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Jun 20, 2012 4:03 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports

Xtreme fireworks kick off Cowboy Christmas

CODY, Wyo. - The PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour returns to Cody on Saturday, June 30 to kick off the 93rd annual Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo. The Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls tour stop is featured as part of the PRCA's nationally-televised programming on Great American Country (GAC) - and it offers a "Fourth of July Fight" among the leading PRCA bull riders.
Forty of the world's top bull riders will converge on the Cody Stampede Park to take their shot at the prestigious Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title. The showdown will include the reigning World Champion and defending Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls Champion: Shane Proctor, of Grand Coulee, Wash.; 2007 World Champion Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah; and four of the top five in the current world standings - No. 1 Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas; No. 2 Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo., No. 4 Kanin Asay, Powell, Wyo. and No. 5 Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas.
Four other Top 10 leaders are scheduled to compete in Cody: No. 7 Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.; No. 8 Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla.; No. 9 Tyler Willis, Wheatland, Wyo., and No. 10 Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.
The livestock stars of the Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event will include a number of rank PRCA bulls, including:
• "447 Bailey Hou" - Mo Betta Rodeo Company. Maury Tate's bull has a 100 percent buck-off rate in 2012 with an average score of 22.25. J.W. Harris rode this bull at the 2011 Wrangler NFR for 88 points.
• "641 Thomas the Train" - Jeff Robinson Rodeo Company. Robinson's bull is a solid performer; Cody Whitney scored 89.50 on this bull at the 2012 Okeechobee Xtreme Bulls event.
• "115 Mr. Slim" - another Jeff Robinson Company bull. This bull has 74 percent buck-off rate; was ridden at the 2011 Wrangler NFR by L.J. Jenkins for 87.5 points.
All 40 riders will compete in a long-go on June 30, beginning at 7 p.m. (MT), and the top 12 will be brought back for the finals, where the Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls champion will be crowned based on the highest total score.
The payout for the Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls event is $50,000. Monies won at PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour stops count towards the 2012 PRCA World Standings, which determine qualifiers for the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler NFR.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.codystampederodeo.com or by calling 1.800.207.0744. Ticket prices are as low as $20 adult/$10 children (12 and under) for general admission. The Cody Stampede Park is located on Yellowstone Ave., west of downtown Cody.

Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls Tour Roster:

Ambrose, Austin - Fletcher, Okla.
Asay, Kanin - Powell, Wyo.
Atkinson, Travis - Lehi, Utah
Benton III, Trey - Rock Island, Texas
Bownds, Chandler - Lubbock, Texas
Carter, Riker - Stone, Idaho
Cloud, Howdy - Kountze, Texas
Coppini, Paul - Kuna, Idaho
Craig, Clint - Mena, Arkansas
Domangue, D.J. - Houma, La.
Elliott, Tag - Thatcher, Utah
Geipel, Patrick - Elbert, Colo.
Glause, Seth - Rock Springs, Wyo.
Hamaker, Ty - Centennial, Wyo.
Kastner, Trevor - Ardmore, Okla.
Learmont, Tanner - Cleburne, Texas
Lindsey, Rankin - Hillsboro, N.M.
Maier, Ardie - Timber Lake, S.D.
Maier, Corey - Timber Lake, S.D.
McTaggart, Colin - Las Vegas, Nev.
Menz, Brent - Delta, Mo.
Murphy, Sonny - Tremonton, Utah
Navarre, Corey - Weatherford, Okla.
Newman, Nevada - Melstone, Mont.
Pojanowski, Matt - Woodbury, Minn.
Proctor, Shane - Grand Coulee, Wash.
Proctor, Shawn - Tooele, Utah
Richardson, Bryan - Dallas, Texas
Rostockyj, Cody - Hillsboro, Texas
Samora, Cody - Cortez, Colo.
Schwartz, Sunshine - Anoka, Minn.
Silcox, Wesley - Santaquin, Utah
Stratton, Tate - Kellyville, Okla.
Teel, Cody - Kountze, Texas
Wade, Jake - Alamo, Nev.
Whitney, Cody - Asher, Okla.
Willis, Tyler - Wheatland, Wyo.
Wing, Stormy - Dalhart, Texas
Woolsey, Steve - Payson, Utah
Wyatt, Sam - Fittstown, Oka.

The 2012 tour will feature events across the U.S., and will conclude with the tour finale in Ellensburg, Wash., over Labor Day weekend.
In 2012, the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour will have a combined purse of $465,000. Money earned on the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour counts toward the PRCA World Standings, which determine Wrangler NFR qualifiers.
The PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour provides ProRodeo enthusiasts a national schedule that brings the excitement of PRCA bull riding to millions of fans. Great American Country (GAC) Network will broadcast 10 original airings of coverage from the PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour events, including the tour finale in Ellensburg, Wash. They will be broadcast on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 p.m. (ET).
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The June 30 Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls telecast will air Tuesday, July 17 from 8-9:30 p.m. (MT). In the Cody market, GAC is available on Bresnan Communications channel 46; in the Billings market - Bresnan Communications channel 60, Cable Montana channel 54; in the Casper market - Bresnan Communications channel 484 and in the Cheyenne market - Bresnan Communications channel 64. Great American Country is also available on DISH Network 165 and on DirecTV 326.

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