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Whitehead Memorial Museum Presents
42nd Annual
George Paul Memorial
Xtreme Bull Riding
Friday April 26th 2019 8:00pm

Saturday April 27th 2019 8:00pm

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9-noon and 1-5 pm
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830-775-9595

 

George Paul Bull Riding


Title Sponsors:



Bud Lite
City of Del Rio











 

 


                        Summer Gay - Rafter G Bull Flanker

George Paul BullridingIt’s 2:00am, a spring cold front has hit north Texas, rain coming down in buckets, mud everywhere and the alarm is blaring. As much as she would love to roll over, shut the alarm off and go back to sleep, if you’re Summer or Megan Gay, daughters and granddaughters of famed rodeo producers, Neal and Jim Gay you get up. An orphaned bull calf, named Gritty, needs to be bottle fed every four hours and livestock is your livelihood. You feed the baby and know in four hours he will want and need to eat again and so it goes until he can be weaned.

Summer and Megan know the bright spot lights and colorful outfits as they lead countless grand entries carrying the American and state flags for rodeo and bull riding opening ceremonies. Their routines then change. Megan will prepare to carry sponsor flags during the rodeo or standalone bull riding event sections, but Summer heads behind the bucking chutes to flank bulls. For the uninitiated, that means putting a rope flank over and under the bull’s hind quarters and tying it off. No, it doesn’t hurt the animal. It’s simply something they don’t like and try to kick off. Routinely, the flanker’s job falls to men like Summer’s uncle Pete Gay, a National Finals bull rider and livestock superintendent for Rafter G Rodeo Company. Pete is Neal’s son and Jim’s brother. How does a lovely young lady become a flanker of bulls?

When sixteen, Summer ask her dad, Jim Gay if she could flank bulls. Jim, never one to refuse help in running a rodeo company told Summer, “get your Uncle Pete to teach you” and so she did in 2012. She not only liked it, she became an expert. One may wonder what’s the big deal about putting a flank strap on a bull. Ask Summer and she will educate you. “Some bulls just stand and really don’t care. Some bulls get really cranky and act up, jumping and kicking and constantly moving. We try and get them use to it just loading them in a chute and letting them stand and then start flanking them. You have to know your bull’s personality. Some buck really well with a tight flank, usually the older bulls. Younger bulls like it more lose. Each bull is a little different and you just learn their likes and dislikes being around them and what it takes to have them buck their best” During the year Summer will flank hundreds of bulls at rodeos and bull riding events. A rodeo performance is in some ways the easy part. On the Rafter G Ranch Summer takes care of 30 saddle horses or horses they use in rodeo parades, grand entries and every day on the ranch. There’s calving in the spring and foals being born. Hundreds of head of livestock need constant attention so there is no down time for Summer and her family. She competes as a barrel racer and rides colts in her spare time. She is working on fulfilling her dream of being a rodeo stock contractor and producer and there is little doubt she will succeed.

Megan, 26, has become a registered nurse and when not on the rodeo circuit or at the ranch, works as an emergency room nurse. Megan recently married National Finals bull riding qualifier Rorey Maier and they make their home in Terrell, Texas. When asked if she gets nervous when her husband is riding she responded, “I don’t necessarily get used to it but, being in a rodeo family where my dad and uncles rode bulls professionally, I pull for Rorey to win and it’s just always been a way of life”. Megan said her favorites are the bucking horses. She and Rorey hope to have a family and continue to raise cattle.

Brenda Gay, Megan and Summer’s mother admitted there are “no days off in the rodeo and ranching business. You have to love it and loving the lifestyle keeps it from being a job. Family and animals always come first and we have to put animals first. They feed our family”.

 

As you watch the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding as the bulls start to buck, you will notice a tall, attractive blonde haired 22-year-old cowgirl standing on the back of the bucking chutes flanking bulls. The only woman flaking bulls and that will be Summer Gay.

Oh! Back to Gritty, that bottle fed calf now a 7-year-old. He is a cranky bucking bull and doesn’t like people. Achmed, another Rafter G bucking bull, who was not bottle fed, but is like a house pet. So much for how you raise your……bulls! You can see them and a number of Wrangler National Finals bucking bulls at the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding

Jim and Brenda could not be more proud of their girls and their new son-in-law. They agree “it’s a great life when you can have your family in the same business and they are great young, responsible kids and just so good at what they do”.

Sponsors for the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding are Ram Country and Ram Rodeo, Bud Light, City of Del Rio, HEB, Tractor Supply, Val Verde Regional Medical Center, Ramada Inn and the Whitehead Memorial Museum.

Tickets may be purchased at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding office, 2006 N. Main at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds or by calling the bull riding office at 830-775-9595. Discover, Master Card, Visa, American Express and debit cards will be accepted.

Check out updates for the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding at www.georgepaulmemorialbullriding.com.

 

 

 

42nd George Paul features World Champions, Past George Paul Winners

George Paul Memorial BullridingThe 42nd edition of the renowned oldest continuous bull riding in the world, the George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding will bring a who’s who in the bull riding world April 26 & 27, 2019 at 8:00 P M nightly to the Val Verde County Fairgrounds. Three PRCA World Champions representing 10 bull riding World Championships are ready to compete. Reigning World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey, who just won his fifth straight PRCA bull riding world title will ride as well as four-time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider J.W. Harris. Riders from 17 states and Canada will vie for the coveted George Paul Memorial Bull Riding championship buckle.

Harris who won the 41st George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding last year also won the George Paul in 2011. Cody Teel, a 2012, PRCA World Champion bull rider will also compete and was the George Paul Champion in 2015.

Del Rio crowd favorite Trey Benton III, known as TB III, will be gunning for his fourth George Paul championship buckle having won the event in 2013, 2014 and 2017. Benton was the 2017 reserve World Champion bull rider and this year captured the Xtreme Riding title in San Antonio during the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

Of the top 15 PRCA bull riders in the world in current rankings, 14 will compete at this year’s George Paul. Over 70% of the top fifty in the PRCA bull riding rankings will compete at the two-day event. Each rider receives one bull and the top ten each night receive a second bull. Forty different riders compete each night and the top score on two bulls from both performances wins the event. Fifty thousand dollars in prize money is paid out during the two-day event and all money won counts for qualification for the PRCA’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas in December. Known as the “Superbowl” of professional rodeo, the ten-day Wrangler National Finals Rodeo pays ten million in prize money over ten days.

Rafter G Rodeo Company of Terrell, Texas, is the primary contractor for the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding once again. Rafter G is owned by the Neal Gay family and has produced rodeos since 1957. Neal Gay brought professional rodeo to the television market with his weekly Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Neal Gay is 90 years old and still rides at every performance of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo which he has produced for over 40 years. Jim Gay now runs the daily operation of his father’s business and has been in the production end of rodeo since retiring from competition as a bull rider and steer wrestler over 20 years ago. Wife Brenda, his wife and high school sweetheart handles the office for the rodeo company and daughters Megan and Summer are actively involved in the daily ranching and rodeo business.

The sisters Megan and Summer, wear many hats in the family business and next read about a beautiful cowgirl who flanks bulls

The 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding is named for the 1968 RCA World Champion Bull Rider, George Paul, of Del Rio, Texas, a world record holder of riding 79 consecutive bulls and National Finals Rodeo bull riding winner. The event producer is George Paul’s brother, Bobby Paul.

Sponsors for the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding are Ram Country and Ram Rodeo, Bud Light, City of Del Rio, HEB, Tractor Supply, Val Verde Regional Medical Center, Ramada Inn and the Whitehead Memorial Museum.

Tickets may be purchased at the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding office, 2006 N. Main at the Val Verde County Fairgrounds or by calling the bull riding office at 830-775-9595. Discover, Master Card, Visa, American Express and debit cards will be accepted.

Check out updates for the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding at www.georgepaulmemorialbullriding.com.

 

 

Western Horseman Magazine to feature George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Article

Western Horseman, a western horse and western lifestyle magazine will feature an article about the George Paul Memorial Bull Riding in its April edition, which will be out the third week of March. Established in 1936 in San Francisco, the now Fort Worth published magazine has a readership of 500,000 with paid subscriptions of 163,000. Over 410,000 Facebook fans visit the magazine each month and they are fast growing on Twitter. George Paul producer, Bobby Paul, was interviewed for the article as well as historical research by the author. Look for another publication that recognizes the oldest continuous home of standalone bull riding in the world, now in its 42nd year.

 



Three-time George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Champion wins San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding

 

Trey Benton III, three-time George Paul Memorial Bull Riding Champion has won the San Antonio Stock Show/ Rodeo Xtreme Bull Riding, pocketing $35,250 for his efforts, February 23. The Rock Island, Texas cowboy, is now 27. His final bull of two for the SASSR was a bull he was familiar with, Monte Walsh, owned by 4L & Diamond S Rodeo Company of Weatherford, Texas and Summerville, GA. The bull Monte Walsh was one of the bulls bucked at the George Paul last year and has also appeared at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He will return to Del Rio again this year.

Known as a “money bull” if you can last 8 seconds, he is a bull that riders like to draw at rodeos and on the Xtreme Bulls Tour events. Benton will return to the 42nd George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding April 26 & 27, 2019 in Del Rio, TX, a PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour event. Money won at the George Paul counts for qualification for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December where only the top 15 PRCA bull riders qualify for a chance to win money, 10 million at the ten- day event.

When asked earlier this year if he was returning to the George Paul he said, “without a doubt. I want to be the first four-time George Paul winner”.

 

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