The bull riding lawyer. That is how Kyle Duren was labeled, called and remembered when he was clerking for a judge after law school from the University of Idaho and to this day, he will still have certain lawyers ask “Aren’t you that bull riding lawyer?” That title is fine with Kyle, but after years of riding bulls professionally in the PBR and the PRCA, he no longer rides them, he raises them.
Kyle is one of three owners in Bovico Bucking Bulls, a local bull bucking company that we highlighted last month, which has become a hobby equivalent to some people’s passion with golf — but Kyle’s “golf clubs” just eat a lot of hay.
Rodeo bulls are bred to buck, kick, and spin. There is a rodeo legacy of sorts embedded in their DNA and written in their chromosomes.
If you know Shawn Wiese, Kyle Duren, or Jimmy Young, you might think that some men are bred for the rodeo too. Shawn, Kyle, and Jimmy are long-time collaborators and friends who were each professional bull riders before family responsibilities — and, perhaps, age — led them to raising bucking bulls rather than riding them.
In 2009, the trio formed Bovico Bucking Bulls to supply well-bred, rodeo bulls to local, regional, and national bull riding events. In the next few weeks, I will be featuring Shawn, Kyle, and Jimmy here on the D&B Blog as part of our People of Our West series.