Season opener will feature top three bullfighters from last year
SALT LAKE CITY – Not long ago, Weston Rutkowski was in Las Vegas, battling to retain his championship status with Bullfighters Only.
He came away with his second straight title by fending off the top bullfighters in the game, most notably Toby Inman and Kris Furr.
“This is the first stop of the year, and it’s going to be great in Salt Lake,” said Rutkowski, the BFO’s reigning world champion. “Toby finished second and Kris third last year, so it’s going to be really cool that the top three guys in the BFO kick off the year.”
Now the three men will battle again in the first Bullfighters Only event of the season, held in conjunction with the Days of ’47 Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City.
“We are going to see who has been putting in the work since Las Vegas.” Rutkowski said.
The event pays tribute to Lewis Feild, a ProRodeo legend who earned five world championships in his storied career – three all-around and two bareback riding. His son, Kaycee, is a four-time world champion bareback rider.
“The Feild name in rodeo is second to none,” said Rutkowski of Haskell, Texas. “For them to ask the BFO to come out and put on a show, it’s awesome. Being part of an event like this is going to help grow both organizations.”
Bullfighters Only is the premier group of freestyle bullfighters, who battle with some of the most agile and aggressive Spanish fighting bulls in the game. Scores are based on a 100-point scale, with half the score coming from how aggressive the animal is; the other half is from how well the bullfighter maneuvers around and, oftentimes, jumps over the bull.