It was a "Wild Ride" in Red Bluff

(April 25, 2006) — This past week, I went to Corpus Christi, Texas and drew the same bull I had there last year. He was a little tough to get out on and I got bucked off. So we loaded up in the truck and drove for what seemed like a week to Red Bluff, Calif.

I was very excited about going to Red Bluff because I had a good bull drawn there — Don Kish's Razor Sharp. I had him at Round 10 of the Wrangler NFR so I knew what he could do and I was looking for a good score.

I guess we got to Red Bluff about 6 p.m. Friday night, and trust me, it was a much-needed stop. We all needed to take showers when we got there.

I rode my bull in the performance and was an 82 and made it back to the short-round, which was on Sunday night.

But, the highlight of the weekend was not my ride … it was my driver.

Brad Knowles, better known as B-Rad, drives for me and is a great friend of mine. He entered the special event they have there in Red Bluff at the rodeo, which is open to anyone, called the "Wild Ride." The contestants dress up in all sorts of costumes and then get on a saddle bronc horse. It has become quite a tradition there and is very funny to watch.

B-Rad decided to enter at the last minute. We didn't have any costumes in mind, so we had to think up something pretty quick. That night they celebrated the Tough Enough to Wear Pink night in honor of breast cancer research. We thought he needed to be in something pink, so he stripped down to nothing but his boxers and boots. We wrapped his entire body in pre-wrap and spray painted him bright pink. We even spray painted his head pink.

Jesse Bail was dressed as Daisy Duke and some of the others were dressed like Johnny Cash and the Crocodile Hunter.

B-Rad didn't end up winning, but we thought he should have. He was the first contestant out and he covered his horse. He hadn't gotten on a bucking horse in no telling how many years either. But, he looked good and he is even thinking about cracking back out, but that has something we have yet to see, so we will all just have to sit around and watch.

The short-round for me didn't go as well as I had planned. I drew a really good bull of Don Kish — Ray Charles. He was the bull I wanted going into the finals. I got bucked off, but I have been given another opportunity to go do it again and correct it, and that's what I'm going to do.

After the final round, we all went to eat and get a motel. Then we just hung out.

On Monday, we drove to the airport and picked up my buddy Clayton Williams. Now, we are just hanging out in Red Bluff for a couple of days. We are going to Don Kish's tomorrow to hang out, and then we are going down to the Flying U Ranch.

Then, we are off to Clovis, Calif., for the Xtreme Bulls. We always look forward to those bull ridings events. There are supposed to be some really good bulls there. So, we are going to go in there and do the same thing — just go try hard and just have lots of fun.

I guess after the bull riding is over in Clovis, we are going to leave that night and head home for a few days. I have a bunch of work that needs to be done and catch up on a few things before I leave again.

Until next time, God Bless.

In 2005, Matt Austin shattered the PRCA record for highest single-season earnings with $320,766, surpassing Ty Murray's record of $297,896 set in 1993. Austin not only won the College National Finals Rodeo and the Xtreme Bulls title last year, but also earned his first bull riding world championship and Wrangler NFR average title. Nicknamed "Poindexter" by Donnie Gay, Austin lives in Wills Point, Texas.

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