Bull riders get ready for Cinch CBR West Texas Showdown - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/16/09

Bull riders get ready for Cinch CBR West Texas Showdown

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Some of the best bull riders are in Lubbock for the Cinch CBR West Texas Showdown on October 17th. This will be the second time the Championship Bull Riding has come to town and will start at 8 p.m. at the City Bank Coliseum.

Forty bull riders will compete in this last-call event before the Kansas City Championship. Some of the top riders include Jarrod Craig, Hugo Pedrero, and Ardie Maier.

It takes a tough person to ride, but what does it take for a bull to become a bucking bull? Championship Bull Riding Board Member Lyndal Hurst has been raising bucking bulls in Slaton for 15 years. "Most of the guys like to get on my bulls, except for Big Mike bull - he's been ridin' one time," said Hurst.

Hurst has about 60 bulls and says the secret behind raising these battling bovines is breeding the best with the best, then it's just like raising any other bull."Once you wean them you run them through a shoot, get them used to the bucking shoot and the crowds, and then we exercise them and feed them good, and start bucking them when they're 2 years old," said Hurst.

Hurst says these bulls usually weigh around 1,800 pounds, and can sell for as much as $200,000. His bulls have also been all over the country and a few are headed to Las Vegas next week.

Hurst says each of his bulls had a unique name. "Sometimes I name them after rock-n-roll songs, I let my kids name them, or I name them just as a funny joke. One of his best bulls is named Unicorn because it only has one horn. Little Wayne and T-Pain are some other's just to name a few. Thirteen of Hurst's bulls will be riding in Saturday's CBR competition.

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