Skipper Voss “Let’s Get Western” 2020 Tour
June 13 At Jacksboro, Texas • Sheriff’s Posse Arena
Michael Griffin, the ramrod and creator of this affair, explained the program. Two bullfighters to a team faced 10 bulls coming out of the chutes individually with bull riders challenged to stay on for 8 seconds. There were three teams. As long as the bull rider rode, the team stood back preparing where to be when needed and watching the bull’s every move. When the bull rider ‘left’ the bull the team jumped in and protected the rider. Only one bull rider, in 30 bull rides, rode until the whistle. Needless to say, the teams had their work cut out for them.
There were three teams of two bullfighters. Team 1: Brandon Gipson from New Mexico & Nigel Harvey from New Mexico. Team 2: Tyler Theissen from Texas & Mason Sheldon from Kansas. Team 3: Tristan Seargeant, Texas and Jacob Welker from Kansas. Watching from the grandstand was fun since the bulls left the chute with an attitude, and once the bull rider left his back, he attempted to stomp and horn the rider, then he focused on the bullfighters, and was NOT ready to leave the arena. For several bulls it was necessary for the cowboy on horseback to rope the bull and attempt to drag him reluctantly out the arena gate. I will say, the bullfighters were quite good and no one was injured severely. Several went over the fence head first, to escape the bull’s wrath. The horse and rider in the arena were challenged by the bulls several times, but they stayed just a hair away from those treacherous sharp horns.
After each of the three teams worked their ten bulls each team was given a Cross Bred fighting bull to work. This was also exciting to watch as these bulls were definitely there to destroy their opponents. These bulls and the bucking bulls were supplied by Norris Dalton Bucking Bulls.
The Cowboy Protection Association held their first Ring of Fire and honored Skipper Voss, Jerry Don Galloway, Kirby Burney, David Burnham, Wick Peth (deceased) and Tom Feller. These recognized bullfighters were all outstanding bullfighters in their day.
After that part of the program, four United Bullfighters Association bullfighters were each given a Mexican fighting bull to ‘play’ with for 40 seconds, then an additional 20 seconds should they choose to continue. The bullfighters were: Jeffrey Wheelock of North Platte, Nebraska; Tyler Washburn of White Cloud, Michigan; Lane McWilliams of Missouri; and Colt Carlisle of San Saba, Texas. Penthouse Fighting Bulls provided the &UBF Mexican fighting bulls.
Lane McWilliams was first and came out ready for anything; in short order the bull got the upper-hand and roughed him up a bit. He made it to the fence and got out of the bull’s way, but it was evident he got ‘the short end of the stick’. Although the medics on hand came in to the arena, he walked out with them. Jeffrey Wheelock had a good run and stayed with the bull, just out of his way, and scored well. Colt Carlisle also challenged his bull, and stayed just out of reach. The winner was Tyler Washburn who overtook his bull, working circles around him and became the winner.
Separate judges were scoring the teams, the four UBA bullfighters, and the bull riders. The Cowboy Protection winning team was Tristan Seargeant and Jacob Welker who got $5,000 . The only bullrider, who rode to the whistle was Brandon Christian, winning $3,000. The Freestyle Bullfighting winner was Tyler Washburn who won $1,100.
Sponsors for this event include: Humps & Horns Magazine, Number JUAN Tequila, Stride Out Ranch & Rodeowear, Punchy as Hell Brand & Buckles, Cowboy World, and Real Rodeo TV.
After the bullfighters versus the bulls events ended Kris Gordon provided great musical entertainment. AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL.