available at www.dirtroadtickets.com and Cavender’s Boot City. Prices start at $22 with a variety of options available.