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Brownwood couple holds annual bull-riding memorial to honor late son

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 12 2013 07:49:35 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2013 04:43:04 PM CDT
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

The fourth annual DJ Allen Memorial Bull Riding and Mutton Busting event is this Saturday in Brownwood.

It is a chance for the community to celebrate the late DJ Allen and what he loved to do.

"He loved bull riding more than anything there was on this earth," DJ's father Meridath Sayles said. "He got up every day and did what he loved to do, and that was riding bulls. That was all he wanted to do."

On Valentine's Day of 2009, DJ was on his way to a bull-riding event when a car crash cost him his life.

"He'd gone off the road. We don't know what happened, but it was five weeks until they found his body," Sayles said. He said they had to identify DJ's remains through dental records.

Sayles said this is a way to keep DJ's name and memory alive. "People tell us it gets easier with time, but it doesn't. You just learn to live with it."

Sayles shed some tears as he shared his hopes of making DJ proud with the one-night event, which the family spends several months a year organizing. "That's our primary goal--to make it the best bull-riding event we can make it."

The DJ Allen Memorial Bull Riding and Mutton Busting event will be held Saturday August 17, 2013 at the Earl Wilson Arena in Brownwood. You can purchase tickets at the gate, which opens at 6:30 p.m. Bull riding starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for those between the ages of seven and 18, and the event is free for kids six years old and younger. Sayles said profits will be donated to the Brown County Youth Fair.