Brummie has been riding bulls for four years and bareback and saddle bronc for three. PHOTO COURTESY OF HOLLI BOGGUS

Boggus participates in International bull riding event

Recently placed 1st in State Finals

Brummie Boggus, age 12, left for Las Vegas with his father to attend the International Mini Bullriding Association’s event Dec. 5-8. While Brummie has gone to Vegas for bull riding three times before, this was his first time with an international association.


To get to Vegas, median rodeo scores from the summer were tallied and four riders from each age group were selected. Brummie was the champion in his age group, his mother Holli said.


Over 300 kids ages 5 to 16 from around the world competed at this event. The day was divided into morning and afternoon sessions, which were supposed to be equal. Sessions ended up taking longer than organizers had planned which resulted in Brummie not riding until 9:30 p.m. on Friday when he was supposed to start at 1 p.m.


“He rode his first one on Thursday and then he got drug into the fence on Friday,” Holli said. “When I saw the fence coming up, I let go because I didn’t want to be dragged into the fence,” Brummie said. Riders automatically get to ride two bulls during the event and even though he got bucked off, he was able to make it to the semifinals on Saturday.


Brummie placed 26th out of 89 kids in his age group, a score he was not altogether pleased with. In order to advance to the finals, riders had to place in the top 10.


“I think what we’re going to do is try to go with the other association that he’s been twice before with,” Holli said. The association he rode with before represents Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Idaho. “He’s definitely striving to go again next year,” Holli said.


On New Year’s Eve Brummie will ride in a winter rodeo series in Ogden, Utah. “That way he’s not taking a whole break,” Holli said. Brummie has participated in this before and is looking forward to ringing in the New Year with a bull ride. “There’s some good bulls down there,” he said. “They’ll put me on some good bulls not just some squirts.”

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