The Men Behind the Bulls at the Reno Rodeo - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

The Men Behind the Bulls at the Reno Rodeo

Posted: Updated:
If you go to the Reno Rodeo, odds are you have seen the bull riders. But how do they do it? Many who go to the rodeo are impressed.

“Those guys are brave,” said Chaz Clark. “They are out there doing their thing. They practice for this all their life.”

23-year-old Scottie Knapp from Albuquerque, New Mexico has been riding bulls for 13 years.

“Hesitation is the first cause of failure,” said Knapp. “It’s all reaction and counter moves. You got to have a positive attitude and a positive mindset going in it to win it.”

Everywhere he goes, a three-month-old Border Collie mix tags alongside.

“She’s just my traveling partner for now,” he said, “just me and her.”

Dustin Bouquet started riding bulls 7 years ago when he was 13.

“I just love to do it,” said Bouquet. “The good Lord gave me the talent to ride bulls so I’m not going to throw it away, and make a living out of it.”

Making that living comes with a price. These riders know the sport has its dangers.

“From a broken finger to a broken neck, anything can happen at any moment,” said Jeffrey Ramagos from Zachary, Louisiana.

Another price is being away from home. Riders practically live on the road, and compete in rodeos all year long.

“I’ve been home two days within the last three weeks,” said Justin Anderson from Nephi, Utah.

Bulls can weigh anywhere between 1,200 and 2,000 lbs. But these riders say they’re not intimidated.

“You get a little adrenaline rush but it’s just fun,” said Bouquet.

“It’s probably one of the simplest things to do it you don’t think about it,” said Anderson. “All you got to do is stay on.” 
  • NewsMore>>

  • Man left with life threatening injuries after suspected hit-and-run Sunday morning

    Man left with life threatening injuries after suspected hit-and-run Sunday morning

    Sunday, January 21 2018 1:15 PM EST2018-01-21 18:15:21 GMT

    Authorities say they are investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash that occurred Sunday morning.

    More >>

    Authorities say they are investigating a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash that occurred Sunday morning.

    More >>
  • Wolf Pack Win Huge Conference Game Over Boise St.

    Wolf Pack Win Huge Conference Game Over Boise St.

    Sunday, January 21 2018 2:11 AM EST2018-01-21 07:11:06 GMT

    Caleb Martin scored 28 points and Jordan Caroline had his eighth double-double of the season to lift Nevada past Boise State for a 74-68 win Saturday night. The game featured 10 lead changes and neither team led by more than seven points. Nevada erased a three-point deficit late in the second half with a jumper and 3-pointer from Martin to go up 65-63 with 3:36 to play. 

    More >>

    Caleb Martin scored 28 points and Jordan Caroline had his eighth double-double of the season to lift Nevada past Boise State for a 74-68 win Saturday night. The game featured 10 lead changes and neither team led by more than seven points. Nevada erased a three-point deficit late in the second half with a jumper and 3-pointer from Martin to go up 65-63 with 3:36 to play. 

    More >>
  • Nevada Women Edge Boise St.

    Nevada Women Edge Boise St.

    Sunday, January 21 2018 2:08 AM EST2018-01-21 07:08:26 GMT

    A nail biting 72-68 thriller swung in the way of the Nevada women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon over Boise State at Taco Bell Arena. The win marked the Wolf Pack’s (11-7, 4-3 MW) 11th of the season, tying its win total from all of last year with still over 10 games remaining on the schedule. ..

    More >>

    A nail biting 72-68 thriller swung in the way of the Nevada women’s basketball team Saturday afternoon over Boise State at Taco Bell Arena. The win marked the Wolf Pack’s (11-7, 4-3 MW) 11th of the season, tying its win total from all of last year with still over 10 games remaining on the schedule. ..

    More >>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Motorcyclist Dies After Crashing into Ambulance

    Motorcyclist Dies After Crashing into Ambulance

    Sunday, January 21 2018 1:22 AM EST2018-01-21 06:22:29 GMT

    Reno Police say a 50 year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle into an ambulance Saturday morning. 

    More >>

    Reno Police say a 50 year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle into an ambulance Saturday morning. 

    More >>
  • Light Mountain Snow Sunday Night, With More Storms Lined Up

    Light Mountain Snow Sunday Night, With More Storms Lined Up

    Sunday, January 21 2018 12:09 AM EST2018-01-21 05:09:47 GMT

    After a rather dull December and start to the new year it is starting to actually feel like winter around here. It was nice to get some snow in the Sierra this past week, and we have a couple more chances this coming week too. 

    More >>

    After a rather dull December and start to the new year it is starting to actually feel like winter around here. It was nice to get some snow in the Sierra this past week, and we have a couple more chances this coming week too. 

    More >>
  • Nevada's Silver Peak Lithium Mine Prepares To Ramp Up Production

    Nevada's Silver Peak Lithium Mine Prepares To Ramp Up Production

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 8:39 PM EST2017-02-02 01:39:45 GMT

    Anyone who uses a smart phone, tablet, cordless power tool, or even an electric car knows the device would not operate without its battery.  The popularity of these gadgets is a big reason for the growth the lithium industry.

    More >>

    Anyone who uses a smart phone, tablet, cordless power tool, or even an electric car knows the device would not operate without its battery.  The popularity of these gadgets is a big reason for the growth the lithium industry. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.