COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The past few years, bullfighter Chuck Swisher has had to hear from his friends how amazing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo experience is. Now, he’ll get to live it for himself.
The 24-year-old from Dover, Okla., will be working his first WNFR with fellow bullfighters Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster Dec. 4-13 in Las Vegas. He is very familiar with his co-workers.
“Dusty, Cody and I live together, and the day they called to tell all of us that we were selected for the NFR, we were in Oklahoma together for the Prairie Circuit Finals,” Swisher said. “When I met Dusty a few years ago, I would ask him what the NFR was like, and then Cody went for the first time last year, so I’m excited for it.”
While Tuckness is making his sixth consecutive appearance at the Thomas & Mack Center, and Webster is going for the second year in a row, Swisher will be experiencing the WNFR with fresh eyes.
“This is the goal for every bullfighter,” Swisher said. “I still really can’t believe that it’s happening, and it won’t sink in until we’re driving over the hill into Las Vegas.”
Pickup man Chase Cervi got his second call to the WNFR – he debuted in 2010, while 36-year-old Josh Edwards, who’s been a PRCA member since 2001, will make his first appearance. Matt Twitchell is the alternate pickup man.
After two years as the WNFR alternate, Justin Rumford steps up to be the designated barrelman this time around. Rumford was the PRCA Clown of the Year in 2012-13, and is nominated again this year; he was also Coors Man in the Can last year. Mark Swingler is the barrelman alternate.
Courtesy of PRCA