Colby Yates, who now lives near Pickton and has qualified for the PBR World for a third year in a row, is just one of about 70 champion bullriders coming to Hopkins County this weekend.
Photo Credit:?Andy Watts
Colby Yates brings his country lifestyle to Hopkins County
Pro bull rider also spending a lot of time in Nashville working on a music career
August 13, 2008 - Colby Yates is a renaissance cowboy. Besides being one of the top cowboys in the Professional Bull Riders organization, he's a ranch owner in southeastern Hopkins County and he loves to play guitar and sing. He's like a hyped-up Roy Rogers.
All of that has helped lead to this weekend's festivities at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center when the Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenge presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment and Choctaw Casino busts into Sulphur Springs, with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Yates brings the PBR Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour event to his hometown, and he's bringing some of his well-known friends to be part of the competition. Yates has qualified for the PBR World Finals each of the past two years and has assured his spot in Las Vegas again this year. Add that to his 2002 National Finals Rodeo qualification, and you can see why he's a hot commodity in the world of bull riding.
But there's more to this Fort Worth-born cowboy. He knows the ranch life, and when he was looking for land to begin his own operation, he found it in Hopkins County. He owns about 85 acres and raises cattle specifically designed to be part of the bucking-bull business.
Still, he's got more, and he's spending a lot of time in Nashville trying to make that work. Right now, he's writing music with some of the greatest songwriters in country music. Listening to his voice and his passion for music, it's hard to believe he took up playing the guitar seven years ago. In that time, he's developed a quality touch and a fantastic ear.
As he prepares for his own event this weekend, he's also planning his future, whether it's making music or preparing for his wedding. He and his fianc, Katie, became engaged in May and are planning to marry in December.
So besides knowing the highs and lows of bull riding, he's also experiencing what it's like to love and be loved.
Sounds like a good country song, doesn't it?
Tickets for the Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenger are $16 in advance and may be purchased at Circle E Western Wear or the Civic Center box office, or by calling the Civic Center at 903-885-8071. Tickets at the gate are $21.
Sponsors of the event include Lone Star Dodge of Mineola and Sulphur Springs; Priefert Ranch Equipment; Choctaw Casino; Alliance Bank; Fullers Towing; CNB Bank; Grocery Supply; Daisy Outdoor Products; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Big Smith's Barbecue; Oaks Construction; Sulphur Springs Livestock; Farm Country Inc.; Circle E Western Store; Superior Genetics; TwoBulls Pro Sports Rub; CiboVino Restaurant, Winnsboro; Champion Genetics; Hall Oil Co.; TwoBulls Pro-Formance Supplements; Double C Steakhouse and Saloon, Winnsboro; KSST 1230 AM; Star Country 95.9 and 96.9, KOYN 93.9 and KBUS 101.9; and Best Western Trail Dust Inn.