Ashley County has another professional bull rider in the making as one of Hamburg’s own has been invited to ride on the Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding Tour.
Cole Skender, 18, has wanted to be a bull rider for as long as he can remember, and now he finally has his shot to ride with the pros.
Cole Skender of Hamburg rides a bull. (NEWS OBSERVER/Submitted)
Endorsed by Ashley County professional bull rider Chase Outlaw, Skender has been invited to ride in Hedeman’s CBR tour.
“Chase told him that I’m a good rider and that I’m not going to run away,” Skender said. “He told him to try me out.”
Tuff Hededman Championship Bull Riding (CBR) is a nationally known organization that runs and manages professional bull riding tours.
“Under the direction of CEO Murphy Lents and bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman,
CBR has grown into an organization that works to put the best riders on the best bulls, delivering world-class qualified rides and entertainment to its legions of world-wide fans,” according to the CBR Website.
Skender appeared in his first professional event two weekends ago in a Tuff Hedeman CBR event in El Paso, Texas, where he scored the first 90 points of the night at the sold-out El Paso County Coliseum.
“Cole impressed me tonight as he came to his first event,” said Tuff Hedeman, of the Tuff Hedeman tour, in a televised interview with Wrangler. “He’s the kind of guy that wants to ride all day every day, and that’s what it takes.”