‘Underground’ bull riding in Fresno

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Every Thursday, dozens of people gather for a local, ”underground” rodeo in Fresno.

Riders have been learning the tricks of the trade at ”Jerry Brown’s Bucking Bulls” for decades. It’s an arena in North Fresno that comes alive every Thursday night. It’s a good show and a big family. Doug Ferrare learned how to ride at the arena and went on to have a 20-year career. Now he’s teaching his son Greyson.

“He’s doing pretty good!” Ferrare said. “It makes my heart stop because I have that feeling like I did when I rode. So I’m more nervous than he is!”

Ferrare stands by as 13-year-old Greyson takes the short ride. 

“It was pretty good, didn’t last as long as I wanted to,” Greyson Ferrare said. “I think I can do better.”

It’s only his second time and he’s showing a lot of promise.

“I get it from my dad,” he said. 

Then there’s Ken Jennings, better known as Tex. Tex was a rodeo cowboy. He spent years announcing and teaching young riders at Jerry Brown’s; he says it’s all mental.

“You gotta know you can before you get on,” he said. “If you don’t, you’re not going to ride him.”

He says at least 5,000 riders have come through the arena and many have gone pro. The eight second ride has built a lifetime of memories for this rodeo community. 

“This is home, this is family,” Doug Ferrare said.

“It’s a great, great place to come out and enjoy life,” Tex said.

The rodeo is every Thursday night, weather permitting, and open to the public. Click here for more.

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