Photo by Dave Shively
Greeley's Josh Ehlers rides Wild Cat Kalsen in the opening "long go" round of the 2007 Rocky Mountain Bull Bash at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
- Sunday, August 31, 2008, 5 p.m.
- Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 501 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs
/ $20 - $25
Die-hard rodeo fans are hoping for one last shot to watch rank animals and hungry cowboys compete for top dollars at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs on Sunday.
Top-ranked cowboys are hoping Steamboat will provide a late-season run that they can cash in on in Las Vegas this October
The PBR's Rocky Mountain Bull Bash takes center stage at the rodeo arena in downtown Steamboat Springs on Sunday.
Promoter Judd Mortensen said fans should expect fast-paced action as a field of top cowboys, including the top two money winners on the PBR circuit, gear up for a final run to the PBR World Championships, scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 9 in Las Vegas.
"We are going to have some of the top bull riders in the world in Steamboat Springs this weekend," Mortensen said. "It's crunch time for the PBR, and all of these guys are looking to win some money and improve their place in the standings."
The Bull Bash is part of the PBR's Challenger Tour, which is just one step below the televised Built Ford Tough Series, which features the top 45 bull riders in the world. Mortensen said it's common for bull riders from the Built Ford Tough Series to come to Challenger events. He says it's how many of the top cowboys pad their position in the overall standings.
This weekend, Kody Lostroh (third place in the Built Ford Tough Series), Mike Lee (fourth), Dustin Elliott (13th) and Clayton Williams (15th) are expected in Steamboat Springs.
Mortensen said the event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, but that spectators may want to show up early to grab their seat.
The event also will feature top bullfighters, including Darrell Diefenbach, Mike Matt and "Mad Dog" Shane Simpson. Co-announcer Rob Smets, a former bullfighter who is well known in Steamboat Springs, will join the bullfighters on the floor, and fellow announcer Bob Feist will handle the calls from the booth.
"Everybody wants to come to Steamboat Springs," Smets said. "They always have first-class fans, and it's a great place to perform."
Smets will be in Cody, Wyo., until Saturday, but he hopes to be in town early Sunday to sign autographs and get ready for the show.
"It's going to be a great show, there's no doubt," the rodeo veteran said. "Judd (Mortensen) always puts on a great show, because he cares."
Like the producer, Smets thinks all of the bull riders will be on top of their game Sunday hoping to pick up money that could help them qualify for the PBR World Finals this October. He says the top riders are coming here because the producers have brought the best livestock possible for the event.
"This is not going to be a drawing contest," Smets said. "At some rodeos there might only be three or four bulls that a cowboy can win on, but that's not the case for this one. Any one of these bulls can put up a winning score, and every cowboy has a chance to win."
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