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Barnes Bull Riding Challenge Returns

Post Date:11/13/2017 9:49 AM
The Barnes Bull Riding Challenge returns to the Tyson Events Center on Saturday January 13 and Sunday January 14, 2018. Two performances of bull riding will kick-off the 2018 season in Sioux City, Iowa. The action starts on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. The popular mutton bustin also references kids sheep riding, children's petting zoo and western merchandise vendors will again return.

Early Bird tickets go on sale this Friday November 17, 2017 at 10 a.m. Early Bird tickets to the Barnes Bull Riding Challenge prices start at just $10. Purchase your tickets in advance to save $5 off regular admission prices before January 4, 2018. Once again, the VIP section is available right on the arena floor, with all food and beverage included, for just $50 per person.

"Each January we look forward to kicking off the new year with a bull riding close to home," stated Marty Barnes, owner of Barnes PRCA Rodeo.

Bull Riding fans might recognize a new logo resembling Barnes' bull Link, selected for the 1994 National Finals Rodeo and ridden in the 5th go-round by Aaron Semas, on the 2018 tour posters.

Don’t miss the Barnes Bull Riding Challenge at the Tyson Events Center January 13 and 14, 2018. Purchase tickets beginning this Friday at 10am at the Tyson Events Center Box Office, online at, or by calling 800-514-ETIX.

The second stop of the Barnes Bull Riding Challenge tour is March 2-3 in Ames, Iowa on the campus of Iowa State University. The final three stops include Ida Grove in July followed by Parker, South Dakota in August and the Minnesota State Fair in September.
About Barnes PRCA Rodeo: Established in 1950, Barnes PRCA Rodeo from Peterson, Iowa continues to be a premier livestock contracting company and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. Marty Barnes, the eldest son of the late Bob and Donita Barnes, manages all aspects of the livestock, rodeo production and breeding program.

The Rafter B Bar brand is synonymous with Barnes PRCA Rodeo and quality rodeo productions. The athletic talent of the bucking horses, bulls and saddle horses are award winning. Notably CAT Power was selected nine consecutive times from 2005-2013 to the WNFR. In 1977 Crystal Springs was named the PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year.

The foundation sire Boy Ballou continues to influence the breeding program today. He made five trips to the National Finals Rodeo.

Today the second and third generations of Barnes family handle the day-to-day operations on the ranch and provide for the health and welfare of 165 bucking horses and 70 bulls. The longevity of Barnes PRCA Rodeo is captured in the marketplace across the Midwest where community celebrations dating back 40, 50 and 60 years are continuous partners.

Sixty-seven years ago, Barnes PRCA Rodeo was founded with the guiding principles of integrity and hard work. Bob Barnes was known as "the Colonel"," and today is still one of the most respected stockman in professional rodeo. He was selected as the 1984 PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year and inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1994. Donita Barnes was posthumously awarded the inaugural PRCA Lifetime Achievement Award for contract personnel at the PRCA award banquet in 2011. The PRCA Lifetime Achievement Award was renamed in her honor in 2012.
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