Post by onehotcowboy on Oct 6, 2005 21:17:59 GMT -5
It can be kinda complicated at first. But what isnt if your not familiar with it. Most everybody starts out at practice pens, where bullriders come to practice, well....people that are interested in bullfighting show up there to get some experiance in front of live bulls. Some go to schools first, and some after practice pens. Some people already know someone that is in the buisness, and the get taken under there wing so to speak. I know alot of really talented bullfighters that dont care to go fulltime or travel to far from home, so you really dont hear of them. Bullfighting is a buisness, your pretty much self-employed. You have to go out and find work, and after you do alot of shows, and get your name out there...people start calling you. Again...if I was a carpenter, I would build homes...I would have to go and bid it. After several years, if I do good quality work.....people would contact me to put bids on there project, and if I was more expensive than some, but did better work....I may get the job............BUT...then again, some people want the cheapest, not the best. So it all depends on the people and there budget. The more you have to offer, the better you are. The best form of advertisement, is the word of mouth.
Live everyday like its your last....for one day, it will be !!!!
Post by diamondsanddollars on Oct 8, 2005 23:50:28 GMT -5
WOW...more great questions !!! I know in the PRCA you have to be 18. When i got my card, i had to have 2 NFR bullfighters and 2 Stock Contractors, and have at least 5 PRCA rodeos booked to get a membership. I know that the PRCA has tried other options for getting a PRCA bullfighting membership. I believe the PBR you also have to be 18. As far as how many bullfighters can be out there, well...The PRCA has a rule that 2 have to be there. I know it is alot nicer haveing 2. Some of your ammy shows only use 1, but then some of your bigger bullridings use 2-4 bullfighters, and the alternate back and forth. You get 3 working at the same time, it tends to get pretty congested. The rodeo committee or the stock contractor usually does the hireing. You need to go and get your name out there, and start bidding shows. Its like a carpenter.....they go out and bid jobs. Unfortunatly.....there are people that bid so low, that they get hired, because there cheaper. And that happens ALOT!!! Again, unfortunatly, 90%of the time, its not the ones who do a better job that get hired. But...if you do a great job, and do alot for the rodeo committee, you will be back year after year. Alot of your bullfighters work for certain Stock Contractors, they drive the trucks, feed the stock, set up and tear down the arena's and they fight bulls. I hope this helps you all out.
Post by cowboytodd25 on Oct 9, 2005 11:16:36 GMT -5
Hey Brian were you talking about the sparks boys if so i have been friends with them for about 12 years now. I grew up in the carmel valley in Califronia and went riding with the sparks boys and also Doug Forzani. They are all great guys and if these people on here knew how doug got ready for bulls they would be amazed and if you know him you know what i mean. Anyways thats my two cents and yes they are crazier than your average Tazmanian Devil.
Post by brianranse on Oct 13, 2005 16:37:20 GMT -5
Well when i spoke about apprentaships, that is how iit can be done... If contractors and commitees see a good bullfighter the putting up pens and driving trucks soon stops....
I have been lucky havent had to put up an arena for a while...Did a couple last year to help CC and jerome while i was there I hate watching mates work... it also meant we could go and have fun quicker...
The industry is very diverse in the type of people who work it.. Darryl Diefenbach the current WNFR bullfighter has not had to underbud anyone and has put up bugger all arena's .. His PR work and Bullfighting allow him to travel the country....
If you want to be the best in this industry and try and learn as you go you will be.. ( like anything)..
On the Sparks Boys Ronnie broke his neck last month.. I spoke to him today on the Phone.. He has surgey on the C6 and will be in a collar for 6 more weeks....