Bull Stomp barrels into Eagle
EAGLE, Colorado ” Think of bull riding as the original extreme sport.
“People in the stands don’t want to see people get hurt. They want to see them almost get hurt,” says Eldon Monsen, promoter of the Eagle Valley Bull Stomp, coming to the Eagle County Fairgrounds Saturday.
The event is a stop on the Lane Frost Challenge Tour, featuring some of the top bull riders from all over the country. The tour was launched in 2001 as a bull riding only event. The 2009 season features five competitions and the Eagle event is the third stop. The tour has already stopped in Rock Springs, Wyo., and challenge series events are slated later this year in Vernal, Utah.
What brought the bull stomp to Eagle?
“I was looking for new venues and asked a couple of the bull riders and they said you had a new indoor arena in Eagle,” says Monsen. After contacting Eagle County, he was able to book a tour event at the new Eagle River Center. Monsen then teamed up with the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce to promote the bull stomp.
Monsen says top riders from all over the country will be competing in a two-round event. “We had riders travel all the way from North Carolina to complete in Rock Springs a few weeks ago,” he says. “And our audience seems to like the tour. They are coming back and following us around the country.”
The first round of Bull Stomp competition features all 40 riders. From there, the top 10 qualifiers come back to ride for the championship.
In addition to big name riders, the event boasts a bevy of blustery bulls. The featured animals will be brought from EMJ Bulls, L Lazy 3 (David Love) from Gillette, Wyo., Jeff Tosch Bucking Bulls, Mike Ruby Bulls of Lander, Wyo., and Lonny Lancaster from Grand Junction.
The gates open at 5 p.m., with the bull riding starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, or $6 for children under 11, and may be purchased at the door or at Copy Plus in Eagle or Wylaco Supply in Gypsum.
Monsen hopes to see a crowd of more than 1,000 at the inaugural Eagle Valley Bull Stop.
Event sponsors include the towns of Eagle and Gypsum, Pendleton, Pepsi, Coors, SilverLeaf Suites, The Dusty Boot, Collett Enterprises, EMJ Productions, AmericInn Suites, Eagle Embroidery, Wells Fargo, Wylaco Supply Company, Cattour Transportation, Brush Creek Saloon, Ti-Bet Enterprises, NAPA Auto Parts, TV8/TV17 and Copy Plus.
The Lane Frost Challenge Tour commemorates World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost, who was killed by a bull in 1989 while competing in the popular Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.
The movie “8 Seconds,” starring Luke Perry, told the story of his life.
Lane Frosts’ parents, Clyde and Elsie Frost, will be present at the Eagle Bull Stomp event. At tour stops around the country, the family presents Western heritage events for children. Additionally, since Lane’s death, the Frost family has presented the Lane Frost College Scholarship and any student who competes in the national high school rodeo finals is eligible to apply.
For more information about the tour or the Frost family, vist landfrostchallenge.com