BYRNE & SNYDER HOSTING BULL RIDING/BULLFIGHTING SCHOOL (4-29-14)
FORT WORTH, Texas ― “You know with Luke (Snyder), where he’s going to be,” joked bullfighter Jesse Byrne.
After a week of hunting and fishing in New Zealand – a look at his trip with two-time World Champion Justin McBride will be posted Saturday morning on www.PBR.com – Snyder is joining the Byrne family, which also includes Tanner, Bo and Ryan, up in Prince Albert, Canada, for their annual bullfighting and bull riding school.
This is the third year Byrne and Snyder have hosted the event.
Snyder flew halfway around the world to Saskatoon on Sunday where he later met up with Jesse and Tanner on Monday and drove up to Prince Albert.
Registration started Tuesday at 8 a.m. and, according to Jesse, they’ll start with some ground work by 9 a.m. and then go over everyone’s equipment and get some work in on a drop barrel before breaking for lunch. The afternoon session will focus on bucking bulls.
There are 25 pre-registered bull riders along with six bullfighter students.
“Those are the numbers we thought we could handle, and still give everybody the individual attention they need and all that stuff,” Jesse said.
According to Jesse, they’ve pre-filled all the available spots in advance of the two-day clinic. Last year, they had kids ranging from 18 years old to a man in his 40s, who was fulfilling a lifelong dream of riding a bull.
This year, they’ll also be working with some younger junior riders, who are 14 and 15 years old.
“It’s about knowing what everyone’s goal is,” Jesse said. “The bucket list guy, basically we were just trying to keep him safe and keep him from getting hurt.”
In addition to Tanner, who is currently ranked 20th in the world standings,Zane Lambert and Chad Besplug will be on hand to help Snyder. Lambert split second and third at the Built Ford Tough Series event this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lambert moved to 26th in the standings.
Jesse will be helped by his other brother, Bo, and his father, Ryan, who is a PBR judge after years of fighting bulls. Ryan was the first Canadian bullfighter ever selected to work the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, while Jesse was the first Canadian to work the World Finals.
“We definitely have lots of hands to help out,” Jesse said.
Tuesday they will buck bulls “until no one wants to get on anymore.”
Jesse added, “If you want to keep getting on, we’ll keep running them in for you. We have nowhere to be, so we’re going to spend as long as we have to over the two days. Wednesday we’ll go back to the ground drills to get everybody warmed up before we get right into the bulls.”
They also break down video footage at the end of each day.
Each participant is filmed and everyone goes over the footage as a class, so each student can learn not only from each other’s mistakes, but also see what others are doing that works for them.
According to Jesse, he and Snyder originally discussed having a joint school somewhere in Texas, but the opportunity in Prince Albert presented itself in 2012. The school takes place at the Max Clunie Coliseum, where students and instructors spend Tuesday night in a bunkhouse.
The two are still considering hosting a second school with Ross Colemanat his ranch, which is east of Fort Worth, Texas.
“We just want to give back,” Jesse said.
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