Fireworks in arena, too

Rodeo attendees in for several Fourth of July treats

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For this weekend's July 4 professional rodeo, stock contractor Mac Altizer promises more than a few fireworks on the arena floor.

Altizer, who owns and operates the Bad Company Rodeo Company, will bring a pen full of top quality bucking horses, including several that have made appearances in the National Finals Rodeo or the Dodge National Circuit finals. He also will bring one of the top bulls in the world, Walk This Way.

The 5-year-old bull already has tossed the likes of Cody Hart and several other PBR stars and had not been ridden in 40 attempts before arriving in Steamboat.

"He's a big bull, and he does everything," Altizer said.

Although some bulls use one or two moves to unseat cowboys, Altizer said Walk This Way relies on size and strength to get the job done.

The bull's bloodlines can be traced to Bodacious and Wrangler Rivet. Like his predecessors, Walk This Way is making a name for himself in the PBR and PRCA.

Altizer said he wouldn't mind seeing the bull ridden, as long as it generates a big score.

Walk This Way bucked in Friday night's rodeo and is expected to be out again on Monday.

But Bad Company will not stop with Walk This Way. Altizer also brings four nationally recognized bucking horses to Steamboat.

After Midnight and No Satisfaction will make appearances in the bareback events, and American Woman and Heart of Glass will challenge saddle bronc riders.

Altizer said the animals should be fresh and ready to go in the cool mountain air in Steamboat.

"We've been down in the heat of Texas," Altizer said. "A few cool mountain nights might just improve their attitude."

Brent Romick, chairman of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series, is hoping Bad Company will help make the Fourth of July and Rainbow Weekend performances some of the best of the year.

Altizer, who brought bulls to a PBR event in Steamboat several years ago, said he is excited to return to Steamboat Springs and thinks the rodeo's idea of changing stock contractors every couple of weeks is a good one.

"When you bring in different rodeo companies, you get better stock and a better field of competitors," Altizer said. "Fans can expect a lot of energy this weekend. We have a good crew to work with, and the animals are going to be fresh and ready to go."

Bad Company tells rodeo fans to expect the unexpected, but the bull rider who draws Walk This Way can expect one tough ride.

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