Mason TaylOr Taps Two to Win Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding

Taylor Claims his first Tuff Hedeman event title and checks from the Wheeler family, Tuff and Ryker Hedeman, Jeff Harris and Haley and Brian Beasley. Photos by Todd Brewer.

Taylor Claims his first Tuff Hedeman event title and checks from the Wheeler family, Tuff and Ryker Hedeman, Jeff Harris and Haley and Brian Beasley. Photos by Todd Brewer.

Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Bull Riding

JACKSONVILLE, Texas - With the dream of becoming a professional bull rider since he was four years old, nineteen year old Mason Taylor thrilled the packed house outlasting forty cowboys as the only bull rider to ride two to claim the 2019 Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding title, a Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series celebrating the life of Nicky Wheeler, a cowboy, a hero and a legend of the bull riding industry.

“Both of my bulls were just what you want, plenty of kick and spin, and I was really glad to string two together to get the win,” said Taylor of Maypearl, Texas.

Taylor was in complete control both times the gate latch cracked earning him a combined 170.5 points on two bulls. Taylor was all smiles as he accepted his first check signed and presented by four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of famer, Tuff Hedeman, Beverly Wheeler, and event producers Jeff Harris and Haley and Brian Beasley.

Taylor, the 2019 IFYR Bull Riding Champion, says when the gate opens the nerves go away, and he proved that Saturday night in front of a packed house in the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena.

Mason Taylor rides Mike Rawson’s 08 8 Ball to win the Nicky Wheeler Memorial

Mason Taylor rides Mike Rawson’s 08 8 Ball to win the Nicky Wheeler Memorial

Forty bull riders joined Tuff Hedeman to pay tribute to Nicky Wheeler, a champion bull rider who rode nine out of ten bulls at the 1977 PRCA National Finals Rodeo. Wheeler was a pioneer in the bred to buck bloodlines of today’s premier bucking bull athletes as well as a proud father, businessman, and rancher from Flint, Texas. Wheeler passed away in the spring of 2018.

Riding two Taylor earned the $2,134.40 paycheck plus a $2,500 bonus to take home, a Corientea Silver custom buckle, and prize package paycheck of $4,634.40.

ROUND ONE

Matched against donated bucking bulls brought to Jacksonville to assist the youth fundraising effort, stock contractors Mike Rawson, Lyndal Hurst, Terry Williams, and Jeff Harris squared off with the veteran and young gun bull riders. 

Jeff Harris presents trophy buckles to Tuff Hedeman and stock Contractors Lyndal Hurst, and Mike Rawson thanking them for their time and efforts in supporting the event that serves as the primary fundraiser for the Cherokee County 4-H and FFA Scholarship programs.

Jeff Harris presents trophy buckles to Tuff Hedeman and stock Contractors Lyndal Hurst, and Mike Rawson thanking them for their time and efforts in supporting the event that serves as the primary fundraiser for the Cherokee County 4-H and FFA Scholarship programs.

Braden Richardson quickly took control of the event winning the long round 87.5 points on 93 Banana Split of Jeff Harris Bucking Bulls.

Taylor on long round bull Wack A Do, Hurst Pro Rodeo

Taylor on long round bull Wack A Do, Hurst Pro Rodeo

A pair of bulls sired by the legendary Mooseknuckle and owned by Hurst Pro Rodeo powered the second and third place rides of round one. Laramie Mosley was on Richardson’s heels with an 87 on Hurst’s 6188 Guitar Man and Mason Taylor’s 85.5 on 5713 Wack A Do put him in at third in the long round.

Braden Richardson wins the long round with 87.5 points on 93 Banana Split, Harris Bucking Bulls

Braden Richardson wins the long round with 87.5 points on 93 Banana Split, Harris Bucking Bulls

Championship Round

With twelve qualified rides in the long round including scores from veteran riders Tyler Taylor, 85 points on 72 Yellow Belly (Harris) and Dantley Eldridge earned 85 on Terry Williams Buzz Zaw. Dane Doggett rode 607 Spook for 84.5, and former Jacksonville Champion Austin Patterson covered Hurst's Mojo.

Ten riders came back to compete in the final round with Reginaldo DaSilva being the last rider to qualify for the championship round with an 83.5 in round one.

After a heartfelt tribute to the Wheeler family and a presentation from the Harris and Beasley families, event co-producers, the bulls were once again locked and loaded and this time…in control.

Five consecutive buck-offs before Taylor would ride Harris’s 103 Pancho Villa for 85 points. Taylor was in control from the beginning stepping off easily when he heard the whistle.

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Taylor, a decorated junior rider began his professional career in the fall of 2018 and in April won his first major career win, the Sioux Falls PBR.

Co-producers Haley and Brian Beasley, and the Jeff Harris Family organize the annual bull riding event as the primary fundraiser for the 4–H and FFA Youth Scholarship programs of Cherokee County.

“Nicky Wheeler is remembered as a "great guy," a dedicated father and husband, a superior bull riding judge, a bucking bull-man, rodeo producer, and talented fundraiser, and I was proud to call him my friend, said Jeff Harris, co-producer of the Nicky Wheeler Memorial.

Beverly Wheeler and Tuff Hedeman

Beverly Wheeler and Tuff Hedeman

Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding Results

1, Mason Taylor, Maypearl, Texas, 170.5 on two, $4,634.40. 2, Braden Richardson, Jasper, Texas, 87.5 pts, $2,097.60. 3, Laramie Mosley, Palestine, Texas, 87 pts, $1,361.60. 4, Dantley Eldridge, Yoakum, Texas, 85 pts, $662.40, 5, Tyler Taylor, Stephenville, Texas, 85 pts, $662.40. 5, Dane Doggett, Ft. Worth, Texas, 84.5 pts, $294.40.

 

$5,000 Bounty Bull Added to Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding

 

Tuff Hedeman presents the check to last years champ Cody Rostockyj. The Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding serves as the primary fundraiser for the youth of Cherokee County. Co-Producers, Jeff Harris and Family, Haley and Brian Beasley with the Nicky Wheeler family, and Tuff Hedeman and son. Photo by Todd Brewer.

Tuff Hedeman presents the check to last years champ Cody Rostockyj. The Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding serves as the primary fundraiser for the youth of Cherokee County. Co-Producers, Jeff Harris and Family, Haley and Brian Beasley with the Nicky Wheeler family, and Tuff Hedeman and son. Photo by Todd Brewer.

Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series

 JACKSONVILLE, Texas (September 25, 2019) - Four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman returns to Jacksonville on Saturday night for the annual Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding. The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series event producers announced today the addition of a $5,000 bounty bull to the line-up of the two-round professional bull riding being held 7 pm at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena on Saturday night.

 “This will be exciting, one pre-selected long-round bull will be a $5,000 bonus check for one lucky rider if he can make the whistle, reported co-chairman Jeff Harris. 

“Thank you to Terry Williams and Neil Wheeler for this generous donation to the event,” added Harris. 

Williams, is a former 5-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year from Carthage, Texas and Neil Wheeler is the brother of Nicky Wheeler. The bounty bull is owned by Nicky’s son Blake. The bloodlines of this bull can be traced to the foundation of Nicky Wheeler’s bucking bull breeding program.

“Terry Williams and Neil Wheeler wanted to recognize and pay tribute to the legacy of Nicky’s history as a major contributor to the bred to buck breeding programs of the great bulls that buck in our industry today,” added Harris.

Hoping to see his name next to the bounty bull, Tuff Hedeman champions Tyler Taylor and Tristan Mize will headline the two-round extreme athletic challenge where 40 bull riders will compete in a long round followed by a ten-man championship round.

The annual bull riding is the primary scholarship fundraiser for the youth of Cherokee County and includes a pack of talented riders including bull riding champions Tristan Mize, Tyler Taylor, Braden Richardson, Daniel Keeping and Kyle McDaniel.  

Tuff Hedeman 2018 Huron Champ, Tristan Mize will be in Jacksonville. Photo by Todd Brewer

Tuff Hedeman 2018 Huron Champ, Tristan Mize will be in Jacksonville. Photo by Todd Brewer

In addition to the bull riding Sadler's Kitchen will host the pre-party on Friday, September 27 beginning at 6:15 pm and featuring the Cody Wayne and the Kenny McCann bands. The musical entertainment will be from 6:15 – 10:30 pm at Sadler’s Kitchen, 101 S. Bonner St. in downtown Jacksonville. Pre-party tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the door.

Shannon Wagner was one of the first to jump in an offer to pay all the bull riders entry fees which in turn is a substantial part of the prize purse.

“We have been blessed this year with overwhelming sponsorship and partnership generosity from people in this community, and I challenge the residents to match that and come on out, and let's have the biggest turn-out yet for these kids. It has always been our dream to be able to hand out a scholarship to every youth that applies for one," said Co-chairman Jeff Harris.

Johnny “Backflip” Dudley will be in the house on Saturday night!

Johnny “Backflip” Dudley will be in the house on Saturday night!

In addition to great bulls and even better riders, funnyman and former US Marine Johnny "Backflip" Dudley will be entertaining the crowd before, during, and after the bulls leave the chute. Tuff and the bull riders will be signing autographs and taking selfies in the arena immediately following the event.

The annual Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding event donates the proceeds to benefit local agricultural based programs and operations in the cities’ goals to move the Jacksonville community forward, providing self-sufficiency and local jobs for future generations.

The late Nicky Wheeler and his wife Beverly Wheeler

The late Nicky Wheeler and his wife Beverly Wheeler

The annual bull riding honors the life of former bull rider and well-known stock contractor Nicky Wheeler, who passed away suddenly on April 2018. Wheeler devoted his life to helping the youth, especially in FFA and 4-H chapters all over the state of Texas. Brian and Haley Beasley produce the annual event from Jacksonville with the Harris Family from Palestine.

Bullfighter Extraordinaire Bryce Redo will be in town early and invites everyone to come out to Sadler’s Kitchen. Photo by Todd Brewer

Bullfighter Extraordinaire Bryce Redo will be in town early and invites everyone to come out to Sadler’s Kitchen. Photo by Todd Brewer

Gates will open at 5 pm with the action getting underway at 7 pm. Tickets are only available in advance at Raven Jute, 107 East Commerce St. in Jacksonville, for $10 each. Tickets bought at the gate on the night of the ride will be $12.

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Weaver and Garcia Master Hedeman's Wicked Rank Midwest Swing

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Waterloo Optimist Blue Army Bull Bash

Tuff Hedeman Break Out Series

Waterloo, Illinois - Breakout Out bull rider Matthew Weaver wins Blue Army Bull Bash, the finale of the Wicked Rank Midwest Swing.

Waterloo, Illinois - Breakout Out bull rider Matthew Weaver wins Blue Army Bull Bash, the finale of the Wicked Rank Midwest Swing.



WATERLOO, Illinois -  (September 22, 2019)  – According to Matthew Weaver’s social media he lives on a dairy farm and likes to ride horses, but on Saturday night he showed the Blue Army Bull Bash record-breaking crowd just how much he LOVES to ride bucking bulls.  

“Glory to God it was a blessing to win the event I had two good bulls drew Saturday night one from Cory Check Bucking Bulls and another good bull from Randy Littrell’s Shop Creek Cattle Co. I just kept my hand shut and got them rode, and the rest fell into place. As for what's next for me, I have a few goals left for the end of the season that I'd like to accomplish. And just anywhere where the road takes me.”  

Matthew Weaver accepts the win from Jim Probst, Waterloo Optimist Club

Matthew Weaver accepts the win from Jim Probst, Waterloo Optimist Club

Winning his second title this year at a Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series event, Twenty-year-old Matthew Weaver of Grovespring, Missouri outlasted twenty-two contestants to get his portion of the $10,000 added money payout.  With only six qualified rides, Weaver was the only contestant to ride two and earned the event title with an average score of 159.5 and took home the lion’s share of the money, $3,220.80.

 The night began with a packed house as earlier in the week, organizer Jim Probst of the Waterloo Optimist challenged the community to fill up the stands for this charity fundraising bull riding.  

"We began this event nine years ago with the dream of selling out to raise money to support the youth of this community and each year we get a little closer, this year exceeded my expectations and a big thank you to everyone who assisted this effort," said Probst following the event.

 

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Round one winner was last year's Midwest Swing Champion Matt Palmer who jumped out to the lead with an 86.5 performance on SC 115, a re-ride bull. On his heels was the second-place Adam McConnell with 82.5 on HS 148 Rio Bravo. Weaver took third as he hung on for 72 points on CC61 Rich and Famous.

 Round two was a repeat with only three qualified rides. Breakout rider Javier Garcia not only won the round but earned the highest score of the night with 89 points - riding away from his hand - on Motley Crew.  Weaver stayed steady with 87.5 on Guard Rail while 2018 Breakout rider Brandon Davis posted 85.5 points on HS 391 Mad Money.

Javier Garcia accepts the Championship win, check, and saddle from Jim Probst.

Javier Garcia accepts the Championship win, check, and saddle from Jim Probst.

Accepting the win from Probst Weaver stood in front of the chute gate and received the check, trophy saddle, buckle, and championship title of the finale of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing Bull Riding Series.

“I would like to thank Matt Noble for the great series of bull ridings and giving us an opportunity to compete. I have been fortunate to draw really good bulls and to ride in front of a sold-out crowds at each city gives me the confidence I needed," said Weaver.  

The Wicked Rank Midwest Swing Series tour is a five-event bull riding series produced by Matt Noble, Next Level Bull Riding and sanctioned by the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour as a Breakout Series event. The Illinois events are held in Belvidere, Woodstock, Big Rock, Morrison, and Waterloo.

 The Tuff Hedeman Break Out Series continues next weekend in Jacksonville, Texas at the Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding on September 28.  For more information and ticketing, links see www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com.

               Blue Army Bull Bash Average Results

1, Matt Weaver, Grovespring, MO 159.5 points, $3220.80. 2, Javier Garcia, Mexico, 89 points, $2,440.00. 3, Matt Palmer, Chelsea, OK,  86.5, $2049.50. 4, Brandon Davis, 85.5, $976.00. 5, Adam McConnell, 82.5, $1073.60.

 Midwest Swing Series Champion - Javier Garcia of Mexico, $10,000 bonus check

 CONTACT: Matt Noble, matt@nextlevelbullriding.com or call 815-651-6661.

Tuff Hedeman interviews or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquiries matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

 

LeBaron and Garcia Set for Battle in Hedeman's Midwest Swing Breakout Series Finale

The Waterloo Optimist Blue Army Bull Bash presented by Rural King

WATERLOO, Illinois – (September 18, 2019) – Last year’s Waterloo Optimist Blue Army Bull Bash bull riding champion, Matt Palmer has turned his truck north and on his way to Waterloo to defend his title of the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour’s (THBRT) Midwest Swing championship held at the Monroe County Fairgrounds at 7 pm on Saturday, September 21.  

THBRT Champion Matt Palmer returns to Waterloo to defend his title at the Waterloo Optimist Blue Army Bull Bash

THBRT Champion Matt Palmer returns to Waterloo to defend his title at the Waterloo Optimist Blue Army Bull Bash

But Palmer has his work cut out for him as he is three bulls behind Albert LeBaron and two bulls behind Breakout rider Javier Garcia. The friendly foes are getting set to compete in Waterloo for the finale of the THBRT Wicked Rank Midwest Swing sponsored by Rural King.

Waterloo fans should be watching for Breakout bull rider Caleb McCaslin who went 90 points last month at the THBRT in Huron.

Waterloo fans should be watching for Breakout bull rider Caleb McCaslin who went 90 points last month at the THBRT in Huron.

The 2019 Bull Bash, sanctioned by Tuff Hedeman Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour (THBRT) is chocked full of hopefuls squaring off with the veteran riders. The talented bull riders are all headed to Waterloo this weekend in hopes of pocketing the largest purse and final prize package of the Wicked Rank Midwest Swing.

Veteran rider Albert LeBaron leads 2019 Midwest Swing

Veteran rider Albert LeBaron leads 2019 Midwest Swing

 “All the riders have their sights set on winning the Midwest Swing and joining Tuff’s top tier tour event schedule that kicks off again in January,” said Noble.

This finale event offers this year's pool of talented bull riders an opportunity to earn an invitation from Hedeman to compete at his top tier televised tour events.

“We are in our ninth year of producing a good family-friendly time while supporting the area’s youth, new this year we are a pink event with $1 from each ticket going to the St. Judes Children’s Hospital,” said organizer Jim Probst.

“Fresh faces packed with talent, consistent veteran riders, and awesome pen of bulls from some of the best bull men in the business is what the fans can expect to see in Waterloo,” said Hedeman.

According to the committee, the annual Optimist Blue Army Bull Bash is now on the must-see events of the fall for Waterloo families and sports enthusiasts.  Growing each year, Probst's sets his sights annually on selling out, and each year the attendance climbs, allowing the Optimist Club to spread good work.

For the second year, the tour has carried the Tuff Hedeman brand. Hedeman, who for 23 years piloted the PBR and CBR, and in 2017 formed the tour in his name. The Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer announced in addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders competing in Waterloo have the opportunity to be crowned the Series Champion which comes with a check, custom trophy saddle, and engraved silver trophy buckle.

Immediately following the action is the Blue Bash After Party and an opportunity to meet and take selfies with the bull riders.

The Midwest Swing produced by Matt Noble of Next Level Bull Riding had its own dog fight in the trenches this season with LeBaron’s consistency rising to the top with 340.5 points. Second is Javier Garcia with 261.5 and third is Jake Weber. Cory Atlwell and Adam McConnell round out the top 5.

“It is a close race, and any of the top ten have a shot at winning the Series finale and taking home the title,” said Noble.

Javier Garcia enters Waterloo with 261.5, one bull behind the leader Albert LeBaron

Javier Garcia enters Waterloo with 261.5, one bull behind the leader Albert LeBaron

Riding on confidence instilled from his first televised tour win in Huron, South Dakota in August and his success on the Midwest Swing, the adrenaline, points, and the bucks keep coming for nineteen-year-old Matt Palmer where he hopes to repeat.

This year's event festivities will begin at 4:00 pm when the doors open.  There will be plenty of concessions available, including food and drink for young and old! The pro bull riding action gets underway at 7:00 pm and expected to conclude at 9 pm. Approximately 40 bull riders will face-off with 40 selected bucking bull opponents to win the lion's share of the $10,000 added prize money, a trophy saddle, and custom Silver trophy buckle.

"You don't need a hat, or boots, or any knowledge of the sport, it's a family-friendly event with great affordable food, horseback rides, and activities for the kids to do, and a top-level bull riding," said Optimist Event Chair, Jim Probst.

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The Breakout Series is known for its dog fights to the finish line, and although the Championship comes with a check from Tuff Hedeman in Waterloo, it will live on with many legendary stories of the launching of several bull riding careers. With the surge of new cowboys knocking on the THBRT door, barrel man entertainer Josh Foster, and bulls arriving from some of the best-known bull men in the business, the Blue Army Bull Bash will be a spirited event.

Ticket Information: http://www.waterlooILOptimist.org  or call 618-477-7240. Tickets also available: Waterloo Rural King, Waterloo Schnucks, Wm Nobbe John Deere, JVs Bar & Grill, Outsiders Bar, First National Bank of Waterloo - most Branches.

Event Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 State Route 156, Waterloo, Illinois; gates will open at 4:00 pm

Event Chair: Jim Probst – email jprobst@wmnobbe.com or 618-477-7240 or Matt Noble, matt@nextlevelbullriding.com or call 815-651-6661.

 

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Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing Bull Riding Finale Returns to Waterloo

Tuff Hedeman welcomes Albert Lebaron, leader of the Wicked Rank Midwest Swing Series

Tuff Hedeman welcomes Albert Lebaron, leader of the Wicked Rank Midwest Swing Series


The Waterloo Optimist Blue Army Bull Bash presented by Rural King and Wrangler

WATERLOO, Illinois – (September 6, 2019) – The 2019 Blue Army Bull Bash Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding in conjunction with the Waterloo Optimist Club, returns to the Monroe Country Fairgrounds with a roster of contenders ready to enlist battle in the man vs. beast contest held September 21 at 7 pm with live music following the bull riding. New this year, a $1 donation will be made to St. Jude for each person in attendance that is wearing pink.

“This event has become a tradition in Waterloo – family-friendly western entertainment with loads of great new talent competing against consistent veteran riders. Matt Noble has put together an awesome pen of bulls to challenge the riders, and the fans are the real winners,” said bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman.

The cowboy athletes will arrive from 10 states and Mexico in pursuit of the largest purse on the Wicked Rank Midwest Swing tour including a $10,000 bonus built into the final prize package, a custom trophy saddle, and custom buckle for winning the five-event bull riding series produced by Matt Noble of Next Level Bull Riding. 

“It is a close race, and with every bull ridden counting towards the saddle, any of the top 10 have a shot at winning the Series finale and taking home the title,” said Noble.

Albert Lebaron, Chihuahua, Mexico is leading the standings as one of two bull riders to receive scores at three of the four previous Midwest Swing Series events. Lebaron is the man to beat with 340.5 total points including the event win in Big Rock.

Breaking out on both of Tuff’s bull riding tours is second place Javier Garcia with 261.50 points. Garcia was recently crowned the champion of night one at the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash in Huron, South Dakota In third with 182 points is Jake Weber, the Woodstock Champion.

Javier Garcia, winner of the first night’s performance in Huron will attempt to unseat traveling partner Albert Lebaron in Waterloo.

Javier Garcia, winner of the first night’s performance in Huron will attempt to unseat traveling partner Albert Lebaron in Waterloo.

The Waterloo Blue Army Bull Bash sanctioned by the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series is the fifth and final event of the 2019 Wicked Rank Midwest Series Swing. 

Immediately following the action is the Blue Bash After Party with live music by The Avery Hill Band

This year's event festivities will begin at 4:00 pm when the doors open.  There will be plenty of concessions available, including food and drink for young and old! The pro bull riding action gets underway at 7:00 pm and expected to conclude at 9 pm. Approximately 40 bull riders will face-off with 40 selected bucking bull opponents to win the lion's share of the $10,000 added prize money, a trophy saddle, and custom Hyo Silver buckle.

"You don't need a hat, or boots, or any knowledge of the sport, it's a family-friendly event with great affordable food, horseback rides, and activities for the kids to do, and a top-level bull riding," said Optimist Event Chair, Jim Probst.

The Breakout Series is known for its dogfights to the finish line, and although the Championship comes with a check from Tuff Hedeman in Waterloo, it will live on with many legendary stories of the launching of several bull riding careers. With the surge of new cowboys knocking on the THBRT door, barrel man entertainer Josh Foster, and bulls arriving from some of the best-known bull men in the business, the Blue Army Bull Bash will be a spirited event.

SCHEDULE

4 pm      Gate/Doors Open Waterloo Bull Bash

7 pm      Waterloo Blue Army Bull Bash

9 pm      Autograph with bull riders in the arena

9 pm      After Party with live music

Ticket Information: http://www.waterlooILOptimist.org  or call 618-477-7240. Tickets also available: Waterloo Rural King, Waterloo Schnucks, Wm Nobbe John Deere, JVs Bar & Grill, Outsiders Bar, First National Bank of Waterloo most Branches & Carstar Collision Center in Red Bud.

Event Location: Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 State Route 156, Waterloo, Illinois; gates will open at 4:00 pm

Event Chair: Jim Probst – email jprobst@wmnobbe.com or 618-477-7240 or Matt Noble, matt@nextlevelbullriding.com or call 815-651-6661.

Tuff Hedeman: Interview requests or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, Email - tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112.

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Palmer Survives Shoot Out to Win Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

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HURON, South Dakota – (August 30, 2019) – With South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem watching the action from atop the bucking chutes, 20-year-old Matt Palmer electrified the packed house at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds with an 89.5 ride aboard 505 Outer Limits in the Shoot Out round to claim the event title of the prestigious Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash.

Palmer was the lone survivor of the four-person Shoot Out round as he claimed his first Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour event win and a $2,000 bonus check from Panhandle for winning while wearing Rock N Roll Denim jeans..  

 “I have been trying to win one of Tuff’s events for what seems like forever and last year here in Huron, I was three seconds away from winning it and bucked off and this time I just kept telling myself just don’t let go – don’t let go,” said the determined young bull rider from Chelsea, Oklahoma. 

Palmer then found his way to the winners circle to accept the custom created ring, trophy buckle and the $22,750 check from Tuff Hedeman and Red Wilk.

For two days the bucking bulls enjoyed the spotlight ruling over the 73 outs. Twenty-one riders posted qualified rides with Matt Palmer and Javier Garcia finishing at the top of the results sheet for the two nights in the crisp cool Huron weather.

Javier Garcia wins night one of the Bull Bash in Huron with a 91 point ride on C415 Rag Doll (Baker).

Javier Garcia wins night one of the Bull Bash in Huron with a 91 point ride on C415 Rag Doll (Baker).

ROUND ONE

After Governor Noem circled the arena horseback with the American flag, the action got underway. Round one produced eight qualified rides with a pair of 90 points rides splitting the round win. Two Oklahomans shared the spotlight in round one. Caleb McCaslin, Jones, Okla., rode 334 Poke N Grit (Show Me Rodeo) and Palmer began his night with 90 points on the cowboys favorite 9100 Kojak (Rawson).

"I was excited to draw Kojak for the first time, and he felt great, and I knew I should ride him, so it was in my head…like you just don't want to buck off," laughed Palmer.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem carried the flag to open the 2019 Red Wilk Construction TH Bull Bash

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem carried the flag to open the 2019 Red Wilk Construction TH Bull Bash

Caleb McCaslin splits round one with a 90 point ride on Sho Me Rodeo’s Pok-N-Grit..

Caleb McCaslin splits round one with a 90 point ride on Sho Me Rodeo’s Pok-N-Grit..

 Lane Nobles finished second in the round with an 89.5 on 119 Chicken George (Burrus) followed by Cory Atwell 89.5 on 309 One Boot (Show Me), Joseph McConnel 89.5 on B7 Nightmare (Richardson Land and Cattle),Patterson Starcher, 88 pts on C415 Rag Doll, Albert Lebaron 86.5 725 Running Through The Jungle (Rockin C Harris), and Cody Rodeo Tyler 85.5 on 44 Magnum (Rockin C Harris). The heartbreak of the night was Lucas Mooningham, a rookie who was 7.5 seconds on 2801 Speckled Chicken (Rawson).

Semi-Finals

With a cool breeze blowing thru the pens, the bulls took the power back as they attempted to shut out the 24 bull riders. With eight qualified rides in round one, Hedeman would have to draw back four riders on time ridden to advance to the semi-final round. It was Garrett Jones of Devers, Texas who saved face for the cowboy athletes posting an 86 point ride on 556 Monster Mash (Tom Baker Bucking Bulls).

Shoot Out Round

The four top scores of the night and four strong Scott Burruss buckers were now on the Shoot Out roster as the cowboys huddled behind the chutes with Hedeman to select their winning ride. PRCA Extreme Bull champion Lane Nobles was the first man out, and he experienced a quick 3.38 buck off of Spin City. 

Cory Atwell advances to the four-man Shoot Out round with 89.5 points on 309 One Boot

Cory Atwell advances to the four-man Shoot Out round with 89.5 points on 309 One Boot

The North Carolina cowboy Cory Atwell was next up on Slapping Bo. He was also up and out in less than 3 seconds.

Matt Palmer selected 505 Outer Limits after according to Palmer, Noble took his first pick.

"I knew the two previous had bucked off, my bull felt really good, and I was just determined to stay on and win one of these events," said Palmer about his 89.5 ride.

Red and Jenny Wilk with Tuff Hedeman and Matt “Bubba” Palmer

Red and Jenny Wilk with Tuff Hedeman and Matt “Bubba” Palmer

Caleb McCaslin, the only man left who could steal the title from Palmer was next, and he was up and down in 2.98 seconds on Red Cloud.

 Tuff Hedeman Bull Team Challenge Competition

Sho-Me Rodeo from Buffalo, Missouri won their first THT Bull Team competition in Huron. With two qualified rides and a total score of 280.5, the father-son flanking team of Joe and Cody Anderson took home a check for $24,000 and a custom trophy buckle from Tuff Hedeman.

Sho-Me Rodeo WIns Tuff Hedeman Bull Team Competition on night two of the Bull Bash in Huron. Show-Me is owned by Joe Anderson of Buffalo, Missouri.

Sho-Me Rodeo WIns Tuff Hedeman Bull Team Competition on night two of the Bull Bash in Huron. Show-Me is owned by Joe Anderson of Buffalo, Missouri.

"The win is great, but the crowd and the way you pay tribute to the veterans makes this event really special...and the weather,” laughed Andeson.

Anchoring the team win was Caleb McCaslin’s 90 point ride on 334 Pok-n- Grit for the round one win.

"We bought him as a two-year-old, and he has progressed to a perfect bull team bull," added Anderson.

Two of Sho-Me’s bulls came from Lonnie Austin’s pastures. 309 One Boot and semi-final bull Gambler are half brothers. Cory Atwell was 89.5 in round one on 309 and McCaslin bucked off Gambler in 2.98 seconds in the final Shoot out round.

The rank score of the night came from 831 Restraining Order as he bucked off Cason Bronson in 2.54 seconds during the semi-final round.

The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash celebrated its 16th year as the opening show that kicked off the 136-year-old State Fair tradition in South Dakota.  Four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman and local businessman Red Wilk produced the fan-favorite two-night event featuring a passionate patriotic American Hero Ceremony celebrating the lives of 24 Veterans of War.

 “We would not be in Huron without Red Wilk, we share the same ideas and values in producing great entertainment and the ceremony honoring the freedom that we all experience every day is truly amazing and honoring the service record of some of the most decorated war heroes,” said Hedeman.

Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Results

August 29, 2019 - THT Tour

1, Matt Palmer, Chelsea, Oklahoma, 89.5 on 505 Outer Limits owned by Burruss Bucking Bulls, $22,750. 2, Caleb McCaslin, Jones, Okla., $1,500. 3, Cory Atwell, Moravian Falls, NC, $1,500. 4, Lane Nobles, Midlothian, TX, $1,500

August 28, 2019 - Breakout Series

1, Javier Garcia, 91 points on C415 Rag Doll (Tom Baker) $3,061.60. 2, Cory Atwell, 90 pts on 119 Chicken Falls, (Burruss), $2,225.60. 3, Joseph McConnel, 89 pts on 2602 Sharky (Major League), $1,369.60. 4, Matt Triplett, 88.5 pts, $941.60. 5, Lane Nobles, 88 pts on 51 Canto Tomado. 6, Matt Palmer, 88.5 pts, $470.80. 1,

Bull Team Results

August 29

1, Joe Anderson - Show Me Rodeo,  280.5 points, $24,000. 2, Rawson Bucking Bulls, 279.83 pts, $18,000. 3, Burruss, 278.09, $12,000. 4, D4/Tomaski Rodeo, 276.97 pts, $6,000.

Aug. 28

1, Tom Baker, 280.68 pts, $24,000. 2, Major League/Cantankerous LLC., 280.26 pts, $18,000. 3, Burruss, 278.52 pts, $12,000. 4, Rawson, 273.23 pts, $6,000.

Chase Foutch accepts the win for Tom Baker Bucking Bulls at the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash. Foutch hauled and flanked the first and second place teams on night one in Huron..

Chase Foutch accepts the win for Tom Baker Bucking Bulls at the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash. Foutch hauled and flanked the first and second place teams on night one in Huron..

 

 

 

 

This Party Will Rock On Wednesday Night at the South Dakota State Fair

The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

When renown stock contractor Garrett Burruss of Burruss Bucking Bulls in Bradford, Arkansas, describes his unridden bucking bull, 401 Party Rock, it is like describing the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. His 1,600-pound gray bovine is 15 and 0 in the ring and already resting in Huron to try and make it 16 on Wednesday night at the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash.

Five year old 401 Party Rock, sired by Jack Daniel’s After Party has been selected by Hedeman as the Bounty Bull for the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash at the South Dakota State Fair

Five year old 401 Party Rock, sired by Jack Daniel’s After Party has been selected by Hedeman as the Bounty Bull for the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash at the South Dakota State Fair

Four-time World Champion bull rider and pro rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman selected 401 Party Rock to be the last bull out on Wednesday night at the Bull Bash when the bull rider with the highest score in the first performance will have the opportunity to ride him for a $10,000 bounty. If he hears the 8-second whistle while still on the bulls back, he gets the paycheck.

"A really, good bull, in my opinion, comes out and does his job -- which is to buck, getting points for the cowboy," said Tuff Hedeman. "It's the cowboy's job to ride them."

What is in store for the fans is an exciting attempt or possibly even the first qualified ride for this bull in over two years. 

“Cowboys like to get on rank, hard-to-ride bulls, and not get thrown off,” said event promoter Red Wilk.

According to the bull’s owner, matching him move for move will be the only way a bull rider hears the whistle while still on his back at the opening performance of the Bull Bash.

“He goes both ways, you never know if he is coming out to the left of the right which makes it difficult to predict, “ said Garrett Burruss, the bulls owner, chauffeur and personal trainer.

Party Rock does not discriminate, and he can't read a cowboys resume. He bucks of World Champions and rookies with the same style, a big jump and lots of speed with intensity and boasts an average 42.5 bull score in 2019.  His statistically rankest trip this year was with two-time NFR qualifier Boudreaux Campbell at a rodeo in Jackson, MS where he was marked 45.5.

A good bull is said to have heart.  They are genuine athletes — each with their own attitude and personality.  Most buckers prefer to spin either left or right and determine their own "pattern." According to Burruss, this bull is undecided at the moment, which is the challenge the cowboy has to accept.

The bull named Party Rock is a bred to buck performer with a pedigree to match his ability. He is sired by the infamous PBR bucking bull Jack Daniels After Party.

 "You can train a bull to buck to the extent you can train a coon or rabbit dog," Burruss said. "But it's bred in them, although maybe you can tweak it a bit, tweak a few things."

Garrett and Scott Burruss, Bradford, Arkansas accepting round win buckles for the bucking stock at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Garrett and Scott Burruss, Bradford, Arkansas accepting round win buckles for the bucking stock at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

401 was recently nominated to be on the list for the top 15 professional rodeo cowboys in Las Vegas at the National Finals Rodeo in December, one of the highest honors a bucking bovine can receive. He has probably earned that right after two years of unanswered career outs on the professional tours.

“There are no tricks about that really good bull of Burruss he is just really rank,” said the last rider who attempted 401 in Cheyenne.

The bull earns half (50) of the 100 points score available to the bull rider in competition.

 “You know I expect the guys to ride him more than they do, he’s got something about him and he just really bucks,”  laughed Burruss, trying hard not to “jinx” the bulls’ performance by talking too much about him before the chute gate swings open.

Bull Riding and Rodeo participants have chosen Burruss' pen of buckers for both the National Finals Rodeo of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association held each December or the World Finals of the Professional Bull Riders each November, both held in Las Vegas.

"Scott and Garrett Burruss are on my list as top bull men in the business, and they see hundreds of bulls each year -- literally hundreds of animals and they have a great eye for livestock, added Hedeman."

Garrett Burruss and Party Rock will be waiting patiently in the back pens in Huron to see whose name will survive round one and who will get the chance to put their bull-rope around him, slide up and nod.\

About Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding

The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash South Dakota State Fairgrounds, 1060 3rd St. SW.  Tickets are on sale. Tickets are $12 for youth and $20 for adults and are available by calling 866-605-FAIR, or online www.sdstatefair.com. A list of contestants will be available at a later date.

Media contact and press credentials:  Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940.902.1112 or tufhedemanpr@gmail.com or www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com. Follow Tuff Hedeman on Facebook and Instagram @TuffHedemanOfficial

 

$50,000 Cash Money Up for Grabs for the top hands headed to Huron

 

The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

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HURON – $50,000 is up for grabs as professional cowboy athletes make their way to Huron for the 2019 Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash.  Returning for two performances, the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding tour is the lead Grandstand event at the South Dakota State Fair on August 27 and 28 at 8 pm. The 2019 edition features a fierce battle of great bulls matched up against top riders - wrapped around upbeat music and enthusiastic fans.

The Bull Bash is a fifteen-year-old tradition at the fair with Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer and four-time World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman commanding the chutes since 2005. The pioneer of the sport of bull riding returns with 40 professional bull riders this year, veterans and young guns who will face the top bulls on tour to kick off the fair with the fabulous family-friendly good time event.

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“I am never happy with just good, our team works harder each year to bring a better experience to the fans," said Hedeman, who has been producing bull riding since 1992.

New this year at the fairgrounds will be the Tuff Hedeman Stick Bull Riding competition. Hedeman invites boys and girls six years of age and under to strut their stuff before the professional cowboys take the dirt. There is zero entry fee for the budding bull riders, and girls and boys are welcome — entries email Jacey.Hupp@state.sd.us.  

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In addition to the bull riding action, Red Wilk will introduce a Western Wish grant recipient and honor veterans at the American Hero Award ceremony, at an extraordinary intermission rite.

“The true meaning of the American Hero award is Red Wilk, proving that people care about these guys and what they did. It's unbelievable how important that is, and this ceremony reminds people as a country we can never forget and never let them think we don’t care,” said Hedeman.

Three South Dakota bull riders attempting to make a name for themselves and pick up a hall pass to the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour will compete in Huron on Wednesday and Thursday night against the field of champions and top-ranked bull riders.

“Greatness is earned and not given and these new riders, some from South Dakota, that show up here and have talent, we give them an opportunity to compete, they are earning it,” said Hedeman.

South Dakota bull riders Trevor Easton, Wessington Springs, Dustin Hall of Redfield, Dillan Cronk of Mitchell, will compete against athletes from 10 states and Mexico. Young hotshots like to compete and you betcha the local fans will be cheering to help them make 8. The Red Wilk Construction THBR Bull Bash at the South Dakota State Fair is the only Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding stop in South Dakota.

A few of the contenders entered this year include Foster McCraw, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo bull riding champion, Clancy Hart, son of 1999 PBR World Champion Cody Hart. The only bull rider to win the National High School and College bull riding finals, Trey Holston, returns after winning in Huron in 2017.  Isanti Pro Rodeo champ and Cheyenne round winner Matt Palmer and Cheyenne top 5 finisher Joseph McConnel, to name a few.

In addition to the bull riding action Red Wilk will honor veterans at the American Hero Award ceremony, at an extraordinary intermission rite.

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Night one will include a $10,000 long round and a bounty bull worth $10,000, but the highest score from round one rider has to hang on long enough to hear the whistle if he plans to collect the cash. The bounty bull is selected by Hedeman and will be announced at a later date.

Thursday night’s lineup will follow Hedeman’s three-round tournament-style format which is popular with fans as it allows them to see their favorite riders challenge as many as three bulls in one night. As the bull riders progress each earning money for their qualified rides, the final four-man Shoot Out round determines the winner and the bulk of the $30,000 prize money.

The stick bull riding will begin at 6:30 followed by the bull riding action at 8. This year’s line-up includes barrel man extraordinaire Johnny Dudley and the Tuff Hedeman cowboy lifesavers, bullfighters Bryce Redo and Beau Schueth.

The competition is also part of the Tuff Hedeman Bull Team Challenge. Bull owners will bring three bulls featured during the first two rounds of competition with $50,000 up for grabs for the teams with the highest scores.

Immediately following the bull riding, fans will get a chance to meet and get autographs from the bull riders and Tuff Hedeman.

The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash will be held at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds, 1060 3rd St. SW.  Tickets are on sale. Tickets are $12 for youth and $20 for adults and are available by calling 866-605-FAIR, Red Wilk Construction Bull Riding tickets or online www.sdstatefair.com.

A list of contestants will be available at a later date.

For interviews, press credentials and additional information please contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940.902.1112 or tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com.

 

Jacksonville Bull Riding Announces Ultimate Fan Experience Premium Tickets on Sale

Nicky Wheeler Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Bull Riding

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JACKSONVILLE, Texas - Want to entertain, impress, and reward your best clients or your most valued employees? Support the local 4-H and FFA Scholarship Programs, or maybe you just want to do something special for friends and family?

The Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding committee is pleased to announce tickets are on sale for its annual bull bash with an option for the ultimate fan experience with the addition of “Premium” Seating options for the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series bull riding held at the Jacksonville Rodeo arena on September 28.

This annual event powered by the fans and the local community is the largest benefactor event for local FFA and 4-H college scholarships. Providing self-sufficiency and local jobs for future generations in the agricultural community is the goal of these scholarships and agricultural-based programs.

“Each of our Premium Seating options offers an array of benefits and advantages, but this year you will have the chance to sit ringside on the dirt with concierge services including a meet and greet with Tuff Hedeman in your preferred seating and a waiter to tend to your every need,” said Haley Beasley, Co-Chair of the event.

Concierge Boxes are limited so you will want to reserve yours soon. Price is $150 per box which includes six seats. Box Seats within the grandstands are available again for $100 and consists of six seats.

The two-round annual event will be held on September 28 at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena where the bull riders will compete for prize money and a custom engraved Corriente Saddle and Buckle trophy buckle.

This year’s event will once again be produced by a host of dedicated volunteers including previous Stock Contractor of the Year and World Champion bull team owner Jeff Harris and family of Palestine and Haley and Brian Beasley of Jacksonville.

Hedeman’s Breakout Tour event allows new riders to break into the ranks of professional bull riding and advance to the national level tours.

General Admission price is $10 in advance with tickets available online at Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding and thru Raven Jute’s Boutique and Salon Facebook page or in person at the Boutique in Jacksonville. The price will be $12 at the gate.

For more information on the event and premium seating options, Contact Haley Beasley 903-747-7199.

About the Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding

The Nicky Wheeler Memorial was established to pay tribute to an industry great, former champion bull rider and stock contractor who passed away in April of 2018. Formerly known as the Bull Bash Revolution, the name was changed this year to honor a great man. Nicky devoted his life to helping kids in FFA and 4H chapters statewide. The Wheeler family owns Fresh Country Fund Raising, a statewide fundraising company supporting 4H and FFA chapters nationwide.

 

Coleman Rude Captures Title at his first Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series event

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Midwest Swing Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series at the Whiteside County Fair

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MORRISON, Illinois - The fourth stop of the WickedRank.com Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing Series got off to a slow start at the Whiteside County Fair Bull Bash on Tuesday night with only one rider posting a qualified ride in the first round.  With a little encouragement, the field of 17 competitors heated up for the championship round and a shot at the lion’s share of the $5,000 added prize purse.

When it was all said and done and time to ride the Ferris wheel, the last cowboy on the day sheet, Coleman Rude of Silver Lake, Indiana, was triumphant with a 90.5 ride on Cory Check’s bull Mr. Wilson. Rude’s ride would be the highest score of the event and earn him the title and a check for $1,704.48.

“The first bull didn’t go my way, and the second came out and jumped two and long and then came back to the left into my hand – he faded before the whistle towards the chutes, but I made it,” said 25 year old Coleman Rude making his first appearance at a Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding.

Also breaking out at the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Series was Matthew Weaver of Grovespring, Missouri who was the only bull rider to hear the whistle while still on the back of his draw , P4 Mr. Midnight (Shop Creek) during round one.  Weaver won $1,608 for his 85.5 effort on a bull he had not seen before.

Matthew Weaver

Matthew Weaver

“I drew a really good bull from Randy Littrell, he said he would be good to get on, and he went out two and around to the right into my hand, and I just got to do what I love, and it fell into place," said Weaver has competed on all stops of the Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing Series this year. Weaver plans to compete $10,000 added finale in Waterloo on September 21. "All the Glory to God," the 20-year-old cowboy added.

Fan enjoying selfies with the bull riders.

Fan enjoying selfies with the bull riders.

The chant “Cowboy Up” could be heard behind the chutes as the young guns took to their bulls and produced five qualified rides in the Championship Round. Riding for the highest score in the event was  Coleman Rude for 90.5 points.   Kyle McDaniel was second in the round with 89.5 points followed by Caleb McCaslin’s 88.  Javier Garcia, who should be positioned with points for a shot at the finals next month, was 87 points and Nick Goldsmith was 86.

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In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the $10,000 added money Wicked Rank Tour Midwest Swing Finale to held on September 21 in Waterloo. At the end of the Midwest Swing, the bull rider who earns the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle, and buckle.  Ticket Link.

The Whiteside County Fair is produced by said The Whiteside County Central Agricultural Society which was formed May 28, 1872, in Morrison, Illinois. Its purpose is to promote all the industrial pursuits of the county, especially the agricultural, horticultural, floricultural, and mechanical interests and also the fine arts and domestic manufactures.  2020 will be the 150th celebration of this historic event.

Whiteside County Fair Bull Riding Results

1, Coleman Rude, Silver Lake, Indiana, 90.5 on two bulls, $1704.48. 2, Kyle McDaniel, 89 pts, 954.08. 3, Caleb McCaslin, 88, $611.04. 4, Javier Garcia, 87, $375.20 5, Nick Goldsmith, $107.20

For more information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940.902.1112 or tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com

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The Boys of Summer Celebrate the History of the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash

 

Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

Presented by the South Dakota State Fair

Tuff Hedeman and Red Wilk

Tuff Hedeman and Red Wilk

HURON, South Dakota - Since 2005, the late August stop on the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour has launched and funded many professional bull riding careers. Huron, South Dakota has been the site of grand comebacks, tragic and heartbreaking career endings, and in some years it has set the pace for the next season, positioning the bull rider to win a World title. 

In front of a boisterous standing room only crowd, year after year the azure blue colored sky seems to stand still for a breathtaking sunset as Tuff Hedeman and the boys enter through the center gate.

There is no doubt that with 14 years of pro bull riding on the record in Huron, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash has been awarded. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 times the chute gates have opened for bucking bulls of the year, veteran and rookie cowboy athletes alike.

With a passion for the South Dakota State Fair, Red Wilk decided in 2001 to get the ball rolling on bringing a stand-alone bull riding to the fairgoers. Since 1986, Red Wilk Construction has been a corporate partner of the South Dakota State Fair.  In 2001, the Fair discontinued the PRCA rodeo held annually, and Red decided to take on the task of bringing a professional level bull riding to the Grandstands.

 “The South Dakota State Fair means a great deal to Red, and he and our family are very happy to be a part of the fair,” said Jenny Wilk.

The Bull Bash has grown over the years from a few hundred fans attending to over 5,000 people that come faithfully on Wednesday and Thursday night to watch the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour.

During the first two years (2001-2002) it was first produced by a company in Utah. For the following 15 years, CBR produced the event with Tuff Hedeman commanding the chutes for CBR. In 2017 Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding evolved and took the reins.

 "I knew there was a need for it and I knew the people would love it," said Wilk.

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From the first year until 2012 the annual two day Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash consisted of two days, with two rounds each day.  In 2012 the format changed to the three-round sudden death format on day two which guarantees bull riders prize money in each round if they ride their bull. The riders earn additional money for each ride, and the event culminates in a sudden-death final round of four riders with a winner take all scenario.  

Favorite sons of the Bull Bash are South Dakota natives Ardie Maier, Corey Maier and Kritter Lamb bring the crowds to their feet when they are announced.

Favorite sons of the Bull Bash are South Dakota natives Ardie Maier, Corey Maier and Kritter Lamb bring the crowds to their feet when they are announced.

Red Wilk first produced a bull riding at the Fair in 2001, but the traditional Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash began its run in 2005 with Tuff Hedeman in front of the chutes.  Wilk began the centerpiece of the event, the American Hero Award in 2003.  Being a Vietnam Veteran himself, he knows the importance of honoring Veterans for the sacrifices they have made for their country. Over the years, Red has honored 100 plus Veterans from South Dakota.

American Hero Ceremony at the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash began in 2003

American Hero Ceremony at the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash began in 2003

“The sacrifice these men make for our country is how we are able to do what we do today, right here in this very arena, and it is our honor to stand down and be part of this great rite of passage and remember why we can celebrate the freedoms we enjoy,” said Hedeman.

Red Wilk’s Bull Bash kicks off the Grandstand entertainment at the South Dakota State Fair each year, and according to the people of Huron, it is has reached legendary status… to bull riders, stock contractors and most importantly, the fans.

Meet the men who have built the history of the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash and their path to a piece of South Dakota and bull riding history.

2018 Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Champion, Tristan Mize

2018 Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Champion, Tristan Mize

2018      Tristan Mize, Bryan, TX - Debuting at his first Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour, 21-year-old Tristan Mize found his way to the winners circle to accept the custom created trophy belt and check from Tuff Hedeman and Red Wilk for the average title on one ride. His 88 point domination of Jeff Harris' bull rider favorite, 277 Dirty Little Secret eventually won him the title He bucked off 21Z Gray Cloud (Burruss) in the Shoot-Out.

Koby Radley

Koby Radley

2017      Koby Radley, Montpelier, LA - NFR qualifier, CBR Year-End Horizon Champion, IFYR World Champion. After forty-one outs and nine qualified rides, it was the Louisiana cowboy who was the only bull rider to cover two during the 3 round event. Radley was 84.5 on JC Knapp’s Uptown Funk first then 89 points on L33 Tamale (Harris) in the semifinal round to eventually be declared the average champion and winner in 2017.

Taryl Smith, 2016 Champion

Taryl Smith, 2016 Champion

2016      Taryl Smith, Litchville, ND - NFR qualifier who rode 3 for the win including Shoot Out Round match-up J908 Outside the Box (J. Jaynes) for 92 points. He advanced from 1 to 2 on Commanche Moon (7Rocking X) followed by 89 points on Flab Slab (Jaynes) in the second.

5-time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider, Sage Kimzey was the 2015 Red Wilk Champ. Photographed on Jeff Harris’ Shorty.

5-time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider, Sage Kimzey was the 2015 Red Wilk Champ. Photographed on Jeff Harris’ Shorty.

2015      Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Ok - Zero rides in the Shoot Out round resulted in the average event title for 5-time PRCA World Champion, CBR World Champ, and 5-time NFR qualifier Sage Kimzey who rode JC Knapp’s salty bull…93Pepper in the second round for 90 points and the win.

2014 Bull Bash Champion Corey Bailey on Lyndal Hurst’s Ironhorse

2014 Bull Bash Champion Corey Bailey on Lyndal Hurst’s Ironhorse

2014      Corey Bailey - Paris, TN  - 2011 Corey Bailey carries the average title from 2014 with 92 points aboard Evil Kneivel (JQH) but zero rides scores during the Shoot Out thus pushed the prize purse to the following event. Corey would launch a good career from Huron and become the 2018 IPRA World Champion Bull Rider.  

Aaron Pass

Aaron Pass

2013      Aaron Pass – Dallas, TX - NFR qualifier Aaron Pass won the Shoot out and event title with a 90.5  on 117C Booger Red. He advanced with 88.5 on 265 Myspace.

2012      Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, SD - NFR qualifier, member of the $1,000,000 earnings club, and the oldest of the trio of bull riding Maier brothers, Maier was the comeback kid in 2012 after ending 2011 CBR season in the hospital at the yearend finals. Maier was 89 points in the Shoot-Out on Chin Music (Dakota). He advanced on 89.5 points aboard Buffalo Hump (Talbert) and 91 on Sandy Bob (Talbert). The only native South Dakota bull rider to ever win the Huron Bull Bash title, Maier is a beloved member of this community.

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2011      Clayton Foltyn, Winnie, TX - CBR World Champion and NFR Qualifier. Foltyn was one of 2 to cover both bulls for 172 points. He earned the title with a pair of 86’s on 732 Notorious (McGuire Cattle) in the long round and 564 Big Stuff (Berger) in the short go.

2010      Scottie Knapp, Edgewood, NM – NFR Qualifier. The fans remember Kenny Westrope who was as 91.5 on Bucking Bull of the Year Double Scoop (B. Cooper Bucking Bulls) in the final round, but it was Knapp that won the average with two rides. 87.5 on CyberSpace (B. Cooper) and 91 points on 92 Walk the Line (Berger).

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2009      Cling Craig, Mena, AR - An NFR qualifier who won both rounds with a 90 on Secret Mind (Shippy) in the long round and Walk the Line (Berger) 91.5 in the short round. “He did his job and made it look easy, it was the essence of a good bull rider, the win was a result of his emphasis on the mental game,” said TV broadcaster and 8-time World Champion Don Gay.

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2008      Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah - NFR qualifier who earned the title with 89.5 points on 23 Like Mike in the Championship Round. Woolsey advanced on Hugh with 86.50 points in the long round.        

2007      Bonner Bolton, Odessa, TX - CBR World Champion and PBR premier tier rider. The current fashion model Bonner Bolton won the event in 2007 on PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year, HO3 Biloxi Blues when he brought the crowd to their feet with 91.5 points. He rode 47 Scorpion for 86 pts in the long round.

2007 Huron Champion and Dancing With the Stars competitor Bonner Blue Bolton..

2007 Huron Champion and Dancing With the Stars competitor Bonner Blue Bolton..

2006      Jay Dunford, Menoken, ND – After two days, 102 outs and 30 qualified rides, Jay Dunford was declared the winner with 173 points, narrowly edging out Bonner Bolton. He was 88 points on 007 Bond James Bond (Berger)and 85 points on  903 Blue Chip (Berger) to win the first round.

***Records and winners before 2006 were unavailable.

Tickets available at Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Tickets or TuffHedemanBullRiding.com. 2018 and 2019 Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Season available for view on TuffRideTV.com.

For more information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940.902.1112 or tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com

 

Wicked Rank Midwest Swing Breakout Series Returns to Whiteside County Fair

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The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Series

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Morrison, Illinois -  (August  12, 2019)  – Professional bull riding athletes from 10 States and one from Mexico will face a field of competitors at the Whiteside Fair Arena on Tuesday night. Up for grabs, the lion’s share of the $5,000 added prize money and a custom trophy buckle. The Whiteside Country Fair Bull Bash gets underway at 7:00 pm and the family-friendly show is expected to last two hours. 

Tuff Hedeman, the pioneer of the sport of bull riding and 4-time World Champion bull rider has lined up a competitive roster for the fourth stop of his Midwest Swing which includes the champions from the first three stops of the Wicked Rank Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing Series which began in Woodstock on August 1 and concludes on September 21 in Waterloo with $10,000 bonus added money and a custom engraved saddle to the Series winner. 

Photo by Doug Wade

Photo by Doug Wade

Grandstand tickets are included in the gate admission price to the fair. The annual event producer a Matt of  Next Level Bull Riding and sanctioned by Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Series. 

"For 14 years we have been bringing this family-friendly bull riding tradition to the fair-goers, and we enjoy supporting the community in this way and bringing a great line up of riders ready to put on a good show and win some money, "  said Matt Noble.  

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Tour is a two-round format featuring traditional western entertainment from the barrel, and the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk.

Bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk.   Photo by Doug Wade

Bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk. Photo by Doug Wade

 There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the field. The evening concludes with a bounty bull and $1,000 bonus check waiting if the cowboy can ride the required 8 Seconds. 

If you like a little insider information, according to produce Matt Noble, the breakout cowboy athlete  to watch in Morrison is Javier Garcia. 

 “I have been impressed with Javier, he’s made a couple of great bull rides, shows good form, and hustles up on his rope consistently and will it make it fun to watch for the fans,” said Noble.  

Mexico’s Albert Lebaron leads the most bulls covered (4) showing consistency on the Midwest Swing. Last year’s tour champion, Matt Palmer, is always a threat and he proved that riding for 91.5 points to win the Belvidere stop on the MWS Series on Thursday night.   

The Whiteside County Fair is produced by said The Whiteside County Central Agricultural Society formed on May 28, 1872, in Morrison, Illinois. Its purpose is to promote all industrial pursuits of the county, especially the agricultural, horticultural, floricultural, and mechanical interests, the fine arts, and domestic manufacturers. 2020 will be the 150th celebration of this historic event. 

 In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Wicked Rank Tour Midwest Swing Finals to on September 21. At the end of the Midwest Swing, the bull rider  who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle, and buckle. 

TICKET INFORMATION - Free Grandstands with fair gate admission

EVENT LOCATION: Whiteside County Fair, 201 West Winfield Street, Morrison, IL 61270

CONTACT: Matt Noble, matt@nextlevelbullriding.com or call 815-651-6661.

Tuff Hedeman interviews or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquiries [G5] matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

 



Palmer and Lebaron Win Hedeman's Midwest Swing Stops in Illinois

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Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Breakout Series

Photos by Doug Wade

The race is on for the championship title of the Midwest Swing Breakout Bull Riding Series. Four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman traveled to the suburbs of Chicago to crown two champions this weekend on stop two and three of the WickedRank.com Midwest Swing. Professional bull riding athletes Matt Palmer of Chelsea, Oklahoma and Albert LeBaron of Mexico took home event wins at the Belvidere Bull Bash and the Big Rock Plowing Match bull riding, respectively.

Matt Palmer wins Boone County Bull Bash in Belvidere, Illinois with a 91.5 aboard Mudd Puppy from Shop Creek Cattle Company. Photo by Doug Wade

Matt Palmer wins Boone County Bull Bash in Belvidere, Illinois with a 91.5 aboard Mudd Puppy from Shop Creek Cattle Company. Photo by Doug Wade

In Belvidere, on Friday night Matt Palmer squeaked by Javier Garcia in the average by one point. Palmer won round one and the bull riding event title with a 91.5. Veteran rider Corey Atwell was second with 89 points. The short round was competitive with no rider covering two bulls, but Javier Garcia rode for 90.5 points. Albert Lebaron was the only other rider in the short go to cover his bull with 88 points.

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In Big Rock, Albert Lebaron would seek revenge and win the title as the only rider to cover two bulls and a total of 169 points on two head. Second place would go to Corey Atwell’s after an 88 point ride in the short round. Adam McConnel would place third and round one winner Shea Russell fourth.

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series tour is designed to award new riders the opportunity to break into the ranks of professional bull riding and advance to the national level tours. The Breakout Series has many of the familiar top names on the roster and fresh faces packed with talent making the Series competitive and exciting.

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With a total of $60,000 in prize monies available in five events, the race for the Midwest Series Swing is on, and Matt Palmer is the one to beat. Palmer won the first and second events in Woodstock and Belvidere. Next up – Whiteside County Fair Bull Bash, Morrison, Illinois on August 13.  Morrison Ticket link.

Belvidere, Illinois Bull Bash – August 9, 2019

1, Matt Palmer, Chelsea, Okla., 91.5 points on 2 bulls, $2,515.60. 2, Javier Garcia, 9.5 on 2, $1,926.60. 3, Corey Atwell, 89 on 2, $1,223.60. 4, Albert Lebaron, 88 on 2, 900.6. 5, Cole Miller, 86, $661.20.

Big Rock Plowing Match Results - August 10, 2019

1, Albert LeBaron, 169 on two head, $1,866.80. 2, Cory Atwell, 88.5 on 2, $1,840. 3, Adam McConnell, 88 on 2, $1,104. 3, Shea Russell, 86 on 2, $1310.02. Chris Sallie, 85.5 on 2, $728.28

Five events will complete the fall schedule of the Midwest Swing Series which began on August 1 in Woodstock, Illinois at the McHenry County Fair. Buckles, saddles, and bonus money have the competitors with their eye on the bigger prize.  Hedeman awards the Breakout champions an invitation to compete on the premier televised Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding tour where the purse increases to $30,000. See www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com for the schedule and ticket sales.

For more information, contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com or 940.902.1112.

August 13, 2018 -  Whiteside County Fair Bull Bash, Morrison, Illinois

$5,000 added and Custom Trophy buckle

August 13 - $5,000

September 21, 2018 -Midwest Swing Series Finale, Waterloo, Illinois

Waterloo Optimist's Blue Army Bull Bash

$10,000 added purse, Trophy Saddle and buckle

Tuff Hedeman and the Boys are back for the Boone County Fair Bull Bash

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 BELVIDERE, Illinois - (August 5, 2019) – The most recognizable cowboy in the world, 4-time World Champion bull rider and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, announced today he is headed to Belvidere. Friday night lights at the Boone County Fair grandstands will feature the second stop of the Tuff Hedeman Break Out Series Midwest Swing sponsored by WickedRank.com. The two-hour adrenaline rush action begins at 7 pm on August 9 at the Boone County Fairgrounds arena.

“I am excited to becoming up to Belvidere this year for the Bull Bash and look forward to meeting some of the great bull riding fans and the people of this area that love bull riding, come out and see us, I’ll be in the arena after the show,” said Tuff Hedeman.

Jake Weber is all smiles after his winning ride on the first leg of the Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing in Woodstock, Illinois on Aug 2. Tuff Hedeman and the bull riding boys head to Belvidere Friday night for the second stop of the five city tour. The Midwest Swing Series is sponsored by WickedRank.com  Photo by Tricia Carzoli

Jake Weber is all smiles after his winning ride on the first leg of the Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing in Woodstock, Illinois on Aug 2. Tuff Hedeman and the bull riding boys head to Belvidere Friday night for the second stop of the five city tour. The Midwest Swing Series is sponsored by WickedRank.com

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There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the field in a two round format with a bounty bull and $1,000 the prize for staying on the required 8 Seconds. 

“The Wicked Rank tour is now a Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series event and for 14 years we have been bringing this family friendly bull riding tradition to the fairgoers and we enjoy supporting the community in this way and bringing a great line up of riders, said event producer Matt Noble of Next Level Bull Riding. 

     This year’s Bull Bash will be the second stop of the Tuff Hedeman Wicked Rank Midwest Swing tour is a five city tour including stops in Woodstock, Belvidere, and Morrison where bull riders accumulate points to compete at the finale on September 21 in Waterloo with $10,000 added prize money to the cowboy athletes. At the end of the Midwest Swing the bull rider who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle and buckle.

This year’s event festivities will begin at 6:00 pm when the doors open.  The Mutton Bustin’ begins at 6:30 followed by the pro bull riding action at 7:00. The bull riding is expected to conclude at 9 pm and immediately following the event, Tuff Hedeman and the riders will be in the arena signing autographs.

Tuff Hedeman heads to the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing. Hedeman will make appearances in Belvidere and Big Rock, IL.

Tuff Hedeman heads to the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing. Hedeman will make appearances in Belvidere and Big Rock, IL.

The Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding Tour pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in a two round format featuring traditional western entertainment from the barrel, and the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk. Bull riders will face a talented field of selected competitors for the lion’s share of the 7,500 added prize money, and custom engraved trophy buckle.

 TICKET INFORMATION -  Grandstand seats are $10. Tickets available at the ticket office at Gate 1.

EVENT LOCATION: Boone County Fairgrounds, Belvidere, Illinois

CONTACT: Matt Noble, matt@nextlevelbullriding.com or call 815-651-6661.

Tuff Hedeman interviews or information contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquires matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

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Weber Wins first stop of the Tuff Hedeman Midwest Swing

Jake Weber Wins season opener of the Tuff Hedeman Mid West Swing Breakout Series in Woodstock, Illinois. Photograph: Weber on bounty bull “Y” Mr. Wilson from CC Bucking Bulls for 92.5 points. Photo by V Veronica Pizor.

Jake Weber Wins season opener of the Tuff Hedeman Mid West Swing Breakout Series in Woodstock, Illinois. Photograph: Weber on bounty bull “Y” Mr. Wilson from CC Bucking Bulls for 92.5 points. Photo by V Veronica Pizor.

 Wisconsin Bull Rider Jake Webber wins first stop of Midwest Swing

McHenry County Fair Bull Bash  

WOODSTOCK, IL – August 3, 2019  –  Wisconsin cowboy Jake Weber thrilled the fans scoring 92.5 points on a bull named  Mr. Wilson to earn the additional $1,000 Wicked Rank.com paycheck and the championship prize package on the first stop on the Tuff Hedeman Midwest Breakout Bull Riding Series.

It was Weber’s first win in the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding and he took home the prize money, buckle and title of the Tuff Hedeman McHenry County Fair Bull Bash.  He earned the average win and paycheck of $2,428.80 in addition to valuable points for the Midwest Swing Series competition which comes with an additional money, a custom trophy saddle and buckle on concudes on September 21 at the finale stop in Waterloo. 

Weber finished the night going two for three, but it was hard fought. Bucking off in round one he advanced on time ridden to round two where he earned 89.5, the highest marked ride of the second round and the championship title of the McHenry County Fair Bull Bash.  The win earned Weber the opportunity for the third bull, Mr. Wilson, brought to Woodstock from CC Bucking Bulls. An 8 Second ride earns the bull rider an additional $1,000. Capitalizing on his momentum in round two, Weber made the whistle and claimed the bounty prize. 

“It was a great night for the fans to see some great bull riding and they packed the stands on a Thursday night to see a good group of talented young bull riders and have some fun at the fair,” said Matt Noble, producer of the Midwest Swing Series.

The five event series produced by Matt Noble’s Next Level Bull Riding kicked off in at the McHenry County Fair and continues on next week with stops in Belvidere, Big Rock, and Morrison ending with a series finale in September in Waterloo

Tickets and information for the Midwest Swing are available on www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com.   

 “Since 1949 the week-long McHenry County Fair Association has been entertaining the community during the first six days at the beginning of August and the addition of the pro level bull riding is exciting, “ said Frank Kerns of the Fair Board.

Hedeman’s events have become known for their action-packed performances with great bulls matched to super star riders and upbeat music.  

Media inquiries and interview requests available by calling or email – Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquires matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

McHenry Bull Bash Results

1, Jake Weber, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, 89. 5, $2,428.80. 2, Nick Pelke, 88 pts, $1,398.40. 3, Adam McConnell, 87 pts, $883.20.

 

 

Tuff Talks

LANE FROST'S LEGACY LIVES ON 30 YEARS AFTER HIS PASSING

BY TRACY RENCK | JUL 30, 2019

Sports Machine broadcaster George Michael interviews Lane Frost and Tuff Hedeman - Photo by Sue Rosoff

Sports Machine broadcaster George Michael interviews Lane Frost and Tuff Hedeman - Photo by Sue Rosoff

http://www.prorodeo.com/news-notes-archive/2019/07/30/lasting-legacy-of-lane-frost

COLORADO SPRINGS – The date is etched in rodeo history – July 30, 1989.

That is the day the rodeo world lost a legend in PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost.

Frost passed away as a result of injuries sustained when the bull he was riding struck him after a ride during the short round at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo. Frost was 25.

Frost won the 1987 PRCA world championship. He would have been 55 years old this year.

“The thing that has surprised me the most is how his legacy has lived on,” said Frost’s mother, Elsie. “I just never dreamed after 30 years that anyone would even mention him or remember him, and of course, we have to give the movie ‘8 Seconds’ a little bit of credit for that. Our grandson (Stetson Frost) started a Lane Frost Brand that has really taken off and that has really helped bring Lane’s name back around too. Of course, in some ways, it seems like yesterday (that it happened) and other ways it seems like quite some time ago. I know he would be so proud that people still remember him.”

The late Luke Perry portrayed Frost in the movie “8 Seconds,” which debuted Feb. 25, 1994.

Although the movie wasn’t quite a true depiction of Frost’s real-life story, the movie played a key role in keeping Frost’s legacy alive.

 

Making a name, becoming a legend

Frost’s family moved from Utah to Lane, Okla., in 1978.

“When we first moved to Oklahoma, Lane wasn’t well-known,” recalled Frost’s sister, Robin Muggli. “When we got to Oklahoma, I was a senior in high school, and he was a freshman. He pulled a much, much stronger rope than anybody I have ever known. One of the first rodeos we went to, we were at Duncan (Okla.) at the rodeo and Lane said you’re going to have to come pull my rope. Well, back then, it was very, very frowned on for girls to be behind the chute. I didn’t want to do it, but he said he couldn’t find anybody else who he trusted to do it. I went back behind the chute, which immediately made the stock contractor mad, and he was screaming at me.

“I had pulled his rope many times, but on this bull, I could not get it tight enough. Somebody else jumped up there to pull the rope and they couldn’t pull the rope either. They had to get two, great-big guys who finally got it tight enough for him. He rode the bull and won the rodeo. From then on, he was known in the area.”

He’s not just known in the area anymore.

“I have a Western store (Frost Ranch Wear) in Atoka (Okla.),” Muggli said. “Cowboys and kids stop through here, and what blows my mind is the young kids, anywhere in age from 4 to 12 to 19, are just as excited about him and enamored with him today as they were 10 years ago. It blows my mind. He was gone 20 years before some of these kids were even born and they still are excited about him as ever.”

Elsie believes faith played a role in people gravitating to Frost.

“I have said all along I think God gave Lane the personality that he did to draw people to him, because God knew the big picture in what was going to happen,” Elsie said. “Lane liked everybody. It didn’t matter if you were 80 or 8, he wanted to visit with you. He was bad at remembering names, but he never forgot your face. If he saw somebody a year later that he visited with at that rodeo, he remembered them. He had a God-given talent to draw people to him.”

Tuff Hedeman was Frost’s best friend. Just months after Frost’s death, Hedeman was crowned the 1989 PRCA World Champion Bull Rider.

“The reality of it is, is he was as advertised,” Hedeman said. “He was the coolest, best guy you would ever meet. He was The Guy when he was alive. He was the kind of guy if you ever wanted to be somebody, you wanted to be him. He was to everybody, not to just me. He was a very genuine, sincere, kind guy. I still stay in touch with his mother and father (Clyde), and I think we continue to be amazed that he’s a bigger deal now than he was 30 years ago. I think that is rare is any walk of life.”

Elsie said her faith is how she dealt with the death of her son.

“I don’t know how anyone can lose a child without the faith in God and without God to give them the comfort and assurance that he’s in Heaven,” she said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s in Heaven because he accepted Jesus as his savior and that was only about a year-and-a-half before he died that he did that. We know we are going to see him some day and that’s a comfort. Even though we have missed him for 30 years and the hurt is still there, we know we are going to see him someday.”

About five years after Lane’s passing, Elsie said paperback New Testament Bibles were printed with a picture of Lane on the front.

“We have given away about 330,000 of those bibles over the years,” said Elsie, who gives the Bibles away through her Bible ministry. “On the inside front cover, I tell them about Lane’s salvation and how to be saved so that anyone who reads it knows what they need to do to accept Jesus as their personal savior.” 

Frost, who was posthumously inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1990, has had a lasting impact on bull riders today – few of whom were born before he died. That includes PRCA bull rider Sage Kimzey, 24, who has won five consecutive PRCA world championships.

“Anybody who walks into a rodeo arena now, Lane had some influence on whether it be through old cowboy stories or from the movie (8 Seconds) or whatever the reason may be,” Kimzey said. “I feel like everybody looks up to him. I watched videos of Lane riding, and I think everybody has watched 8 Seconds about a million times. With him leaving this Earth too soon, he became that larger-than-life character. I know for me at least, and my generation of cowboys, it was always when you grow up you wanted to be like Lane Frost. There are only a handful of icons in bull riding, and Lane is definitely one of them – not only how he rode bulls, but how he carried himself and the person he was.” 

One goal

The fact Frost became a bull rider was no surprise to Elsie.

“His dad was a saddle bronc rider and a bareback rider and bulldogged, and most kids wanted to do what their dad did, but not Lane,” Elsie said. “From the time he was litte bitty, he wanted to be a bull rider. He had a lot of God-given talent, but he also worked at it hard. He did whatever it took to do what he wanted to do. That’s what I remember, just his passion for it. We would have much rather had him choose something else to do, but you just can’t deny a child who has that much passion for something. You want them to do what they want to do, and I’ve always said, if he had to go that would have been his choice of the way to go. He just loved it so much.”

Muggli echoed her mom.

“All in all, I don’t know how you would have changed things because Lane wanted to ride bulls from a really, really young age, and it was obvious that’s all he wanted to do,” she said. “There’s no way you could have changed things even knowing what was going to happen because you wouldn’t have been able to convince him not to have gotten on. There was no option for another event, he only wanted to be a bull rider. I still hate that it happened (that he passed away riding a bull), but I don’t know how you would have changed it.”





Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Bull Riding Returns to McHenry County Fair

TH Breakout Series Midwest Swing - Woodstock, Illinois

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WOODSTOCK, IL - July 25, 2019  – Top-ranked riders are expected in Woodstock next week as the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Out Bull Riding series returns to the McHenry County Fair on Thursday, August 1 at 7 pm. Four-time time World Champion bull rider and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman announced details today of the first stop on the five-city tour which kicks off at the McHenry County Fair and Rodeo Bull Bash located at 12015 Country Club Rd.

 "Last year's event was a complete sell-out, and we were so excited to host the event again this year - we are pleased to announce we have added 2,600 seats and hopefully we will not have to turn away anyone that wants to see the bull riding,” said Cyndie Erckritz, Director, McHenry County Fair board.

 The Breakout Series event pits the industry’s veteran and newcomer riders against a collection of great bulls in a two-round format. Traditional western entertainment includes barrel man Josh Foster, the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk along with the voice of the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour, Chris Rankin, who will provide play by play and color commentary from the announcer’s stand.

 At the debut of this series in 2019, the sold-out grandstands cheered on 32 cowboys from 11 states and two international bull riders who provided two hours of high energy adrenaline rush entertainment.  Ticket Link.

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“It was a great experience to see such dedicated fans pack the house on a night in the middle of the week, the Breakout Series is a great way to give the dedicated bull riding fans of the Midwest a chance to see a great production and a good group of talented young bull riders,” said Tuff Hedeman who made his first trip to Woodstock in 2018 to assist the production.

 Tuff Hedeman is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo. For 23 years he has made a name for himself in the production of great family-friendly bull riding events, and for the second consecutive year, he is bringing his legacy of bull riding back to Woodstock.  

 The annual Woodstock event is part of the Midwest Swing Series worth over $60,000 in total prize monies and is open to all levels of professional level bull riding athletes. The Breakout series was created to award new riders the opportunity to break into the ranks of professional bull riding and advance to national level tours.

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 This year’s event festivities will begin at 6:00 pm when the doors open and the bull riding action gets underway at 7:00 pm and expected to conclude at 9 pm. Bull riders will face a field of approximately 40 selected competitors for the lion’s share of the 7,500 added prize money.

There are no guarantees in bull riding; the only way for cowboys to earn a paycheck is to ride better than the rest of the 40 man field.  The field of competition begins with all attempting to ride one bull in the "long round." The top 8 ride scores will advance to the championship round where they will battle for the prize money and trophy buckle and invitation from Hedeman to compete on the premier televised Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour event.

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  In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Midwest Swing Finals held on September 15. At the end of the Midwest Swing, the bull rider who has the most points will be crowned the Series Champion and receive a check, Custom trophy saddle, and buckle and an invitation to compete in Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour event.

Tickets are available at the fair box office and online at https://www.showclix.com/event/tuff-hedeman-break-out-tour-bull-riding.

Event location: 12015 Country Club Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098.  Media inquiries and interview requests available by calling or email – Leigh Ann Schroeder, tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com – 940.902.1112. Bull Rider entries and inquires matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.



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Tuff Talks...J.Pat Evans

Tuff and the late Dr. J Pat Evans, circa 1989.

Tuff and the late Dr. J Pat Evans, circa 1989.

Dr. J. Pat Evans, a founder of the Justin Sportsmedicine Program, inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame (2004) passed away July 22 at 88 years of age.

I rode bulls professionally for 15 years. I have had nine different surgeries in my life, and none were performed by J. Pat or Tandy. However, every surgeon I’ve ever had is because J. Pat or Tandy selected them because they were the very best in their field. I am 56 years old and I am often asked if I’m in pain when I get out of bed in the morning. They are always surprised when I say no I am not; I feel good. I’m sure if I had not had the support and help of Dr. J. Pat Evans, Dr. Tandy Freeman and the Justin Sportsmedicine Team my answer would be different.

J Pat’s commitment as a physician and friend was a game changer.

J Pat’s choice to care for rodeo cowboys changed all of our lives. Simply put, before Dr. J Pat Evans sports medicine and competent physicians at rodeos were pretty much nonexistent. He left the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks as a team doctor to take care of rodeo cowboys and helped create the Justin Sportsmedicine program. He was a man of great compassion and a true friend. It did not matter if you were a permit holder or world champion, he made sure that you were taken care of regards to finances.

Early in my career I was stepped on in Vernal, Utah and I called J. Pat around midnight. He was at the Dallas Cowboy training camp in Thousand Oaks, California and told me to get on the first flight to LA. I got there mid-morning and he was conducting a physical on a player as I walked in the room and told the player to “get lost” for a while and he treated me.

In 1991 I would not have been able to finish the week let alone compete for the world championship if it wasn’t for J. Pat, Dr. Tandy Freeman and the Sportsmedicine team. I hung my foot leaving the chute and severely sprained my ankle. I was sure that it was broken, because of the pain and I could put no weight on it. An early x-ray the next morning showed just a severe sprain. I spent all day in the training room icing, stretching and trying not to cry. An hour before the performance J Pat told me to look the other way while he worked on my ankle. I peeked and saw the biggest syringe and the longest needle I’d ever seen. I bit my lip and tried not to pass out. An hour later it was taped, and Justin Boots had brought me lace up boots three sizes bigger to wear, because of the swelling and tape. When I left the training room I barely limped. I got on my re-ride from the night before, the flank came off, so I got another re-ride. I ended up getting on three bulls that night, riding two. The next night I scored a 91 which was the highest score of the week and went on to win my third world championship two days later.

Additional story on link available http://www.prorodeo.com/news-display/2019/07/23/dr.-j.-pat-evans-co-founder-of-justin-sportsmedicine-passes-away

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Huron Native Granted Dream Come True by Western Wishes Charity


The Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash

 South Dakota – (July 21, 2019) -  Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Western Wishes, Tuff Hedean,4-Time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, and Red Wilk are pleased to announce a Western Wish granted and dream come true for 13 year old Kyle Flute of Huron, South Dakota.

Accepting the invitation from Hedeman and Wilk, Flute and his family will be their special guests at the Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Bash on Wednesday, August 28th at the kick-off and opening performance of the South Dakota State Fair.

Hedeman and Wilk have joined forces to give Kyle the ride of his life, not on a bucking bull, but a trip to the see his heroes compete on world-class bucking bulls and meet Tuff and the elite bull riders of the Tuff Hedeman Tour. 

“Kyle is so excited about being the wish kid for the Red Wilk Tuff Hedeman bull riding!  He has already been through a lot and has a tough road ahead of him.  Our family is so grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait to come,” said Kyle’s mom Allison.

 “Thanks to my friend Red Wilk we will have the opportunity to introduce Kyle to Bull Riding in a way most kids just dream about and see on television. Red and I know that through these experiences if we are lucky, we might just have the chance to ignite hope, and strength for Kyle and his family and just let him have a little fun before he faces the reality of his disease again," said Hedeman.

Kyle suffers from Friedreich’s Ataxia, a genetic disorder that causes progressive nervous system damage and movement disorders. In 2017, after seven years of testing, Kyle was diagnosed with this rare disease that is known only to afflict one of 40,000 people. He suffers from muscle control issues and has trouble walking.  Friedreich’s Ataxia also affects the heart, and Kyle is being treated and monitored for that complication as well.

There is no cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia, only treatments to assist with symptoms. As the disease progresses, most affected will be confined to a wheelchair. In spite of his illness, Kyle is an active 13-year old boy who loves swimming and riding his bike. He enjoys art activities including drawing which he excels in spite of the difficulties produced by Friedreich's.  

Western Wishes recipient Kyle Flute will be a special guest at the Red Wilk Construction TH Bull Riding in Huron.

Western Wishes recipient Kyle Flute will be a special guest at the Red Wilk Construction TH Bull Riding in Huron.

Kyle resides in Huron with his mother and four young siblings who often assist him with walking.

During the 2019, the Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding tour is honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Western-based Charity founded and led by Donnalyn Quintanna, former wife of the late John Quintanna, a former PRCA World Champion Bull Rider.

Founder of Western Wishes Charity, Donnalyn Quintanna and Tuff Hedeman. Together they have been granting “Western” wishes to children for 25 years. www.westernwishes.org.

Founder of Western Wishes Charity, Donnalyn Quintanna and Tuff Hedeman. Together they have been granting “Western” wishes to children for 25 years. www.westernwishes.org.

Since 1994, Tuff Hedeman and Donnalyn Quintanna, have been granting western-style wishes to children faced with medical and sometimes just tragic life challenges. Through the help of dedicated professionals in rodeo and other walks of life, many celebrities, including the late Luke Perry, have dedicated their time and money to assisting Western Wishes. In 2014, an 8 Seconds Reunion Gala held at Cheyenne Frontier Days including Luke Perry and Stephen Baldwin.

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Sonny Burgess, director of clinical performing arts at Cook Children’s Health Care System, the hospital in Fort Worth Hedeman frequents, discusses the impact of having Hedeman visit the children.

"More than anything, [the kids] are used to seeing somebody come in and give them a shot, some doctor comes in, over and over, and for somebody like Tuff to come in, what an incredible relief," Burgess says and adds, "I think that he's just got a great perspective on life and achieving things. He's very grateful for what he's got in his life,” said Burgess.

Tuff Hedeman and Caleb with NASCAR Xfininty driver Jeremy Clements, @JCR Racing at the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Tuff Hedeman and Caleb with NASCAR Xfininty driver Jeremy Clements, @JCR Racing at the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway.

About Western Wishes

Western Wishes specializes in granting wishes for challenged children who otherwise might not get to have experiences associated with the western lifestyle. The charitable organization has helped children of all ages attend western events from bull riding to rodeo to equestrian performance events. Western Wishes (westernwishes.org) a foundation created by Donnalyn Quintanna, the former wife of the late PRCA World Champion bull rider, John Quintanna. Western Wishes contact: Mandy Shaff, lea2480@yahoo.com; www.westernwishes.org

About Red Wilk Construction Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding

The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash South Dakota State Fairgrounds, 1060 3rd St. SW.  Tickets are on sale. Tickets are $12 for youth and $20 for adults and are available by calling 866-605-FAIR, or online www.sdstatefair.com. A list of contestants will be available at a later date.

Media contact and press credentials:  Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940.902.1112 or tufhedemanpr@gmail.com or www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com.

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“This will be the 3rd collaboration between Western Wishes and Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding this year. I’ve always heard such great things about this event and Red Wilk and Tuff Hedeman are going to provide a fantastic opportunity for Kyle that he will always remember. I am really looking forward to representing Western Wishes and hosting Kyle and his family in South Dakota.” - Mandy Shaff, Ambassador for Western Wishes.

“This will be the 3rd collaboration between Western Wishes and Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding this year. I’ve always heard such great things about this event and Red Wilk and Tuff Hedeman are going to provide a fantastic opportunity for Kyle that he will always remember. I am really looking forward to representing Western Wishes and hosting Kyle and his family in South Dakota.” - Mandy Shaff, Ambassador for Western Wishes.