On opening night of the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Bulls’ Night Out, a wild and reckless pen of bovines stole the show.
In the short round, which featured 10 competitors who had advanced from Round 1, the bulls shut out the cowboys.
Cody Teel, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s 2012 bull riding champion, was the only rider who came close to staying on for the eight-second count. He stayed aboard a bovine named Texas Chrome for 6.8 seconds Tuesday night at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
However, nine cowboys stayed in Round 1. Ricky Aguiar of Stephenville leads both Round 1 and the overall title race after turning in an 87.5 atop a bovine named Iron Horse, owned by the Hurst Rodeo Co.
As Iron Horse spun vigorously throughout the ride, Aguiar stayed in time with the animal and made the right moves.
“It felt really good and it all worked out,” Aguiar said. “He went around to the left and I just matched moves with him.”
But in the short round, he drew a bovine named Make You Famous who also spun to the left. It was a rematch between Aguiar and the bull. The two met during the first round at Bulls’ Night Out last year, and Make You Famous won that match.
“I was pretty happy to have him again here this year, but it just didn’t work out,” Aguiar said. “I just got a little behind and he pulled the rope out of my hand.”
Reid Barker of Comfort is ranked second in Round 1 with an 86.5 after conquering a bull named High Ball, owned by the Smith, Harper and Morgan Rodeo Co.
Nile Lebaron of Weatherford is ranked third in Round 1 with an 86. Lebaron stayed on a bull named Showtime, which also is owned by Hurst.
Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., who won the PRCA bull riding title in 2011, is ranked fourth with an 85.5 after staying on Wait For It, owned by Sammy Andrews.
Proctor also is a star competitor on the Professional Bull Riders tour. During the past weekend, Proctor finished third at the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in New York.
Bulls’ Night Out will conclude with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.The scores from Tuesday’s show will be compared with the scores from Wednesday’s show.
Don Gay of Mesquite, who won a record eight world bull riding titles in the 1970s and early ’80s, is helping announce Bulls’ Night Out. Gay is doing color commentary from horseback in the arena. He is sharing announcing duties with longtime Stock Show announcer Bob Tallman, who is calling the action from the announcer’s stand.
Twelve-time world all-around champion Trevor Brazile and defending world tie-down roping champion Tuf Cooper (both of Decatur) are scheduled to make their first round tie-down roping runs at the Stock Show’s traditional PRCA rodeo Wednesday. The Stock Show scheduled a slack performance for tie-down ropers because there were too many entries in the event to schedule every competitor in the main shows. Wednesday’s slack performance begins at 8 a.m. The main shows begin Friday night and run through Feb. 7.
The Stock Show’s second annual Shootout Rodeo is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The $100,000 rodeo will feature world-class competitors in three roughstock events (bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding) and in two timed events (steer wrestling and barrel racing). For ticket information, visit fwssr.com or call 817-877-2420.