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Xtrem bull riding

What a way to make a living, that’s probably what many of the more than 2,000 fans thought after watching another wild performance of the Liberty National Extreme Bulls Classic at the Great Plains Coliseum.

The bulls from “Mo” Betta Rodeo Company of Apache and Frontier Rodeo of Freedom were simply overwhelming, throwing down rookies, former world champions and just about every other challenger.

In the end there were just five qualified rides Saturday and none of them could muster enough points to challenge the 87.5 put in the books Friday by Pistol Preece.

The Maypearl, Texas, cowboy wound up winning $5,019 for the title and that will surely help boost his position in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys standings.

Two cowboys from Saturday’s performance did work their way into a tie for second with efforts of 86.

In fact, the final cowboy out of the chutes, Guthrie Murray, of Miami, came up with a courageous ride aboard Physcopath from the Frontier herd.

Both sets of bulls were impressive, throwing guys like former world champion Shane Proctor, Trey Benton III and Jeff Askey, all proven National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.

“I thought the bulls bucked really well tonight,” “Mo” Betta owner Maury Tate said after the show. “We’re trying hard to make this a great event for Lawton and we appreciate the fans who turned out. Our goal is to keep bumping the added money and keep this event growing.”

Frontier, which has been named the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year for the past four seasons does it a little differently that Tate, who raises many of his bulls on his ranch west of Apache in the Slick Hills.

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