Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Baker City's Bull Riding Event Celebrates 20th Year

By Coby Hutzler


With this weekend's Miners Jubilee comes another edition of the feted Broncs and Bulls competition.

Made up of separate bull and bronco riding events, the competition's two $25,000 cash purses have become some of the biggest in the region.

As a result, competitors travel from Australia, Canada and from across the United States for their shot at victory.

And it all started with an idea.

'Straight up'

Ken McPheron of Baker City is president of the Broncs and Bulls event, and he has overseen it each year since it started as a bull riding competition in 1995, working closely with his wife, Shirley.

Ken, 75, has been involved in rodeo his whole life, attending his first while he was still in diapers and riding his first bull when he was 14.

"I've had every bone in my body broke," he said.

See more in Wednesday's Baker City Herald.