Nebraska talent is back in BFO competition after being sidelined by injury
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Beau Schueth last competed on the Bullfighters Only tour five months ago in Austin, Texas, where he suffered broken bones in his foot.
Now he returns to the Wrangler Bullfights at Rodeo Scottsdale on Thursday, and he hopes to show just how hungry he’s been.
“The injury was pretty bad timing, because I was third in the world standings,” said Schueth of O’Neill, Neb. “I needed to do good in Austin to have a shot to chase down Toby (Inman) and Weston (Rutkowski) for the world title; the injury kind of messed up that deal.
“Now I’ve got to build from ground zero, and hopefully I can start it off right in Scottsdale.”
He will be part of a three-man bullfight at the Parada del Sol, joining Kris Furr and Noah Krepps. It’s a true battle of man vs. beast, with the bullfighters showcasing their athleticism in the face of Spanish fighting bulls from Manuel Costa.
The animals are bred specifically for bullfighting, and they are aggressive, athletic and agile. They can turn on a dime, and it’s up to the men to utilize their skills to stay as close to the bulls as possible.
“My foot feels pretty good,” Schueth said. “I’m just getting back into fighting shape. Now it’s about getting my mind back to freestyling; I haven’t done it since October.”
While he has been working in cowboy protection at some bull ridings, there’s something much different about facing a Spanish fighting bull. But the contestants know what to expect when Schueth is in the mix.
“I’m sure he’s been craving it, and I think he’s going to be swinging for the fences,” said Kris Furr, who is coming off a second-place finish at the Wrangler Bullfights in San Antonio. “It’s going to be a tough competition with him back.
“I work a lot of rodeos in Arizona, and the people there are awesome. They love rodeo. I think this is the first time they’ve had the BFO in Arizona, so it will be cool to be a part of it.”