BFO Cattle Battles will showcase first-of-its-kind fighting bull competition series
WICHITA, Kan. – When Bullfighters Only reignited the freestyle bullfighting industry three seasons ago, organizers knew having great animals in the mix was vital.
“The expedited growth and popularity of freestyle bullfighting has sparked a rise in the stock contracting side of the industry as well,” said Aaron Ferguson, founder and CEO of Bullfighters Only.
“For that reason, we’re partnering up with Total Feeds to unveil our new BFO Cattle Battles. This will be a first-of-its-kind fighting bull competition series, with the flagship event taking place at the Wichita Invitational on Oct. 20.
Stock contractors will be invited to enter a team of their top four Spanish fighting bulls. Scores will be tabulated at the end of the competition, and a BFO Cattle Battle champion will be crowned.
“We’re always striving to have the best bulls around,” said Luke Kaufman, Bullfighters Only’s production manager. “Four years ago, there were only a few guys in the country that had a herd of fighting bulls. Now there are upwards of 20. It’s great that they’re out there and want to be part of this industry.”
The incentive is in the $15,000 payout, with the top bull team taking home $10,000. They will be matched with the very best bullfighters in the game, including the top three men in the standings: Toby Inman, Weston Rutkowski and Kris Furr.
“BFO only plays host to sport’s the top athletes and this helps us ensure that they’re fighting against the best bulls available,” Kaufman said.
The Wichita Invitational will take place at Hartman Arena, a 5,000-seat multi-purpose complex in Park City, Kan., just north of Wichita. It will feature the top 15 men in the BFO Pendleton Whisky World Standings and nearly two dozen competition bulls.
“We’re looking for the type of bulls that guys can be a lot of points on,” Kaufman said. “We don’t want bulls that are known for wrecking bullfighters out; we want the bulls who guys can be above 85 points on every time but can’t stub their toe.”
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