PUEBLO, Colo. – Dakota Buttar is one of the more, mild tempered bull riders inside the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast locker room.
Buttar keeps his answers short and concise and doesn’t ever come across as too high or too low with his emotions.
That was until his helmet, riding glove and mouth guard were stolen during the WinStar World Casino & Resort Iron Cowboy, powered by Kawasaki, at AT&T Stadium.
The usually quiet 25-year-old became enraged behind the scenes as he prepared to get on Spotted Demon during Round 2 of the $100,000 PBR Major.
Buttar couldn’t fathom the fact that someone would take his gear.
“It pissed me off,” Buttar said. “I have had that helmet and mask for 12 years. I rode with it for a long time and within a minutes of me having to get on a bull I had to find new stuff to use.”
Buttar eventually gave up on his gear and hopped aboard Spotted Demon to no avail, bucking off in 5.14 seconds.
A week later, and Buttar didn’t want to lay any blame on his buckoff because of the missing equipment.
It starts and ends with him.
“I thought it kind of (would have) helped,” Buttar said in Little Rock, Arkansas. “I was so mad and frustrated. I don’t think it affected me. I was fired up about it.”
So what actually happened to his gear?
Was it ever found?
“It is gone,” Buttar said. “They have the guy on videotape taking it. They think he knew the building because he pulled his hat down on his face and walked right out of the building.”
Buttar doesn’t expect the gear to ever come back like the late Ty Pozzobon’s did two years ago at the Calgary Stampede. Pozzobon had his gear bag stolen during the annual Canadian rodeo when he was out to dinner with his parents and someone broke the side passenger window of their truck. A week later, a good Samaritan found the gear.
“I talked to a police officer there, but there is no point. They aren’t going to find him in Dallas,” Buttar added.
Coincidentally, someone tried breaking into Buttar’s truck that same year in Calgary.
Buttar originally posted on Facebook about his gear hoping that maybe a parent of one of the mini bull riders’ parents accidently grabbed his gear from the bucking chutes following intermission, but that wound up not being the case.
The Kindersley, Saskatchewan, native was still surprised how fast the news spread.
“It was shared by over 100 people in like 10 minutes,” Buttar said. “I had a bunch of people asking me and talking about it. I was surprised it spread so fast.”
Buttar says the incident is now a moment of the past.
The No. 25 bull rider in the world standings heads into the Duluth Invitational following a 0-for-2 showing in Arkansas.
The third-year pro has drawn Mr. Jim for Round 1 on Saturday night at Infinite Energy Arena. Fans can watch all of the first round exclusively on Ridepass beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Buttar purchased a new helmet before the Bad Boy Mowdown last week and fellow bull rider Brant Atwood mailed him a new facemask directly to Arkansas after getting word of Buttar’s situation.
The facemask was the biggest area of concern for Buttar seeing as that style of mask (bull tough) is no longer being made.
Buttar also already had a spare riding glove in his gear bag in the locker room and went to the dentist last week to get a new mouth guard molded.
So what would he tell the culprit that stole his gear?
“He sucks,” Buttar said with a laugh.
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