By Keith Ryan Cartwright | Aug 16, 2012 @ 10:00 AM
Like last week, in Tulsa, Okla., this week's Built Ford Tough
Series event, in San Antonio, Texas, is in the heart of bull
This week's bull pen will largely be the same as a week ago,
including Bushwacker and
Asteroid, while also featuring a few regional
bulls from South Texas. Stock contractor Joe
Garcia will haul Blonde Bomber,
Sid Evans will be there with Ball
Peen and a number others from the surrounding area will be
at the Bass Pro Shops Chute Out on Friday and Saturday evening.
In his weekly podcast, PBR livestock director Cody
Lambert said, "There are plenty of good bulls and we've
got guys hauling them in too."
Contractors like H.D. Page, Cody Ohl, Circle T Ranch
& Rodeo, Kent Cox and the reigning two-time Stock
Contractor of the Year Jeff Robinson will have a
truckload at the AT&T Center as well.
As would only be expected, this week's pen for the Built
Ford Tough Champion Round is virtually the same as it was a week
PBR statistician Slade Long, who co-hosts
Lambert's weekly podcast, called it the "dream team" after bucking
off all 10 riders in last week's final round of competition.
The one change is that Quiet Riot is out and in
his place will be HIGH Steaks. He's been off from
the BFTS since this time a year ago.
That was when he competed in Thackerville, Okla., and on his way
out of the arena, according to Lambert, he slammed his hip off the
fence. A week later, in Tulsa, he reared his head "and flopped on
his side" with Valdiron de Oliveira.
"Valdiron really got hurt," Lambert said, "and it probably cost
him a World Championship."
Robinson laid HIGH Steaks off for six months before asking Page,
who raised him, if he would haul him down to a rodeo in San
Antonio, where he bucked three times. Robinson then took him to
several lower level PBR events before Lambert used him in one of
last week's long rounds.
Lambert said HIGH Steaks looks like he's back.
"He's firing every time," he said, "and he looks like he feels
good. He bucked like he was supposed to in Tulsa last week. I've
seen that bull buck so high it looked like he was going to flip
Lambert said he has the potential to be special.
However, he added, the bull has two strikes against him and if
were to fall again he won't be back at this level of
Long said the rest of the final-round bulls - Bushwacker,
Asteroid, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, David's Dream,
Rango and Shepherd Hills Trapper among
them - were not only as good as advertised last week, but had some
of the best outings of their career.
When Long asked what Lambert expected to see a week after the
riders didn't have a single answer, the veteran bull man replied,
"They didn't ride any of them in Tulsa, but I think they will in
He went on to say, "I have bulls in the long go that are just as
tough as some of those bulls in the Championship Round."
Lambert pointed out that with the addition of Carrillo
Cartel and Josey Wales, Friday night's
first short round is better than it was a week ago.
That round will also feature Jack Daniel's After Party,
Too Sexy, Rowdy All Night and Cowboy
Casanova among those 10.