Free-style bullfighting at the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Feb. 3-5
Free-style bullfighting has its roots in Rapid City, SD. It began in 1979, the second year of the Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo, with an idea from Jim Sutton. A bullfighter had 90-seconds to “free style” fight a bull, with a warning whistle at 60 seconds where he could end the fight if he chose to without penalty from the judges. The highest scored fight won the purse.
The Wrangler Bullfights were wildly successful, and in 1980 Wrangler became the sponsor of the event, culminating in a World Champion match held at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR).
The 2010 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo saw a return of the Free Style Bullfight, with a great response from fans and bullfighters alike. At the 2010 NFR, one of the openings was dedicated to the Wrangler Bullfight featuring Jim Sutton, founder of the event; Jon Taylor, barrel man; Skipper Voss, World Champion Bullfighter and winner of the 1979 Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo Bullfight; and Mike Matt, World Champion Bullfighter 1996-97, 2000 and current bullfighter at the 2011 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo.
Free-style bullfighting will be featured at the 2011 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo on Feb. 3-5 during the PRCA Silver Tour Rodeo performances at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, SD.
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