CBR event returns to Dickinson with increase in numbers, talent
When Zach Craig of Dickinson organized last year’s Dielco Crane Championship Bull Riding event, he wasn’t sure what to expect.
Dickinson’s second CBR event is set to start at 8 p.m. today. The gates open at 6:30 p.m.
“We had a way bigger crowd than expected and everything went great,” Craig said. “The response from the town, the city to local businesses, was unbelievable. That’s why we wanted to put it on again. We didn’t want it to be a one and done.
“Once again, the town and local businesses stepped up and went on board with us.”
The idea to put on a CBR event in Dickinson sprung from the cowboy culture and the large amount of cowboys from the area. Craig admitted the first event was more about trial and error and the event wasn’t perfect. Only two riders, winner Billy Quade Phillips and Grassy Butte’s Abe Dillman, registered scores out of the 30 competitors.
This year, Craig has pulled out all the stops and invited 37 top riders — eight from North Dakota — from both the CBR and PRCA to try and hopefully put the spotlight back on the riders instead of the bulls.
“To get those guys to come a thousand miles is hard to do, when there are so many pro rodeos going on now,” Craig said. “We really stepped it up and I got them talked into it and they’re ready for a good show. I just hope the crowd turns out, but I think they will.”
Reigning winner Quade Phillips will be making his return to open the Horizon Series season, and try and keep his title. The Oklahoma cowboy came off an impressive season and made it to the Horizon Series finals.
“I’m returning with a lot of confidence for sure,” he said. “I know there’s going to be a lot of good bulls here and a bunch of good guys as well. Just looking forward to coming here and do good again.”
With the boost of confidence from the previous season and a target on his back, Quade Phillips has a new goal for today’s event and some unfinished business.
“I want to win it and actually cover the bounty bull this year,” Quade Phillips said with a laugh. “I didnt get it done last year and that’s my main goal this year — win it again and get that bounty bull covered for that extra money.”
Of the more notable riders, Sage Kimzey and Kritter Lamb will be in attendance. Kimzey, from Strong City, Okla., is the current CBR world champion and won over $100,000 on July 22 in Cheyenne, Wyo. Kimzey is also ranked No. 2 in the world in the PRCA bull riding standings.
Lamb hails from Timber Lake, S.D., and is the reigning rookie of the year and Horizon Series champion.
Lamb competed in last year’s event but couldn’t pick up a timed ride.
“There was good bull riding last year and a lot of money up for grabs,” Lamb said about wanting to return this year. “This year is a bull team, so all the bulls should be good and should be really good bull riding.”
Today’s event will be Lamb’s first since winning the Horizon Series, which concluded on July 31.
But competing alongside the high profile riders are some more local cowboys trying to win big.
Kody Kehr of Killdeer considers Dickinson his home turf. It also helped he was spent time at DSU for three years and was on its rodeo team. Kehr competed in last year’s CBR event, made it to the short go after lasting long enough on the bull, but was unable to pick up a score afterwards.
Kehr has been down on his luck this season, calling it the worst of his career. But after taking a month off, the Killdeer cowboy feels he is ready to try and get a crucial win.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “I took a month off to let everything that was bothering me go away and my mental set is back to where I want it, I feel healthy and I need to go and win tomorrow.”
to receive DSU rodeo scholarships at CBR event
Dickinson State rodeo coach Eudell Larson announced the team will be presenting two rodeo scholarships during the intermission of the CBR event today.
Blake Smith of Zap and Teddi Schwagler from Mandan will each receive a $1,500 scholarship from the CBR to attend DSU and compete on the rodeo team. Smith competes in the bareback event and previously attended DSU and was a part of the team while Schwagler is a barrel racer and roper. Both riders are considered juniors.