Local saloon’s plan for bull riding on hold

The Slide & Ride Saloon opened for business in Martin in October. They want to make bull riding their main attraction. Local 6’s Blake Stevens explains why the bulls aren’t in the ring yet.

Club co-owner Doug Keeton wants to host live bull riding two nights a week in an arena that’s already been built. 

A city ordinance that says a business cannot keep an animal within 1,000 feet of a residential neighborhood has put a major hold on the club owner’s plan. 

The city voted against the bull riding in September. Keeton appealed and Circuit Court Judge Jeff Parham was given 30 days to make a decision on whether to allow the bull riding. 

Nathan Morgan, who lives right beside the night club says this isn’t what he bargained for. 

“I didn’t move into this neighborhood to have bull riding next door,” Morgan told Local 6. He says he’s debated what to do if it gets “too bad.” 

The live bull riding has lots of support from local businesses, including the NT Pawn & Gun.

“When you hinder another business from coming in that could bring in potential customers, it’s hindering other businesses as well,” said owner Noah Taylor. 

Keeton says people are not giving him a chance to explain what’s really happening at the saloon. He says this rodeo themed night club could be more of an entertainment destination. 

“People would be coming from all over to Martin,” Keeton told Local 6. He says he came to Martin because it’s rodeo-friendly. 

He went on to show that the bull pens in the back of the building are above standard and there is “no way a bull would get out.” He says he’d allow his son to stand on the outside without worrying for his safety. 

The circuit court judge has two weeks to make a decision on whether to allow bull riding at the night club.

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