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Published July 13, 2010, 12:00 AM

Bull riding clinic


Garrett Silliman of Wilton, N.D., takes a spin on a bull at the Chad Berger bull riding clinic near Mandan in late June. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)

  • Garrett Silliman of Wilton, N.D., takes a spin on a bull at the Chad Berger bull riding clinic near Mandan in late June. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • A sign along North Dakota Highway 6, south of Mandan, N.D., indicates Chad Berger's first rodeo bull riding clinics, in late June. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • A group of aspiring bull riders confers between team competitions at the Chad Berger bull riding clinic in late June near Mandan, N.D. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Rodeo bull contractor Chad Berger (left) of Mandan, N.D., and top-10 bull rider Wiley Peterson of Fort Hall, Idaho, teamed up in late June to hold Berger's first bull riding clinic for aspiring young competitors. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • A group of aspiring bull riders confers between team competitions at the Chad Berger bull riding clinic in late June near Mandan, N.D. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Champion bulls, with surly names like "Big Tex" and "Code Blue" enjoy their off time in a facility recently constructed for bovine athletes on a ranch seven miles south of Mandan, N.D., on Highway 6. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Kallie Kautzman, 11, of Bismarck, N.D., so far is competitive with boys her age in bull riding. She's won numerous rodeo competitions in her age bracket in the past couple of years and hopes for a career in barrel racing. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Ty Comeau helps Kallie Kautzman don her facemask/helmet at a bull riding clinic for younger competitors and beginners, in late June at the Chad Berger rodeo bull ranch south of Mandan, N.D. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Kallie Kautzman, 11, of Bismarck, N.D., wears a good-sized championship belt buckle from last year's winnings. She "rode the hair off" the first practice bull she tried, says Lance Comeau, her stepdad. He was instrumental in organizing a bull riding seminar at the Chad Berger bull headquarters south of Mandan in late June. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Champion bulls, with surly names like "Big Tex" and "Code Blue" enjoy their off time in a facility recently constructed for bovine athletes on a ranch seven miles south of Mandan, N.D., on Highway 6. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Christian symbolism is common rodeo gear. Some say the symbols give them comfort in the midst of a dangerous pursuit. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Veteran rodeo cowboys like Jay Dunford, Menoken, and Jim Schacher, Mandan, help young cowboys and cowgirls learn bull riding fundamentals, like "spotting" each other to prevent injuries.(Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Veteran rodeo cowboys like Jay Dunford, Menoken, and Jim Schacher, Mandan, help young cowboys and cowgirls learn bull riding fundamentals, like "spotting" each other to prevent injuries.(Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)
  • Coleton Jore of Watford City, N.D., awaits his turn on a bull at the Chad Berger bull riding clinic, in late June south of Mandan, N.D. (Jonathan Knutson / Agweek)