Back in the saddle

Jefferson County Fair-goers champing at the bit as bull riding returns

LEETOWN — Bull riding is back!

It’s one of the most thrilling events a rodeo has to offer, and this year bull riding returns to the Jefferson County Fair after an absence of several years.

“There’s a lot of people excited about (the show),” said Bob Gruber, president of the fair. “I think it’ll be a great attraction.”

Produced by the Triple R Bull Riding Company of Boonsboro, Md., the Tuesday night show will include barrel racing, clown acts, crowd participation and, of course, professional cowboys riding bulls. The cowboys travelled here from about seven different states, some as far away as Oklahoma and Florida.

“Triple R Bull Company is a local bull riding company that will draw the most talented cowboys, bucking bulls and local barrel racers, making the event a memorable and exciting performance for all attendees,” said Steve Stolipher, the director of Triple R Bull Riding Company, in an email.  “Our shows are action-packed and you are guaranteed a crowd-pleasing show.”

Established in 1997, the stock contracting company leases bulls and equipment and puts on shows for all ages across the United States and Canada. It has had several bulls qualifying for Professional Bull Riding events, including the PBR finals in Las Vegas. The outfit has also earned awards including the International Bull Riders Association’s Bucking Bull of the Year in 2012 and 2013, Champion Bucking Bull at the Western Festival in Saint-Tite, Quebec, 2009 and 2011, and Contractor of the Year for IBR in 2009 and the tri-state area in 2007.

Bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports there is. Stolipher said that’s what draws the crowds in.

“It’s like any other sport,” he said. “They don’t want to see anyone get hurt, but they don’t want to miss it either.”

“It is very popular because it’s live entertainment,” Stolipher continued. “You never know what’s going to happen once the chute gate opens. That’s why it’s so popular. With any other entertainment, it’s kind of scripted. With this, it’s man versus beast.”

The show starts in the arena at 7:30 p.m.

It should be a wild ride.



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