Bullfighter Ethan McDonald grew up around bucking bulls on his father’s ranch near Abilene – and learned the eight seconds cowboys crave aboard their backs is just the beginning of the game.
“It’s a rush I guess you’d say, just knowing you are there to help the cowboys as well entertain the crowd,” McDonald said.
“If you can get a bull that’s pretty close to you and kind of hot after you – and not really get you but maybe bump you a little bit that’s just for the crowd, that’s entertaining.”
Now a 4th year pro bullfighter, McDonald joined in on the KSAL Morning News Thursday with a look at next week’s Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene and said he was looking for excitement while finishing his degree in animal sciences at Fort Hays State University.
“It’s just something that came naturally to me,” he said.
“I have been around the rodeo and bull riding industry and lifestyle my entire life and decided to do something to get a little bit of an adrenaline rush.”
Rodeo fans can feel the rush too next week in Abilene during the 71’st year of the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, August 3-6 beginng at 7:30pm each night.