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


Midwest Swing Tuff Hedeman Breakout Series at the Whiteside County Fair

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MORRISON, Illinois - The fourth stop of the 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.


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

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