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‘Nonstop bull riding action’ comes to Steamboat Labor Day weekend

JC Mortensen rides high on his bull, Phil, Sunday during the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash in Steamboat Springs. Mortensen's Steamboat rodeo roots run deep. His father, Jed Mortensen, put on Sunday's event and his grandfather is legendary Steamboat bareback rider J.C. Trujillo.
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For a lot of people, bull riding is the best event in rodeo. It’s fast. It’s dangerous. It’s easy to follow and just gets the fans going.

But bull riding usually only lasts a few minutes and the odds of watching someone cling on for 8 seconds is pretty low. 

That isn’t the case at Riding in the Rockies Bull Riding, which takes place at Howelsen Rodeo Grounds on Sunday, Sept. 4.

The event features just bull riding and puts viewers into the arena to watch the action. 

About 25 to 30 people participate and then the top 10 are brought back for a short round. The winner is determined by the best combination of scores.

“It’s nonstop bull riding action,” said event producer and promoter Annie Trujillo-Mortensen. “The music is upbeat. Anywhere from rock and roll and bucking bulls and everyone is having a good time.”

Additionally, locally-owned Rocky Mountain Mini Broncs will buck a few bulls and mini broncs. 

Gates open at 3 p.m. and dirt flies at 5 p.m. with live music and a barbecue entertaining people before the competition.

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Trujillo, a Steamboat Springs High School graduate, has been running the event for about 16 years and has seen her sons grow up through it. Two of her children, JC and Jaxton Mortensen both compete in the Professional Bull Riders circuit after getting their start at the Howelsen Rodeo Grounds.

Tickets are available for $25 for general admission or $35 dollars for reserved and can be purchased at the Steamboat Chamber, FM Light and Sons, Steamboat Central Reservations or at the gate.

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