Bulls still beating the ‘boys at Texas Longhorn
Vinton, La. – Seven bull riders made ten rides Friday night at the Longhorn. It was a light night as far as contestants went, but the action was still heavy.
Matt Lomax led the night on bull B2. B2 is the bull with the horns that turn down to the corner of his mouth. In spite of having one of the strangest heads as far as bulls go, he is one bad boy.
Lomax came out of the chute, leaning too far forward, and B2 took advantage of the bad body position. B2 looks strange, but he is no dummy. All four legs came off of the ground in a stiff position. B2 held the stiffness as he came to the ground. Lomax was still forward and the hard landing by B2 knocked him off like you would flick a bug off a table top. All this happened in less time than it takes to tell the tale. The watch had less than four seconds when Lomax hit the dirt.
Doc Collins was next on bull seven. Collins needed a little more time to get ready than he took. He fiddled around in the chute and when the gate opened he was about as ready to ride as a frog is to dance. Seven is a tough bull and you need to have everything is the right order and you need to be in the driver’s seat and not along for the ride.
One crow hop, one spin and a high kick with the back end and Collins was off of seven’s back with just over four seconds on the watch.
Micah Morales is a Jasper County cowboy with bulls in his blood. His dad, Mike, is a bull breeder and stock producer in Kirbyville and Micah has grown up in the bull pen. He is returning to the home front from a year in Pennsylvania.
Being in Yankee country did not hurt him too much. His draw was 74 and he came out on the bull looking like a seasoned pro. The year off and his few rides since coming back home did not affect him too much. His body was straight and his left arm was in the air over his head giving him balance and he was looking straight and not down at the ground. It all looked good, for a while.
About four seconds into the ride, Morales lost his balance. It was hard to see, but he started to slide to the right. One low hop by 74 was all it took to turn the slide into an avalanche.
Morales hit the ground and regained his footing. Seventy-four spun and headed for Morales’ right hip pocket. Morales had a step on 74 and went into the still open chute. Seventy-four started to follow him in, but turned at the last moment and went to the exit gate.
Jacob Marcell followed Morales. Marcell had a seat aboard the big white bull 72. The move out of the chute was not too bad but the following two tight turn backs gave Marcell more than he could handle. Marcell leaned to the right and kept going until he felt dirt. It was another short ride.
Clint Gremillion and bull 27 was the next match up. Twenty-seven overpowered Gremillion from the get go. It never was a contest and never covered more than six feet from the chute. It was over in about three seconds.
Collins came back for his second appearance of the night on Speck. There were more bulls than riders this night and the producer wanted to buck some of his young bulls so he gave Collins a “mount out” or free ride. Speck blew out of the chute with a hard turn to the left. Collins was leaning to the left slightly with his free hand only about shoulder high. No balance there! All it did was give him extra weight in the direction he did not need to go. The clock may have struck three, but if it did it was only just barely three. Collins hit the dirt under the bull, but did not get stepped on.
Marcus Clowers and bull six had a dance going for a few seconds. Six put his hind end high in the air and Clowers matched the move by leaning back and holding on. On the next move six dropped his back end faster than Clowers could recover and it was all over. Clowers slid off the left side, got hung for a short moment broke free and watched six walk away and exit the arena.
The last paid ride was Josh Smith on bull 73. Seventy-three is big, black, and bad. Seventy-three blew out hard, spun twice and let centrifugal force do the rest. Smith went off like butter off a hot knife. This was possibly the shortest ride of the night.
Collins Wanted to go again. This would be the third ride. The bull Crazy tried to get out of the chute by climbing out of the chute after Collins took his seat. Crazy got his front legs over the front of the chute and then dropped back and tried again. The guys with Collins finally got the bull settled down and rigged up and it was time for the nod of the head.
Collins came out looking good. He had posture, he had grip and he had command of the ride. Crazy went into a series of spins that should have shaken Collins off, but the rider hung tough. The bull bucked one time and spun again and the rider hung tough. The buzzer sounded and the rider was still on the bull. In addition to being the only covered ride of the night it was also the best ride of the night. It was a sure money winner. The only problem was it was a mount out. It was a free ride and if you do not pay, you do not win money. Some you win and some you lose.
Rodeo Director Coleman Peveto is on the verge of putting another buckle series together. Cowboys love buckles and the Broken Arrow buckles from the Longhorn are prized by the bull riders. Look for details on the buckle series to come up soon.
Peveto always works hard to put together a good rodeo package at the Longhorn. There are team roping every Sunday and open rodeos monthly. April 9 will be another ranch rodeo.
May will bring a concert by former PBR bull rider Justin McBride. McBride has started a new career as a singer and is putting on some great shows. Following the bull riding McBride will take the stage and give a good showing of the talents he kept hiding throughout his riding career. Tables are already being booked for the show.