KENNEWICK, Wash. – Zach Call didn’t start the year among the top 15 men on the Bullfighters Only tour.
He’s almost there, though, with strong performances during the BFO’s inaugural season. He made a solid move Friday night by posting an 80-point fight to win the championship in Kennewick in association with the Benton County Fair and Rodeo. He now sits tied for 16th in the standings heading into the final month of the season.
“It got my foot further in the door with the BFO,” said Call of Thedford, Neb., a community of about 200 people in the north-central section of the state. “This was my fourth event.
“I think Bullfighters Only is great to help grow the sport and get it out there where it belongs.”
It is, and Call is just one of the reasons why. Not too bad for a man who has only been fighting bulls for three years.
“I used to ride, and that didn’t work out too well, so I made the switch,” he said. “I love the adrenaline rush of it, and I still get to be close to bull riding. I’ve loved it since I was a little kid.”
As a newcomer, he is still working his way up. Having the opportunity to showcase his talent at an established and prestigious rodeo like the one in Kennewick is a big move in his young career.
“It’s cool to be part of that rodeo,” Call said. “The atmosphere was outstanding.”
If he keeps performing like he did Friday night, Call will have more opportunities to be part of events that have that type of credentials.
“I just want to be able to go to the events and get a few more wins under my belt,” he said. “Hopefully that will help me move up the standings.”
1. Zach Call, 80 points
2. Toby Inman, 77
3. Justin Josey, 75