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The Collier County Fairgrounds has a new rodeo arena -ie: bull riding!

Naples Bull Riding

Sept.20, 2008 @ 7pm Collier County Fairgrounds Naples,Fl. Presented by Remington Roughstock Rodeo Co.

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Note: I attached some of my favorite pictures from the naples daily news at the bottom of this article!

(new)   see video of Collier County's first rodeo here:

Rodeo arena at Collier fairgrounds opens this weekend


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stacy Dachuk and her sister, Angela Snell, have had to take their horses to LaBelle or Arcadia to compete in rodeos.

But soon, they hope, they will be able to do so right here in Collier County.

The Collier County Fairgrounds has a new rodeo arena, and Dachuk is helping put together the South West Family Livestock Club to take advantage of it.

“We’re members of the club all the way in LaBelle,’’ Dachuk says. “We were real excited to find out they were having an arena here. It’s so much closer. With the fuel prices, we can have the same events and some new events without having to go so far away.’’

The club has started fundraising and is taking memberships. Its mission is to provide a family-oriented atmosphere for all ages. The club plans to have a wide variety of events, including team penning, breakaway roping, ranch sorting, team roping, cutting, as well as speed events such as barrel racing, goat tying, hair pin, and pole bending.

“We’re looking for sponsors for the club to help with the start-up costs,’’ Dachuk says.

The arena will have its first event, a bull-riding rodeo, on Saturday. Gates open at 5 p.m., with the first ride at 6:30 p.m. A live band and dance will follow from 9 p.m. until midnight. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-10. Children 5-and-under get in free.

For more information on the bull-riding this weekend, call 455-1444 or go to Web site at

Now from the SSBR website:

Collier County Bull Bash

July 19,2008 @ 7pm

Naples,Fl. Collier County Fairgrounds The Fairgrounds are Located 10 miles east of I-75 (exit 111) on Immokalee Road

$1000 added/ $80 entry fees 24 riders/ 6 short round Call in July 14,2008 from 8pm-9pm ET (941)-232-8363

Predented by Remington Roughstock

Collier County Fairgrounds Bull Riding Rodeo

Bull Riding

Gates open at 5:00pm and the first Ride starts at 6:30pm. Bull Riding will be followed by a live band and dance from 9:00pm to 12:00am. Food, Drinks and Ice Cold Beer available for purchase at event.

Located at 751 39th Ave NE Naples, FL 34120

11 Miles East of I-75 Exit 111
Date: 7/19/08 Time: 5:00pm-12:00am

Contact: The Fair Office at 239-455-1444 or our website at

Fakahatchee Band 9:00pm—12:00am

Admission Adults: $10.00 Children 6 to 10 Years: $5.00 5 & under FREE
New fairgrounds arena debuts with bull-riding event


Originally published 09:12 p.m., July 19, 2008 Updated 10:11 p.m., July 19, 2008

Holding on with one hand, local cowboy Steve Bryant rides atop a black 1,000-pound-plus bull as it explodes into the Collier County Fairgrounds arena.

The cowboy hat-wearing crowd of about 1,300 on the bleachers erupts with cheers and applause.

The Collier County Fairgrounds debuted its new rodeo arena Saturday night with its first bull-riding event.

The event featured 20 members of Southern State Bull Riding, based in North Port on Florida’s west coast, and about 10 local riders. About 40 bulls were provided by three stock companies from Tampa, Sarasota and Arcadia.

Wearing a black cowboy hat, Bryant, 45, who has been bull riding for 15 years, said he does it because it’s fun.

And for the rush.

Saturday night, Bryant, a member of Southern State Bull Riding, didn’t stay on the bull named “Jaeger Bomb” for the target of at least 8 seconds. The North Naples resident lasted 6.5 seconds on it.

Bryant said he was glad that the Naples area now has an arena for events such as Saturday night’s.

Many in attendance echoed Bryant.

Among friends and family members enjoying the event were Gary Gorden, his girlfriend, Corina Sanders, and their two children, 9 and 8.

“It’s definitely good that they have this,” said Gorden, 41, of North Naples.

Rodeo fans often travel around the state to watch the events. They are hoping for more rodeo events locally.

“It’s good clean fun for the kids,” said Sanders, 41, of Bonita Springs.

According to Doug Holland, vice president of the Collier County Fairgrounds, there are plans to provide more events at this new arena, including barrel racing, calf roping and even a full rodeo.

Saturday night’s event began with an exhibition, featuring riders who are just starting and others who are coming back from an injury.

Among participants were a father and son from Golden Gate Estates.

Mark Dikeman, 45, who retired from bull riding two years ago, rode Saturday to be in the same arena as his 17-year-old son, Houston.

Dikeman, who started riding when he was 22, wishes his son never got on a bull, he said. But he has another son, Dakota, 18, who also bull rides.

The Everglades-area native said he got involved in bull riding after his U.S. Marine friend took him to a rodeo in Texas.

The prize for bull riders was $1,000.

The youngest bull rider participating Saturday night was 14-year-old Henry Courson Jr., of Okeechobee in Central Florida.

“I just like feeling him when he comes out twisting and bursting,” Henry said moments before riding.

Despite having to go to the hospital four times last month, Henry said he enjoys riding because it’s fun.

Then of course there is the prize money -- and the girls.

His father, Henry Courson Sr., who travels with him, videotapes the ride so that the younger Henry can view it and work on his mistakes and techniques.

Courson said watching his son is scary, but added that it keeps his son out of trouble. Young Henry started bull riding at 11.

Live music from a local country band Fakahatchee’s and a dance followed the bull riding from 9 p.m. until midnight. The Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Avenue N.E., is off of Immokalee Road.
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on Jul. 20 2008

Your webmaster Udut, Kenneth Kenneth Udut, just got back from the rodeo.

What a blast!

The whole event lasted about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. The music was great, the announcer knew how to keep an audience's attention, the arena was PACKED FULL - I saw more cowboy hats and boots than a trip to Texas.

The bull riders did a great job. A couple of guys got hurt, one had to be hauled away on a golf cart.

But the bulls were the real star of the show! They were the hams, the true comedians of the bunch. Sometimes they would walk around the whole arena, looking at the people, sometimes stopping and staring.

I look forward to the pictures people took because there were some GREAT photo opportunities. I think one of the rodeo clowns got picked up by the bull and thrown through he air! (Note: they don't dress like rodeo clowns, and they don't call them rodeo clowns here, but they were the ones that helped get the bulls back into the cage. The most effective tool? Not a whip but a clipboard! [one particular bull was being a pain, and a guy with a clipboard just tapped him in the butt, and he spun around and just walked right back in! The announcer got the biggest kick out of that, as did the audience).

In the middle of the show, for the kids, they gathered all of the kids under age 10. They all gathered, probably 150 of them or so. Now they had no idea what they were doing there, they were just told to get into the arena.

Then they were told to take off their shoes and put them in a pile. Then they all stood in a line and it was revealed what they had to do: Go find your shoes. First prize was $10. 150 kids digging through a pile of shoes - lots of them were cowboy boots -- and with the exception of one poor kid who ended up with two left boots, everybody found their shoes. (and the kid did get his right boot after an announcement went out for it)

The bulls ranged from small to obscenely huge. They flung the riders off like it was nothing. But those bull riders held on as best they could. The bull riders were from all over the place too. Some were local, from LaBelle and Fort Myers. But a few were from Brazil -
now THAT'S a profession!

The guy handling the music did a fantastic job. Each music clip lasted only 1/2 a minute or so, and he switched around perfectly. Just as you were getting into a song, he's switch to something completely different and you knew to look and see the bull coming out of the pen with the rider on top.

The beer line went smoothly. Your id was checked and you got a ticket and THEN you get your beer. Smart, smart system. Simple and smart.

The announcer got the greatest kick out of the sand that was hauled in to make this arena. He said it was the first time he's ever seen bull riding on a BEACH! And he wasn't far off - half way through the show right through to the end, kids were building sand castles, with one volunteer with a stick who kept drawing a line keeping the kids off of the fence.

The crowd control was excellent, the entertainment was top notch. All in all, a very welcoming environment, lots of fun. A well spent $10.

I'll post some pictures as soon as I come across them. And if you have any, please feel free to post 'em here -
it's as good a place as any to post them!

Ken Udut, webmaster of and owner of NeighborHelp Referrals' Affordable Trapping 239-465-9291
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Yes, I liked this picture enough to post it twice -- if I'm not mistaken, this was the one really bad injury that occured. Notice how the bull stomped down on this guy's ankle. I remember when they took him away -- he didn't look happy at all. I think the word I'm looking for is "in pain" [okay, that's two words]
Rodeo arena at Collier County Fairgrounds - all about it! The Collier County Fairgrounds has a new rodeo arena -ie: bull riding!