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Eagle Valley Bull Stomp returns this Saturday

Special to the Vail Daily

EAGLE, Colorado –It’s not on the program for the X Games but bull riding can definitely be described as an extreme sport.

All that extreme action is on tap this weekend in Eagle when the Lane Frost Challenge Tour returns to town.

The tour features some of the top bull riders from all over the country. The tour was launched in 2001 to showcase one of the most popular traditional rodeo events – bull riding. The 2010 tour has already stopped in Rock Springs, Wyo., and eight other challenge series events are slated later this year.

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.

Organizer Eldon Monsen says the tour honors the memory of one of the finest bull riders who ever completed. As part of Lane Frost’s legacy, the tour funds college scholarships for high school rodeo athletes. The Eagle Valley Bull Stomp hopes to raise additional money for Eagle County Little Britches rodeo.

The bull stomp tour added an Eagle stop last year that proved to be so popular it is back for more.

“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. “We were short on seating last year, but Eagle County has stepped up and provided about twice as much seating for this year’s event.”

Monsen says top riders from all over the country will be competing in a two-round event. The first round of Bull Stomp competition includes all riders. From there, the top 10 qualifiers come back to ride for the championship.

“We have a full roster with 43 riders already signed up,” Monsen said. “This is pro level competition with pro level bulls and a lot of the riders will be professionals as well.”

The bull stomp has been building a national audience with enthusiasts following riders to locations throughout the west. One of the reasons for a stop in Eagle is the indoor arena at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The tour doesn’t switch over to outdoor venues until late May.

Saturday’s action will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, or $6 for children under 11, and may be purchased at the door or at Eagle Sinclair or Wylaco Supply in Gypsum.

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