Many bullfighters in California are of Portuguese and Mexican origin, though we can find a group of performers, who are native to the American state. All professional bullfighting people in California are famous for some particular details and a peculiar set of characteristics, distinguishing their finest bullfighting skills and tactics; hence, it is interesting to know about each personality in details.
Dennis Borba is one of the most known bullfighters in California and the son of the rancher and bull breeder, Frank Borba. He is a professional bullfighter, who became a full-fledged matador in Mazatlan, Mexico, 1987. Dennis fights regularly in California, but he has a potential to successfully expand his career to the other bullfighting countries. Along with bullfighting, he helps his father with the management of their bullfighting business.
Rob Smets has been fighting on the professional level for twenty seven years. He has been one of the best-of-the-best bullfighters in California, though Smets received severe injuries during the fights, including two broken necks, which deprived him from fighting. Smets is often featured as one of most reliable, skillful and resourceful bullfighters in California so that the forty five top bull riders in the world still continue to vote for him to defend their lives thirty one weekends a year.
Joe Baumgartner is among bullfighters in California, who draws crowds to his performances. He is appreciated for the fastest reaction and the most dynamic action on the bullring. Since 1994, the bullfighter has been selected for the PBR World Finals and, in fact, he participated in the nation's most prestigious bullfighting events.
Dennis Johnson has an appearance of a calm and tender cowboy, but is portrayed as a wild fighter, possessing a huge store of energy, a full heart of passion and a package of skills for the most spectacular and successful bullfighting. Native Australian, Dennis Johnson, has resided in Colorado since 1996. He has quickly gained the recognition and has been nominated to fight at the PBR World Finals since 1999. His bullfighting career and life passion simply started, when he protected his brothers as they rode bulls.
Frank Newsom is a bullfighter with a fourteen-year experience in the California bullfighting community. Newsom started his bullfighting career at the age of seventeen, while studying in high school. His achievements comprise bullfighting at the PBR and PRCA World Finals in 1997 and 1998.
Among the foreign bullfighters, you can enlist such popular Portuguese bullfighters in California, as Ricardo Chivanga, Antonio de Portugal and Manuel Moreno.
Generally, bullfighting in California is a combination of Portuguese and Spanish styles; in addition, it maintains the rules, diminishing the pain of the bull. The events mostly take place in Portuguese-American communities like that of Thornton. The job of bullfighters in California traditional bullfighting is to protect cowboys from the bull's horns and the idea is to totally dominate over the animal rather than injure or kill him; hence, such tactic as picking the bull is not admitted.