Bushwacker – The Bull To Beat

professional bull ridersI was invited to The Honda Center to attend a media event and watch the show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Once a month I take my 11 year old son on a date. Just the 2 of us. It’s a great way to catch up, see what’s new in his world, and bond over some junk food. This month I was offered some complimentary tickets so I took him to The Honda Center in Anaheim too watch the “LiftMaster Chute”  – A  professional Bull Riding competition. He had never been to one before so he was definitely excited for some action. The show’s star was “Bushwacker”, an 8-year-old, 1,700-pound beast, a bull so dominant that a selected Professional Bull Riders cowboy could earn a $25,000 bonus if he can stay atop him for eight seconds.

When we first arrived we attended a pre-show event upstairs at The Grand Terrace”.  The Sunset was absolutely breathtaking.

sunset blog

They had an awesome Mechanical Bull that my son rode, amazing food, and we met Gene Simmons from the band Kiss. Here is a picture of me with some of the riders. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly excited  at the time of this picture.

meet the riders

Gene Simmons doing a press interview. He was such a good sport and even got on the mechanical Bull!

bushwacker gene simmons

After the pre-party we took our seats to watch the show. They were front row seats so we got to see everything up close and personal. And when I say up close I really mean up close. So close that they had to come down and tell us to sit back in our seats and don’t lean forward. Yikes!

close bull

It is really hard to explain exactly what you see at a Professional Bull Riding Event so I am going to show you some video so you can see for yourself. Enjoy!

Even the Famous Rodeo Clown Flint Rasmussen was enjoying himself! He is so fun to watch!


My son and I had so much fun and we shared so many laughs and smiles together. When we were walking back to the car all he kept saying was “That was so much fun”. “That was SO much fun”.  I just love making him happy! I highly recommend taking your kids to see this show. Check their schedule here.

sunset with zack

 Bull Riding Fun Facts

There are 7 pieces of equipment that Bull Riders Wear. They are:

  1. Glove
  2. Rope
  3. Spurs
  4. Vest
  5. Chaps
  6. Head Gear
  7. Flank Strap


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32 thoughts on “Bushwacker – The Bull To Beat”

  1. I love me some RODEO! When I was little I wanted to be the Rodeo queen when I grew up. lol! This looks like so much fun! We go to the rodeo every year but I’ve never gone just to a PBR event and the one in Vegas just is a little too wild for me to want to take my kids. But I’m sure my boys would love it. How fun that you go on just mom/son dates. I’ve been wanting to do that but with 4 boys it makes things a bit complicated. ;)

  2. Love your bull riding facts at the end of the post! Sounds like you had a cool time. It’s nice that you had really good seats too…perfect for seeing all the action. I once had really good seats to an NBA and NFL game before, and I will tell you…it’s really fun to see things so up close and personal. I didn’t know an event like that had other things to do, and guest stars attending.

  3. I come froma world very different than “cowboy type” stuff. I just watched that movie, Dallas Buyer’s Club, last night and this post made me think of it. You and your kiddo looked like you had a great time!

  4. I love the idea of a monthly date with your son. I think my 12 year old and 5 year old would both appreciate the special time with mom. Dad does a lot of one-on-one with the boys, but I don’t get away with just one of the boys by myself very often.
    By the way, I live in Montana where the rodeo is huge but I haven’t been to a rodeo in years. My son would probably really enjoy one.

  5. That’s fun on so many levels. Pretty sure I’d be nervous sitting so close I couldn’t lean forward. I’m a big chicken like that… I’d still sit there though. :)

  6. Sounds like something my oldest would love too. We take each of our boys out on a “date” regularly. It’s fun spending one on one time with each of them and doing something special that piques their interest!


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