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Claresholm bull rider ready to host annual invitational Feb. 25

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Bull riders from across the world will be participating in the fourth annual Chad Besplug Invitational, Feb. 25.


People can expect the best event yet for the Chad Besplug Invitational bullriding as Besplug says they’ve made some changes this year.
“We’re actually bringing in … a lighting company … that’s going to completely change the dynamic of the show,” says Besplug.
As well, Bull Fighters Only will be there along with world champion freestyle bull fighter, Weston Rutkowski, who is going to be competing. Claresholm will be his first event in Canada. Rutkowski will compete against Daryl Theissen and Beau Schueth, who are top five and top 10 in the world in the sport of bull fighting.
“Weston, who’s a world champion — this is his first time in Canada. Nobody up here has ever seen anything like what this guy can do. It’s why we’re pretty excited to have him,” adds Besplug.
They will compete in freestyle bull riding, where they will fight Mexican fighting bulls and do complicated front flips and back flips.
This will be the half-time show for the event.
“It’s completely different and a better show than people have ever seen here,” adds Besplug.
For the main event, there will be 30 bull riders in the long round and 10 in the short round.
Besplug says there are a couple of young bull riders who are improving that fans wouldn’t have known last year.
There will also be some seasoned champions in the competition.
Scott Schiffner and Beau Hill will compete this year — both legends in bull riding. They have been to the PBR World Finals, NFR, CFR and are Canadian champions.
“We always get some of the best … competitors in the world here,” adds Besplug.
This event is sold out every year with about 1,200 people in attendance.
Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased in Claresholm at the Frontier Western Shop or at the door on the day of the event.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with beer gardens and CPRA bull riding at 7 p.m. at the Claresholm Agriplex.
The Lyndsay Butler Band will perform following the bull riding.

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