New Year’s Eve – Extreme Rodeo Fun at the Budweiser Event Center
Fort Collins, Colo.
What better way for a rodeo fan to spend New Years Eve and also get the new rodeo season started right than to attend Kevin Rich’s Extreme Rodeo at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado?
Extreme Rodeo is Bull Riding, Bareback, Saddle Bronc, and Freestyle Bull Fighting all rolled into one action packed event. Kevin Rich definitely knows how to put on a good rodeo. His rodeo experience ranges from competing at a professional level as
a bull rider and a bull fighter to Stock Contractor and Promoter. He is a founder of the Professional Team Bull Riders (PTBR) and is one of the most respected names in rodeo in northern Colorado.
Already well-known for bull riding events at the Sundance Steakhouse in Fort Collins and the Event Center in Loveland, Rich’s recent events have been what he calls Extreme Rodeo. As Rich explains it, Extreme Rodeo “takes all the most exciting events in rodeo and combines them into one event. You have the Bareback riding, the Saddle Bronc riding, and Bull Riding, and we add the Freestyle Bullfighting to it, along with the team concept. It don’t get any better than that.”
The night’s festivities started off with a ‘meet and greet’ for sponsors and contestants in the Event Center’s private restaurant. The highlight of the gathering was the presentation of Honored Guest, Angelica Garcia. Angelica is a Make-A-Wish child whose wish was “to meet some real cowboys”. Angelica was given a hat signed by the cowboys, a vest, and a pair of chaps ” all in her favorite color, pink ” by Trent Johnson of the Greeley Hat Works.
Among the dignitaries that kicked off the 2008 New Year’s Eve Extreme Rodeo were Royce Ford, six time NFR qualifier, and his father, Bruce Ford, five time NFR Bareback World Champion.
Also on hand were some up-and-coming country singers, vying for a place as northern Colorado’s Country Idol. There was ‘free stuff’ thrown to the fans from the back of a Toyota pickup truck by the girls from Hooters. And no Kevin Rich event is ever complete without Mutton Bustin’. It was a real thrill for the young cowboys and cowgirls to ride to the enthusiastic cheers of the fans at the Budweiser Event Center.
The Extreme Rodeo action was everything that a rodeo fan could want. The stock was great and the contestants were really tested. Each team was made up of two bull riders, a bareback rider, and a saddle bronc rider, and they put on a terrific and exciting show.
It was a great rodeo event. After the event, everyone was invited to go across I-25 to finish ringing in the New Year at the awards ceremony and after party at Hooter’s. It was a real fun-filled New Year’s Eve for area rodeo fans. It’s too bad that fans have to wait a whole year to do it again. v
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