MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

February 21, 2013

Bushwacker struts his stuff, again

By Rhonda Stewart
Phoenix Rodeo Columnist

— This week in the Professional Bull Riders – Bushwacker was only three points away from a perfect bull score! It only took him 1.98 seconds to launch Luke Snyder. This was the fourth matchup for the two. Snyder says this is the strongest the bull has ever been. This was Bushwacker’s second out for the 2013 season and he already looks ready to reclaim his world champion bull title. Bushwacker is owned by Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls.

With his 47 points he earned the Pabst Blue Ribbon Bull Award for being the highest-marked bull of the Kawasaki Invitational presented by Cooper Tires at the Scottrade Center. Missouri native   Luke Snyder chose him in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday afternoon. Snyder said that if he completed a ride on Bushwacker – it would be in the record books. Bushwacker now has 37 straight buck offs – a PBR record.

Bushwacker will appear at the next two BFTS event stops – Kansas City, Mo., and Arlington, Texas. Bushwacker was only ridden once in BFTS competition out of 39 attempts. Thiago Paguioto covered him for 89.75 points in 2009 in Las Vegas.

Shane Proctorwas able to hold on as No. 1, despite going only 1-for-3 in St. Louis. Silvano Alves trails Proctor by only 53.96 points.

Next weekend the PBR will be at Kansas City, Mo. The TV schedule shows two events being televised on Sunday, first at noon on CBS then 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

Hilltop Arena is receiving a much-needed face lift. The old outdoor arena is gone and dirt work completed for the new outdoor pen. I can’t wait for them to get started up again – nothing like running at Hilltop on Monday nights!

This Sunday, Rangeline Arena has another Shodeo scheduled at 3 p.m. Contact Kristy Hubler Wilson at (918) 448-8868.

The weekend of March 2-3, Rangeline Arena will hold Priefert World Series of Team Roping Qualifier ropings. The handbill can be seen on their Facebook page.

On Saturday evening, Barton Arena Productions will be at the Double D Arena in Poteau. They will offer a #10 with a #8 Incentive – Buckles Drawpot, enter one draw one for $40 or draw both, capped at 6E. There will be a $5 prize fee required. Trophy Maynard handcut buckles to High Money Header and Heeler. Books open at 5:30 and close at 6:30. Remember – no checks – cash only. For more information contact Bart at  (918) 616-9269.

Coming up on March 9, the Muskogee Round-Up Club arena will be the site of the Rising Stars Barrel Clinic  for ages 3 thru 18. Little ones who are often left out in the bigger clinics can benefit from the training and one-on-one attention of Vicki Beene, the clinic instructor. Vicki is a 2010 Central 4D Barrel Racing Association reserve state champion and three-time top 20 qualifier. She has been training barrel horses for 25 years and riding instructor for 15 years.

The cost of the clinic is only $50. Hours will be 9 a.m. to  4 p.m. and lunch will be provided. My 5-year-old granddaughter, Exie, will be in the clinic. There are still a few slots left, but attendance will be limited to 15 students to give each one plenty of individual time. Don’t hesitate – be ready for the 2013 playdays and jackpots! Call Vicki at (405) 826-5531 or find her on Facebook for more information or for enrollment! I highly recommend this clinic.

Farmers’ Almanac dates to trim manes and tails to promote growth this month are Feb. 21 and 22.

Reach Rhonda Stewart with rodeo news or comments at rayandrhon@netzero.net or (918) 869-1498.