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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Benefit rodeo thrills crowd, participants

  • Most competitions award trophies to the winners, but not at the 3rd Annual Betsworth Bull Bash. The trophies for the winning bull riders were belt buckles.
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  • Most competitions award trophies to the winners, but not at the 3rd Annual Betsworth Bull Bash. The trophies for the winning bull riders were belt buckles.
    On Saturday at the Platte County Fair Grounds in Tracy, Mo., the Betsworth Bull Bash opened its gates at 6 p.m. Around the outside of the arena, sponsors of the event such as the National Guard and Cavender's Western Outfitters hosted booths of merchandise and refreshments for the crowd to enjoy. An hour later the bash began with children ages 4-7 participating in their own version of bull riding called mutton busting, in reality sheep riding. The winner of the mutton busting was Dylan Pratt, 6, of St. Joseph, Mo..
    Calf riding for the older children, ages 8 and older followed immediately after, and at 8 p.m. the bull riding began. This year the bull riders were riding for Mesothelioma and Breast Cancer Awareness. Jesse Tiilman of Olathe took home the winning belt buckle and cash prize for the bull riding that lasted well into the night. Tillman has also won bull riding at other competitions such as an International Professional Rodeo Association Rodeo called the Abdallah Shriners Rodeo that took place in Tonganoxie earlier this summer.
    The Betsworth Bull Bash's main events may have been bull riding, however the hosts of the evening created additional fun including a "bull poker" in which 12 men signed up to sit in the middle of the arena and play cards while a bull is set loose in the same arena. The last man in his seat walked away with a cash prize. At the very end of the night, Outlaw Jim and the Whiskey Benders made a special appearance and performed a concert for the audience.

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