LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Cowboys are getting the bulls and horses ready for the ABC Rodeo.
The riders come from all over the country to entertain Lubbock audiences, but there's a group of four bull fighters who they all depend on to keep them safe. "I went to a rodeo when I was 19 years old, and kind of fell in love with it," said bull fighter, Andy Burelle.
From that moment on, Burelle was hooked. He and his partner Dusty Tuckness are World Bull Fighting Champions, and it's their job to keep all the riders at the ABC Rodeo out of harm's way. "We're cowboy life-savers," said Tuckness. "If the bull is about to run them over, it's our job to get run over instead," added Burelle.
Each performer at the rodeo is at risk, but these guys take it on themselves to be the guardian angels of the arena. "A guy that's about to get smoked by a bull, and you go in there and pick him away and pull that bull away from him. Knowing that you just saved a guy, that's a good feeling," said Burelle.
Burelle and Tuckness also fight bulls at the beginning and end of each show trying to dazzle spectators. "Freestyle bullfights is a competition between us and a Mexican Fighting Bull, and we go out there for 40 seconds and basically play tag and try not to get killed," said Burelle.
They say it's scary and they've both been injured doing their job, but they also say it's worth it. "It's an adrenaline rush, but it's just unexplainable. It's just awesome being there," said Tuckness. "As soon as the grand entry and the National Anthem is over, we start bucking bulls," adds Burelle.
You can see these bull fighters, and all the other cowboys, Friday night at the coliseum or Saturday at 1:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
The Lubbock Police Department asks if you are planning to head to the City Bank Coliseum area Friday night please leave early. With Annie and the rodeo at the coliseum, and Texas Tech baseball taking on the Aggies at nearby Dan Law Field, traffic is expected to be a problem.
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