The Red Bluff NBC New Year's Eve Bull Ride
● By Brandi Barnett
Here's Mud in Yer EyeDecember 2006
By Marty Sternberg
Are you looking for an exciting way to ring in the New Year? Something that will get your motor running as well as offer entertainment for the whole family? Then the Red Bluff NBC New Year’s Eve Bull Ride might be the answer.
Held at the Tehama County Fairgrounds, the event has something for everyone. Bull riding, cowboy poker, mutton busting, a laser light show and rock ‘n’ roll are all just part of the evening’s festivities.
While the event has been held for over 15 years, this is the second year that Diamond Productions has been in charge of the affair. Event producer Megan Moffett said the event is a great way for families to ring in the New Year together.
“This is a bull riding event,” she said, “not a full blown rodeo.”
There is a big difference between regular rodeo events and bull riding, Moffett said. “Bull riding attracts different people, those who are more into thrill-seeking. And while this event does attract some traditional rodeo-goers, we get those seeking an adrenaline rush.
“This is an extreme sport with high energy and adrenaline pumping action,” Moffett said.
The bull fighting contest involves placing four cowboys inside four circles. Once they are ready, Mexican fighting bulls are released into the ring. It is then the cowboys’ job to attract the bull into their circle and interact with them. Each contestant scores points dependent on this interaction. While it is called bull fighting, no punches are thrown. Instead, the cowboys dodge the bulls, jumping and flipping over the top of them and sometimes being hooked by the horns. The contest is similar to the rodeo clowns, whose job it is to distract the bulls while the cowboys scrambled out of the arena. Scores are based on the danger of the interactions between the cowboys and bulls.
Cowboy poker involves four players who sit at a poker table in the middle of the arena. Once they are ready, the bull is sent out to rouse them from their games. The last cowboy left sitting at the table is the winner. Generally, the bull heads right for the table sending cards, chips and players flying.
Mutton busting is open to all children who weight less than 60 pounds. The kids ride the lamb for as long as they can hang on. Once the bulls and lambs have been cleared from the ring, the band starts playing and dancers fill the floor.
The laser light show and music last until 1a.m. At midnight, a ball is lowered for the midnight countdown.
The event is a fundraiser for the Western Miracle Foundation, which grants wishes for children with special needs and medical problems.
“Each year we have a VIP group of special needs kids who are invited to attend the event at our expense,” Moffett said. “With up close seating and food we try to give them an evening out where they don’t have to worry about anything.” �
NBC New Year’s Eve Bull Ride
December 31, 2006
Gates open at 5:00p.m.
Tickets include entry into the dance