Gildon Bucking Bulls

When Mike Gildon got into the bucking bull business seven years ago, he started from scratch with hopes of making it big as a stock contractor. Now that he can add Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge finalist to his list of accomplishments, it appears he’s well on the way to his goal.


“I started out at the bottom just like everybody else did. I was fortunate to make some friends in the business who didn’t mind helping me out,” Mike says.


When the opportunity to buy a CBR bull team franchise came around, Mike saw an opportunity to compete with his bulls that he just couldn’t pass up. “It’s designed for the bull people. It gives the stock contractor a chance to show his bulls at the top end of the game every time he goes because the CBRs are just really good, first-class events,” Mike says.


Gildon Bucking Bulls qualified for the finals in Cheyenne after placing in the top 15 teams during the regular season. He had four bulls that consistently performed well, making selection for his finals lineup a challenge. “The bulls that will be chosen from to go to Cheyenne will be Playmate, Junior Bonner, Pimp My Ride and Medicine Show. I’ll pick three of those four,” Mike says.


Playmate is a likely candidate for the finals lineup, given his performance at the 2010 Wrangler NFR. “They won the ninth round on Playmate,” Mike says getting to see Playmate and another one of his bulls, Prime Suspect, buck in rodeo’s world series was an unforgettable experience. “It was a lot of fun to be out there and have bulls bucking but then to be able to say they won a round on one of my bulls was just really great,” Mike says.


Now that he’s crossed the NFR off his stock contractor bucket list, Mike’s looking forward to watching his bulls perform at the Daddy of ‘em All – Cheyenne Frontier Days. Mike says, “It’s pretty exciting because I’ve wanted to go to Cheyenne ever since I was a kid. It means a lot to get to go and it’s great to be affiliated with the CBR out there.”