State fair event to draw world's top bull riders, bulls
As far as Elk City stock contractor Bennie Beutler is concerned, it's worth buying a ticket for the Xtreme Bulls event at the Oklahoma State Fair just to watch Oklahoma cowboy and world champion Sage Kimzey.
“Sage is the best bull rider there is going right now,” said Beutler, who once again will be bringing his rankest bulls to the Xtreme Bulls event Sept. 23-24 at the state fair.
Kimzey, from Strong City, has won two consecutive Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world titles, is the defending champion in the PRCA's Xtreme Bulls circuit, and this summer captured the Championship Bull Riding crown during Cheyenne's Frontier Days Rodeo.
“He is the best we've had in a long time,” Beutler said.
But Kimzey will not be the only elite bull rider from the PRCA in Oklahoma City. The bull riding event likely will draw more cowboys who are challenging Kimzey for this year's world title, Beutler said.
In recent years, a rodeo an Omaha at the same time as the Xtreme Bulls event at the Oklahoma State Fair has lured some bull riders away from Oklahoma City, Beutler said.
But the Omaha rodeo has downsized, and the top bull riders in the PRCA should be coming to Jim Norick Arena for Xtreme Bulls this year, looking to earn more money in the world championship race, he said.
“It will be at the top of their list,” Beutler said. “We will have them all in Oklahoma City. It's the biggest event (in the PRCA) that week.”
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The cowboys will not be the only stars in Oklahoma City. The Xtreme Bulls also will attract some of the best bulls in the country.
In addition to the top bucking bulls of the Beutler and Son Rodeo Co. in Elk City, D&H Cattle Co., of Dickson, will be bringing some of its meanest bulls to the state fair.
D&H Cattle Co. had the bull of the year on the Professional Bull Riders tour last season in SweetPro's Long John. D&H also boasts other acclaimed bucking bulls in Stone Sober and Bruiser.
Beutler said there will be at least two dozen bulls at the Xtreme Bulls event in Oklahoma City that will be bucking in the National Finals Rodeo later this year.
“We got a half-dozen bulls that hadn't even been rode this summer and they are all going to be there (in Oklahoma City),” Beutler said. “There is another one called The General that's only been rode once for 90 points in Austin, and he hadn't been rode since.”
The format for the Xtreme Bulls will change at the state fair. There no longer will be a short round, but 50 different cowboys riding once each night.
There will be other entertainment as well, including a rodeo clown and trick roping artist.
In addition to the bull riding action, there will be a concert after each bull riding session in the Jim Norick Arena.
Montgomery Gentry will perform Sept. 23, and the Eli Young Band will take the stage Sept. 24.
“All in all, it ought to be a really good show,” Beutler said.