Bare, Bulls And Broncs Event Is Aug. 30

‘Wild and crazy' ranch bronc riding event added to upcoming Payson event

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As a former bull rider and team roper who daily lives the creed "Cowboy Up," Casper Baca is a cowpuncher not easily swayed.

For evidence, he's determined to host a second Bares, Bulls and Broncs rodeo even though the first one, held April 4 and 5, drew very little spectator support.

"We decided to go ahead with it and we'll change a few things up," he said. "We cut it down to one day and it will be bigger and better."

The event will be held 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Payson Event Center.

"I'm here for the duration; I want to make this an annual event," Baca said.

The events will include the same ones as were featured in the first rodeo -- bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding.

However, what fans didn't see at the first was "ranch bronc riding" which, Baca says, "is wild and crazy."

In it, cowboys do not have to mark their horses coming out of the chutes, may use two hands on the reins and can compete on regulation saddles.

"It's a real crowd pleaser," Baca said.

Also during the evening, the top 10 mounted shooters -- wearing Wild West garb and firing vintage pistols -- will put on a special shooting demonstration.

It will be similar to the one that was featured during the most recent Payson rodeo.

Baca, who owns and operates the Casper Baca Rodeo Company in Grants, New Mexico, is hosting the Payson competition as part of his United American Tour.

Earlier this year, the tour made stops in Durango, Colo., Page, Farmington, N.M., Gallup, N.M. and at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque.

During both Rim Country appearances, the Baca Rodeo Company added incentive money of $500 to each event.

Baca touts the Payson Bares, Broncs and Bulls competition as unique in that it features only the three most exciting events in rodeo and has "the most talked about flag introduction featuring cowboys and the military."

The introduction, which is a tribute to the armed forces, is set to the music of Toby Keith's hit country song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."

Also included in the grand entry show is a special showing of the livestock.

"It's called a bucking horse stampede," Baca said.

During it, horses are herded through the arena as the announcer describes the history of the bucking horse and rodeo.

The upcoming evening will also be highlighted by clown acts, special novelty toss giveaways and autograph sessions after the event.

Baca anticipates the rodeo will draw 10 to 20 bareback riders, 20 to 30 saddle bronc riders and 50 to 100 bull riders including several from abroad.

After Baca opened his own rodeo company in 1986, he has sent roughstock bucking horses and bulls to PRCA rodeos and PBR bull riding shows around the country.

Baca stakes claim to having the only bull -- the infamous "High Rise" -- to make it to the PBR World Finals a record eight times.

Bares, Bulls and Broncs is being sponsored by Steve Coury Automotive, Corral West and Mazatzal Hotel and Casino.

The admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children.

To enter the competition, call Baca at (505) 287-9534 or log on to: www.paysonrimcountry.com/laborday.

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