Fast cars, high stakes and rodeo action…what more could you want from a beautiful, sunny weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona?
From January 10-18, motor enthusiasts from around the world converged in Scottsdale at the state-of-the-art Westworld of Scottsdale for theBarrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Known as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™,” the action was non-stop where 1,611 vehicles were sold for over $130 million – a record-breaking auction for Barrett-Jackson. It was also a record-breaking year for attendance. The highlight of the event was the sale of the Ron Pratte Collection, which sold for a whopping $40.44 million, including a donated 1950 GM Futurliner bus that brought in $4.6 million for the Armed Forced Foundation.
But the action wasn’t just in the Main Auction Pavilion. Just next door to the bidding action, there was also some serious rodeo action on Friday and Saturday night. Produced by Dirty Money Cattle Company, the 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Bull Riding showcased some of the best stock, bull riders and rodeo personnel that Arizona has to offer.
Bullfighters Sean Moore (local Arizonan) and Tristen Howard (young-gun bull fighter from nearby New Mexico) worked hard throughout 4 rounds of competition to keep the cowboys safe. Time and time again, they kept cowboys out of trouble including Eric Cordova’s hang-up and several other hairy situations. They even put their freestyle skills on display.
The barrel man for both performances was none other than the legendary Hollywood Don Yates. Also known as “WOLF” from NBC’s American Gladiator, Yates is also a 23-year veteran of rodeo as both a barrel man and a bull fighter and is a 2x NFR Wrangler bullfights finalist. Working together with Dan Fowlie, Rodeo Announcer, they kept the crowd energized and on their feet.
But the real superstars of the event were the bull riders, of course. Through four rounds of non-stop hard-hitting action, many great rides were made. In addition to the Arizona bull riders that were invited to compete, Dirty Money Cattle Company and Where They Buck also invited PBR superstars Travis Briscoe and Dusty Ephrom to ride as well.
But it was the Native American bull riders who came out on top. Ivan Yazzie won the event on one head on the first night of competition. He walked away with over $2,500 and a new buckle from Monsoon Silver.
Unfortunately, he also broke both of the bones in his arm, and the Cowboy Lifestyle Network wishes him a full and speedy recovery!
Wyatt Betony and Tuba City Bad Boy Hernald John split 2/3, both taking some money home.
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