Beef, it’s in
Rodeo bull races
Express Staff Writer
Atkinsons’ Market attracted some big beef Sunday afternoon after a bull
hurdled a fence at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds and charged into downtown
He was an
unexpected feature of the Cinco de Mayo rodeo.
his escape, El Gato did his best to throw Boone Church from his back,
but the cowboy held on until the eight second buzzer. Free of his mount,
El Gato bounded over a six-foot fence to freedom. Photo by Willy Cook
ridden the required eight seconds by Boone Church, "El Gato" ran
for a six-foot gate and cleared it by two feet at about 3 p.m.
seconds, cowboys and cowgirls set out on foot and in pickup trucks to
the Idaho State Police, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and the
Hailey Police Department also quickly responded to the call about the
veterinarian Steve Fairbrother herded El Gato through the Atkinsons’
parking lot with his white pickup truck.
wouldn’t turn," Fairbrother said. "I kept getting a little
ahead of him and turning my truck in front of him, but he wouldn’t turn
lost his passenger side mirror during one of these turning maneuvers when
the bull gored his truck.
Atkinsons’, El Gato headed north to Carbonate Street and then east to
the bike path.
the only route left open to him was south along the bike path.
He got as
far as Chestnut Street when Fairbrother caught up with him again.
the escape, El Gato, hemmed in by pursuers, considers jumping another
fence before racing south along the bike path. He made it as far as
Chestnut Street before being lassoed. Photo by Willy Cook
Fairbrother had Troy Juker with him, and Juker lassoed the bull from the
back of the pickup.
and Juker led the reluctant El Gato a couple of blocks to an awaiting
trailer, but not before the bull gored a car parked at Roberta McKercher
Park and charged the back of Fairbrother’s truck.
rampage, El Gato may be known by a new name.
asked Juker the bull’s name at the beginning of the chase.
it, Juker just said, "Loose."