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Bull Fighter Training at Sankey Rodeo School

Photograph By Darren Carroll

Last month's school, held in New Caney, Texas, had eight bull fighting students that worked with Rutkowski (center). Instructors at Sankey's school combine lessons with in-rink experience, demonstrations, and online videos. Rutkowski started out as a rider, but switched after years of training. "I never really clicked doing that, but one day I jumped into the practice pen and realized I was a lot better on my feet than on the bull."