Battle of the Beast Events
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With all the unpredictable danger and excitement, it's no wonder Bull Riding is the very last event at a full-fledged Rodeo. We have taken this last event and turned it into two hours of on the edge entertainment. Professional bull riding is the hottest, fastest growing extreme spectator sport going. Across America, towns of all sizes and cities of all demographics are hosting professional bull riding events. Bull riding has proven to have a unique ability to draw urban and suburban spectators. The profound population of the Northeast territory bolsters the success of the fastest growing extreme spectator sport in the United States. Bull riding is the most popular and dangerous rodeo event. Serious injuries occur more often in this event than any other sport. These fearless animals can add injury by trying to trample or gore a fallen rider. They are most dangerous as well in the chute, where their leaning weight can easily break a rider's leg. The rider's are equipped with a flat braided rope that is looped like a noose around the animal's girth. The cowboy will tie himself to the back of the bull with this rope. He does this by putting his hand, with knuckles down, through a loose braided handhold. He then makes one wrap around his hand with the rope, pulling tight. A riding glove, tightly strapped spurs and a protective vest, complete the necessary riding gear. When he feels the bull is standing squarely, he nods for the chute gate. With toes turned he attempts to stay on the buckin' bull through his grip on the rope and the strength of his legs. Spurring isn't required, although extra points will be given. Control, form and spurring make up for an outstanding ride. As long as the cowboy doesn't touch the bull with his free hand and still has his riding hand on some part of the rope at the end of the 8 seconds, he will be judged on how well he rode and how well the bull bucked. Even if a bull rider makes a complete 8 seconds ride, his score must be in the top eight to place.
Cowgirls Barrel Racing
This is the only rodeo event exclusively for women, but that doesn't mean it's docile. Obviously most women lack the physical attributes for riding bulls, bareback, or steer wrestling, however many of these ladies can get more out of a trained horse than can their menfolk. With that in mind the women invaded the world of rodeo in the late 1940's with a three cornered contest of speed called 'Barrel Racing'. Winning this event takes a well-trained athletic horse and a highly skilled rider. Relatively simple in scope: a three-sided course is laid out using 55 gallon drums for markers. The cowgirl races her horse in a cloverleaf pattern around the course and is timed during her expedition. With every second counting, she must make tight turns around each barrel. The contestant can touch or even move the barrel but will be give a five second penalty for each barrel tipped over. She must properly complete the pattern or will be disqualified. The difference between first and second place is often in the hundredths of a second, a five second penalty will put the competitor out of the money. It would seem all you would have to do would be to buy a horse off the racetrack and go on to winning the barrel racing. Realistically that is not the case. It is extremely difficult to teach a horse to run flat out, collect himself, turn 180 degrees then repeat the process in two opposite directions twice more while running the same course. Because of the difficulty involved in finding a horse with the characteristics of speed, agility and trainability, barrel racing horses often change hands for four digit figures.
Ring of fear
We were saddened to say that on March 5, 2002, our casino king, 'Pokerface' died of complication to the heart. Pokerface was a tremendous asset to the Battle of the Beast. Everyone knew him! It is very difficult to find a bull to play the game of Cowboy Poker, it's nearly impossible to find a bull to operate in the same manner as Pokerface. He truly had a style and technique of his own. Knowing that, we began to play a new game, known as Ring of Fear. The game has become very popular. Ring of Fear consist of two teams with two contestants on each team, four large circles and a raging bull. The object of the game is to bring the bull inside the circle. At least one team member and the bull's front feet must be inside the circle at the same time to score points. The team with the most points wins. A word of wisdom to each contestant: NEVER RUN in a straight path from a bull, HE WILL GET YOU!!!
Wild Cow milking
This is one event we've always enjoyed watching as a spectator at rodeos, and we hope you will too. There's only one word for it WILD!! The contest consists of three, three member teams. Each team has a designated roped wild cow. They must catch her, obtain a drop of milk and present it to the judge. The first team to complete the task wins. Sounds simple, well it's a little more complicated than that. These are wild cows that have never been milked or even spent much time around humans or building structures. Most of the cows used have calves on side, and for the most part these cows can do more damage than your average bull. For safety precautions, we wrap the ends of each horn to prevent any additional injury.
"My Hero's Have Always Been Cowboys'
Mutton Bustin' is the only rodeo event that could be described as adorable. It is the most frequently talked about event at our ranch. We get hundreds of children who wish to participate in this event each year. Unfortunately time only allows us to give 6 contestants the opportunity to compete for each show. To enter this event parents need to go to the J-W souvenir building to register, at 7:30 we will draw 6 names and announce those names during the Battle of the Beast. Parents of selected children must then go back to the J-W souvenir building to sign a Release of Liability Form. Contestants must weigh below 50lbs and must be at least 4 years old. Each Mutton Buster must grasp on to the wool of their sheep and ride for the qualified six seconds. Each qualified ride is given a score, with the highest score winning the event. The Champion Mutton Buster receives $25.00. Each winner during the Winter & Summer events will return for the series finals to compete for the J-W Champion Buckle. A Champion Buckle is awarded for each Series.
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