Winter Xtreme Bulls events have treated Dustin Bouquet well.
For the second year in a row, Boquet won an X Bulls competition in Texas, the latest coming Sunday when he captured the title at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Xtreme Bulls.
Boquet won the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event in San Antonio with an 87-point ride on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Ferdinand in the finals at the Freeman Coliseum.
“This feels great,” said Boquet, 27. “I’ve always wanted to win this bull riding. I’ve never done well at the San Antonio Xtreme Bulls. I always fell off and then did well at the rodeo. This year when I woke up (Sunday morning), I told myself that I was going to stay on some today at the bull riding and it worked out. I just kept telling myself to stay on them and let my ability take over and do what I know how to do.”
On Jan. 22, 2020, Boquet won his inaugural Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event with 175 points on two-head at the SWELS – Xtreme Bulls in Fort Worth, Texas, at Dickies Arena.
“It feels great to get a win like this again in the winter, especially with a bunch of stuff getting canceled (because of the COVID-19 pandemic) and you really don’t know what this year is going to hold,” Boquet said.
At San Antonio, Bouquet set his victory in motion with an 84.5-point ride on Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Lonesome You in the long round, which qualified him for the eight-man finals.
Bouquet was quite familiar with Lonesome You. He won Round 6 at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on that bull with an 89.5-point trip at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Dec. 8.
“He (Lonesome You) kind of surprised me going left like he did away from my hand,” Boquet said. “I just picked him right up and finished him off. It felt really good.”
In the finals, Boquet matched up with Ferdinand, the same bull Boudreaux Campbell was on when he won the X Bulls in San Antonio last year with an 89-point ride at the AT&T Center. Trevor Kastner had an 89.5-point ride on Ferdinand to win the final round and the average at the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event July 28. He left town with $9,458.
“I got on Ferdinand a few years ago in Fort Worth and he made pretty short work of me to be honest,” Boquet said. “I got a little measure of revenge. I was ready for him. When I saw my name against his, I tried to stay loose and cool and ride him jump for jump.”
Boquet earned $6,300 for his ride in the finals. He left town with $6,550 by placing sixth in the long round.
“When they clean slate the (finals) like this (in San Antonio) all you can do is stay on and let the good Lord put you where he wants you,” Boquet said.
Boquet was second in the Feb. 8 PRCA | RAM World Standings with $11,511 and might edge past leader Josh Frost. Boquet has qualified for the NFR twice (2018 and 2020).
Boquet joins Fletcher Jowers (Austin, Texas) as the two winners on the 2021 Division 1 X Bulls Tour.
“I just have to keep taking advantage of every opportunity that the good Lord puts in front of me,” Boquet said.
Courtesy of PRCA