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me,” Evan said. “All it did was put more drive in me and make me more hungry to suc- ceed. It worked out; I just stuck with it and kept fighting and three years later I was a world champion.”


For Evan, winning the world championship was about more than the title he walked away with; it was about conquering a fear. “The night I won the world, I drew one of the only bulls that I am really scared of,” Evan said. “To know that I drew a bull that absolutely scares me to death and to go out there and put that fear aside and win the competition—that meant a lot to me.” When Evan turned 20, he began to raise his own herd of Spanish fighting bulls. “Bullfighting is very dear to his heart, and he started raising fighting bulls for himself too so that one day when he slows down, there’s a bigger dream out there for him,” Chad Dowdy, Evan’s friend and business partner, said.


At any given time, Evan could have between 20 and 40 bulls on his ranch and he travels across the United States taking them to different bullfighting events. “He loves this life and enjoys each challenge the bulls bring to him,” Michelle said. Evan also hosts his own events with the help of Dowdy. Among those is an annual bullfight school that takes place during Thanksgiving weekend. “We bring in students from all over the country,” Evan said. “We teach them the ins


and outs, the what’s and what not’s of how to fight bulls, how to market yourself as a bullfighter and how to do it all on a professional level.”


Evan got his start at a bullfight school, and Dowdy believes that teaching younger generations the art of fighting bulls is a worthwhile effort.


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“They all went really well, and a lot of good kids have come out of it,” Dowdy said. “I believe our programs are definitely working because we have some guys who’ve come out of our school at the top of their game and are now going to big competitions.” An upcoming event that Evan will be hosting is the Hookin A Ranch Invitational Freestyle Bullfight in Vinita.


“I get to bring the sport to my hometown,” Evan said. “It means a lot to be able to put on a benefit bullfight for the children and let my hometown crowd get to see what I do every weekend.”


This year Evan is bringing nine of the top bullfighters in the country, including three past world champions.


A family friend of Evan has a son in the Western Wishes Foundation, so a portion of the proceeds from the bullfight will go to support the foundation. The Western Wishes Foundation’s mission is to celebrate the courage, spirit, and de- termination of children and young adults who are faced with adversity. They do so by granting wishes and highlighting accomplishments in the hopes of inspiring others in similar conditions to find hope and strength and make the best of their situation. The bullfight will take place at the American Legion Rodeo Grounds in Vinita on June 8 and is open to the public.


Dowdy has been fighting bulls for about 17 years, and he believes that the benefits of participating in the sport far outweight the drawbacks.


“I don’t believe there is a downside,” Dowdy said. “You definitely get beat up and tired and worn out sometimes but there’s no better honor than to fight bulls.” When it comes to his partner, Dowdy has only high praise for the younger bullfighter.


“He really believes in the sport and keeping it going for the younger generations,” Dowdy said. “It’s pretty cool to see someone come up and really have the passion he does for fighting bulls.”


For more information on the Hookin A Ranch Invitational Freestyle Bullfight or to purchase tickets for the event, call 918-244-5342.


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