When the final bull is loaded in Las Vegas this weekend at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, residents of the Cowboy Capital of the World will have once again made their presence known.
Harve Stewart, who has decided to make bull riding his profession for the moment, qualified for his first PBR finals and is competing with a custom brace on his broken right leg. Stewart went into the PBR World Finals in 23rd place with 3773.25 points and total earnings of $71,502.23 in the 23 events in which he competed. Round 5 of the World Finals will see Stewart match up against Nervous Waters, owned by Frontier Rodeo Company, Tom Teague and comedian Ron White.
For the sixth time in PBR history, announcer and bucking bull producer, Randy Schmutz has taken his vocal talents to the PBR Finals. Schmutz, owner of Looks West Productions and XS Ranch, announces several PBR events throughout the year and raises bulls and enters ABBI sanctioned events. Schmutz has called Stephenville home for the last 16 years.
Maybe you watch professional bull riding for the cowboys, but don't forget half the score goes to the bucking bull's performance. Within Erath County, there are several stock contractors who provide stock for PBR and ABBI events. Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms of Stephenville is one of the stock contracting companies who sent such talents as Camo, Wildlife, Hill Street and Lost in Paradise to Las Vegas for the top cowboys to test their luck. In between performances of the PBR World Finals, the ABBI held their World two-year old finals where Boyd/Floyd contractors earned fourth and split 10th and eleventh within the top 20 for the year. Other contractors sending their prize stock include Scott Accomazzo of the Ace of Spades Ranch, half owner of Mud Flap and the 4C's Bucking Bulls who sent the bull Total Darkness. Schmutz also sent the bull RedChester as part of the string owned by XS Ranch.
Though known for his professional tie-down calf roping titles, Cody Ohl of Hico, also has a hand in the bucking bull business and owns interest in the bull Carney Man, who competed in the ABBI Classic Finals.
Don't forget, in order to win any money, it's up to the panel of four professional judges, who mark both the cowboys performance as well as the bulls. One of those four judges is Stephenville's very own Dean Wilson, a former bull riding contestant himself who puts his knowledge of the industry and the bulls to help contestants and bulls make names for themselves.