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Idaho Rodeos Let 'Er Ride

And Exergy T-shirt contest deadline looms.

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While most of us will never jump on the back of a really big, really pissed-off bull in an attempt to ride it--at least without a whole lot of liquid courage, an instant sense of regret and a lasting sense of pain--that doesn't mean we don't like watching someone else do it. In fact, it's hard not to watch someone on top of a spinning, bucking, jumping pile of raw power and testosterone.

Lucky for rodeo fans, the Boise Invitational will bring 35 of the top bull riders in the world to town the weekend of Saturday, May 12-Sunday, May 13. The event at the Idaho Center is part of the Built Ford Tough series, and it marks the first time the nationally televised series has featured an Idaho event in the last two years.

Chutes will be flung open starting at 7 p.m. on May 12 and at 2 p.m. on May 13 as the riders compete for a purse of more than $125,000. The event will also include one of the Professional Bull Riders 15/15 series, in which the top 15-ranked riders in the world will ride the top 15-ranked bulls.

Tickets start at $10 and can be bought at the Idaho Center, ICtickets locations, online at ictickets.com or by calling 208-442-3232.

Of course, this is just the start of the local rodeo season that includes the largest local rodeos. The Snake River Stampede is set for Tuesday, July 17-Saturday, July 21, and the Caldwell Night Rodeo for Tuesday, Aug. 14-Saturday, Aug. 18.

When it comes to sports that use a saddle, not all of them include livestock. In fact, one of the biggest events of the month is close at hand, when the pro riders of the Exergy Tour will be in their bike saddles competing for points toward the Summer Olympics in London--and a share of the $100,000 purse. In fact, 17 professional women's cycling teams from around the world are now on board as part of the inaugural multi-stage race Thursday, May 24, through Monday, May 28.

While there will be plenty of opportunities for the public to watch the action, there are only a couple of days left to get in your official design for the Exergy Tour T-shirt design contest.

One winning design will grace the official race T-shirt and be sold throughout the event with 10 percent of the profits going to the tour's charitable partner, the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport.

Details for the design requirements are at boiseweekly.com but be quick about it: All entries must be turned in to Boise Weekly headquarters no later than Friday, May 4.

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