Hey, I hope things are good back in Langston’s country. The hot weather gives me the opportunity to make a decision and travel with the geese. I head to Canada in the summer.
After the PBRs and a small break, I started my rodeo run in Lindsay, Ontario for Rawhide Rodeo Co. They have had numerous bucking animal awards and put on the second largest rodeo in Canada, the Western Festival de St.Tite. I enjoy rodeoing here. The sport doesn’t have much tradition here so the people are very excited to see a bullfighter perform.
Last year we had a rodeo in St. Andre, Ontario. We bucked a new bull and threw the cowboy off early in the ride. I felt like I needed to see his “bull” qualities better so I went to fight him. He introduced himself in a typical bull manner. He put his foot in my head and pushed 5 ribs out of place. It made for a few rough weeks after that. I had a friend stitch me up with fishing line and a saddle-sewing needle. A chiropractor helped with the rib cage but I had to fight for a few weeks ‘til I could get to one. The new bull, whom I see all the time now, received a new name, “James Bond”, because of my last name. I think Rawhide Rodeo Company seen some humor in this.
It’s been a great season so far and I am looking forward to getting in to Langston’s to pick up a couple of cowboy hats. In the meantime, one more rodeo in Ontario and a PCB bull riding in St. Charles, IL on my way to protect America’s future in Farmington, NM at the National High School Finals Rodeo.
Hi there, Langstonsblog.com readers. It’s a great pleasure to be the very first Guest Blogger in the history of the Langston’s Blog.
My name is Paul Bonds. I have been fighting bulls for eighteen years. I am 34 years old and have a fifteen-year old son named Shane. He gets to rodeo with me in the summer.
Fitness is an important part of my life. When I am not fighting, I am racing my bicycle for the Oklahoma City Velo Club. Rodeo has left me the available time to get in shape, which is extremely important for my job. I have always thought that if I take care of my body, it will take care of me.
In the winter, I fight the Super Bull Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour PBR. This year I got to fight in the Memphis Grizzlies’ building as well as the home of the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (PA) Penguins, the minor-league affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. (Editor’s note: GREAT Season, Pens!) The latter building left me with a few bumps: One of Sonny Smith’s bulls had Dan Henricks on his back. Dan rode him for 82 points, and it was my job to get the bull’s attention after the buzzer went off. I went in a little too slow and the bull picked me up and polished the bucking shoots with my back. A broken rib wasn’t too bad to get out of it, I just needed to get back my breath, and back to work I went.
I am looking forward to being a regular guest blogger for langstonsblog.com. Check back every couple of months or so for more bull fighting stories from the road.
Sincerely, Paul Bonds