Behind The Scenes With PBR Rider Cody Teel And Your Chance To Win Elite Seats!

The world’s premier bull riding organization, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) began as a dream of 20 bull riders 24 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. Don’t miss the “toughest sport on dirt” when professional bull riding comes to the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17!

Go behind the scenes with Elite Seats! This premium event ticket includes exclusive pre-show hospitality, pre-show production and chute tour, a souvenir elite seat credential and lanyard, a photo opportunity with the PBR trophy and riders and more! Enter to win two Elite Seat tickets through the form at the bottom of this post or purchase on!

Can’t wait for Sept. 16-17? Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes with PBR rider Cody Teel, a Texas native!

PBR Rider:

Cody Teel

Kountze, TX



Cody Teel attempts to ride GT Bucking Bulls's Smooth Air during the first round of the Sioux Falls Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

Cody Teel attempts to ride GT Bucking Bulls’s Smooth Air during the first round of the Sioux Falls Built Ford Tough series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson

How long have you been bull riding and what got you into it?
This is my seventh year professionally but my first year in the PBR. I also did junior rodeos and high school rodeos. My dad rode bulls when he was younger so seeing pictures of his riding and hearing his stories peaked my interest even though I never got to see him ride one.

How do you prepare for an event?
Throughout the week I workout and get into a routine of eating healthier, which keeps me feeling better. Workout-wise it’s a combination of cardio and yoga for high-intensity workouts that keep my heart rate up. I also focus on core strengthening workouts.

Do you feel balance or strength is more important?
Balance ain’t as good as riding right. You have to take the power away from bulls and you can do that when you’re in the right position. Balance overrides the strength. You’d have to have both for a good ride, but you can’t out strength a bull!

How much of riding a bull is using your legs versus using your hands?
Ideally, you want to keep pressure off of your hand and keep a bend in your arm. You use the legs, feet and knees to stay on.

Have you ever been injured?
Yes, I’ve had a few surgeries. Over the years it’s been ruptured intestines, dislocated elbow, broken jaw, broken collarbone and a broken ankle.

What do you do in the off-season when you are not bull riding?
It’s really important to me to stay in shape and be ready for my next event. Sometimes during the off season, I will go to a few select PBR Velocity events to compete. Other than that, I spend my time downtime at home taking care of our cows.

If you weren’t a bull rider, what would you do?
Something to do with rodeo. Don’t have a specific job I’d do, but I would definitely be involved somehow.

What is the most important advice you would give someone who is training to become a bull rider?

Work on your basics, create good habits, know your limits and start on weaker bulls and move up to the bigger ones. Make progress and ease into it. Don’t hop onto the biggest and best, because you can’t learn when you are on the dirt. Start small and work up.

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Contest Rules: Entry deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. One winner will be randomly selected from all entries received and notified by Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. No purchase necessary. No employees or family members of sponsors, media partners, Texas Athletics or the Frank Erwin Center are eligible to win. Prize is non-transferable and may not be substituted for any other Frank Erwin Center event. All prizes will be awarded. Only one entry per person. Odds of winning are determined solely by the number of entries received. Winner will allow the Frank Erwin Center to use their name, face or likeliness for promotional purposes. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. By providing your email address, you are automatically subscribed to Applause Blog emails.
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