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Bull riding events set for weekend at Sanford Center

Bill Mosbrucker of Mosbrucker Rodeos Inc. in Mandan, N.D., removes rock from 450 yards of clay added to the floors of the Sanford Center in preparation for Friday and Saturday's Bud Light Bull Riding Challenge. In the background, Logan Olson of Reierson Construction moves the clay. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bull riding has been described as the most intense, bone-jarring two hours in sports - eight seconds at a time.

The Sanford Center will be the venue for the Bud Light Bull Riding Classic at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2.

Wally Mosbrucker of Mosbrucker Rodeos Inc., Mandan, N.D., said his outfit, as well as Burger Bucking Bulls of Mandan and Troy Meech of Nimrod, Minn., will bring their bucking stock to town. He said he expects about 65 bulls weighing in at between 1,300 and 2,200 pounds will compete to rid themselves of riders during their eight seconds in the arena in the two-hour-plus show.

"They're all crossbred bulls," Mosbrucker said.

The qualifying round each night will consist of 40 rides, followed by the Top 10 Championship Round each night. The 10 top scorers in that round will compete on the top 10 bulls in the finals with a separate payout each night. The riders are all professionals who make their livings at the sport, Mosbrucker said.

"It'll be exciting," he said. "It's a great family event."

The bullfighters will be Zach Gregg from Waterloo, Iowa, and Dustin Evenson from Sioux Falls, S.D.

There will also be an opportunity to meet some of the bull riders and clowns from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at MarketPlace Foods. A bull also will be on display.

During a couple of breaks between bulls, the Coppertown Clown Bert Davis, whose dog show was just featured in the prime time network television show "America's Got Talent," will perform his dog and pony show. Davis started his career as a rodeo clown when he was 16 in 1974 and has won a long list of championship buckles and other awards. He has 14 dogs in his show with the oldest dog being 19 years old.

"He does specialty acts with dogs," Mosbrucker said. "They've all been rescued from shelters."

Following the bull riding will be a dance featuring live music by Powerplay in the Sanford Center Ballroom. The cover charge is $5 and is open to all, whether they attended the bull riding or not, Mosbrucker said.

Tickets in advance to the Bud Light Bull Riding Classic are $24, $18 and $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets the day of the show are $28 and $22 for adults and $16 and $8 for children. The Sanford Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The telephone number is 441-4032. Tickets can also be obtained from Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.