Tuff Hedeman Announces $60,000 Purse for Fall Breakout Series

Jenny and Red Wilk present Trey Holston with the custom trophy belt for winning the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Breakout Series event on night one of the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

Jenny and Red Wilk present Trey Holston with the custom trophy belt for winning the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash Breakout Series event on night one of the 2018 South Dakota State Fair.

                                                                                                                                               

Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Breakout Series

 

FORT WORTH, Texas - Four-time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman announced today the dates of the upcoming Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Breakout Series worth over $60,000 in prize monies to professional level bull riding athletes. The Breakout Series tour is designed to award new riders the opportunity to break into the ranks of professional bull riding and advance to national level tours.

Six long-standing events and one new one will complete the fall 7 stop Breakout schedule as the tour resumes August 1, in Woodstock, Illinois at the McHenry County Fair. In addition to buckles, prize packages, and money, many of the competitors have their eye on a 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.

“The Breakout Series always brings in a new class of young guns battling the experienced veteran contenders and what I really like about the series is we see relatively unknown young bull riders that show up and make outstanding bull rides and contend with the hottest guys on tour and hang with them,” added Hedeman.

Each of the 7 Breakout events on the fall schedule will follow the two-round format including a long round which includes each entry competing on one bull followed by a championship “short go” where the top ten rider scores advance to a second bull. The overall event winner is the rider with the highest combined score on two bulls.

MIDWEST SWING - Illinois

"Woodstock, Belvidere, and Big Rock have $7,500 and Whiteside is $5,000 added money to the competitors. Each event will feature what the fans like most, traditional barrel man entertainment with the cowboy lifesaver bullfighters at each event, and great bull rides,” said Midwest Swing producer Matt Noble, owner of Next Level Bull Riding.  

The Series concludes on September 21 in Waterloo at the Blue Army Bull Bash with $10,000 added money and the championship title of the Midwest Series will be on the line.  The winner will receive a custom engraved trophy saddle awarded based on cumulative points from all Midwest Swing events.

See Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series and below for the list of scheduled events.

The Midwest Swing consists of five events in Illinois, followed by the first night of bull riding in Huron, and then back to Illinois for the final Midwest Swing Finals. The following weekend the bull riders head south to Jacksonville, Texas the annual Nicky Wheeler Memorial on September 28.

"It is a great chance to come out and see Tuff Hedeman and the high-quality competitors and great bulls that do not get to this part of the country very often, I have been producing this event for several years, and it is always one of the highlights of my year," said Next Level Bull Riding producer Matt Noble who brings Hedeman's Break Out bull ridings to the Midwest.

RED WILK CONSTRUCTION BULL BASH – Huron, South Dakota

The Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash celebrates its 16th year as the opening show that kicks off the 136-year-old State Fair tradition in South Dakota and night one is the Breakout Series two-round format. The highest scored rider and winner of the first performance will have th eopportunty for a $10,000 Bounty Bull. If he completes the 8 Second ride he receives the bonus check of $10,000.

“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 Palmer winning the inaugural Midwest Swing in 2018.

“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 Palmer winning the inaugural Midwest Swing in 2018.

Tickets are on sale for the Breakout Series which will feature several of the top bull riding names on the roster, as well as the industry’s fresh crop of extreme athletes coming from the high school and college ranks and packed with talent. Hedeman’s 2019 Breakout Series’s began on May 4 in Baytown, Texas with Matt Palmer winning the Baytown Youth Fair and Rodeo bull riding event.

Nicky Wheeler Memorial – Jacksonville, Texas

The Nicky Wheeler Memorial, formerly known as the Bull Bash Revolution, is scheduled for September 28 at the Jacksonville Rodeo Arena. Produced by Brian and Haley Beasley and stock contractor Jeff Harris, the annual fundraiser is the premier benefactor for the local FFA and 4-H scholarship program.

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The Breakout Series will have several of the familiar top names on the roster, but many fresh faces packed with talent will make the professional bull riding event competitive. The Nicky Wheeler Memorial was first produced in 2018 with the name change and pays tribute to an industry great, former rodeo and professional bull rider and stock contractor who died suddenly in April of 2018.

The schedule is listed below. For ticket and more information log on to www.tuffhedemanbullriding.com/tour for details. For tickets in Huron see Huron, SD Tickets for Wed. Aug 28 Breakout.

BREAKOUT SERIES SCHEDULE

August 1, 2019 - McHenry County Fair Bull Bash, Woodstock, Illinois

$7500 added purse and Custom Trophy Buckle

August 9, 2019 - Boone County Fair Bull Bash, Belvidere, Illinois

$7500 added purse and Custom Trophy buckle

August 10, 2019  - Big Rock Plowing Match, Big Rock, Illinois

$7,500 added purse and Custom Trophy Buckle

August 13, 2019 -  Whiteside County Fair Bull Bash, Morrison, Illinois

$5,000 added and Custom Trophy buckle

August 28, 2019 Red Wilk Construction Breakout Series, Huron, South Dakota

$7,500 added with a $10,000 bounty bull

September 21, 2019 - Midwest Swing Series Finale, Waterloo, Illinois

Waterloo Optimist's Blue Army Bull Bash

$10,000 added purse, Series Championship Trophy Saddle (cumulative points) and Trophy buckle

September 28, 2019 - Nicky Wheeler Memorial Bull Riding, Jacksonville, Texas

$7,500 added and Custom Corriente Trophy Buckle

For more information on the Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series and media, questions contact Leigh Ann Schroeder, 940-902-1112 or tuffhedemanpr@gmail.com. Nicky Wheeler Memorial contact is Haley Beasley 903-747-7199; Midwest Swing contact is matt@nextlevelbullriding.com.

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