ASHEVILLE, N.C. - For the past two years, Jeff
Robinson has been voted Stock Contractor of the Year by
the top bull riders in the world. So it comes as no surprise that
the short-round pen he's assembled for this weekend's Touring Pro
Division event in Asheville is as strong as that at any Built Ford
Tough Series event.
The final round will feature RMEF Gunpowder & Lead, Rango, Mulligan Man, Quiet Riot, Delco, Highway 12, Party All the Time, Blue Emu After the Pain, and the venerable Chicken on a Chain.
Two-time Stock Contractor of the Year Jeff Robinson gives
fans some insight into the bucking bull business.
"I think this is the best pen of short-round bulls you'll find at a Touring Pro," said Robinson, who is producing the event just 30 miles from his home in nearby Mars Hill for the second year in a row.
The event is the first of five RMEF Big Bull Tour events.
Riders can compete at individual events on the tour, but must compete in four of five to win the overall series title.
'I think this is the best pen of short-round
bulls you'll find at a Touring Pro.'
The all-around winner will receive an RMEF signature rifle, a 2013 hunt courtesy of RMEF, a full set of tires from Cooper Tires and a New Holland Rustler utility vehicle. The all-around winner will also get the chance to compete at three BFTS events.
The additional prize-pack has drawn the interest of top riders, including Austin Meier, Chase Outlaw, Lachlan Richardson, Ben Jones, Colby Yates, Kasey Hayes and Shane Proctor. Other riders competing include Skeeter Kingsolver, Reese Cates, Jared Farley, Chance Roberts and Markus Mariluch.
Home-state rider Josh Faircloth is in the draw as well.
Two-time World Champion Chris Shivers and J.B. Mauney were originally slated to compete at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, but both are sidelined with injuries.
The soon-to-be-retired Chris Shivers will be working the arena this weekend in Asheville, N.C.
The two fan-favorites will be hosting a bull riding school
Friday, Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the event.
Shivers will also be on horseback roping bulls during the event, while Mauney will help with running the chutes.
The event takes place Friday, June 1, beginning at 8 p.m., and concludes Saturday, June 2, at 8 p.m. with the final two rounds of competition.
NEWS & NOTES
Asheville academy: The PBR will be hosting a bull riding school in Asheville, N.C., on June 1, 2 and 3 in conjunction with the TPD event. Chris Shivers and J.B. Mauney will serve as instructors. The instruction takes place Friday, June 1, from 4 to 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, June 3, with one final session from 9 a.m. to noon.
The cost is $400 per student. Students will also receive two tickets and passes to the TPD event. To register, contact Edwin Lay at 719-242-2800 ext. 3324.
Coleman's classroom: The recently retired Ross Coleman announced that the first-ever Ross Coleman PBR Bull Riding School will take place June 2 and 3, in Henrietta, Texas, at the Brad Fudge Arena. Students will receive one-on-one instruction.
Coleman is expected to be joined by J.W. Hart, Douglas Duncan and Pistol Robinson.
There will be bulls for all skill levels, and rides will be filmed for playback. The event will coincide with the SAYiWON'T Rope-N-Ride. The cost is $400 per student. For more information, call 940-224-1244.
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