2019 World Champions | 2018 World Champions
2019 World Champion Bull Rider
Hometown: Buchanan, TN AGE: 28
Corey Bailey earned his 4th consecutive world title at IFR50. “It felt good to win the world even though I didn’t have the finals I’d hoped for,” said Bailey. “My first gold buckle was by far the hardest one I earned. I didn’t get started until June of that year and had to work hard to get to enough rodeos. This season was the least number of rodeos I had went to in a season. I decided to retire after this IFR, and I had to wean myself off.”
“The decision to retire had been weighing on me for the last 2 years. I’m really tired of traveling and being away from my wife. We are planning to start a family, so I want to be home for that.”
“My favorite rodeo of 2019 was probably Evansville, IN, they had great crowds and a good rodeo,” said Corey.
“Advice I would give to a young bull rider is to keep going and practice daily. Determination and try are important. When I was in high school, I’d get on practice bulls every chance I got. I’d usually get on 3-4 a day.”
“Now that I’m retiring from bull riding, I’ll be hunting and golfing more. Whatever I do, I give it my all, if I’m not going to go full time, I’m not going to go at all.”