BEEVILLE – Bee County bull rider Brandon Loya Jr. will be competing among 30 bull riders on 30 head of bulls Feb. 1 during the Bull Bash at the Expo Center.
The event is being produced by Lloyd Koerth, owner of K-3 Bucking Bulls.
All of the event profits from this bull ride will be donated to the Bee County Junior Livestock Scholarship Fund.
Loya is a member of the Texas High School Rodeo Association for Region VIII.
Through this association he has competed in both bull riding and team roping events.
He is a sophomore student at Skidmore ISD with an impressive record in high school sports.
Last year Brandon was named all-district in football; he has also participated two years as a team roper and is currently riding bulls for his second year.
Last year he rode the bucking bulls all the way to the THSRA State Finals in Abilene.
Brandon also competed in the 2013 Bee County Fair Association and won a buckle for first place as the championship team roper.
Brandon currently holds the number one position as the top bull rider for THSRA Region VIII, and at the conclusion of THSRA’s sixth set of rodeos, he ranks second place in the state among 10 regions and 44 bull riders.
When asked, Brandon says his future plans include winning the Texas High School Rodeo Association, Region VIII, bull riding championship this year, progressing to the state finals and hopefully on to the national finals for the championship.
He also plans to continue his interest in competing as a team roper, and his ultimate goal is to earn a rodeo scholarship to Texas A&M University in Kingsville.
Koerth holds the current rough stock contract for Region VIII, THSRA and is a former bull rider himself achieving the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association Bull Riding Championship twice in his career.
Koerth said, “Brandon is a very mature and focused 15-year-old with extremely promising skills as a bull rider.
“Brandon has already shown ability on bulls that exceeds what I did throughout my career as a bull rider, and I find it an honor to work with this young man.”
In addition to other riders from across the state showing interest in the Bull Bash, three bull riders from Mexico are planning to travel to Beeville, enter the U.S. through sports visas in order to enter the bull ride.
Gates open at 6 p.m., with the riding beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth 12 and younger.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the three Pantry Store locations in Beeville.
Vendor booth space is available by calling 361-533-0797.