Down Under<br><i>Only a few riders conquer Bull Bash</i>

Staff photo by Eric Lusk

Good ride, mate: Luke Krut of Australia celebrates his second-place effort with rodeo clown Bob Weir of Camp Verde.

Mullins earned 88 points for his ride on The Jam and walked away with the first-place payoff of $1,375, Krut earned 82 points for his eight-second roller coaster ride on Low Rise, good enough for second place and a $1,140 payout.

Felipe Aragon of Tome, N.M. placed third in the open division with 81 points, followed by Dusty Higgins of Roswell, N.M. 79, Darryl Buntin of Prescott 78 and Mike Krammerer of Buckeye 77.

Willie Sigley of Marana won the novice division with 76 points, earning $250. Shawn Moore of Phoenix was second with 73 points, followed by Matt Clouser of Los Lunas, N.M. with 72 points.

A pair of Cottonwood youth placed in the steer riding, held Saturday afternoon at the fairgrounds. Tab Casner earned second with 73 points, while Colton Robinson took third with 72 points. Preston Parrish of Mesa won the event with a tally of 76.

William Thomas of Kingman won the calf-riding competition with a ride of 5.0 seconds. Austin Sullins of Cornville took first in sheep riding with 81 points. Armando Durkalec of Clarkdale won the stick horse race with a jaunt of 28.9 seconds.

The Bull Bash was produced and organized by Bob and Daria Weir of Camp Verde. Proceeds from the event benefit Camp Verde wrestling programs and scholarship funds. Bob Weir is the varsity wrestling coach at Camp Verde High School.

The more than $7,200 raised from this year’s Bull Bash will be used to remodel the new wrestling room; to pay for motels, meals and uniforms during the upcoming season; to help fund team and individual training sessions and for wrestling scholarships.

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