By Charlie Coon, Wrangler Network contributor
It was a night to remember and fans that packed Cody’s Stampede Park for the first Bullfighters Only competition the Stampede has held rose to their feet lauding a hometown hero on Thursday. Wyoming pro rodeo bullfighter, and American freestyler, Dusty Tuckness won the event with a score of 91.5 points. He grew up in Meeteetse, WY just 30 miles south of Cody. Stampede Park arena is where Tuckness learned and perfected his craft. It’s the home of the Cody Nite Rodeo in which Dusty, as a teenager, protected young riders for 90 nights in the row realizing by the end of that summer he had the talent to be a professional bullfighter.
Bullfighters Only is made up of the top athletes in the freestyle field and four other BFO champions who joined Tuckness included Cody Webster (who won a recent Texas stand-alone bullfighting competition), Chuck Swisher, Weston Rutkowski and Nate Jestes.
PRCA announcer Boyd Polhamus has said it before and he did again on Thursday citing Dusty as the best that’s ever been. Polhamus called the action and got the massive crowd to its feet.