TOMBSTONE — In October 2020, Robby and Kati Jundt organized an inaugural bull riding competition at the Shoot Out Arena in Tombstone.
It’s one year later, and the young couple who own the Shoot Out are busy improving the facility while planning their next bull riding show slated for Oct. 14-16.
“We’re dedicating this year’s event to the memory of Robby’s grandfather, Dick Gravance,” Kati Jundt said. “He was the inspiration behind the Shoot Out Arena and all the bull riding events that we’ve been putting on. We’re calling our October competition the ‘First Annual Dick Gravance Memorial Bull Riding Event’ and are urging everyone to come out and help us pay tribute to this amazing man.”
To improve spectator seating, the Jundts have contracted with 5C Construction from Sierra Vista for concrete work, as well as Danco Construction for bleachers and metal erector work.
“We’re getting a lot of work done at the arena," she said. "Our bleachers are going to be more upright much like coliseum seating — giving spectators a better view of the show. Both 5C and Danco have been great to work with and are working hard to get the work done before the Oct. 14 event."
The event will have live music with a band performing for a pre-bull riding party at 3 p.m.
“We’re going to have a beer trailer, food vendors and a mechanical bull for the crowd,” she said.
Robby and Kati Jundt grew up in the world of rodeo.
Robby was raised in Laton, California, in a family of bull riders, while Kati was raised in Wyoming where she competed in barrel racing, pole bending, goat-tying and breakaway calf-roping.
Robby’s grandfather was a stock contractor who traveled around the country following rodeo circuits.
“I would go with him,” Robby said. “Rodeo was a family-run operation at our house. My brother, Hootie, and cousin, Brian, grew up protecting cowboys thrown by bulls — bull fighters — in bull riding events. My Aunt Rochelle was a chute boss, and my mother, Kathleen, organized the grand entries.”
Robby remembers spending countless hours around his grandparents’ kitchen table organizing events, naming new stock and contacting rodeo committee members.
As a sophomore in high school, Robby started riding bulls and continued to compete until he was about 30 years old.
Today, the Jundts are busy raising a family and running their own Tombstone-based bull riding operation.
Robby aspires to be like his grandfather, whose impressive career created a lasting impression.
“Our bull riding events are going very well,” said Kati. “We started last year at this time and typically hold the events the third Saturday of every month, unless there are conflicts with our announcer, James Horcasitas. Most of our events draw large crowds.”
With the new coliseum-style seating and other upgrades to the arena, the Jundts continue to expand the popular bull riding venue.
“We’re very pleased with how we’ve been received by the community,” Kati said. “We’ve been blessed.”