The Duncan Banner

July 17, 2013

Hanging on for the ride of a lifetime

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Bull bucking fans, clear your schedules. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

Beginning this Friday, Duncan will host competitors from all over at the fifth annual Red River Challenge.

United Bucking Bulls Incorporated and the Don Gay Professional Bull Riding Tour will come together to host bull riding and bucking contests at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center arena.

“We have some outstanding bulls coming to the event and a lot of well known names in the bull riding world,” event producer Toby Martin said. “It’s a show that I would never want to miss.”

The event will conclude with the sound of music, as the band Shady 5 Eighty will play Saturday night after the competitions.

The arena will first fill up at 8 p.m. Friday, with bull riders competing for $2,500 pot that also includes part of the entry fees.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the excitement resumes with the youth futurity competitor, as riders ages 9-18 will compete with bulls raised up to two years old.

In the final competition of the day, riders will compete in the Classic, which involves bulls between the ages of three and four years old. Like the Challenge’s first event, a $2,500 pot will be on the line.

Tying things together will be the event’s final stanza, the live concert in the arena, scheduled to kick off at around 9:45 p.m.

The competition will serve as a UBBI and DG sanctioned event, allowing riders to accumulate points and money to qualify for the UBBI National Finals.

“We’ve seen more and more people show up each year,” Martin said. “And this time around, they’re getting a lot more with the concert at the end.”

With professional riders like Ryan and Joseph McConnel having shown up at the event in years past, Martin said it’s a chance for fans to see the “who’s who” in the bull riding and bucking community.