Cody Teel is just 19 years old, but he’s quickly establishing himself as one of the greatest bull riders in the game already.
He’s No. 1 in the PRCA world standings, having earned more than $55,500 so far this season. He’s also in the top 10 in the CBR standings.
Oh, and this past weekend, the young Texan won an established Texas event, the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge in Fort Worth, scoring 175 points on two rides and finishing atop a field of just four cowboys who had two qualified rides.
In Fort Worth, Teel won one of the most prestigious bull riding titles in the sport’s young history; Hedeman is still one of the greatest names in the game, and he is a major part of the CBR. Teel, of Kountze, Texas, won a bunch of prizes, from boots to trophy rifle to a cowboy hat and loads of money, even though the CBR didn’t list the amount.
Teel won the bull riding title at the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo. He also won the All-American ProRodeo Finals and the Ram Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo, both of which took place in Waco, and finished the season as the No. 2 rookie bull rider in the PRCA.
He failed to qualify for the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, but barring injury, it might be the last time in a long time that he is not in Las Vegas.