Brantley Arena to host 2nd annual bull riding

Mike Erwinmerwin@examiner-enterprise.com

The Clarence Brantley Memorial Bull Riding is returning to Osage County Fairgrounds’ Indoor Arena on Saturday.

Bull Riders Inc. will sponsor the second-annual event, which — like the local arena — is named in honor of the late Osage County Commissioner (and bull-riding enthusiast) Clarence Brantley. The main bull-riding show begins at 6 p.m.

Adult admission is $7 and children’s tickets cost $5. Kids 5-and-under get in for free.

The CBM serves as a membership drive for the Bull Riders Inc. organization, a BRI spokesman said. Last year, inclement weather caused the inaugural event to be cancelled in February and rescheduled for April. Organizers are hoping to build on the success of last year’s event, the spokesman said.

Tanner Brantley, the late commissioner’s grandson, said he is hoping to make the local bull riding an “every-year” event.

“I think my grandfather would be really happy about it being held in the building that they named after him,” Brantley said. “He might even be a little bit proud.”

Added features will include a match competition for bullfighters protection and a $100-added “Ring of Fear.” There also are expected to be some mechanical bulls and other concessions, organizers said.

The prize money includes $2,000 added. Entry fees were $75 and the deadline for entering was 10 p.m. Feb. 15. For more information, call 918-798-4659.

A BRI junior performance begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, with an admission charge of $5.