THUNDER BUTTE – Marshall Herman was born to fight bulls and is living up to the legacy left to him by his great-grandfather, Jake Herman, a South State Hall of Fame inductee.
Marshall was selected by the cowboys who ride at the Indian National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Oct. 23 – 27 to be the bullfighter that protects them from these one ton animals.
The 26 year old bullfighter from Allen has been fighting bulls for more than eight years and is the son of Howard Herman and Melisa Byrne. Marshall currently lives in Thunder Butte on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation with his fiancé Chaylyn Birkeland with their daughter Logen Jewel.
Marshall credits his stepfather, Travis Byrne, also a bullfighter, as the person who most influenced him to take up the sport of bullfighting.
Staring out as a bullfighter wasn’t always easy he said and he’s had more than his share of injuries.
“I did all kinds of rodeos just to get exposure, 4-H Rodeos, Little Britches Rodeos. Pretty soon you build a name for yourself and you get into working with contractors,” he said.
But after traveling the rodeo circuit and working for free at many rodeos, Marshall’s persistence as a bullfighter is paying off.
“All of the cowboys who belong to the INFR vote on who they want to protect them,” he said and that it’s a privilege to be attending for the fourth consecutive year, INFR at the South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas.
“From the time I get there till the time I leave I don’t have to leave that place,” he said as South Point has all the amenities one could ask for including restaurants, swimming pools, theaters, as well as the rodeo arena.
However Marshall needs a little financial assistance to ensure he gets there. Friends and family of Marshall have set up a Go Fund Me page to help him with expenses. www.gofundme.com/indian-national-finals.
Marshall can also be reached on his cell (605) 515-4411 and at home (605) 365-5274.
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