The Xtreme Bulls tour showcases the top bull riders from across the country and around the world from the PRCA World Standings, as well as riders who advance through Xtreme Bulls qualifying events.
All contestants compete in the first round with the top scorers moving to the final round. The winner of the finals earns the title for the Greeley tour stop. Riders can also earn points to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
As in past years, Beutler and Sons Rodeo Company provided the lineup of bulls for the event.
In 2021, the bulls dominated the competition with only two riders qualifying in the event: Jake Gardner from Fort St. John, British Columbia and Michel Gavin from Nixa, Missouri. Gardner rode Curious George RM for a score of 86, while Gavin rode X64 Rock Salt BU for a score of 68.
Once again, the bulls had the advantage over the riders with only five cowboys pulling out a qualifying ride.
Maverick Potter, 21, from Waxahachie, Texas, laid down the first qualifying ride on Nature Boy with a score of 85. It wasn’t until the second round that audience members and judges saw a second qualifying ride, this time from Trey Holston on 06G. Holston hails from Fort Scott, Kansas.
While bulls continued to buck riders, Boudreaux Campbell, 23, from Crockett, Texas, nailed a score of 89 on bull 964G. Campbell is a member of the PRCA and Professional Bull Riders, PBR where he is ranked 54th with 88.50 world points.
“The bull made me work for it really hard, and I was all over the place. But at the end of the day, I got the job done and I am happy with the result,” Campbell said. “I had a great bull, and Benny Beutler puts on a good rodeo here.”
A bull by the name of Exit Ramp got the best of PRCA’s No. 2-ranked rider, Josh Frost, 27. Frost is the second cousin to famed bull rider Lane Frost who was in a tragic accident killed in 1989 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days. Frost tried to hang on, but Exit Ramp flung the rider into the air where he completed a 360 before landing on the ground.
Holden Moss from Ringgold, Georgia, was disqualified when his free hand touched his bull, and rider Elija Mora from Wiggins took a hoof to the head. Mora exited the arena with the help from two medics, but the cowboy denied any additional medical treatment.
The bulls kept the cowboy protection team on their toys throughout the evening. Seasoned bullfighter and cowboy protection team member Wacey Munsell got caught underneath a bull early in the event. Munsell came out of the scuffle with a slight limp but stayed on the arena floor. Greeley’s own Ryder Rich also took a few knocks throughout the night, but the young man didn’t sustain any serious injuries.
Day 2 of the PRCA Rodeo takes place at 1 pm Saturday with a variety of events including bronc riding, barrel racing, tie down roping and more.
For more information, go to www.greeleystampede.org.
Results from Day 1 of the 100th Greeley Stampede PRCA Rodeo
- Boudreaux Campbell: 89
- Bryce Burnell: 86.5
- Maverick Potter: 85
- Trey Holston: 83.5
- Hayes Weight: 82.5