Bull riders from around the country descended on a corral in the trees of Meade County yesterday for competition, camaraderie, a fundraiser and above all else to keep the memory of a young man tragically taken too soon.
I went up to the Bothwell Bucking Bulls ranch to talk with the organizers and competitors about what makes the Brandon Delzer Memorial Bull Ride such a special event .
The third annual Brandon Delzer Memorial bull riding event was held Saturday in honor of the 14-year-old who was killed in a one-vehicle rollover in 2013
Rachel Bothwell said, "What we do is we get everybody together so we can raise schoalrship money for the seniors in Sturgis in Brandon's memory."
And in keeping Delzer's memory alive, the event brings in top riders from all over the country to the Bothwell's Meade County ranch and plenty of rank bulls for them to try their luck on.
Trevor Easton says, "You know, they've got good bulls, good people, they're just great to be around, you know, great family. It's going to be a good show ."
And the show brings in hundreds of fans to raise college scholarship money for seniors coming out of the Meade County school district that Delzer attended.
Bothwell said, "Dave Trautman, the marshal who gets on in the ride-offs. He's the one who recommended that we start doing this. The students at Sturgis do a walk/run for another scholarship in the fall so we thought we'd try to help out in the spring."
That help also keeps the memory of a young man who obviously created quite an impact in his 14 years alive.
Dave Trautman says, "You know, there's gonna be a lot of riders here tonight to raise a lot of money for a great charity, and a great family and a great kid's memory."
The event, which includes mutton busting and junior bull riding in addition to the professionals showing everyone how it's done, was won by Cristiano Figueredo this year. For those who would like to help out now or for future events, contact Bothwell Bucking Bulls through their Facebook page