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Bull rider grabs second Fort Worth victory in 2009

The Will Rogers Coliseum has been a good luck charm for JW Harris.

The championship bull rider from May, Texas, won in Fort Worth for the second time this year, winning the short-go and average titles Saturday at the annual Championship Bull Riding Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge.

Harris won the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo last month in the same building and is the current Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bull riding champion.

“I guess it’s just my year here, I don’t know,” Harris said. “I just feel good, and everything fell into place. It’s gone my way.”

He won the event by riding a 92 in the short go on Outsider, giving him the lead with 181 with one more rider left.

But Alvin cowboy Douglas Duncan wasn’t going to make it easy for Harris.

Duncan, who came into the short go with a 90, gave another great performance with his final ride. But the scoreboard read another 90 after the ride on Black Gold, making Harris a two-time winner in Fort Worth and more than $15,000 richer.

“Watching the championship round, that’s what everybody wants to see,” said Hedeman, CBR president and Morgan Mill bull riding legend. “You’ve got great bulls and great bull riders. Great bull riding is contagious.”

Harris’ luck wasn’t confined to the Will Rogers Coliseum on Saturday. He won his go-round at the Houston Stock Show Rodeo earlier in the day by riding for an 89.

“The rodeo started at 3:45 and I flew here and got in about 7:50,” Harris said. “I had to pay for that plane ticket.”


  • Saturday’s event will air on Great American Country at 9 p.m. April 7.
  • Brock youngster Brody Yeary, 11, won the Cripple Creek Junior Championship Challenge between the first and short-gos.
  • The Augustine family, who had a new house built in Keller as part of the reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, was in the crowd. CBR helped sponsor the building of their home in December.
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