On Friday night at 7 p.m., the Steve Coury Dealership family and the Camp Verde High School wrestling team kicked off its first annual Steve Coury Bull Bash Rodeo.
The event is the first of what is planned to be many annual fund raising rodeos for the CVHS wrestling program.
The Rodeo was held right next to the Steve Coury dealership on highway 260. Those who put the event together attributed its success to Coury's generosity with fund raising, adding sponsors for the event and basically paying the bills while the CVHS wrestling team did the work in setting up and helping throughout the event.
The Bull Bash spotlighted bull riders from in and around Arizona. The competition Friday night was full of riders being bucked off, falling off and getting kicked around by worked-up bulls in an arena surrounded by an entertained audience.
CVHS wrestling coach, Bob Weir also supplied some of the entertainment. Dressed up as a rodeo clown of sorts, he kept the crowed laughing while the riders got ready to head out on a bucking bull. Weir also drove into the center of the arena with Steve Coury's 'newest model automobile', which happened to be a banged up pink tractor. The 'new' model vehicle was purchased at the bargain price of $25,000 according to Weir the clown from the hosting dealer and was designed for Cornville residents who needed a fancy new car.
With the crowd in stitches, the bull riding continued. The bulls were supplied by Casper Baca stock. The rodeo, which kicked off with bull riding, also featured a kids rodeo on Saturday along with steer riding, calf riding and sheep riding. Buckles were awarded to winners.
Results from the rodeo will be in Wednesday's edition of the Camp Verde Bugle and Verde Independent.