First Round Feb. 4, 2 p.m. Second Round Feb. 5, 3:00 pm (Free Admission)
Final Round during PRORODEO Tour Feb. 5-6 performances (Ticketed Event)
Barnett Arena, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
In 1979, at the 2nd Annual PRCA Rodeo Rapid City, an event was born that had never been seen before in rodeo. It was invitational-free style bullfight organized by Jim Sutton. Following the bull riding event, each bullfighter had a set time period to dance, fight and spin his way around a Mexican fighting bull trying to impress the judges and earn the most points to win the contest. The crowd loved it. There was a danger factor and thrill that kept people glued to their seats. And while no one wanted to see a bull fighter hurt, they didn’t mind if they got banged around a little bit.
The Wrangler Jeans Corporation loved it too, and, starting in 1980, sponsored the Wrangler Bullfight Tour. After a year of competition at major rodeos across the United States, the top six freestyle bullfighters were chosen to compete for a cash purse at the National Finals Rodeo. Over four consecutive days each bullfighter battled the most aggressive bulls to see who could come up with the highest score to determine the World Champion. The rankest bulls were put together from all across the nation. The tour lasted 20 years, ending after the 2000 NFR.
In celebration of the 42nd Annual PRCA Rodeo Rapid City, Sutton Rodeo will be featuring a Freestyle Bull Fight Competition. Catch the first round action Feb. 4 and second round Feb. 5, where the bull fighter competitors will each compete 40-70 seconds, trying to convince a judge their fight is best. Top competitors advance into the rodeo performances Feb. 5-6, where they will compete head-to-head and one will be crowned the 2020 Rodeo Rapid City Freestyle Bull Fight Champion during the Feb. 6th 7:30 pm Rodeo Rapid City perfomance! Free Admission to First and Second Round Action!