STILWELL ­– Cherokee Nation citizen Diamond Thomison, along with her husband Casey Thomison, raise and produce bucking bulls at their home on the Rising Stars Ranch. 

“I grew up in the rodeo industry, and my parents and my grandparents all worked rodeos and I traveled all the time.” Diamond said. “Casey and I met in 2008, and he had already started raising some bulls. Once we got together, it was just something that was just kind of a passion for both of us.” 

RSR has raised quality bucking bulls, and every year has produced bulls that have qualified for the American Bucking Bull Incorporated Finals and the Professional Bull Riders Finals. In 2010, they had two bulls that qualified for the Indian National Finals Rodeo and have hauled bulls to multiple states for rodeo events. 

“The goal at the end of the day is always to raise the best animal that we can that can compete at the highest level of competition,” she said. 

RSR bulls are treated like family, and the Thomisons work hard daily to make sure that they receive the best care possible, from the food that they eat, to the time spent training them and gaining the animals trust. Bucking bulls are commonly thought of as being mean or ill-mannered animals solely based on how they compete in the rodeo arena. 

“I think that people get the total wrong perception on what they’ve actually been built for,” she said. “On TV and different things, you see them getting hot but they’re in their element, just the same as any type of athlete when they get in their element. I mean, you get your game face on and you know you have a job to do. I think it’s really important just to remember that these animals are born for this and this is what they love to do, but they’re not these big mean beasts that people put them out to be.”