CADE GIBSON said fighting bulls is the easy part of his chosen career, “it’s all the preparation that goes into it that will make or break you.” Determined to make a career of freestyle bullfighting, Gibson – who is originally from Blackfoot, Idaho, and currently makes his home in Pilot Point, Texas – promptly quit his fulltime job after back-to-back-to-back second-place finishes, hired a personal trainer and focused 100 percent of his time and energy on becoming a world champion with Shorty Gorham’s American Freestyle Bullfighting.
Gibson grew up in the rodeo lifestyle.
His father, Curtis “Hoot” Gibson rode bulls and broncs and even fought bulls for a time. The elder Gibson worked for 16-time world champion Jim Shoulders, who is remembered as the “Babe Ruth of Rodeo.”
Like his father, Gibson grew up riding bulls and broncs and steer wrestled before he ever contemplated a professional career as a bullfighter.