If you’re new to the great sport and spectacle of bull riding, here are a few facts to get you up to speed on America’s first extreme sport.
A rodeo sport, bull riding consists of a rider getting on top of a bull and trying to stay there while the bull tries to throw the rider off. The riders must remain on the bull for eight very tough seconds for it to qualify as a scored ride for competition.
*The process starts when the rider gets on the bull and takes hold of a lengthy braided rope that’s connected to the animal. Once the rider is ready, he signals with a nod to open the bucking chute, unleashing bull and rider out into the arena in burst of action. The clock actually starts when the bull exits the chute. Riders are only allowed to have contact with the animal using their riding hand, keeping the other hand free. Kicking and bucking, the bulls do their best to throw the riders off in a fierce battle of beast versus athlete.