In his own words – Monty Phillips

MARWAYNE, Alberta — HAPPY WINTER! MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! In this addition of my Back on Track (BOT) Series were going to do a New Years theme. This is not something I usually do but I enjoy doing new things and changing paths that soon become straight lines.

2017 was an awesome year! I came back from a MCL tear and didn’t have to sit out any of my regular events. I gained a few more bull ridings, I went to more brandings than I ever have. I got to pull gates at the PBR Global Cup (More TV time than anyone btw). Flanked two different contractors bulls at the PBR Velocity Tour Finals in Las Vegas; fought the Bull Riders Canada Finals for the third year in a row. And got to fight the Calgary Stampede for the second year.

With 2017 over, it’s time to set more goals, to reach higher, my mindset is simply this:

“As long as your walking this earth no matter what your doing you can never stop learning!”

2018 starts early. Many calls need to be made in search of new events and rodeos. Building stronger relationships with my sponsors and looking for new ones to take along my journey. As I get older and more years into this bullfighting game I have to start exercising more. Being naturally athletic just isn’t cutting it anymore.

This year I will be doing more running on my down time from bull ridings, rodeos, and bull training. I have avoided Freestyle Bullfighting all year so I could rebuild all the strength in my knee. I have done protection at freestyle events but avoided competition. It’s difficult to stay out of it. It’s addicting to me but I think it was something I had to do to keep my knee sound. I freestyle bullfight for the pure fun of it. I don’t want to be a world champion I just simply enjoy the small competitions and fighting Mexican Fighting Bulls.

My top goal for this year is to be at the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR). To accomplish this goal I must gain more rodeos and be recognized by the bull riders of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) as one of the top three bullfighters on Canadian soil. This is something I’ve thought about since I was 15. Watching multiple videos of the best in the world. Having conversations with those guys this year and spending time with them has already lit a fire no one can put out.

I will run into 2018 with my head held high and more driven than years past. I refuse to be mediocre and fall behind the pack. I’ve sacrificed a lot to get to this point and will continue to do what is necessary to reach the top standard of my profession.

CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR BOT FRIENDS!!!!

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