Top bullfighters to compete at inaugural Barrett-Jackson Invitational

Veteran bullfighter Ross Hill is one of several top bullfighters who compete in the Bullfighters Only Barrett-Jackson Invitational Jan. 17-19 . (Photo by Todd Brewer)

Top freestyle bullfighters will compete at a freestyle bullfighting event at the Barrett-Jackson Auctions, Jan. 17-19.

The first Barrett-Jackson Invitational Bullfighters Only is teaming up with Barrett-Jackson Auctions to produce the first-time competition that begins at 7:30 p.m. each day at the WestWorld Equidome in Scottsdale, according to a press release.

“We are very excited to be a part of the legendary Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction,” said Aaron Ferguson, BFO’s founder, in a prepared statement. “Presenting our sport to new audiences, is what we are all about. The combination of Barrett-Jackson and BFO should prove to be the perfect fit.”

The Bullfighters Only Barrett-Jackson Invitational will feature the top athletes from BFO, showcasing their talents in the “ultimate display of man-vs.-beast,” according to the release, describing the courageous showdown facing Spanish fighting bulls.

Bullfighters Only is the premier freestyle bullfighting organization in the world, the release said, noting the top athletes at the Barrett Jackson Invitational featuring freestyle bullfighters including Weston Rutkowski, Beau Schueth, Toby Inman and Ross Hill.

“Barrett-Jackson has become more than just an auction, it is a lifestyle event,” said Craig Jackson, CEO and chairman of Barrett-Jackson, in a prepared statement. “Our team strives to bring something new to the table every year and make the Barrett-Jackson experience even more incredible. We are happy to host Bullfighters Only as they compete in this truly unique and exciting western sport.”

Combatants have up to 60 seconds to gain as many points possible, with 100 points as the perfect score. Bullfighters are judged on style and control while maneuvering and jumping over the fighting bull, the release noted.

The bull, bred to fight, can also receive points for its speed, aggressiveness and willingness to stay engaged in the bout. Unlike traditional Latin bullfighting, the bulls in BFO’s competition are at no disadvantage.

Superstars like “Spitfire” and “Sid Vicious” weigh around 1,500 pounds and possess an aggressive and forceful nature that’s been bred into them for more than 1,300 years, the release detailed.

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