Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Toughest Sport on Dirt

Bull riding is the most recognized and popular of all the rodeo  events. It is also the most dangerous. An often quote about bull ri
ding is "it's not if you get hurt, it's when." Every rider can agree with this statement.

As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with one hand and cannot touch themselves or their bull with the free hand. Doing so results in a no score.

Scoring is the same as in the other two rough-stock events. Two judges give 1-25 points for the cowboy's performance and 1-25 for the animal's performance. 100 is the maximum score, and is considered to be perfect. 

Unlike the horse events, there is no mark out in bull riding. Cowboys can spur for extra points, but just staying on the bull for 8 seconds is the main priority. After the ride ride, bull riders are aided by bullfighters/rodeo clowns who distract the bull, allowing the cowboys to get away safely.  

Bull riding requires balance, flexibility, coordination, and courage. facing down a two-thousand pound bull takes as much mental preparation as it does physical ability. Bull riding ha taken n a life of its own with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

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