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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Bull riding event coming to Bastrop’s MAC


  • Ultimate Challenge Bullriding Tour, coming to Morehouse Parish for the first time on April 7, promises to give rodeo lovers two hours of action filled bull riding.


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  • When one watches a show, they often wish they could skip directly to the action scenes. Ultimate Challenge Bullriding Tour, coming to Morehouse Parish for the first time on April 7, promises to do just that by giving rodeo lovers two hours of action filled bull riding.

    “These bulls aren’t regular rodeo bulls,” said Jason Tollett, Owner of the Ultimate Challenge Bullriding Productions. “They’re bred born to buck.”

    The UCBT will buck 40 bulls in a two-hour period. These bulls weigh an average of 15,500 pounds each.

    “Me and several other contractors will provide the bulls,” Tollett said.

    Tollett said one of the bulls in the show, Backwater Gator, was the 2011 Southern Pro Bull Riders World Champion Bucking Bull.

    “His buck ratio is 98 percent,” he said. “He rarely gets rode. The Cinch world champion, Chase Outlaw, has rode him twice and was bucked off both times.”

    Since Tollett started UCBT and Ultimate Challenge Productions in 1996, it’s grown by leaps and bounds-literally.

    “In 2010, we had about 15 shows,” Tollett said. “In 2012 we’ll do over 100. We’re six states strong.”

    He said that over 200 bull riders throughout the South come to their shows. Each show averages about 30 riders.

    “Many of our bull riders are seen on t.v. on PBR (Professional Bull Riding) and CBR (Champion Bull Riding) competitions,” Tollett said. “Out of 30 bull riders, there’ll be five places to be won.”

    With a $100 entry fee, UCBT is adding another $2000 to the pot. The bull riders in the upcoming show will be competing for over $5000 in cash prizes. They’ll also have the chance to qualify for the 2012 SPBR (Southern Pro Bull Riding) finals in Hot Springs, Ark.

    Tollett said this will be clean, family fun with a lot of excitement.

    “People will be on the edge of their seats,” he said. “It’s also a privilege and an honor to be having the show at a facility of this magnitude, the MAC. Bastrop’s not ready for what they’re about to see.”

    The UCBP will begin at 8 p.m. at the Morehouse Activity Center. Tickets are $8. Kids three and under get in free. A purchased UCBP ticket will also allow admission into the Crawfest Festival that same night.

    For more information on the UCBP shows, visit www.spbrnow.com.

     

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