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Dusty Tuckness will return to his birth state of Idaho for the May 20 Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Dusty Tuckness will return to his birth state of Idaho for the May 20 Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

One of bullfighting’s best is returning to his birth state with Bullfighters Only

LEWISTON, Idaho – Dusty Tuckness was born in Idaho 31 years ago, so the Gem State is always going to be home. It also marks his return to Bullfighters Only competition for the first time in eight months.

He will be one of 15 men competing at the Bullfighters Only Lewiston Invitational, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Lewiston Roundup Arena.

“I was born in Idaho Falls, and my mom still lives in DuBois,” said Tuckness, one of the founding members of Bullfighters Only. “It’ll be good to get back up there and step around some fighting bulls.”

The stand-alone bullfight will feature the world’s top 15 freestyle bullfighters battling for $25,000 in prize money. They will compete in three-man brackets, with the five winners advancing to the championship round. The bullfighter that produces the highest-scoring bout in the final round will be crowned the BFO Lewiston champion.

“I’m proud to be part of it,” Tuckness said. “This event is going to be fun, not only just compete but continue to build the product we’ve been putting out there.

“These stand-alone events bring fans the whole sport of freestyle bullfighting. You get to see a little bit of everything: great bullfights, wrecks and the true nature of the sport. Now, because of the BFO, we’ve brought freestyle bullfighting back to a whole new level.”

Not only is BFO-Lewiston an event that features bullfighting exclusively, it also is part of a national tour. In 2016, Bullfighters Only developed the first tour in 17 seasons, and the men involved are in the second year touring the country.

“The events are going really well,” Tuckness said. “It’s developing into something that we’ve always wanted as bullfighters.”

A veteran, Tuckness is the most decorated bullfighter in ProRodeo, but he knows just how special it is to be part of Bullfighters Only. As the reigning seven-time Bullfighter of the Year, he understands the future is bright for the sport.

“I think the biggest change in the sport is that it’s back to the main stage,” Tuckness said. “Bullfighters Only putting on these stand-alone events allows bullfighters the chance to make a good living.

“It’s changing for the younger generation. There are a lot of up-and-comers who want to freestyle, and BFO is creating opportunities to showcase their skills.”

With scores based on a 100-point scale, men can earn up to 50 points per fight based on their ability to exhibit control and style while maneuvering around or over an animal; a bull can earn up to 50 points based on its quickness, aggression and willingness to stay with the bullfighter.

Bullfighters Only is a true man-vs.-beast spectacular. Spitfire will once again be part of the draw – one of many revered 12X & Costa Fighting Bulls that will be on hand in Lewiston.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased at www.lewistonroundup.com/bfo-event.

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