Rodeo Insider: Hill College bull rider continues winning tradition

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When the 65th College National Finals Rodeo began its seven-day run Sunday in Casper, Wyo., Hill College cowboy Tim Bingham finished first in the bull riding first round.

It’s was no big surprise to see a Hill bovine buster atop the CNFR leader board. During the past two decades, six Hill cowboys have corralled National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association bull riding titles.

The first was HC’s Philip Elkins, who grew up in Arlington, and won the NIRA buckle in 1993. The others were Charles Aaron Williams (1996), Chad Eubank (2003), Matt Austin (2005), Jerrod Craig (2006) and Chad German (2009).

Paul Brown, Hill’s 23-year rodeo coach, said the college provides a great environment for honing bull riding skills.

“They can get on a lot of practice bulls and it’s a great place to rodeo out of,” Brown said. “I’ve had 20 bull riders at one time and that’s a lot for a small college. If you get enough of them, you just get lucky and win.”

In other CNFR action, Tarleton State’s Reese Riemer won the first round of tie-down roping and Tarleton’s Cadee Tew finished first in the opening round of break-away roping. TSU’s Billy Bob Brown tied for second in team roping heading.

A great cause

Pistol Robinson of Burleson failed in his attempt to earn $40,000 after being bucked off Bushwacker, the 2011 World Champion Bull, at the J.W. Hart Challenge on Saturday in Decatur .

The match came after a recent series of exchanges on Twitter between Hart and Robinson. Robinson put up $1,000 and Hart agreed to 40-1 odds against his bet that he could stay on Bushwacker for the eight seconds.

Robinson lasted only 3.56 seconds. After collecting the $1,000, Hart said he will donate it to the Moore, Okla., tornado relief fund.

Jordan Hupp won the Decatur PBR Touring Pro Division show. He was the only competitor who conquered two bulls.

In addition to bull riding competition, Hart, a former PBR World Finals average winner, and his organizing committee gave away five homes to wounded veterans. The local committee, called WC Challenger, worked with a program called Homes 4 Wounded Heroes.

Reaching a milestone

After winning the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., and finishing third at the Wild Wild West ProRodeo in Silver City, N.M., Weatherford saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter has surpassed $1 million in career earnings in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

According to the PRCA, Harter, who is a seven-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, is the 109th PRCA cowboy to reach the milestone.

High school update

The Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals will conclude a nine-day run Saturday in Abilene. Competitors are attempting to qualify for the July 14-20 National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo.

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