Another Night of Wrecks and Rides
Friday night saw the end of the open series of bull ridings at the Texas Longhorn.
The All American Series will debut on July 3. The new series was named by Longhorn Entertainment Manager Jeremy Railey. Railey is an important part of each session. In addition to doing ad layouts and keeping the entertainment side of the Longhorn running smoothly, Railey also mans the D J booth each night. He works closely with Rodeo Director Coleman Peveto to plan the music for each session and to keep the sound system at a level that enhances the bull riding rather than overpowering it.
$500 Broken Arrow silver buckle that will be awarded to the winner of the All American series is a radically different design from the previous buckles. Railey and Peveto have worked the American Flag into the design and made it the prominent feature of the buckle. It is truly a one of a kind piece that will be a prized possession of the winner.
The open series was used by bull riders to sharpen their skills, while earning points and dollars, in preparation of their future attempt to win the All American Series buckle and Tina Cotton’s additional $2,000 added to the finals. Friday night there were more wrecks than rides as the 10 riders on the books matched up with the SYJ bulls.Josh Durant led off on a bulky black bull that lost his footing as he spun out of the chute. Three seconds of Durant’s ride were spent with the bull trying to regain his footing.When the bull got his feet under his body, he began to do “bull stuff”, he bucked and spun and Durant was able to counter the moves and stay aboard.
Toward the end of the ride Durant slipped to the right; not a good move for a left-handed rider. Durant’s hand hung up as he slid off the bull. He managed to keep his footing and move with the bull until bullfighters, Bubba Tacker and Bobby Williams, were able to move in and free Durant’s hand.The bull falling fiasco at the start of the ride was a foul and Durant was awarded a re-ride. He would be back at the end of the show.
Kyle Larson was the second rider. Almost over before it began, the bull came out, moved up then down and Larson was in the dirt. Larson either did not have a good seat or did not have a good grip; it was hard to tell, the ride ended so fast.
Sterling Johnson was up next with a good ride, on a good bull. There were classic moves by the bull and Johnson managed to stay in the driver’s seat through some really high, hard bucks that put the speckled bull almost completely vertical. It was quite a ride. However, when the whistle blew and Johnson made the get-off moves, the bull went into a storm. At one point, he was over the bull’s head like a basket on a bicycle. As he lay across the bull’s head one horn was under his left arm and across his side with the other horn between his legs. It looked like the old “airplane” move that wrestlers use.
Johnson managed to untangle and get away without any more trouble. When the judges got their figures together, he had earned 77 points. That would be enough to end the night in first place and earn him $366.
Hunter Bergeron, Timmy Faul, and Joey Bergeron, all bucked off short of the eight seconds needed for a covered ride. The Bergeron boys did not provide any unusual entertainment, just the run of the mill go out, go off rides.
Peveto introduced Joey Bergeron as “Cheeks.” Once you flub up in the arena it stays with you longer than cockroaches live.Nathan Dupry drew Snowball, a large solid white bull. It was a good pairing. Dupry was in good form and countered every move Snowball made. Unfortunately as the ride went on, Snowball leveled out and did not perform as well as in the past. Even though it was a good ride the judges only awarded Dupry 69 points. That would put him in second place. His payoff was $244, not a bad return on his entry fee.
Dillon Delaney and Justin Lopez bucked off. Both had bulls they should have been able to ride, but in bull riding, anything can happen at any time and usually does. In bull riding the only sure thing is that you will come out of the chute on the bull’s back. The rest is always unpredictable.
Josh Durant ended the night with his re-ride. He bucked off in about five seconds and ended up in the dirt. The bull spun and was looking Durant straight in the eye as Durant was down trying to get up. In that position the bull’s head looks as big as a box car and the horns look like fence posts. Tacker was in quick, distracted the bull while Durant got on his feet in a flash and made for the fence.
When the night ended the score was bulls, eight, cowboys, two.
In between the twice monthly indoor bull ridings, ropings are starting in the outdoor covered arena. The “twine twirlers” are beginning to come out in full force and enjoying the best roping facility in the region.
The Texas Longhorn Arena is setting a high bar for rodeo in the region. It is a large well-designed arena. By mid-August there will be a slate of rodeo, roping and racing on a regular basis.