Keep Calm and Husker On

 Keep Calm and Husker On

Nebraska native joins CBR Bullfighter crew


It is said that in life your friends will believe in your potential, and your enemies will make you live up to it – no truer statement exists in describing the life of a bullfighter. The enemy – a thousand pound plus bucking bull. Not one of them, but 40 or more of them unleashing on you at each performance of the Real Cowboy Sport.  

The newest gladiator on the CBR cowboy protection team is from O’Neil, Nebraska and works cattle when he’s not protecting CBR athletes or winning Bullfighter Only competitions.

Six time BFO Champion Beau Schueth has made a name for himself in two different arenas and the CBR recently announced he has been selected by Tuff Hedeman and company to permanently wear the CBR Famous Energy bullfighter jersey on the 2018 Road to Cheyenne televised tour.

“He’s a real cowboy and he’s not going to be rattled by livestock, he really reminds me of Matt Baldwin, he’s smooth, reads cattle well, and so far - always in the right place at the right time to protect our guys, said CBR production manager Chris Rankin.

Rankin, the seven year veteran of the CBR’s Road to Cheyenne production has had to replace three bullfighters in twelve months as Brandon Loden retired last month following Matt Baldwin in Cheyenne and the 2016 departure of Craig Check.

A natural athlete, Schueth played running back on his high school football team, guard on the basketball court, and ran track – but somehow found his way back to the rodeo arena after high school.

“I started fighting bulls four and half years ago and am the first person in my family to rodeo. I got into it watching it on TV and stuff and rode calves and steers growing up but never transitioned into riding bulls during high school.”

“I always loved the bull riding growing up watching it, but after high school it seemed like a lot of money to me to try and ride them so I decided to start fighting bulls and fell in love with it.”

Schueth spends his off days working cattle of his own and a nearby ranch in Nebraska and believes that is why he is comfortable in the arena with the bucking bull athletes.

“Learning to read cattle is a huge deal in cowboy protection, but it takes athleticism too - when you start out everything is going 90 miles an hour and you have to be able to be really athletic around them as well as read and react.

Schueth was known as an aggressor in freestyle, keeping the bull within firing range while using his infamous “spine grind” move. Described as a move in which he jumps over the animal and lightly touches him on the back with his cleats, the name was taken from skateboarders and snowboarders who grind on a rail.

CBR caught up with the avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan for a few questions after his first four events with CBR.

If not a bullfighter what would you be doing?

Beau:    “Ranch work and working cattle.”

What are you known for in the arena?

Beau:     “Staying calm in every situation. Right when that bullfighter comes off I react and the rest of the world is blocked out – that’s how it goes for me.”

What was your first CBR?

Beau:     “Huron, South Dakota at the Red Wilk Construction Bull Bash.”

What was that first CBR experience like in Huron?

Beau:     “Lots of fun and pretty nervous stepping into the CBR arena and trying to prove myself so I could become a CBR cowboy protection bullfighter. After the first few I settled down and remembered it was a job and I do it all the time.”

“I have been shooting for the CBR tour for a while and I think of it as a big step up in my career,” said Schueth from his home.

What’s the difference in cowboy protection and the freestyle competition?

Beau:     “Freestyle to cowboy protection is learning to slow down. When you hit the gap in freestyle you step around the horn and the bulls at CBR you have to go slower thru the gap to make sure the bull comes with you instead of sliding behind you and going with the bull rider. “

What are your career goals?

“I have been shooting for the CBR tour for a while and I think of it as a big step up in my career,” said Schueth from his home. I like working cowboy protection and the last few years I have focused on the freestyle and it’s a different game.”

 “CBR tour is going to be a totally different, because no two bulls are the same.”

You can follow Beau Schueth on Facebook and bschueth8 on Instagram.

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