The pioneer of the sport of professional bull riding, Tuff Hedeman, is returning to El Paso on Saturday, February 24 with his signature style two-hour, adrenaline-fueled, action packed entertainment.
The annual Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Presented by Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino returns for the 13th consecutive year to the El Paso County Coliseum where Hedeman’s national bull riding tour is making preparations at the El Paso County Coliseum for what Hedeman is calling the “Wild West Weekend.”
Hedeman announced today the Wild West Weekend includes a liver performance by Cody Johnson at the kickoff party at the Soggy Peso Friday, February 23, the traditional Tailgate Down Party on event night and the after party at Whiskey Dicks.
Top-ranked bull riders and bulls will compete for one night only as four time World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Tuff Hedeman lines up an impressive roster of World Champions and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo athletes to compete for the coveted El Paso championship title.
Bull riding fans will have the rare opportunity to see these extraordinary cowboy athletes including Mexican bull riding champions around town and then competing in the Saturday night performance. These same athletes battle the bulls professionally setting records on all the pro tours.
“I have either been competing or producing bull ridings for the people of El Paso for over 25 years, it’s an honor to bring it back in February and be part of such an awesome weekend in the town I call home,” said Hedeman.
Hedeman pioneered producing bull riding events that have been thrilling the El Paso audiences with the two things he knows fans want to see – great bull rides and high scores.
For three decades Hedeman’s legendary mentoring and leadership has bull riders following him onto the dirt as he provided opportunity for them to win money while competing on great livestock. Former El Paso Champions include the most decorated bull rider in the World, 4 time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey who kicked off his career in El Paso, gathering valuable momentum on the way to his first World title. Kimzey would return to win the El Paso title in 2017.
“El Paso is special to me, I have great memories from right here in this building. I won my first title here in 2014 and got my first 90 point score here at the rodeo in this building. The fans here are awesome and they love watching bull riding…you can’t beat the atmosphere, they are knowledgeable about the sport, from the introductions to the last rider they are as loud as you can ask for and it’s always fun to come here,” said Kimzey.
The annual bull riding event returns to El Paso with celebrated bulls matched up with super star riders on Saturday, February 24 where the Tailgate Down Party kicks off at 5 pm followed by the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the competition will get underway at 8 p.m.
Protecting the bull riding athletes will be Hedeman’s Cowboy Protection Agency, where cowboy lifesavers will take the hits as they distract the bucking beasts so the rider can escape safely.
Funnyman Cody Sosebee returns to El Paso and is guaranteed to keep you laughing as he roams the crowd dancing, joking, and giving away merchandise and prizes to unsuspecting ticket holders.
“I have enjoyed an amazing partnership throughout the years with our friends in El Paso and as most of you know its home for me and we look forward every year to coming back with a top rated bull riding competition and some great entertainment and you don’t have to know anything about the sport to enjoy the show,” said Hedeman.
The Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding is the highlight event that pits man verses bull in a two-hour long bull riding competition that promises to captivated and entertain fans. Throughout the event, 24 bull riders and 40 bulls will compete in a three-round tournament-style sudden death format.
The event concludes in a final four man round where you must ride to win the lion’s share of the prize money.
Schedule and appearances will be released at a later date.
Tickets on Sale now at the El Paso County Coliseum, Cavenders, or online. Prices start at $15 to $75 and VIP seating is available.