Missouri State Fair Bull Riding Sponsored by the Kansas City Area Toyota Dealers
The 15th Annual Missouri State Fair Bull Riding this year sponsored by the Kansas City Area Toyota Dealers was held August 20th and 21st 2010 in the outdoor arena at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. This was also the 15th year that Todd Crase has served as the Bull Riding Superintendent bringing the Extreme Bullriding Tour to the fans of Missouri.
“Mother Nature” was not kind to fans and competitors on Friday night. With a forecast for heavy rains the normal crowd was not on hand. Those who were brave enough to come did witness some extremely good bull riding.
After bucking the first 10 bulls a special ceremony was held to honor Runt Regath and his horse Tex in appreciation of 15 years working in the arena for the bull ridings. Runt was presented with a photo montage from these years put together by photographer Howard Sears.
The Extreme Team watched the sky and put everything into high gear and was able to complete the long go before 8:30 pm in what turned out to be 3 plus inches of rain began. State Fair officials called the event because of lightning just as the Junior Bull Riding was coming to an end and before the Short Go. The nights winner was determined by long go scores. Casey Coulter took first place with an 87-point ride for a $ 1,060.29 paycheck.
Saturday on the other hand was as close to a perfect day for bull riding as anyone could ask for. The day began at Gene’s Boots and Hats with an autograph session. Bullfighters, Adam Marriot and Ian Mathis, and barrelman, Cody McGee, were on hand along with 10 of the bull riders to meet fans. They were joined by special guest Hannah Hilsabeck, Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2010 who also serves as Miss Extreme. To everyone’s delight Megan Westhoff, the 2010 Missouri State Fair Queen, dropped in to say hi and posed for pictures with Hannah and others. The session lasted from 11 AM to 1 PM and was both well attended and fun for everyone.
Each night’s events began with the Missouri Lottery taking center stage in the arena. As fans were told interesting facts about the lottery free T-shirts were tossed into the audience to much laughter and excitement as everyone grabbed for the shirts.
This year was the first year that Toyota was the presenting sponsor for the bull riding at the Missouri State Fair and after the lottery group left the arena Toyota took over presenting their new Toyota Tundra pickup. The staff of the Extreme Bullriding Tour stated after the event that working with the Toyota dealers and representative from Toyota for the weekend was very enjoyable and that they really got into the bull riding helping make the event very successful. The Extreme Team was proud to present their representative with a plaque in appreciation of their sponsorship of this year’s event.
The opening and much of the “special” parts of the bull riding had been either rushed or eliminated on Friday night because of the rain but on Saturday night with perfect weather the opening was true to what is expected at any Extreme Bullriding Tour event. The good weather had brought out a capacity crowd who quickly let everyone on the fairgrounds know there was something exciting going on in the outdoor arena.
For several years the Missouri Valley College Rodeo Team has volunteered, assistance that is greatly appreciated. The team headed by coach Ken Mason won the Reserve Championship Men's Team at the National Inter-collegiate Finals Rodeo in 2010. The team and coach were honored on Saturday night as their plague was represented to them in front of their homestate crowd. The presentation gave local fans a chance to honor their local heroes and they took advantage of it with a rousing ovation.
Announcer, Chris Pyle, hails from Missouri and the “hometown” man showed the fans why he has won so many awards as a rodeo announcer as his crystal clear voice not only kept them informed to the action in the arena but entertained as well. He spent the weekend working as foil to barrelman, Cody McGee. Cody brought his “shark cage” sponsored by Missouri MFA to the center of the arena where he kept up a hilarious banter with announcer and fans.
The bull riding was sanctioned by both the Bullriders of America (BOA) and the National Federation of Professional Bullriders (NFPB). As this was the Missouri State Fair many of their members from Missouri had entered to ride in front of their home state crowd. Both of these associations have members who are at the top of their profession and their skills thrilled the crowds. The riders were matched with bulls from four of the top strings of bulls in these associations as well, Double S Bull Company, LLC owned by Shad and Vicki Smith; Jackson Bull Company owned by Clint Jackson; Walkowe Bull Company owned by Frank Walkowe: and 5 G Farms owned by Russ Gant.
For the past several years one of the highlights of this event has been the Junior Bull Riding competition. This year’s competition included the top two contenders for this year’s championship. John Young won the event with 8 4 points, almost as unheard of score at this level of competition, taking home $300. Trevor Reiste scored 79 points for a $200 paycheck. To date in the 2010 tour, John is leading the standings with $1600 won and Trevor is right behind him with $1575. With only two events left for the year it has become an intense race.
Four men covered their bulls in the long go and as the arena was set on fire for the Rodeo Attitude’s Hottest Show on Dirt Short Go fans were ready to cheer for their hometown boys. In the end one man would be the only man to cover his bull. Danny Schlohohm had scored an 85.5 in the long go and would follow that with an 89.5 in the short go to take home $1317.60 for the night to the wild applause of the Missouri fans.
On Friday night Danny had also covered his bull for 80.5 points taking home $224.91. He was the only man to cover all three bulls for the weekend and with total earned of $1542.51 he also took home the event championship and the Bob Berg Designs championship buckle. Danny was also presented with a set of Henderson Custom Spurs presented by Pat Henderson himself. This is Danny’s fourth event win for the season. He is currently in third place in the overall standings. With two events left for the year the race for the year end championship is still undecided.
The night ended with an autograph session presented by Rodeo Attitude that featured special guest, Hannah Hilsabeck, Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2010 as well as Miss Extreme. Personnel and cowboys signed autographs for 45 minutes as fans got an opportunity to meet with the stars of the night.
Despite Friday’s rain everyone left the arena on Saturday night filled with pleasant memories of another year of great bull riding and fun at the Missouri State Fair.
Friday, August 20th Bull Riding Results:
1. Casey Coulter - 87 - $ 1,060.29
2. Dusty Rains - 86.5 - $ 803.25
3. Ty Redmann - 85.5 - $ 578.34
4. Greg Hall - 82 - $385.56
5. Danny Schlohohm - 80.5 - 224.91
6. Mason Lowe - 72 - 160.65
Saturday, August 21 Bull Riding Results:
1. Danny Schlobohm 85.5/89.5 $1317.60..
2. Henry Yoder 83 $988.20
3. Dustin Wyatt 78 $658.80
4. Eric Welsch 77 $329.40
Event Champion - Danny Scholbohm - Total winnings $1542.51 plus a set of Henderson custom spurs and Bob Berg Designs championship buckle
Junior Bull Riding Results:
1. John Young 84 $300.00
2. Trevor Reiste 79 $200.00
Stock Contractor - Double S Bull Company LLC, Jackson Bulls, Walkowe Bulls, 5G Farms
Producer - White Buffalo Productions
Royalty - Hanna Hilsenbeck
Announcer - Chris Pyle
Funny Man - Cody McGee
Secretary - Hallie Dessel
Judges - Justin Bane and Tim Early
Bull Fighters - Adam Marriot and Ian Mathis
Photographer - Howard Sears Photography