Bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports on earth. In a blink of an eye, a bull can charge at a defenseless rider in a split second after the ride is over. However, the bull riders are never alone in the arena; they have two fearless life savers, known as bullfighters, waiting in the wings who are ready to dive into immediate danger to protect the bull riders.  Sometimes this means the bullfighters even have to get in the way of a bull’s dangerous horns or hooves by any means necessary. With the best bucking bulls and bull riders in the world at Vernal’s Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo, we need the best bullfighters in the world: Dusty Tuckness and Nathan Harp.


Dusty Tuckness

Referred to as the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time), Dusty Tuckness is the most decorated bullfigther in the history of ProRodeo, having received the PRCA Bullfighter of the Year Award 10 times in his career and protecting cowboys at the National Finals Rodeo 15 consecutive years.

Dusty Tuckness grew up in the small town of Meeteetse, Wyoming and as a young boy knew that bullfighting would be his future. His dad was also a bullfighter, so the rodeo life was nothing new to him. He is a man of great faith and is one of the best bullfighters in the industry with a great future still ahead of him.

When asked who Dusty looked up to as a young boy he responded “A lot of people inspired me growing up. My dad fought bulls, and he’s still a barrel man. I grew up around it. I looked up to guys like Rob Smets, Miles Hare and Rex Dunn. Those guys were the foundation of what bullfighting is today.”

Everyone’s number one question is always, what made you decide to become a bullfighter? His response, “At a young age, I enjoyed watching bullfighting. It was something I knew I wanted to do, but I didn’t realize at the time it would turn into a career. God gave me a strong heart to not quit on anything, so I have stuck with it. He has put the right people in my life, and I am very thankful and blessed to be where I am today.”







Nathan Harp

Nathan wasn’t brought up in a rodeo family, but since he can remember, he has always had a love for rodeo. Nathan grew up and still calls Tuttle, Oklahoma, home. At the age of 16, he started to pursue his love for rodeo through bullfighting.

After high school, Nathan attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a degree in Agri-Business. While at college, he put all of his effort into his career and before long found success in freestyle bullfighting. He has won some of the most prestigious freestyle bullfighting titles, including the Rex Dunn World Championship Freestyle Bullfights and the California Rodeo Salinas Freestyle Bullfighting title two times. 

Since joining the PRCA in 2012, he has been voted as one of the top bullfighters in the world, and selected to work the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.








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