Stark Truth: Extreme Talent Coming for Xtreme Bulls

I’m gonna be writing about this for Thursday’s print editions, but wanted to let you know that the lineup for the Kitsap Xtreme Bulls has been announced. If you’re a rodeo fan, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Reigning world champion Wesley Silcox (2007) and three other past world champions — B.J. Schumacher (2006), Matt Austin (2005) and Cody Hancock (2000) — are among the 40 bull riders who will compete in the $50,000 ProRodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Thunderbird Stadium at the Fairgrounds.

Nine of the top-10 and 17 of the top-20 bull riders in the current PRCA world standings, led by No. 1-ranked Chance Smart of Philadelphia, Mo., are scheduled to show up. Most of those riders will also compete in the Kitsap Stampede, a four-day rodeo that runs nightly at the Fairgrounds from Aug. 20-23. Each performance starts at 7 p.m. The Stampede’s been a finalist for National Rodeo of the Year the last three years. If you haven’t been, you need to go.

Xtreme Bulls tickets are $25 for premium arena floor seating, $20 for adult general admission and $16 for youth (children under 5 are free). Tickets can be purchased by calling (360) 471-8449 or at the event’s web site at http://www.kitsaprodeo.com/. I hope those are the right prices. They seem to conflict with what’s posted on the kitsaprodeo.com site, but that’s the press release quoted the $25, $20, $16 prices.

If you show up, you might find yourself on TV. The show will be televised on a delayed basis on Sept. 7 (12:30 p.m., ESPN) and Nov. 23 (noon., ESPN2).

Winnercomm, America’s largest independent sports production company, owns the licensing rights to the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour through 2008. For more information on the 2008 Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour, visit www.xtremebulls.com.

Here’s the Kitsap County Xtreme Bulls Roster:

Matt Austin, Wills Point, Tex.
Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D.
Casey Baize, Big Lake, Tex.
Fred Boettcher, Tomah, Wisc.
Howdy Cloud, Kountze, Tex.
Brian Curtis, Belle Fourche, S.D.
Myron Duarte, Auburn, Wash.
Douglas Duncan, Huntsville, Tex.
Clayton Foltyn, El Campo, Tex.
Jarrod Ford, Greeley, Colo.
Chad German, Groesbeck, Tex.
Seth Glause, Rock Springs, Wyo.
Cody Hancock, Taylor, Ariz.
J.W. Harris, May, Tex.
Luke Haught, Weatherford, Tex.
Allen Helmuth, Ellensburg, Wash.
Cody Hodges, Omaha, Tex.
Logan Knibbe, Rockdale, Tex.
Zeb Lanham, Sweet, Idaho
Jason McClain, Lewis, Colo..
Danny McDowell, Jena, La.
Colin McTaggert, Las Vegas, Nev.
Joe Meling, Pendelton, Ore.
Brent Menz, Delta, Mo.
Marcus Michaelis, Caldwell, Idaho
Jay Morrow, Wayland, Ia.
Bandy Murphy, Weatherford, Okla.
Zack Oakes, Tonasket, Wash.
Shawn Proctor, Tooele, Utah
Colby Reilly, Stratford, Wash.
Clayton Savage, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Cody Schoesler, Ritzville, Wash.
B.J. Schumacher, Hillsboro, Wisc.
Wesley Silcox, Payson, Utah
Chance Smart, Philadelphia, Miss.
Tate Stratton, Stanley, N.Mex.
Jake Wade, Alamo, Nev.
Bobby Welsh, Gillette, Wyo.
Stormy Wing, Dalhart, Tex.
Steve Woolsey, Benjamin, Utah

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