Big crowd expected for new Bull Jam

Savanna Chestnut and The Field Hands will perform a concert following Saturday’s Bull Jam in Cheney. The bull-riding event and concert are being staged by the Cheney Saddle Club.

By Travis Mounts

CHENEY – The Cheney Saddle Club is hosting its inaugural Bull Jam on Saturday night.
The Bull Jam will start at 7 p.m., and will take place at the rodeo arena on the south end of the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds on Main Street in Cheney. A concert follows the bull riding. Concessions and a beer garden will be available.
The Cheney Saddle Club is hosting a bull-riding event rather than a traditional rodeo because that is what club members heard from the community.
“Bull riding is where all the thrills and spills are at,” said Galen Sears of the Cheney Saddle Club. “The change came from the spectators and the general public. This is what our customers want to see.”
The event is sanctioned by Bull Roders, Inc. (BRI). All riders are members of BRI, and Sears said that will bring in a more professional group of riders. That equates to a more exciting night.
The night also will include a concert by Savanna Chestnut and The Field Hands. Chestnut is a native Kansan from Americus, which is near Emporia. She is a singer-songwriter whose music reflects her small-town upbringing.
Chestnut was a contestant on season 20 of “The Voice” and was picked for Blake Shelton’s team. Her song “Prairie Fire” broke the top 60 on the Texas Regional Radio Chart in 2020, and she has been nominated as female vocalist of the year at the Rocky Mountain Country Music Awards four times. For more information, visit
Saddle club members began working on the Bull Jam last fall.
“It takes a lot of time to get these events organized,” Sears said. He said the club has not determined yet if it will do the Bull Jam or a regular rodeo next year. If club members feel the demand is there, they could do both.
Lubbers Cars, K&B Dirtworks, Farmers Coop Elevator Company, and All State Insurance-Andrew Parr are the main sponsors. Sears said the Bull Jam couldn’t happen without the support of these companies.
He expects to see people from multiple communities in the crowd.
“We’re anticipating a pretty good turnout. Come out and see what we have to offer,” he said.
Tickets for the bull jame and concert together are $15 for adults, and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets will be available at the gate, and there is plenty of seating.
Mutton busting will be held before the bull riding begins. The cost is $15, with no more than 20 riders. There is a 40-pound limit. The Bull Jam is produced by Mid Plains Rodeo Co.