Bulls and Bucks at the Longhorn
Friday night saw 11 regulars on the books, joined by
two newcomers to the Longhorn. Most of
the bulls in the pen were young and new to indoor arenas. It looked from the
start that anything could happen. It did.
New rider Jarred Schuelke drew bull 101. Both were
first timers at the Longhorn. It proved to be a good paring to open the second
round of the winter session. 101 is a heavy bull with stocky legs. As the
gateman eased the chute gate open, 101 eased out and went into a hard up and
down move that would have given any rider a jolt. Schuelke hung on. The second
move by the bull ended with his hind end in the air and the hind legs kicked
straight out fast and hard. That was the beginning of the end. Schuelke hung
on, but that was about all he could do. His command of the ride was gone. At
about the six second mark on the watch he slipped off. As he regained his feet
and started to the fence, 101 turned, lowered his head and almost caught Schuelke
in the left leg. The collision did not happen and Schuelke made it to the
Keegan LaBry was the second out. Bull V72 popped out
and somehow LaBry got off balance. From three seconds on it was a wreck in
progress. LaBry, a left hand rider, went off of the bull’s right side. That caused
the worst or best hang-up; however you want to score it, of the night. LaBry
was so hung that the bull kept him in the air for most of the time the wreck
went on. Bull fighter Bubba Tacker was joined by Randon Cherry, a bull rider
that is attempting to become a bullfighter. LaBry’s ride was a good break in
for Cherry. Both bullfighters were moving in, attempting to unhang LaBry. Nothing
worked. V72 was spinning and moving too fast and hard. LaBry was flapping in
the wind like an old wet bed sheet. It just kept happening until the god of the
ride decided to loosen the rope holding LaBry’s hand and he was able to get
free. Tacker caught LaBry and Cherry distracted V72 and led him away from the
rider. All ended well. LaBry spent the rest of the night perched by the chutes
watching the rest of the riders.
Dillon McNeil broke the jinx when he covered H35 and
earned 79 points. H35 is a solid black bull that weighs in at about 1600
pounds, but moves like a black cat with a firecracker tied to his tail. McNeil
kept his seat and posture and commanded the ride. It was a solid ride.
Unfortunately there were better rides down the road.
Timmy Faul, the hard-luck rider did his usual two
good counter moves and then went to the familiar left side. He slid off of bull
4 and the bad happened. He could not get back on his feet and 4 stepped on him
a couple of times and then turned and lowered his head, plowed into Faul and
played “roll the rider”. It was a slick roll of a rider by a bull. Tacker and
Cherry got in quick and got 4 headed to the exit gate.
Chris Coody, who has the biggest collection of
Longhorn buckles among the riders, was not in buckle contention Friday night.
Coody lost his concentration for a flash of a second. That was all it took to
lose the whole ride. Coody’s left leg lost its grip and the rest of the body
followed. As Coody bucked off his right spur hung in the hand rope and jerked
the “you-know-what “out of the leg. The worst injury, however, was a cut over
his left ear. Coody went home with empty pockets, but a free bandage.
Nathan Dupry’s bull headed out of the chute with one
short hop and then ran straight at the fence. Dupry dismounted and landed on
both feet, hung on the fence and looked shocked. It all happened in about three
seconds. It was one of the strange things that happen in bull riding.
Josh Barrentine and Sterling Johnson were the next
two riders. Both of them covered and scored 89 points. That would earn them a
tie for first place and $308.
Jacob Constance put a whippin’ on bull 83 and earned
85 points. That gave him third place and $154.
Overall it was a good night. It was a mix of rides and wrecks. Six riders
covered their bulls out of the 13 entered. The crowd was loud and liked the
action. As the winter goes on and the riders and the bulls get to know each
other it should get even better.
Rodeo Director Coleman Peveto brought back the
Calcutta. In a Calcutta the bidders “buy” a rider. If your rider wins, you
win. It is a low key auction. This night
the bids ran from $15 on Murphy and Dupry to $120 on Barrentine. The unique
thing about a Calcutta is that a rider can bid on himself. Barrentine bought
himself and in a twist of fate won the bull riding. That meant he also won the
Calcutta and pocketed another $230 for the night.
Danny Malone had bid $60 on Johnson and also won the
$230 for the first place in the Calcutta.
Connie Wood had bid $55 on Constance and that earned
her $115 in the Calcutta.
The Friday night crowds are getting bigger and the
dance floor is in good shape for before and after bull riding action.
Be sure to check out the Longhorn advertisement in
the Record Newspapers to stay up on New Year’s Eve action and all the
entertainment news at the ‘Horn.