Bulls give up one ride, one payoff
Bulls came ready to buck and cowboys came ready to ride. Unfortunately, only one rider was able to hang for the full eight seconds.
Timothy Josey led off on bull 777. This is a bull that will charge and hook anyone that gets in his way. Triple seven stiff-legged out of the chute and jarred Josey off before the gate was fully opened. Bubba Tacker and his three companion bullfighters moved in and got Josey out of the arena.
Getting the bull out of the arena was another matter. For nearly ten minutes the bull commanded the area. Used to finding the exit gate on the other side of the arena; the gate on the left did not compute with the bull. No amount of teasing, taunting, and anything by humans would get 777 to go to the back pens. Finally, Chipper Nance came out, put a rope on the bull, kicked his horse in overdrive and pulled the bull out of the pen.
Joey Bergeron was back at the Longhorn after a layoff. Bull 510 proved too much for Bergeron. The low charge out of the chute was not what Bergeron was prepared for. Five-ten run, spun, and stopped. Bergeron slid off like an otter going in a river. Getting 510 to go home was a replay of the last bull. The bull charged anyone that got close, managed to avoid Nance’s rope and gave everyone in the pen a hard time doing bullstuff. When Nance finally got a rope over the horns and around the neck; 510 lay down like he was tired from running a marathon.
Two of the bullfighters approached the reclining bovine and began to slap, poke and prod. Finally a few pulls and a little twisting on 510’s tail got him to his feet and allowed Nance to lead him out like a poodle on a leash.
No one could say the night had been dull thus far.
Jacob Constance faired a little better on bull 137. A hard buck and twist on the way out of the gate was tough for Constance. He hung, but the turnback that followed was too much for him. Constance gained his feet and started to run from the bull’s charge. One of the eager bullfighters charging the bull hit the retreating Constance and knocked him back toward the bull. The play resembled the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) more than the Professional Bull Riders (PBR). All ended well with the other bullfighters distracting the bull.
A small pen with a bull, rider and four bullfighters can get a little crowded. The venerable Bubba Tacker sort of hung back like a bullfighter emeritus and let the young guys do most of the work. When things got a little tough, Tacker came in and smoothed things out.
Tyree Kosse was in the chute on M8. The bull got rough and flipped Kosse over the back of the chute. As Kosse bounced off of his fellow bull riders on the platform and went to the ground, he suffered a slight neck injury that put him out for the night.
Bull 99 was not in a mood to be fooled with. He fought the chute and the rider trying to mount him. Shane Barnes was the unlucky rider. Ninety-nine went to his knees in the chute twice and gave Barnes a hard time. When the gate opened things went no better. Barnes was off in less than three seconds. As the rider hit the ground on his hand with his behind in the air, 99 had his front hooves on the ground and his behind in the air. Rider and bull were behind to behind. It made a picture for the ages.
Jamarcus Whitney was a little overmatched with 56. This bull has a way of landing on his first move with his legs stiff as a poker. Whitney was not ready for that. He was jarred and on the next turn he lost his seat. His behind was about a foot over the bull’s back. With only his hand to hold him, there was no way to stay. The ride was over in short order.
Josh Smith looked like he might make the eight, but 607 had other ideas. He bucked hard twice and then began the spin backs that are hard to counter. Smith looked good with his body position, but was not able to hold for the required time. He got his footing, got out of the way and made the fence about a step ahead of his bull.
Doc Collins and 431 looked to be a good match up. Four thirty-seven is a powerful, but rideable bull. Tonight was not the night for Collins. The bull turned fast and Collins slid off.
Jacob Marcell was the man of the night. His bull was the big, speckled 307. Three-oh-seven came ready to get the pest off his back. He jumped out of the chute and went into the fast series of spins that will either put a rider on the ground or win him points. The ride was a money maker for Marcell Friday night. Marcell countered every move 307 made and looked good doing it. When the spinning stopped and the judge’s added points Marcell had earned 81 points. No riders ahead of him had covered their bulls. Chris Coody, following him, would not cover his.
Marcell took home $650 for his eight seconds of work. It was a good payoff for a great ride.
Rodeo director Coleman Peveto announced that the first bull riding in May will begin the next buckle series. In addition to the $250 added money at each session there will be the $500 Broken Arrow buckle awarded to the series champion.
The next event at the Longhorn will be the ranch rodeo in the outdoor arena. If you have never seen a ranch rodeo this will be a chance for you to get a glimpse of what working cowboys do on the ranch. They will rope, doctor, brand, and mugg like they do on the open range. Some things are simulated, some are real. The constants are four man teams of working cowboys from working ranches.
The ranch rodeo will be at 7:30 p.m., April 9. For information call the Longhorn at 337-589-5647.