2018 Official Buffalo Bill Rodeo Guide

Swingler is an avid golfer and remembers golfing with bullfighter Greg Rumohr. Rumohr, who was not a golfer, came to the Buffalo Bill Rodeo golf tournament with the only golf equipment he owned: a five-iron and a putter. "We had a blast," Swingler remembered. "It was a lot of fun." Rumohr, a long-time bullfighter for the Buffalo Bill rodeo, passed away in 2015. Swingler has been married to his wife Tami for 27 years. They have an adult daughter. When these horses roar into the Wild West Arena, they don't have four legs, a mane and a tail! These horses will be the engine-type of horsepower! Wisconsin-FMX (WI-FMX) will entertain with stunts like the superman seat grab, the lazy boy, the heart attack, the cliff hanger, and the Captain Morgan. They'll also jump a quad (think a four-wheeler on steroids), doing the same stunts on it as are done on a motorbike. Cody Cavanaugh and Josh Mertens hail from Neenah, Wisconsin and entertain at about 25 events a year, including rodeos, county fairs, and circuses. Cavanaugh started riding motorcycles, dirt bikes and four-wheelers around his family's farm when he was a kid, and began freestyle motocross 24 years ago. Mertens got his first quad ten years ago and has been riding and jumping it since. They don't consider what they do as "crazy," but they think the bullfighters are nuts. "Those guys don't have a kill switch, where we have a kill switch," Mertens said. WI-FMX - SPECIALTY ACT

bullfighter role. When he was working in the hayfield at the age of sixteen, he would go to the nightly rodeos held each week and ride bulls. Then, when the pro rodeo came around, he was in the stands, watching legends like bullfighters Greg

"There's no way I'd jump in front of a bull, for someone else."


A new face is part of the action at this year's Buffalo Bill Rodeo.

Rumohr, Jerry Norton and Dusty Essick.

Zach Call, Thedford, Neb., will step into the arena as a bullfighter.

"I always wondered if I could follow in their footsteps," he said. And he has.

The 25-year-old got his start in rodeo as a bull rider in high school and college, switching over to bullfighting during his student days at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College and Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Oklahoma. He was mentored by Miles Hare, a well-known bull- fighter from Gordon, and looks forward to working the North Platte rodeo with another Nebraska bullfighter, Quirt Hunt. He watched Quirt work when Zach's older brothers were riding bulls in high school rodeo.

Hunt has been a PRCA bullfighter since 2002 and works PBR events as well as pro rodeos.

He and his wife Amber have three children: daughters Raylynn (10), Racquel (8), and son Truitt (3).

Having grown up in Merna, he considers North Platte to be his hometown rodeo. "There are certain rodeos that mean a lot to you, and North Platte is one of them."

He is the son of Craig and Lori Call.


Since 2011, Quirt Hunt has provided the cowboy protection for bull riders at the North Platte rodeo. The Gordon, Neb. rancher has been in the Wild West Arena for more than just the



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