Battle of the Beast Events
Battle of the Beast
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
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.
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.
We were saddened to say that
on March 5, 2002, our casino king, 'Pokerface' died of
complication to the heart.
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!!!
This is one
event we've always enjoyed watching as a spectator at rodeos,
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
"My Hero's Have Always Been Cowboys'
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
each year. Unfortunately,
time only allows us to give 2 classes of 6 contestants the
opportunity to compete for each show. The 2 classes are divided
between, Jr. class, those that are at least 4ys old and under 50
lbs. Sr. class, which are
those children 51-70 lbs.
Mutton Buster must grasp onto 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.
Each winner of the Jr class during the summer events will
return for the series finals to compete for the J-W Champion
There is a $5 entry fee for the Sr.
class. This class competes for a cash price given at each event.
Sorry, no event or belt buckle at final show.
this event, parents need to go to the upper end of the arena to
the small announcer stand to register your child for a chance to
ride. Names will be taken
between 5:00 and 6:30. Names for each of the 2 classes will be
selected and posted at 6:45. At that time, if your child has
been chosen, you need to sign a Release of Liability Form.
Mutton Bustin’ takes place later in the show, just before