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April 24, 2014

Mexican Fighting Bull added to Derrick Days Rodeo

Corsicana — When the Derrick Days Rodeo begins its two night run tonight at the Navarro County Youth Expo Center, a very special competition has been added.

The Law Office of Michael J. Crawford is making a new form of entertainment possible at the Navarro County Derrick Days Rodeo. Ending each performance of the rodeo this year, three men will step into the arena individually to challenge a Mexican Fighting Bull in a freestyle bullfight.  

In a freestyle bullfight, the bullfighter goes one-on-one against a fighting bull for 70 seconds. The bullfighter is judged on his willingness to expose himself to risk and on the aggressiveness he displays. His objective is to stay as close as he can to the bull throughout the fight without getting knocked down or run up the arena fence.  The freestyle bullfighters will have a second man in the arena manning the clown barrel to allow the bullfighter to showcase his skills “working the barrel” as well as to provide a brief place of shelter, if needed.  

Bullfighters have elevated the sport by employing spectacular maneuvers, such as jumping over a charging bull. Like the riders, the bullfighters score higher when the bull is more aggressive. The bulls used in the bullfights are bred to be smaller, quicker and more agile than those used in bull riding.

Two competitors most  rodeo fans will want to watch out for include Daniel Dyson and Matt Clouse.  Dyson is the 2013 CPRA Bullfighter of the Year. Dyson, from Dayton, Texas, consistently works protection bullfighting for some of the top stock contractors in the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association as well as several other rodeo associations. He has studied freestyle bullfighting under the legendary World Champion bullfighter Miles Hare and has enjoyed several successes in the freestyle competitions.

Clouse, from Crowley, is also an up and coming protection and freestyle bullfighter. His accomplishments include the Protection Match Championship at the Fort Worth, Texas, Bull Sale, two Southern Professional Bull Riders Association protection match championships,  freestyle bullfight champion at Mercedes, Texas, and the reserve championship at the Kingsville, Texas,  freestyle bullfight.

Fans will certainly not want to miss this exciting addition to the Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.

Doors open at 6 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night, with Mutton' Bustin' at 7 p.m. and the rodeo action starting at 8 p.m. Adult admission at the gate is $10; ages 6 to 12 are $5; children under the age of 6 are free.

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