KANSAS CITY, Mo — The T-Mobile Center in Kansas City will, for the 19th consecutive season and 21st time in history, host the pro bull riding Unleash the Beast Caterpillar Classic on March 18 and 19. Professional bull rider Eli Vastbinder talks about what the event is.
For anyone who has never had the pleasure of experiencing professional bull riding, Vastbinder breaks down what attendees can look forward to seeing.
Bull fighters are absolutely necessary to ensure the safety at PBR events. Those who enjoy watching bull riders narrowly escape bull beatdowns are in for a treat at the Caterpillar Classic. Vastbinder says bull fighters will be there and ready to jump in when needed.
Eli Vastbinder has 30 years of this type of work under his belt. He says he started out with sheep and calves and worked his way up to the professional level. He’s ranked number seven in the world, ” is the only non-World Champion to produce four 90-point rides during one World Finals and is the only rookie to ever do so. Ask him about how it feels and he has this to say.
Professional bull riding is a dangerous profession that many would find impossible to endure. Vastbinder grew accustomed to the industry because he was exposed to it as a child.
Vastbinder is a husband and father of twin girls, but his wife stands behind his career choice. Traveling to venues and the dangers of the job are all part of the territory, he says.