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Meet World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman

Meet World Champion Bull Rider Tuff Hedeman photo 1/16/2015 1:25:23 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Tuff Hedeman, one of the biggest superstars in bull riding, will meet the public and sign autographs Friday evening, January 23 from 7:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. at the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame.  This free meet and greet is the only public appearance for Hedeman during his stay in Hobbs.  Hedeman is in town for the Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding happening the following night at the Lea County Event Center.

In addition to the appearance by Hedeman, there will be a special guest appearance by Bill the Bull, star of the children’s book “Bill is no Bully” written by Hedeman’s sister in law, Cindy Hedeman.  The book will be available for purchase and the author and illustrator, Cindy Hedeman, will be on hand to autograph copies and meet with fans.  The star of the book, Bill the Bull, will be at the museum for photographs.  Bill the Bull is a 2,400 pound Brahma Bull that Cindy Hedeman uses to promote the ideas associated with the anti-bullying message.  The bull and Ms. Hedeman travel to schools and churches to promote anti-bullying.

Richard “Tuff” Hedeman is known as the Michael Jordan of bull riding, winning four world championship bull riding titles in his career.  As a teen, he won the New Mexico High School Rodeo Association Championship in 1980, and later won the National Collegiate Finals Championship while attending Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX.   Turning pro, Hedeman eventually qualified for 11 National Finals Rodeos (NFR).  He was later inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

Hedeman is known as one of only seven riders to have ever ridden Bodacious, the “world’s most dangerous bull”.  However, his more familiar encounter happened in 1995, when Bodacious jerked him down, shattering every major bone in his face.  After several hours of reconstructive surgery, he was back riding bulls two months later.  Later that same year, Hedeman ended up drawing Bodacious again at the NFR.  He decided to turn him out – getting off the bull when he left the chute.  Hedeman then tipped his hat to Bodacious and received a standing ovation for his decision.  He did this at the request of his son.

Hedeman continued his love of bull riding by co-founding the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) for stand-alone bull riding events.  In 2005, he founded the Championship Bull Riders (CBR), becoming its President and Ambassador and continuing that role today.

For more information contact Dr. Darrell Beauchamp, dbeauchamp@nmjc.edu or 575-492-2678.

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