PBR rider cooling heels in Aberdeen before ride

By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Professional Bull Riding is bucking into the BancorpSouth Arena on Saturday and for Colby Yates, it’s an opportunity to rest up with family before competing.
Yates’ wife Katie Bell is an Aberdeen native and he pulled into Northeast Mississippi on Monday to spend time with his son, wife and her family.
“We have a 1-year-old boy so he gets to hang out and see them and it’s been great,” Yates said.
He said the Touring Pro Division tour started off tough but he has placed in a few events and took a win in Lake Charles, La., recently.
The goal this week, Yates said, is to take home a win.
“In order to do that you have to stay on two bulls, which can be difficult with bulls like this,” he said. “Used to, I wanted the baddest thing they had but now-a-days – the way they raise them – give me something easy. I just want to stay on.”
The most famous bull scheduled to be in Tupelo this weekend will be Chicken on a Chain, who is retiring next year.
“I would love to be matched up with him,” Yates said. “I’ve been on him a couple of times and it didn’t quite work out in my favor. I don’t know who will all be there but there are some bulls to watch. These bulls have their own personalities.”
The Fort Worth, Texas, native has been riding for 12 years.
Tickets for the event are on sale at the BancorpSouth Arena for $50, $30 and $20. Riding starts Saturday at 8 p.m.
jb.clark@journalinc.com