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Bull riding to benefit Lukasey Morris, who was injured at National High School Finals Rodeo

Lukasey Morris [HIRSCHMAN PHOTOS]
Lukasey Morris [HIRSCHMAN PHOTOS]

When former professional bull rider Nathan Tull decided to hold a benefit bull riding in Edmond for the Union City teen seriously injured in the National High School Finals Rodeo, his phone immediately began ringing.

"The cowboy community is a pretty tight-knit group," Tull said. "My phone has been ringing off the wall from people who want to help."

Lukasey Morris, 17, suffered a head injury last month when he hit the ground after being bucked off in the bull riding short round at the National High School Finals Rodeo at the Lazy E Arena.

On Sunday in the Carl Benne Arena on 300 N Kelly, home of the Edmond Round Up Club, a benefit bull riding will be held with proceeds going to help pay Lukasey's medical bills.

"Everyone is donating their time and everybody pays," Tull said. "I am going to pay when I go through the gate. We are all just going to pitch in and put $10 in the pot from the word go."

Tickets for the event are $10 at the gate for adults and $5 for ages 4 through 13.

The bull riding will begin at 9 a.m. with junior bulls for riders ages 6 to 18 in four divisions. The top two from each division will advance to the Open bull riding for all ages, which will begin at 1 p.m.

Dozens of donated items also will be auctioned Sunday afternoon to raise money, including hunting and fishing trips, outdoor gear, leatherworks, rodeo gear, home decor and more.

More than 50 bull riders will be competing on Sunday. There were so many local bull riders who wanted to be a part of the benefit that Tull had to turn some away.

Tull, 41, was the International Professional Rodeo Association's bull riding champion in 2007 and Bullnanza winner in 2008. Tull admired Lukasey's dad, pro bull rider Jimmy Morris, growing up and the two bull riders later became friends.

Tull, an Edmond North High School graduate, retired from professional bull riding six years ago. He puts on the "Mustache Bash" bull riding event annually and now lives in Chandler, where he keeps a practice pen of tamer bulls for young cowboys to learn how to ride.

When he was younger, Lukasey was part of a group of aspiring professional bull riders who would regularly travel to Tull's house for the free practice sessions.

"I got to spend quite a bit of time with Lukasey," Tull said. "He is a little, young superstar."

Tull is now the IPRA's bull riding director and last year Lukasey qualified for the organization's championship event, the International Finals Rodeo.

"It was really neat for me to watch him as a rookie go to a professional association," Tull said. "I kind of got to be a part of his professional debut."

Lukasey turns 18 on Sunday and was planning to buy his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association permit and begin chasing his dream of making the National Finals Rodeo.

That dream is on hold for now as he recovers from his head injury.

"There is a million other people who got a special place in their heart for Lukasey," Tull said. "He is a real quiet, well-spoken kid that is a phenomenal bull rider. You just can't help but like him."

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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