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Wild Child to perform alongside wild bulls at Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo

Brooke Bumgarner
The Wild Child act will be featured Friday and Saturday evening at the Pro Rodeo Series.
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What: Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series featuring Troy Lerwill

When: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30

Where: Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 401 Howelsen Pkwy.

Tickets: Visit steamboatprorodeo.com for information and to purchase tickets online.

— What’s wild is that the Wild Child act is full of chaos, confusion, laughter and potentially a couple of gasps from the crowd.

“I wanted to do something different and unique that nobody had really done before and that nobody had really seen before,” said Troy Lerwill, a nationally-renowned bull fighter.

In the early ’90s, Lerwill attended a couple of bullfighting schools where he learned how to work with the bulls and how to keep the riders safe, however, these schools never could have prepared him for the role he has become famous for.

“Troy is a very gifted comedian and man,” said John Shipley, Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo announcer. “He can he be full of surprises.”

Also known as a Barrel Man, Lerwill headlines the rodeo in Steamboat on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30, performing as the specialty act both nights.

“I remember at first when I would go put my make-up on to go out there and fight bulls, I was more nervous putting my make-up on knowing I had to go out there and entertain people than I was fighting the bulls,” Lerwill explained. “It took several years for me to kind of find my character as the comedy part of it, and now, I’m just this goofy little clown that stumbles around out there.”

Today, Lerwill is one of the most well-known comedy acts in the rodeo industry, and as he noted, there aren’t many of them who are actually really funny. Although his act is only about 12 minutes, he’s present throughout the entire rodeo, helping the announcer keep the energy alive in the arena.

Without ruining the surprise, Lerwill said it is the motorcycle that really propelled his career in the industry.

”I always tell kids, we’re given a gift that we can do better than any other human, and once you find that within yourself, it’s lying in there with the true essence of who you are,” Lerwill said. “You do that, and you don’t ever work in your life. You actually enjoy what you do, and it’s not a job, it’s your life. That’s what I do.”

Lerwill may not be your typical cowboy. He doesn’t sport the boots and cowboy hat, but he’s had the western way of life running through him since he was a young boy. With a team roper for a father, and a mother who was rodeo queen, the rodeo world has been an integral part of Lerwill’s life.

“My whole world has evolved to this point right here,” Lerwill said. “I don’t worry about crashing, about breaking my ankles, I don’t worry about nothin’. I enjoy the moment and whatever unfolds in front of me, I take care of it in that moment.”

“People who have seen the act wont ever forget it,” Shipley said, “and the ones who miss it are really disappointed. He’s a really funny guy, a great friend and a tremendous talent. He’s entertained audiences coast to coast and border to border,” and now he is here.


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