The Burns bulls are back |

The Burns bulls are back

Last year, the bulls won, 8-0.

This year, the bulls from the Burns Rodeo Company should be just as tough to ride at the seventh annual Mr. T Classic, according to Barbara Burns.

“There are some good ones lined up,” she said. “The cowboys will earn their keep.”

The traditional bull riding competition that is a highlight of Saturday for Grand Olde West Days in Craig will begin at 7 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Arena.

“Last year, weather kept the attendance down,” competition organizer Jackie Roberts said. “We hope to see it back to the numbers of two years ago.”

Although the weather was poor, the competition wasn’t at last year’s Mr. T.

During the short go, the bulls from Burns bucked every cowboy off before the eight-second buzzer.

The prize money was given to the rider with the best score in the first round.

Thirty cowboys will be in Craig on Saturday vying for $6,500 in prize money.

Burns wanted to keep the short-go bulls a surprise, but she did say that some lucky bull rider would draw Sky High, a National Finals Rodeo bull.

Sky High is following in the legend of his predecessor and the namesake of Saturday’s competition, Mr. T.

One of the Burns Company’s most famous bulls, Mr. T. tossed cowboys around like rag dolls in his hay day.

The competition will in—-clude cowboys from Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Craig.

Bubba Adams of Eaton, Colo., was last year’s champion.

Veteran announcer Les Olhauser will be back to call the action for the competition.

Tickets to watch the bull riding can be purchased for $10 in advance at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Under the Aspen tree or Neolithics, or for $12 at the door.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or

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