Bulls set to buck

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Calgary's pre-Stampede bullbustin' bash keeps getting bigger.

And, since the event is held in the Ranchman's parking lot, there's only one way to grow: Up.

"Yeah, that's about it," said arena director Cody Snyder of the 8th Annual Ranchman's Renegades Bullbustin.

"We haven't got much space left."

Organizers added a third tier of bleachers to squeeze a few hundred more fans into what has become the Stampede's unofficial kickoff party.

The two-day event, which kicks off tonight, features 30 different bullriders with the top six coming back for the short round each evening.

Snyder's all-star lineup also gets stronger every year.

The cowboy with the highest score on two head will take home the championship and the points will count towards the PBR Finals and the Canadian PBR Finals in November.

"We've got a good lineup of guys," Snyder said. "They know where the money is going."

All proceeds go to Project Warmth. The event has raised $1.6 million over the first seven years.

Tonight's lineup includes Vince Northrop, who leads the PBR Canada standings, and 2003 Canadian champion Jody Turner.

Beau Hill and Jared Farley headline tomorrow's event.

Snyder has raided the pens of Schellenberg, Girletz and Franklin to find the top stock, including Schellenberg's 2006 Bull of the Year Fine Line.

Cole Collins, from Fort St. John, B.C., won last year's event.

This year's winner is expected to take home approximately $7,500.

The gate cracks at 7 p.m. both nights.

BULLS AND BARRELS

Cody Snyder is also running another major event during the Stampede.

The Bulls and Barrels for Charity event, which goes at Greg Noval's Bar N Ranch July 11 and 12, has $60,000 in prize money up for grabs.

It will feature the top 14 bullriders from the PBR's lucrative Built Ford Tough Series.

Proceeds will be doled out in thirds to three separate charities: Spinal cord research, Kids Cancer Care and PBR Canada's bullrider benevolent fund.


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