Bucking for bills: Bull riding event comes to Dickinson

More than 80 of the best bucking bulls and the most decorated cowboys from across the United States will compete March 5 and 6 in the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Bull Team Challenge.

A rider competes to stay on top of a fierce bull at a rodeo. The Dakota Community Bank & Trust Bull Team Challenge takes place March 5-6 at Dickinson State University's Indoor Arena. (Photo courtesy of Jackie Jensen)

Nearly a hundred of the biggest and most beastly bucking bulls will slide into the chute this weekend in Dickinson as cowboys from across the nation and world compete for top-prize money and to claim that rodeo buckle.

The Dakota Community Bank & Trust Bull Team Challenge will take place March 5-6 at Dickinson State University’s Indoor Arena. Cowboys will have their hands full from the top 90 bucking bulls to compete for their share of $59,000, Frontier Productions LLC Owner Nathan Hofer said. This bull riding event also features 10-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger Bucking Bulls, Hofer said, adding, his bull teams are “high caliber.”

“Basically, it’s going to be epic. If you want bull power, you’re going to see it right here,” Hofer said.

Hofer helped host the PBR event that took place last fall at the Stark County Fairgrounds and he’s hoping Frontier Productions LLC will scale 10 events this year in North Dakota.

From across the United States and abroad, 30 bull riders will compete and 15 contractors are signed up to bring three different bulls each night, topping it off at 45 bulls per night.


“We’ve got guys coming from Brazil, Texas, a couple guys from Idaho that nobody can buck off. It’s going to be awesome,” Hofer said.

The first night of the bull riding match-up will have each rider select a “long round bull,” Hofer said. From there, the bull riding judges will draw the top 15 off of the long round that will lead into the short round. Some bull riders will be able to ride twice with this format, he added.

Nate Morrison, one of the event coordinators, has been working diligently on getting entries and will assist with the overall production and judging at the two-day event.

“It’s going to be one of the best bull rides in the country with some of the best bucking bulls coming from all over as far as Texas and some of the biggest contractors in the industry to compete for big-time prize money,” Morrison said. “So it’s going to be an exciting event.”

With riders traveling from various parts of the world to come to Dickinson, the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Bull Team Challenge will be a “big-time event,” Morrison added.

“It’s going to be the best bull riding action that you’ll be able to see live and in person. Bulls that they see on TV from the PBR Finals, the National Finals Rodeo, (it’s) an opportunity to see them buck in person rather than just on TV,” Morrison said.

A limited amount of tickets will be sold at the door for $15 per adult. The doors open each night at 5 p.m. with post celebration at Bernie’s Esquire Club featuring DJ Entertainment Explosion Friday and live music from SawDust will take place Saturday. The bull riding event will also feature a 2-year-old Bull Competition with a mechanical bull at 10 a.m. Saturday with free admission. For more information, visit Frontier Productions Facebook page.


A cowboy holds on for 8 seconds during a previous rodeo. Frontier Productions LLC will host the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Bull Team Challenge March5-6 in Dickinson. (Photo courtesy of Jackie Jensen)

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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