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"When 2,000 pounds of muscle is coming at you, you can't be afraid"

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

GLADEWATER, TX (KLTV) - They are no longer clowning around. Wednesday night, folks were gearing up for the 72nd Annual Gladewater Round-up Rodeo. That includes the bull-fighters, formerly known as rodeo clowns.

As competitors gear up for many rodeo fans their favorite sight is the bull-fighters. No, not the kind from Madrid...the less serious kind who like to "clown" around.

"I guess you've got to be a pretty big risk taker," said Teri Lynne Lopez. "Not the average person would want to get out there and do that. I'm impressed by them."

Aside from entertaining, the job of a bull-fighter is to distract the bulls, giving the rider precious time to get out of harm's way.

"When you get a chance where you can really run up and save a cowboys life if a bull gets him down and in position, walk that barrel up to him and holler," said bullfighter, Rick Young. "Hit the barrel."

Hmm...that was something I could do I figured. 

"What do you think about me being a bullfighter," I asked Young.

"Hahahaha a real fighter," he asked continuing to laugh.

I still don't get what was so funny.

Anyway, some say you have to be half dare-devil, half insane because when 2,000 pounds of muscle is coming at you, you can't be afraid.

The riders said they are glad to have the bullfighters there. It's not for everybody, and it was certainly not for me.

Again, the first night of the rodeo is Wednesday night. It starts at 8:15pm.

We've set up a link to the schedule of events on our web site. Just go to our home page, click on the Big Red Box and then the Gladewater Round-up Rodeo link.

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