Archive for January, 2018

postheadericon Hedeman creates new tour

FORT WORTH, Texas – Tuff Hedeman is stepping out on his own.

According to a release issued Tuesday, the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour has been established and will include Hedeman’s annual stops in El Paso, Texas; Las Vegas; Bossier City, La.; and Fort Worth.

Tuff Hedeman

Tuff Hedeman

For the last several years, those events were also tied to the CBR. They have been removed from the CBR’s website. According to the site, the CBR will have just three more events on its regular season before the championship, set for July 23-24 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

“At this point in my life, it’s best for my family to be solely responsible for my destiny,” Hedeman said in the release. “My original goals have not changed since 1992. I’m still committed to producing bull riding events that give each bull rider entered the chance to win first and make sure the fans at every event are getting more than expected.”

Hedeman is a four-time world champion, earning three gold buckles in the PRCA and the 1995 PBR title. He was one of the PBR Founders and served as its president from 1992-2004. He moved over to the presidency of the CBR in 2005 and served in that role until 2011.

For more information on the Hedeman Tour and tickets, log on to www.TuffHedemanBullRiding.com.

postheadericon Lockhart wins first round in San Angelo

Lisa Lockhart

Lisa Lockhart

The first paychecks of the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo were issued Sunday after 280 barrel racers competed in the first round. Lisa Lockhart, an 11-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Oelrichs, S.D., won the first round with a 15.71-second run. She earned nearly $5,200.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 15.71 seconds, $5,193; 2. Ilyssa Glass, 15.83, $4,451; 3. Kylie Weast, 15.84, $3,709; 4. Christine Laughlin, 15.85, $3,215; 5. Amberleigh Moore, 15.86, $2,473; 6. Sara Withers, 15.92, $1,978; 7. (tie) Hailey Kinsel and Kellie Collier, 15.96, $1,236 each; 9. (tie) Ivy Hurst and Jana Bean, 15.97, $618 each.

postheadericon BFO kicks off ’18 in Salt Lake

Two-time reigning world champion will be one of the top three men competing at the first Bullfighters Only event of the season, held in conjunction with the Days of '47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs set for Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Two-time reigning world champion will be one of the top three men competing at the first Bullfighters Only event of the season, held in conjunction with the Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs set for Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City. (TODD BREWER PHOTO)

Season opener will feature top three bullfighters from last year

SALT LAKE CITY – Not long ago, Weston Rutkowski was in Las Vegas, battling to retain his championship status with Bullfighters Only.

He came away with his second straight title by fending off the top bullfighters in the game, most notably Toby Inman and Kris Furr.

“This is the first stop of the year, and it’s going to be great in Salt Lake,” said Rutkowski, the BFO’s reigning world champion. “Toby finished second and Kris third last year, so it’s going to be really cool that the top three guys in the BFO kick off the year.”

Now the three men will battle again in the first Bullfighters Only event of the season, held in conjunction with the Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City.

“We are going to see who has been putting in the work since Las Vegas.” Rutkowski said.

The event pays tribute to Lewis Feild, a ProRodeo legend who earned five world championships in his storied career – three all-around and two bareback riding. His son, Kaycee, is a four-time world champion bareback rider.

“The Feild name in rodeo is second to none,” said Rutkowski of Haskell, Texas. “For them to ask the BFO to come out and put on a show, it’s awesome. Being part of an event like this is going to help grow both organizations.”

Bullfighters Only is the premier group of freestyle bullfighters, who battle with some of the most agile and aggressive Spanish fighting bulls in the game. Scores are based on a 100-point scale, with half the score coming from how aggressive the animal is; the other half is from how well the bullfighter maneuvers around and, oftentimes, jumps over the bull.

CONTESTANTS
Weston Rutkowski
Toby Inman
Kris Furr

postheadericon Claresholm to be part of PRCA

Beslpug Invitational to feature world’s best bull riders and bullfighters on Feb. 24

CLARESHOLM, Alberta – In its first four years of existence, the Chad Besplug Invitational presented by Century 21 has been a marquee event among many Canadian bull riders.

Year 5 will bring more attention from beyond the United States border with a renewed vigor and the anticipation of the best ProRodeo has to offer.

“This is an exciting year for us, because it is going to be co-sanctioned by the CPRA and the PRCA,” Besplug said of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “We are adding $10,000 to the event, so this is going to draw the toughest guys to the event.”

The toughest guys will come from all over because they can earn points for both the Canadian Finals Rodeo and the National Finals Rodeo.

“It really helps out the guys that are trying to make the NFR out of Canada,” said Garrett Green, a CFR qualifier from Meeting Creek, Alberta. “It allows you to double up, kill two birds with one stone because it counts for both.

“That helps everybody. We had an influx of bull riders come up from the U.S. last year. It’s good to have them up here. It elevates the competition.”

That’s a major drawing card for fans who flock to the 7 p.m. Feb. 24 show at the Claresholm Agriplex. But that’s not the only attractive piece of the puzzle. For the second straight year, the Chad Besplug Invitational also will feature three of the top men from Bullfighters Only to compete in a freestyle bullfighting competition.

Like bull riding, scores are based on a 100-point scale, with 50 points going for the aggressiveness and agility of the bulls and 50 points for how close the bullfighters to the animals while showcasing their own athleticism in the process.

Justin Josey

Justin Josey

“With the BFO, these bulls are as advertised,” said Justin Josey, a Las Vegas Championship qualifier from Apache, Okla. “They are hot, and they are all there.”

Josey knows, and he’s expected to be part of the BFO competition.

“I’m excited to be going to Canada and be part of the show,” he said. “This will be my first time to Canada, so I’ll take it for the opportunity it is and see what’s going on up there.”

The action promises to be wild, exciting and dangerous. Those are the fuels that burn the fires of both bull riding and freestyle bullfighting. Green has been riding bulls for a decade, and he finished among the top 10 in both the CPRA and PBR Canada last year. He’s also done quite well in Claresholm.

“I was third there twice, and I won it last year,” Green said. “Claresholm is a really good event. Chad’s events are really cool. Alpha Bulls is leading the way on how events should be put on.”

postheadericon PRCA hires Taylor as CEO

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is from the PRCA’s news release issued Wednesday morning.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has named George Taylor its Chief Executive Officer.

Taylor is a former executive with Caterpillar, where he was most recently a company officer and vice president with responsibility for the marketing and digital division. Taylor takes over for Karl Stressman, who retired as PRCA commissioner after nine years. Taylor will begin Jan. 22.

“I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead an organization with the history and the brand recognition of the PRCA,” Taylor said. “It’s a dream for me to be involved, and I couldn’t be more excited about the future potential for our membership and the PRCA team.”

George Taylor

George Taylor

Over his 19 years with Caterpillar, Taylor, 56, also served as chief marketing officer and president of Caterpillar Venture Capital, where he and his team drove enterprise brand, innovation and digital transformations for the industry-leading Fortune 50 company.

Before working for Caterpillar, Taylor had extensive executive experience with IBM. He has a masters of business administration from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Illinois State University.

“I have had the opportunity to work for two iconic global companies during my career, and I believe the PRCA is yet another example of an iconic organization representing the best in the sports and entertainment industry,” Taylor said.

Taylor has built a reputation as a big-picture thinker who can manage and inspire people on a day-to-day basis. He’s also known for his positive attitude and forward thinking, and he’s keenly aware of how digital solutions impact customers and business.

Among his early goals, Taylor wants to hear from PRCA members.

“First of all, I am going to spend time listening to the membership of the PRCA and the staff to prioritize initiatives that will move us forward,” Taylor said. “Secondly, I think that we need to physically and digitally innovate both the customer and member experiences. We have to keep advancing our sport to drive fan and membership engagement.  Leveraging digital technologies and rodeo content will be an important aspect of that.

“Lastly, PRCA needs to continue to expand rodeo’s reach to increase our fan base and deliver the Western lifestyle experience around the globe. In the end, it’s about continuing to grow revenue and the PRCA ProRodeo brand for the benefit of its members.”

PRCA chairman Keith Martin praised the hiring of Taylor.

“George’s business acumen and his ability to work with so many different types of people are going to be really strong attributes, because in our organization that’s really needed,” Martin said. “We appreciate his financial, digital and marketing strengths, and those things all enter into being a good fit for us, taking us into the next century. His communication skills are excellent, and I think that’s needed so much in our organization.

“This is taking us to the next level.”

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