The Arnold arena saw a lot of action last Saturday, as chutes flew open with 33 bull riders competing for cash and prizes in the Tyler Long Benefit Bull Riding Event. Riders came from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota.
Quincy McDonald from Ava, Missouri, was the winner and the high point rider with an 87 score, winning the belt buckle donated by Same 24 Fitness of Arnold. and a custom gun donated by Craig Leth of Leth’s Gun Care from Merna.
Wyatt Calvert from Camdenton, Missouri, and Anthony Lyons from Oklahoma tied for 2nd with a score of 80. A coin toss was made to determine the winner, and Calvert won the toss. He received money and a custom belt donated by Ashlee Davis of Flying B Leather Creations. Lyons was 3rd.
One of the highlights of the event was entertainment by Shawn Stutzman, the “Coors Man in the Can. Stutzman is Nebraska’s only PRCA Rodeo Clown, and has been named rodeo clown of the year 27 times in five different rodeo associations.
“Overall, I think attendance was pretty good,” said Kerri Kemp, one of the event organizers. “It was 65 degrees and a bit breezy, but people still showed up. I really think more could of came, as I kept hearing for the past month from locals how this is something Arnold needs and wants. The ones who really wanted to see some good action showed up to watch. To get 33 bull riders from several states to an event like this, or even a bull riding itself, is a big deal. That’s a lot of riders, and they could enter twice if they wanted to. Some did just that. But the sponsors and sponsorship’s is what really helped us. Everyone who volunteered their time and help into this was a big key part of making this bull riding. Without any of that, it wouldn’t be possible.”
Proceeds from the event went to Arnold resident Tyler Long, who was injured in a bull riding event last July.
article by: Janet Larreau
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