The most entertaining rides come when the best riders are matched up with the best stock. Rodeo fans got to see both in Thursday’s bull riding competition.
Shane Proctor, who won the 2011 bull riding championship in his first National Finals Rodeo appearance, sat atop a bull raised by Bennie Beutler. Beutler was inducted into the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame in 2010 as a stock contractor.
In the 2011 NFR, on the tenth and final night, Proctor was paired up with a bull named Black Attack. He was bucked seconds into his ride and while he was on the ground the bull stepped on his left arm, breaking his humorous in half. However, Proctor was so far ahead in the standings that he won the championship despite his injury.
Read more about the rodeo in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.