Jake King has been bullfighting for six years, but this is his first year with Championship Pro-Rodeo. “I can’t think of anything else I want to do with my life,” King said.
Spectators rise as Dusta Kimzey carries the American flag into the Saddle Club Arena for the playing of the national anthem at the start of The Cattlemen Days Rodeo in Ashland, Mo.
Brandon Loden moves the bulls and horses in the pens in preparation of the animals being ridden in the Cattlemen Days Rodeo. Loden works as a bullfighter, assisting the riders in safely exiting the ring after they compete. “Back in the day you weren’t only the bullfighter, but the clown too,” Loden said.
Jake King puts on one of the two knee braces he wears before the second half of the rodeo. King injured his ACL bullfighting, “I came back in four (months), when the doctor said it was going to be six”.
Brandon Loden distracts Comanche Moon after Travis Smith was bucked off. Loden’s role as a bullfighter is to make sure the riders safely exit the arena after competing in bull riding.
Jake King waves to rodeo attendees after he is introduced to the crowd. King is one of two bullfighters for Championship Pro-Rodeo. The two bullfighters work together to distract the bulls, while the riders exit the arena.