Xtreme Bulls are back in town

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The Elizabeth Stampede entered the 2013 season with a new tagline to celebrate its status as “A Colorado Rodeo Legend.”

But in Elizabeth, legend begins with tradition June 7 when the 2012 Pro Rodeo Cowboy Association Small Rodeo of the Year launches, literally and figuratively, with its Xtreme Bulls competition.

Xtreme Bulls is the Stampede's opening-night rodeo, featuring an all-star lineup of PRCA bull riders, including six bull-riding qualifiers from the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The riders will be matched against some of the rankest bulls in the PRCA, hailing again this year from the Burns Rodeo Co. in Wyoming.

Leading the lineup of PRCA riders is three-time Xtreme Bulls winner and WNFR qualifier Cody Whitney, from Sayre, Okla.

Other 2012 Wrangler NFR qualifiers include: Seth Glause, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Trevor Kastner, Ardmore, Okla.; Ardie Maier, Timber Lake, S.D.; Cody Samora, Cortez, Colo.; and Tate Stratton, Kellyville, Okla. Also scheduled to compete is Cooper Davis of Jasper, Texas, the top-ranked “rookie” bull rider in the PRCA World Standings.

The 2013 Xtreme Bulls competition begins at 7 p.m. June 7 and includes 50 riders vying for the championship.

The Elizabeth Xtreme Bulls champion will be crowned based on the highest score of the “one-header” competition, according to the Elizabeth Stampede board. The total payout for the Elizabeth Xtreme Bulls event is more than $20,000. Winnings at PRCA Xtreme Bulls events count toward the 2013 PRCA World Standings, which determine qualifiers for the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas.

Purchase tickets for the Elizabeth Xtreme Bulls event at www.elizabethstampede.com or by calling 303-646-0308. Adult tickets are $22 and tickets for children 6-12 years of age are $16.

Elizabeth Stampede

What: 2013 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo

When: June 7-9

Where: Casey Jones Park, 4189 Highway 86, in Elizabeth