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Rivinius to retire from bull fighting

Josh Rivinius of Elgin, has had a 22-year-long rodeo career. After this year’s rodeo circuit is over, he will hang up his hat and retire. “It is just time to close that part of my life and start the new chapter and focus on my family and ranching,” he said.

He and his wife Gwen were married in 2015. A couple years later they added their son Otto to the family, and the family of three will grow again, as they are expecting a baby in July.

“Working the rodeos basically consumed a large part of my life, especially between the months of February and October,” he said. Prior to getting married and starting a family, being a part of the rodeo and traveling was more than a job, it was his passion.

He got his start like many cowboys do by going to rodeos and also participating in youth or little britches rodeos. He competed in bareback, steer wrestling and roping events while in high school and eventually found that bull fighting was his specialty.

In 1997, he attended Sankey Rodeo School, where he developed his skills as a bull fighter, a job that is very important in the rodeo world as it provides protection for the cowboys. "Every time cowboys and bull fighters leave the arena unharmed is a victory,” he commented.


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