Judging from the applause, Temecula’s Ryan Brown was clearly the audience favorite to take home the top prize at last Sunday’s final round of the Professional Bull Riders competition held at Pala Casino.
Then Brown drew the name of one bad bull, Airwolf. The Fresno-based bull proceeded to keep its never-been-successfully-ridden streak intact as it tossed Brown into the air like a rag doll.
“He’s a bull with an attitude,” announcer Ed Kutz told the packed arena. The menacing bulls were as much of an attraction as the riders at the two-day event. An Anza-based bull – High Octane Hurricane – just as easily flicked Texas rider Eric Ferreira into the air during the final round. That 1,832-pound bull, owned by Nick Nuciforo, had previously only been ridden three times in eight-second stints during its 12-outing pro career.
“The bulls are doing good,” Kutz noted to the rapt onlookers.
Tiger Bomb, a Temecula bull owned by Alec Hauser, logged the most punishing performance on Sunday.
Other bulls sported such names as White Lightning, Moonshine, Stump Whiskey, Fiasco and Dance Fire.
About 70 riders competed for championship points and nearly $26,000 in prize money during the rough-and-tumble event.
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