Ultimate Challenge Bull Riding Competition back in Lufkin for the first time since 1984

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A special group of bull riders, fighters, and specialty act performers will be in Lufkin this weekend.

The last time the Ultimate Challenge Bull Riding and Bull Fight Competition was in town was 1984. More than 70 bulls from all over Texas will be in Lufkin this weekend.

"We have American freestyle bull riding," said Terry Dickerson, the founder of the Ultimate Challenge Bull Riding and Bull Fight Competition. "We did the first one right here in Lufkin back in 1984."

Dickerson says the Ultimate Challenge Bull riding and Bull Fight Competition was founded almost 30 years ago in Lufkin. It was his idea to have an event aside from the rodeo focusing on bull fighting and riding, so he decided to bring it back this year.

"The bull fighting is basically a rodeo clown maneuvering about real toros, real Mexican fighting bulls," Dickerson said. "They're judged on their agility and the way they can maneuver the bull."

Saxon Beck traveled across the state with a 46,000-pound load to Lufkin Friday.

Though they weigh more, he said the bulls are just like humans.

"Some bulls get along with other bulls, and some don't get along with other bulls, so they have to move them around," Beck said. "You find the right combination and it varies week to week just like people do."

Many of these bulls were bred to buck, and riders say that's the thrill.

"It's fun," Adam Schultz said. "I'd rather do this than a rodeo most of the time."

The All-American Cowgirl Chicks have never been to Lufkin but are excited to show off their gymnastic horseback tricks.

A few years ago, Sadie Lynn thought she may never perform again.

"I was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer at the age of 18. I've been three years cancer free," Lynn said. "It's been a tough road but with these girls and my mom behind me we've done a good job."

However, being able to do what she loves helps her to keep fighting.

Gates open at 6 p.m. at the George H. Henderson Expo Center and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate tomorrow for kids, adults, and groups.

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