Bullfighters are a bull rider's best friend.
The bullfighter's No. 1 job is to protect a fallen rider from a rampaging bull, often throwing his own body between the bull and the bull rider.
Barrelmen also play an important role in cowboy protection. They often help to lure a bull away from a cowboy. But that's not a barrelman's only job. He's also there to entertain the crowd during breaks in the action.
Clowns, much like barrelmen, entertain the crowd during breaks in the rodeo, but they don't play a role in cowboy protection, according to the PRCA Media Guide.
Sometimes the audience has a hard time telling the difference between the three. After all, anyone in an arena during a rodeo might have a hand in protecting a cowboy at some point.
The bullfighters scheduled to appear in the May 18 and 19 Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo are Casey Wells and Luke Krant.
Wells has been a member of the PRCA for nearly 10 years.
Born in Prescott, when not in the arena, he manages a feedlot and does horseshoeing. He also golfs in his down time. Wells will be in a blue shirt, red and blue shorts and a black hat in the arena. No information was available on Krant.