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On The Cover - Marcus Mast steps in during the PBR Monster Energy Team Challenge to ride Bubba G (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) for 86.50 points.
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A Pioneer in the Bucking Bull Industry
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Georgia Akers Justin Felisko Barbara Pinnella Keno Shrum
Running Down a Dream
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Practice Pens Talking Bull w/ Brayden Through My Eyes Where’s the Beef
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Letter from the Editor As we already turn the corner on a new month in 2021, it has been nice to have some bull riding to help get back in the swing of things. The PBR began its season with a series of outdoor events in Florida and will move to Texas this month. It is a nice return to the origins of the sport. The first bull back for the last two PBR world champions, Jose Vitor Leme and Jess Lockwood, did not go as planned as both sustained serious injuries which will have them sidelined for at least a few weeks. Lockwood collided with the bull’s horn and took a devastating shot which broke his jaw. As this issue went to print, doctors were still evaluating the x-rays to determine if surgery would be needed. On the very next ride, Leme was stepped on as he dismounted the bull and suffered a fractured ankle and will be out of competition for 4-8 weeks. I know that was not the start of the season that either of them envisioned but we wish them both a speedy recovery and look forward to their return.
however, is not the same as usual. Denver and Fort Worth were both canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. San Antonio will begin its run on February 12 while Rodeo Houston has pushed their typical February schedule back to May 4-23. Hopefully things will have returned to normal by then! I want to encourage you to do all that you can to support these local events. It takes a lot of work to produce a bull riding event or rodeo and I know that all of us, as fans, appreciate the opportunity to watch it in person, if possible, or at least on TV. I am grateful for the men and women who work tirelessly to host these events which are a big boost to all involved in the sport and the local communities, to boot.
Although the 2021 PRCA season officially began last October 1, Until next time, the beginning of the calendar year is traditionally full of the big winter rodeos and the “unofficial” start of the season. This year, Terry
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Talking “Bull” with Brayden
Hi my name is Brayden Hollywood Brown and I’m a miniature bull rider. Today we are going to continue the old timer series with Adriano Moraes. So let’s get into it. Adriano has so many accomplishments that it will be hard to cover them all, but we are going to do as many as we can. In one season he made $1.36 million. That’s a lot of round and event wins, plus a title. That’s not a bad season of bull riding. When Adriano ended his bull riding career in 2006 he had made $3.37 million. Moraes was inducted into the Bull Ridng Hall of Fame in August 2020. Adriano’s highest scored bull ride
Moraes rides Promise Land for 95 points.
was on Promise Land for 95 points in 2000 in Houston, Texas. Promise Land, back then, was the bull that if you rode him you knew it was going to be big. Moreas has 2 NFR bull riding titles and was the first man to ever have 3 world titles in the PBR. Adriano now announces the PBR on Ride Pass in Brazil. I think it is great the PBR is broadcasting in Portuguese. He also sometimes makes appearances on CBS Sports Network and the English language version of Ride Pass. The few times I’ve gotten to meet and see Adriano, he is a good family man who loves the sport. Mr. Moreas normally visits his family in Brazil regularly but, due to Covid, has only got to go over there once or twice since the pandemic. Thanks for reading. To find out more about me check out my Facebook page @Brayden Hollywood Brown.
Adriano Moraes next to a statue of his ride on Little Yellow Jacket which stands outside of the PBR headquarters in Pueblo, CO . Photo provided courtesy of PBR.
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Outside the Arena with...
Peyton Martin Gay By Georgia Akers
This is the last of a three-part series that I like to refer to as girl power in the bucking bull industry. This lady is unique because if there was an angel helping our riders, it would be Peyton Martin. She has raised approximately $140,000 to support our riders through the Western Sports Foundation (WSF). In this last year of COVID, donations have been down for almost all charities as everyone has struggled, but riders still needed assistance. She produced and orchestrated a fund-raising fashion show. Not what you would think to have at the World Finals full of Tell us about yourself. cowboys and stock contractors. Peyton’s fundraiser was an incredible success and just plain fun. And if you want to see a cowboy out of his I grew up in a rodeo family on a ranch in western North Dakota that is also on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. My dad and comfort zone, put him on a runway! papa rode bulls and I grew up going to rodeo and roping events. I was never interested in partaking in rodeo myself, but I loved Let’s learn more about this cowboy’s angel. supporting my family. I have always ridden horses but it is usually for a reason like rounding up or working cattle. In 2014, my best friend, Sadie Berger, introduced me to soonto-be husband PBR rider Gage Gay. It was the last night of the PBR World Finals. I never would have thought that night in Las Vegas would have turned into the life we now have together but it’s funny how things work out. I would not trade our life together for the world. We have a son Bently who is seven and a baby girl on the way who is due in May. We have been living in North Carolina for the past 5 years, but are currently building a home in North Dakota and will be moving back there in the spring.
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Gage Gay with Peyton Martin Gay at the conclusion of the show when she found out that over $102,000 had been raised for WSF.
Peyton discussing last minute details with Matt West.
How did you get interested in the fashion business tied to charitable giving?
Being married to a PBR bull rider I know how important WSF is to all the riders and their families.
My mom has always been heavy into fashion, and she has always been my motivator in creating fun, classy and unique looks.
I have attended many other fun charitable events for WSF before coming up with Peyton’s Project Runway. I was just trying to come up with another fun way to raise money.
I actually started to be interested in helping/working for a charity and the idea of creating a fashion show came next. The crazy idea that popped into my head about a charity fashion show was supported immediately by my good friend Aubrey O’Quinn from the Western Sports Foundation. We were in Big Sky, Montana the summer of 2019 at a PBR event and we were on a hike when I brought the idea up to her. She was a little worried about the time frame we had left before the finals and doing a brand-new event. With it being a big success the very first year, it motivated me to make the second year’s bigger and better. I hope to keep making more and more of a success for the sake of the Western Sports Foundation to help all the western sports athletes. How did you choose the Western Sports Foundation as the recipient of the funds raised at the fashion show?
They are the only foundation that is heavily involved with the riders and their families. They have expanded their services to provide us with new information and tools to make our lives better. Not only by helping financially when a rider is injured but also training camps as well. They really think of everything to make them better athletes and to help them prepare for the future when their bull riding days are over. They also care about the wives just as much and every year provide us with an amazing breakfast during the World Finals. They have speakers that speak to us as wives of riders and they go over all the programs and services that are available to the men in our life, because they know it is important for us to know what services are available as well. So, of course, I would choose them as the recipient for the funds raised. I plan on being an advocate and supporter for the Western Sports Foundation for years to come.
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Brittany Outlaw and Nicole Outlaw
What are the logistics to managing and staging a fashion show?
Models from Peyton’s Project Runway.
In 2019, the year for my first event, I hit the ground running with a little over 3 months to plan and organize. I had no idea where to start. I had never planned any sort of event like this before. But I had big plans so I had to figure it out and just make it work. I started with getting clothing stores, boutiques and other companies interested in donating product. Then I reached out to the women in the PBR and asked them to be models along with a handful of riders, retired and current. After I had models and what they were wearing nailed down, I needed to get other key people involved to make it a big success. Starting with an announcer, I got lucky with PBR’s best: Matt West. Then a music director, Taylor Belles, who was absolutely amazing. Lastly, an auctioneer because the event is a live auction. I had the best in the west with JR Scott. All three of these people have been part of my event since the start of it. They all jumped on board again for the 2020 event, donating their time and helping me bring in over $100k. They are a huge part of the PBR and I love that they are as passionate about WSF as I am. Not being in Las Vegas in 2020 and getting a venue I had never seen was a struggle. But the Lowes Hotel in Arlington had a great staff that helped me narrow everything down to the tiniest detail. My first time seeing the venue was only 2 days before the show. It was beautiful and it was the perfect place to hold a fashion show/ charity event.
have amazing family, friends, and contacts who helped me pull this off. Who have been your donors of clothing/product? The Sparkling Spur, Tex’s Line, Yeti, Double D Ranchwear, Cavender’s, Outlaw Nation, Boot Barn, Chad Berger Bucking Bulls, Libby Productions, Leather and Vodka, Fill Rich, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Reign Lashes, and Vexil. I have been lucky to have Chad Berger Bucking Bulls and Libby Productions donate PBR ticket packages to the event both years. Chad and his family donated a Bismarck PBR package and Adam Libby donated a Deadwood PBR package. They are the best events to take place over the summer run. Tell us about your models?
It comes down to who you can depend on to create this event. I
All my models are involved with the PBR in some way, shape or form. They are either a bull rider or married/dating a bull rider. Or they are married to a stock contractor or a friend I have met
Chase and Nicole Outlaw
Ezekiel Mitchell, Mason Taylor, and Cooper Davis
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through the PBR. I feel like each person adds value to the event because the audience usually knows who they are.
How much training is necessary to be a model? That is not a good question for me (laughing)! The men and women I use and call “models” are not your everyday runway models. But they all do an incredible job because they know it is for a good cause. I know you have PBR riders or stock contractors escort their wives/girlfriends on the runway and they also wear clothes as part of the auction. What is their reaction to being a runway model? When I first ask them, they are usually nervous. I just try to make them feel as comfortable as possible and put zero pressure on them. I remind them it’s a charity event and to just have fun! Most of the models are very small sizes. If someone buys something, are they able to get it in another size? I try to get a variety of model sizes. And yes, when a clothing company donates a product, I make sure the winning bidder will be able to get it in their size or honor the value to have it be used for something else from their store or website.
am in the back helping the girls get ready so when the show first starts, I have no idea what my crowd is going to look like and it’s a feeling that makes my stomach sick. Are there any memorable moments at the shows? The most memorable moment and best part for me is when they tell me the amount that was raised and I get to hand WSF a big check. There is no better feeling.
What is the best part of staging a fashion show?
Do you see this event being a permanent event at the finals?
Seeing all your visions and hard work come to light.
Yes! This is what makes me happy and it is what God has led me to do. I plan to carry this on and to have Peyton’s Project Runway during many PBR World Finals to come.
What is the hardest part of staging a fashion show? Not knowing if all those chairs in the audience will get filled up. I
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Anytime we look at the Scriptures, we first have to look at what that message meant for the intended audience of that day. What was going on in their world at that time? What was their culture? After understanding how it applied to the first century readers, then we can make application to our lives.
by Keno Shrum
What’s Wrong With Our Nation Many of us have wondered over the past few months, what is wrong with our nation? And as many people as you ask, you’ll get just as many answers. Everything from the Democrats to Republicans. From Antifa to BLM. From Proud Boys to Qannon, etc... We see rioting taking place in our streets. We see looting of businesses that men and women have spent their lives building. We see a storming of the United States Capitol as well as destruction at our federal courthouses, police departments, and other government buildings. We see historical statues being ripped to the ground as some in our society attempt to erase our history.
The words of the Holy Bible very much apply to us today. Those words could’ve been directly spoken to us. So, as we sit back and wonder, what is wrong with our nation, it’s not hard to see the answer. It has nothing to do with the election. It has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans. It has nothing to do with all the left wing and right wing extremist groups. It has everything to do with the way that we’ve allowed the sin in our lives to separate us from our Creator. We are acting just like the early Christians in Rome. The only remedy for this problem, is getting back in touch with God. Bringing our lives closer to Him and ridding ourselves of the sin that we possess. That’s how we heal our nation. That’s how we get back to the prosperous land that we once were. Bringing God back into our schools. Bringing God back into our government. Bringing God back in to every aspect of our lives. If you’d like to know more about how you can bring God into your life, please, “Come now and let us reason together...” the ways of our Lord. (Isa 1:18) In His Love, Keno
We see the highest level of intolerance that we’ve probably ever seen in this nation. We turn on the television at night and see our nation falling down around us. With threats from China and other nations, we wonder what the future is for this nation. This nation that many consider a Christian nation or at least one founded on Christian principles. And as we watch all of these things, again we ask, what is wrong with our nation? But if we do go back to the book of Romans, chapters 1 and 2, we read of the Apostle Paul’s admonishment of the Christians in Rome. We have to remember that the church in Rome was made up of both Jews and Gentiles. The Gentiles had not been privy to nor required to live under the Jewish law of the Old Testament. The Jews, however felt superior to the Gentiles because they were God‘s chosen people and had been given His law. So Paul spent chapter 1 addressing the Gentiles and all of the sins they had allowed to take place in their lives. In fact, in the last few verses in chapter 1, he gives a pretty extensive look at those sins. In chapter 2, he turns his attention to the Jewish Christians who were criticizing the Gentiles for all of their faults, yet were not looking at the fact that they themselves were doing the same things. If you read the end of chapter 1, Paul says that God was going to do a very scary thing. He was going to turn the people over to their sins. The evil that they wanted to commit, he allowed them to commit. He allowed them to make their own choices. And so that sin separated them from God. The Jewish people in chapter 2 were also separated from God for their failure to see their own faults.
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Joe Berger By Justin Felisko
Chad Berger walked into the Kist Livestock Auction Stockyard in Mandan, North Dakota, shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday and glanced toward the ceiling. The reigning PBR Stock Contractor of the Year then let a small smile crack his saddened face. Berger began to reminisce about all the times he and his brother Fred would crawl and run throughout the Stockyard’s catwalks as their father Joe was in the process of buying cattle in the late 1960s. There is still an adrenaline rush and sense of excitement for Chad when he thinks about the joy that would overcome him when his dad and grandfather, Tim, would give him and his brother a show stick and let the two boys parade around the back pens as if they were the bosses of the Berger cattle operation.
proud of him for still waking up before the sun on Monday morning, putting on his cowboy boots and heading to work. “If the sale started at six in the morning, you better be there,” Chad recalled his father always telling him before letting out a laugh. “He said, ‘You are there for the first one, and you dang sure better be there for the last one.’” The Stockyard is family for Berger. Fred Kist Sr., who leased the Morton County Fairgrounds in 1942 to begin a tiny livestock auction, became good friends with Tim Berger, Chad’s grandfather. Their two sons, Joe Berger and Freddy Kist Jr., became best friends, and Joe would name his son Fred after him.
The Kist Livestock Auction always floods Berger’s mind with priceless memories.
Chad Berger and Jerry Kist, Freddy’s son, are the same age and grew up as best friends in Mandan.
“It is good, but it is pretty hard to be here today as well,” Chad said on Monday morning. “My grandpa worked here as a foreman until he died. My dad as a little kid started working here, and by seventh grade he was pretty much full-time. My dad grew up in this sale barn, and then so did me and my brother. This sale barn has so many memories for me and my dad.”
“This sale barn has more meaning than any sale barn I go to,” Chad said.
Joe Berger sadly passed away on Dec. 25. He was 84 years old. Joe is of the most successful cattlemen and stock contractors to ever come out of North Dakota. The Mandan, North Dakota, native became especially known to PBR fans for raising Little Yellow Jacket, the PBR’s first three-time World Champion Bull in the 2000s. The legendary cowboy’s path to success, though, began on the floors of the Stockyard, where his son was set to buy some cattle on Monday. As a kid, Joe Berger was fighting to help his family earn a living in the immediate years following the Great Depression, long before he was greeting PBR bull riders with a firm handshake, mentoring a range of successful cowboys and bull riders of various generations and raising some of the best bucking bulls in the world. “My dad made his dreams come true,” Chad said. “They didn’t fall into his lap. He had a passion for what he wanted to do, and that is what he did. He was born in the 1930s, went through the Great Depression, and he and my mom grew up in one of the toughest times you could possibly grow up in. My dad came from nothing, and that is how he instilled work ethic in all of us. He just worked so hard. “In the sale barn here, he would ride horses in for people for a buck a head. He would clean them up. Trim them up. He would get the halters off horses and sell them for 50 cents. He was aggressive. He didn’t want to be poor his whole life. He tasted that. He didn’t want any more of that.” No one would have blamed Chad for taking a few days off following his father’s passing last Friday, but he also knew his dad would be
It is also a daily reminder to Chad of how his father was a manmade, rags-to-riches story. What Joe Berger may have missed out on achieving with a high school diploma, he instead replaced with hard work, cowboy grit and an endless determination to provide for his family in the face of adversity. Joe refused to let having only an eighth-grade diploma hold him back. “He was a hell of a guy,” Chad said. “He made a living educating himself. He never went to school. My dad learned how to add and subtract, and he bought millions of cattle in his lifetime.” Chad was 11 years old when he saw his father’s hard work in 1973. Joe had just purchased his first-ever ranch and could not contain his emotions. Father and son sat on a hill on the family’s new property, and Joe began to cry. “My dad was a pretty tough guy. I am the sobber when it comes to us,” Chad said. “I cry at everything. But I will never forget that day when I asked him what was wrong. “My dad responded, ‘I would give everything to be able to take my dad out here and show him this ranch.’” Tim Berger, who had helped instill in Joe the same characteristics that he would pass on to his children, had passed away six years earlier. Chad wouldn’t see his dad cry in front of him again for another 28 years until Little Yellow Jacket was named the Bull of the Finals at the 2001 PBR World Finals. “I was sitting next to him in the grandstands at the Thomas and Mack, and they announced Little Yellow Jacket was Bull of the
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Finals, and I looked over and saw there were tears coming out of his eyes,” Berger said. “Those were two of the only times I ever saw tears come out of my dad’s eyes when I was younger. I prayed that day that he would be able to see him win a world title, and I saw him see three.” Little Yellow Jacket went on to win the PBR World Championship the next three seasons. Little Yellow Jacket became one of the PBR’s first bovine superstars, and he was one of three bulls Joe Berger raised that won a world title in a five-year span. Moody Blues won the 1998 PBR World Championship and Yellowjacket was the 1999 PRCA Bull of the Year. In fact, one of Joe Berger’s favorite photos was one of him and ninetime World Champion Ty Murray. Murray rode Little Yellow Jacket for 90.5 points during his victory at the 1999 PBR World Finals. Coincidentally, Joe Berger’s passion for bucking bulls may never have happened if not for his sons. The two boys wanted to get involved in bull riding, and Joe decided to purchase, and eventually raise, bulls for his sons. It was the beginning of what became a long and successful career spanning more than four decades. Berger began to organize and run amateur events and develop his own breeding program. He quickly developed a knack for raising some of the toughest bulls in the west while also still operating a successful cattle operation. “In the late ‘70s and ‘80s, he was the best-kept secret,” Chad said. “We did amateur rodeos and stuff like that. I would put his set of bulls up against anybody in the world. I don’t think anybody had as many good ones as he had then. It became his passion.” There was a time in the ‘80s when a good friend of Joe’s tried to convince him to sell his bucking bulls seeing as he was not making a ton of money, if any, by raising and hauling bulls to rodeos. “One of the best stories I can tell you about my dad was one day a guy was giving him a lot of grief about them bulls,” Chad said with a chuckle. “In the ‘80s, you couldn’t make no money on a bucking bull. They weren’t worth nothing and you barely got paid to buck them. His friend said, ‘Why don’t you sell those damn bulls and run more beef cattle and make some money on the ranch?’ “This guy fished a lot, and he said to that guy, ‘Well, how much you make fishing?’ He said, ‘I don’t make any money fishing. This is my
hobby.’ “My dad said, ‘Well, you like fishing, and I like bucking bulls. This is my hobby, so leave me alone.’” It was a hobby and passion that connected Joe to thousands of rodeo and bull riding athletes and fans throughout the nation. Chad’s phone has been ringing nonstop since he announced on Saturday that his father had passed away. There have been thousands of social media comments and an endless outpouring of support. It is no surprise either, considering the kind of man Joe Berger was. Joe never just shook a hand. It was a handshake and a conversation. “My dad would tell me there is more to being a person than just shaking a man’s head and saying hello to them,” Chad said. “The thing about my dad is he got so many young guys started riding bulls, and he spent time with them. He didn’t just talk about bull riding. He asked them about their family. He asked them about life. I can name off so many guys that succeeded in life just because of the lessons they learned from my dad when they were young.” Chad always took that advice to heart. It is one reason why he has let countless bull riders spend weeks at a time at his ranch in Mandan and spent tireless hours in hotel lobbies all across the United States sharing stories alongside the best bull riders in the world and PBR fans. “It was something my dad instilled in me,” Chad said. “I like to take an interest in their life and ask about their family and what they do for a living. I stop and spend some time with them, and that is how my dad was with everybody. “There is a saying in the Bible, ‘A righteous man who walks in his integrity— How blessed are his sons after him,’ and I am certainly blessed for my dad.” As he enjoyed retirement during the last 10 years, Joe continued to be blown away by the number of people who would come up to him and want to shake his hand and talk to him. There was a moment two years ago at the New Town, North Dakota, Touring Pro Division event where Joe became emotional after someone called him a legend. “Everybody keeps coming up to me and saying I am a legend and this and that,” a humble Joe explained to his son. He never expected to hear himself described as one. Chad let out a laugh and told his dad, “Well, you are!” “My dad built a stellar reputation in this country being an honest, hardworking man that never left anybody out,” Chad concluded. “Nobody ever walked by him without saying a hello. That is something you earn. You don’t earn that respect on the street corner. “You earn it, and my dad earned it. I will always love him.”
Article provided courtesy of PBR. Joe Berger, seated, with the winner from the New Town, ND PBR Touring Pro Division Bull Riding. Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagery.
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ryan dirteater Bids Bull Riding Farewell By Barbara Pinnella
Oklahoma native Ryan Dirteater made his 12th appearance at the PBR World Finals in 2020, but getting to see him compete was bittersweet for his many fans. According to Ryan, this would be his last year riding bulls. He made that decision a long time ago, saying that he would stop riding when he was 30 years of age, and he is now 31. Only three weeks had passed when Humps N Horns Bull Riding Magazine spoke with The Cherokee Kid, and we wondered if the reality of retirement had actually set in yet.
“The bull riding I’m at peace with. It’s the locker room, and all your buddies, and all that. The PBR employees-I’ve made friends with a lot of the employees-seeing the fans. That’s the hard part. All the locker room comraderie.”
“Sometimes it does,” he replied. “To be honest with you, I don’t think it will really hit me until the new year, because this is really my off season. Come January we are normally going to New York, so I really don’t think it’s gonna hit me until then. Then I’ll be itching to go.
“I could never find that feeling I was looking for. I would ride bulls here and there, but I did fall off the last few TV events; I think I fell off five or six in a row before I finally stayed on one. I was getting on practice bulls each week, and I would ride one here and there. I might fall off a practice bull, but I was getting on pretty good stuff at the time. But I was inconsistent.”
Leading up to those 2020 Finals, Ryan was getting on bulls after coming back from injuries, but he admitted that he just never felt right.
Here is his description of what his last Finals appearance felt like to him. “At the PBR Finals I fell off my first one, then I picked the bull Bezerk. I had ridden him twice before, so my confidence getting on that bull was through the roof. I rode him, but I didn’t feel like I was 100% in control of it. It felt like a struggle getting to the eight seconds. I was like, ‘Dang it!’ “The next bull I get on, (Payin Debts), I had seen him at Sioux Falls and knew he was an outstanding bull. I scored him really well. It just seemed like when I nodded my head, I felt perfect. That feeling that I was looking for those two or three months was right there. “Everything worked out the way it was supposed to. I was 91 points for my last bull ride, and that’s a feeling that a bull rider looks for when he nods his head. Even though I fell off Big Black and Smooth Operator – Smooth Operator winning World Champion Bucking Bull AGAIN – there’s no shame in falling off of either one of them.” Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagery
A huge disappointment for Dirteater this year was not
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being able to compete with team USA Wolves at the Global Cup. That is one thing that just might be sticking in the corner of his mind for 2021. But who knows? “Come next year for that event I might be way out of shape. I might not want to think about crawling on a bull. I don’t know. I wanted to be done, and I’m done. But it did cross my mind. My team asked me; they do want me there, and I didn’t get to ride this year. “But then I think about those injuries that go with it,” he laughed. “The longest I was out at one time was nine months. I figured out that in 14 years riding professionally, I’ve been Ryan Dirteater rides Paying Debts (Gary Long_Dean Wilson) for 91 points during Round 3 of out with injuries three years. his final PBR World Finals. Photo by AndyWatson / BullStockMedia When I collapsed my lung last year, leaving the sport did cross my mind at that time. But I knew it’s time for me to just watch them grow, and for me and April to I had one more year left in me and I didn’t want to go out like that. move on with our lives.” I wanted to go out on my terms. I love the sport and wanted to go out on my terms, and that’s what I did.” Ryan has done a bit of coaching, and enjoyed it. He and Zane Cook put on a bull riding school the week after the Finals and had As previously mentioned, Ryan decided to quit the end of the year 16 bull riders and bucked about 75 bulls. Judd Napier put on the he turned 30. Most bull riders want to ride as long as possible, so bullfighting clinic, and he had five students. They are planning on we were curious as to why he picked that particular time. putting on another one in the spring, and then again late in the year. “Bull riding is a young man’s sport,” he told us. “I’ve been there for 20+ years, and I just know that there’s more to life than bull “I enjoyed it, and at least I’m around it. I still team rope and I’ve riding. I’ve got cows; I love cattle. I wanted to be young when I got some bucking stock cattle. So I’ll still be there. You’re still walked away from it. I’m planning on getting married to April and gonna see me. It’s given me everything, so I can’t just drop it.” building a house. She’s catching up with school, so we’ve got big plans come ’21. Since 1994, the PBR World Finals has been at a venue in Las Vegas. In his last year competing at the Finals and thanks to Covid-19, “I just felt like the retirement age for bull riding is between 30 and Dirteater and the others had to abandon Vegas for Arlington, 35. I’m 31, and if you ride much longer than that, it’s really hard. I Texas. We wondered if he was disappointed with that move. don’t want to make a great ride and get up hurting,” he chuckled. “You can’t stop Father Time, it’s gonna hurt! Those great rides are “Yes and no. I never thought that last year would be my last time gonna hurt. Those older guys like Valdiron and Wallace, I don’t riding in Vegas. Nobody did. But that stadium (in Texas) was see how they’re doing it, uh uh!” awesome! A lot of my family that wouldn’t have been able to go to Vegas made it to Arlington, so I’m happy about that. It was good He reminded us that the younger guys are just getting better, in a different way.” with regard to their talent and athleticism. And of course, the bull power is not slowing down either. They are getting ranker One of Ryan’s most memorable moments came back in 2016, and bucking harder as well. The sport itself continues to grow, and when he won the PBR World Finals event. Ryan feels that you can’t stay on top forever. “Guilherme (Marchi) rode his last bull and he jumped ahead of “Respect the old and make way for the new, because they’re me. All I had to do was stay on Brutus to win more than $300,000, coming. And I like to see it. There recently was a junior bull riding and the buckle. I love the pressure! That’s what we feed off of, it in Texas, and there were six kids down there to ride mini bulls drives us. Put us in a corner and it’s time to step up. And I did that. that live within a 10-mile radius of where I live. It’s awesome. So
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“I do wish I had gotten on Cochise more than I did, I only got on him once. He was so awesome and felt really good. He felt like an old pillow. It’s hard because I got on about every bull I had wanted. That’s what makes it special about picking bulls in the short round.” Then one bull did come to mind.
Dirteater takes care of Brutus (D&H Cattle Co. / Buck Cattle Co. / Adams) for 89.75 points to win the 2016 PBR World Finals. Photo by Phillip Kitts / Avid Visual Imagery “Another big moment was when I won Oklahoma City the first time. That was in 2018. In the long round I rode a bull that had bucked me off three times before, and then rode another one. In the short round I picked Bruiser. I think I picked fifth or sixth and I couldn’t believe that nobody had picked him yet. He had just come off winning the World title in Vegas, and I bucked off of him in Vegas. I wanted him! I scored 93.25 in Oklahoma. That was really special. “The next year was almost the same situation, but this time I come back first. I picked Big Black, and I was 91 to win the event. To win your home state event is huge, but to win it back-to-back is even better. To even win a UTB event is an accomplishment, but to win in your home state is special. I have won nine UTB events. So those three are all very special moments for me.”
“Actually, Soulja Boy, I never did get on him. That was back in 2010, 2011, the days of Kody Lostroh and Austin Meier. He was a little red bull. I think Skeeter Kingsolver rode him once.”
While Ryan will quite likely have traveling and bull riding withdrawals, he is looking forward to watching the PBR in 2021. “I can’t wait to watch the young guys step up in ’21, it’s gonna be fun watching, I know that.” We speak for all of the Ryan Dirteater fans out there, ourselves included, when we say that we will truly miss watching him ride. He has always been a willing and very enjoyable interview, for which we thank him. Humps N Horns wishes all the best for Ryan and April, and hope we get to see him somewhere down the road – maybe with a bucking bull or two for others to challenge!
In his career it seems as if Ryan has been able to get on every bull he ever wanted – or had he? “There were bulls that I didn’t want to get on, but I’d sure like to get on, if that makes sense. I wish I would have gotten on Bushwacker, but I didn’t want to get on him at the time. Now that he’s retired, I’m like, ‘Man, I should have gotten on him!’ but I didn’t want to get on him back then,” he laughed.
Dirteater conquers SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co. / Buck Cattle Co.) for 93.25 points to win the PBR event in Oklahoma City, OK in 2018. Photo by AndyWatson / BullStockMedia
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Marcus Mast By Kelly B. Robbins
Marcus Mast is an Indiana cowboy. Marcus is one of the talented young bull riders who has worked hard to steadily climb up through the ranks to the PBR Unleash the Beast Series. He lives in the little Amish town of Middlebury, Indiana with his wife, Jamie, six-year-old son Carson, and two-yearold daughter Macey. His early years were spent on his Amish family’s dairy farm in Middlebury. Growing up, he never even thought about riding bulls. His older brother, Nate, started sneaking away from the Amish culture, and started riding bulls at a venue in Van Wert, Ohio, about 1-1/2 hours from the farm. “When he did it, I wanted
to do it,” Marcus revealed. “When I turned 16 years old, I decided to give it a try. My brother-in-law offered to take me to a local practice pen where they used 400-500 lb. steers for novice riders. On the way, he told me that we were going to an event where they were riding bucking bulls, not the steers at the practice pen. I told him that was fine with me. He later told me that he didn’t think I would actually get on a bull.” “Well, I borrowed some gear and got on that first bull. I actually stayed on him for four or five seconds. When he bucked me off, I fell under him and he stepped all over me. He nearly broke my wrist and he stepped on my leg. I was in quite a bit of pain. When I got home, my dad knew what had happened, and he sure didn’t cut me any slack about doing my chores.” “I was 17 years old when my cousin and I entered the Van Wert event in the novice class,” Marcus continued. “You had to be 18 years old to ride or have a signed permission slip from your parents. We just told them we were 18, and they let us ride. We rode for two weekends, but when I called to enter on the third weekend, the owner of the venue asked me several times how old I was. He then told me that Nate had called to inform him that we were not 18 years old. I apologized to the owner, and he told us to come back when we turned 18.” “After turning 18, I went back to Van Wert and entered the jackpot bulls instead of the novice. The first week, I won the event. The second week I came in second. The third week I won it again. I won a gold buckle for that series. I was feeling pretty good about my bull riding, because there were PBR Touring Pro bull riders that came to Van Wert! But after winning that buckle, I didn’t ride a single bull to the buzzer the rest of the season.” Marcus was in a bad slump after that. He moved to Kansas for a year. “I guess it was a different place, a different atmosphere, different bulls, and I started winning again,” Marcus said. “I spent that year working construction and riding bulls.” “I became a father at age 19,” Marcus shared. “That helped me
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to grow up mentally, and somehow that helped me to understand bull riding better. In 2014 I went to Gary Leffew’s Bull Riding School, and that made the most difference for me in riding bulls. I learned the basic fundamentals of bull riding and I learned how to set goals. I had never heard about setting goals.” At that time, Marcus was ranked 50th in the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Association (SEBRA) standings. He set a goal to be a top ten rider in SEBRA. “I just knew bull riding was for me and I loved to do it,” Marcus said. “A month later I was in the top ten. I knew then that this goal stuff really worked! I set another goal to be in the top five. I ended the season in second place. If you set goals, focus on those goals, and want to achieve those goals, you will find a way to make it to your goals.”
Marcus rtides Show Me Homie (K-C Bucking Bulls) for 85.5 points. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStock Media
Marcus went into another bull riding slump the next year. While on that tour, he stopped in to spend a couple of days When he is not riding bulls, Marcus works in the RV industry. with Gary Leffew. “When I walked into Gary’s, I didn’t feel He was sent out west for a three-month tour repairing RV’s. like I could ride a stick horse. When I left Gary’s, I felt like I could ride D&H Cattle Company’s Long John,” Marcus exclaimed. Marcus started competing in some PBR Touring Pro events. Then Gary talked him into getting his CBR card. “I’m glad I did that,” Marcus explained. “I made a pile of money!” He eventually made it to the Built Ford Tough Series (now the Unleash the Beast Series).
Marcus takes on Safety Meeting (Dakota Rodeo - Berger/Struve / Hruby / Kainz).
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Marcus ended last season 45th in the standings. He was chosen as an alternate for the PBR World Finals in Arlington and was able to ride because five bull riders were not allowed to participate due to testing positive for Covid-19. “It was exciting to get the call for the first alternate,” Marcus divulged. “It really
didn’t settle in until the night when I was sitting in the locker room and then it hit me. My wife had put up a FaceBook post and I started getting all kinds of congratulatory FaceBook messages from folks. You know, your main goal is to make it on the Tour. But I got to ride at the World Finals!” As we talked, Marcus shared that he doesn’t like to wear a helmet. “I tried a helmet, but it just never felt right,” Marcus confessed. “I watched video of me riding with and without the helmet, and I noticed that I looked like two different people riding. My riding was negatively affected when I rode with a helmet on, so I took it off.” His worst injury was when he suffered a broken jaw at a little $500 added money event. “That was my worst injury, but I was really fortunate that it didn’t require surgery. I was only out for five weeks!” Marcus’ favorite event is what he calls the hometown event. “The PBR holds a Touring Pro event in Shipshewana, Indiana, about ten minutes from my house,” Marcus said. “It is the only PBR event where I can ride a bull and go and sleep in my own bed that night. I typically will drive to an event if it is under 14 hours away. Otherwise, I fly to the events.” Marcus most memorable ride was this past summer at the PBR Monster Energy Team Challenge in Las Vegas. He was
Marcus gives the spur to Humberto (Dakota Rodeo - Berger/ Struve / Heald) for 87.5 points.
a member of team Union Home Mortgage, captained by Jess Lockwood. His teammates were Silvano Alves, Mason Taylor, and Luciano De Castro. On June 14, in game 18 in Division A, Mason was hurt and Marcus, being the alternate, stepped in to help the team. He rode Bubba G for 86.5 points! “That was a really rank bull, and I am really proud of that ride,” Marcus declared. Marcus does some core strength and stamina exercises and runs to keep in shape for the rigors of bull riding. I asked him if he researches the bulls he draws. “If I see a bull buck one time, I remember pretty well how they buck,” Marcus said. “I will talk to the other riders about bulls that I’ve never seen before. When I climb on that bull in the chute, I try to know what that bull usually does. But I also know that a bull is going to do what he’s going to do, and you have to ride the bull for what he’s doing.”
Mast gets the best of Gambler in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Andre Silva
“I hope to have a better year this year,” Marcus revealed. “Last year was a tough year! My goal is to get on the Tour, stay on the Tour, and make it to the PBR Finals on my own this year. It all starts at the Cedar Park Chute Out Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event in Cedar Park, Texas on January 15 & 16 at the H-E-B Center.” Photos provided courtesy of Marcus Mast, unless otherwise noted.
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Valdiron de Oliveira rides Oilfield Outlawâ€™s Legacy for 86.5 points during Round 1 of the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Cedar Park Chute Out. Photo by Andre Silva / BullStock Media.
ille, Texas. at the 2020 NPBR event in Kingsv Canyon Bass takes on Majic Man tography. Pho rce Photo by William Kierce / Kie
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