Xtreme Bulls Go Wild in Weatherford

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By Lillian Landreth

The Xtreme Bulls Tour made a stop in Weatherford, Texas on June 8th, one of several events that kicked off the 74th Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days Rodeo.

It was a Bulls Night Out sponsored by Chick-fil-A, but the 35 professional bull riders entered brought their brawn and brains to the chutes as well.

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J.B. Mauney, the seven-million-dollar cowboy, has been on a winning streak this spring, and continued his success in Weatherford, riding United Pro Rodeo’s bull The Duke for 90.5 points. The win gave Mauney a leg up into the top 15 of the PRCA world standings and his goal of the WNFR, and he took a victory lap in Weatherford withhis son, Jager, in his arms.

Photography credit: Ken Carmona / IMAGEHOUNDS

The Frontier Days Rodeo and Xtreme Bulls are particularly important to the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, who formed the rodeo in 1947. “It was started originally by local ranch owners to keep the western heritage way of life alive. In my mind, it’s more important than ever to keep that in front of people and keep it alive,” says the Sheriff’s Posse Captain this year, Doug Leeper. Xtreme Bulls started coming to Weatherford in conjunction with the rodeo in 2016, and Leeper says its popularity grows with every year.

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Photography credit: Ken Carmona / IMAGEHOUNDS

“I think the fans really get into it. We had Wynn Williams do a concert afterward and that happens in the arena.”

Doug Leeper
Wynn Williams playing for rodeo fans at Xtreme Bulls in Weatherford, TX

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Rodeo clown Justin Rumford brought his usual humor and antics to the night, and announcer Andy Stewart gave voice to the action. The Xtreme Bulls Tour concludes with the Finale at the Pendleton Round-Up this year for the first time. The Finale’s payout of $110,000 makes it a pivotal final step for each bull rider with WNFR gold-buckle dreams.

Justin Rumford clownin around in Weatherford, TX

Photography credit: Ken Carmona / IMAGEHOUNDS

About the author

Lillian Landreth is a freelance writer and editor. She particularly enjoys writing about rodeo and the extraordinary people and animals who make the lifestyle fascinating. The author of more than 1,000 stories, her writing has appeared in the Rodeo News; The Ketchpen, published by the Rodeo Historical Society and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; and local newspapers. She is also working on her #rst novel. When she’s not writing, Lily enjoys riding with the Snake River Stampeders night light drill team, coaching the EhCapa Bareback Riders, a PRCA specialty act, and teaching horseback riding lessons. She makes her home in Southwest Idaho with her entrepreneurial husband, their dog, horse, and cows.

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