Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 | 10:12 p.m.
Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Aaron Ferguson is only the second north-of-the-border bullfighter to be voted to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
Ferguson, who is sponsored at Monte Carlo, moved to the United States in 2009 to fulfill a lifelong dream of working Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeos, and he splits his time in Alberta, Oklahoma and Utah.
Ferguson answered my five-question Q+A via email before the 10-day 2013 WNFR.
How does it feel to be at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas?
It just seems so surreal. I grew up dreaming about fighting bulls in front of those yellow bucking chutes, so to actually have the opportunity to live out that dream is just amazing.
What is your main goal this year at the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo?
My main goal at the WNFR this year is to just keep doing what I do all year long. It’s important that my bullfighting partners and I are consistent and aggressive. They (bull riders) are riding for a lot of money, so we need to make sure that they are well taken care of when they’re in the arena.
What is your proudest accomplishment in 2013?
Being voted by the bull riders to fight the WNFR was my biggest accomplishment in 2013. To have the Top 20 bull riders in the world vote for me to protect them in Las Vegas is the greatest honor I have ever received.
What do you like to do while you’re in Las Vegas besides work?
Rodeo and the travel that comes with it give me the opportunity to eat all types of great food in some cool places. Las Vegas is perfect because you don’t have to go far and you can get any kind of food you want and it’s top-notch.
I am pretty stoked to check out a few new restaurants around town, but honestly I’ve been craving a burger from the Pub at Monte Carlo for about a year, so that is my first order of business!
New Year's resolution and/or a goal for 2014?
My goal for 2014 is to be consistent and make it back to the WNFR. Getting to the Finals once is a great accomplishment, but it would be really nice to be on top of the pile when the votes come back next year for the 2014 WNFR.
The 10-day 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which started last Thursday, continues through Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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