Bull Riding Icon Brings Signature Event to McHenry County Fair


For Immediate Release

WOODSTOCK, IL ( July 13, 2018)  – The most recognizable cowboy in the world, 4 time World Champion bull rider  Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer, Tuff Hedeman, is readying Woodstock for the first stop of the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series Midwest Swing.  Tickets (Ticketing link ) are now on sale for the newly created event produced by Next Level Bull Riding in conjunction with the McHenry County Fair on August 2 and begin at 7:00 pm at the McHenry County Fairgrounds.  

“I look forward to new events, meeting the fans and the sponsors and the way the whole Fair community gets behind it -  it’s a great way to entertain the fairgoers who are big bull riding fans and are supporting the community, they may witness the next world champion at breakout,” said Hedeman.           

“Since 1949 the weeklong 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 Keans of the Fair Board.

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 Chute boss and event commander Tuff Hedeman is one of the most recognizable cowboys in the history of rodeo. In recent years he has made a name for himself in the production of great family friendly bull riding events and for the first time on August 2, he is bringing his legacy of bull riding to Woodstock. 

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 in the McHenry County Fair Tuff Hedeman Breakout Bull Riding.

 This year’s event will include 40 bull riders battling on the dirt including former event champions Eli Vastbinder and National Finals Rodeo qualifier Cody Rostockyj. The Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Breakout events pits the industry’s elite riders against the best bulls in a two-round format featuring barrel man Ryan Mead of Norfolk, NE and the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters Josh Jacobs and Caleb Osternryk and 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.

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 in a televised Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour event.

  In addition to lucrative prize money, bull riders accumulate points which qualify them for the Midwest Swing Finals to be 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.


Advance tickets are available at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/2018-mchenry-county-fair-where-farm-families- a meet. Prices start at $5.

 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 inquiries contact matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.