PCB TERMINOLOGY

PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING HAS MANY PHRASES WITH SPECIFIC MEANINGS

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UNDERSTAND

THE LINGO!

Like most sports, professional bull riding has many phrases with specific meanings. To help understand the action, here’s a helpful list of definitions to some of the terminology you may hear at a PCB competition

Away from his hand

Riders use the term for when the bull spins in the opposite direction of the rider’s grip hand. For instance, a bull moving left while ridden by a right-hander is said to be moving “away from his hand.”

Barrelman

An important part of the PCB, the barrelman’s responsibility is to entertain the crowd during breaks in the competition. You’ll spot him near a barrel placed in the center of the arena, which serves as a point of safety from the bulls for both the barrelman and the riders.

Bucked off

When a bull rider is thrown from the bull in less than eight seconds, he’s “bucked off” and no points are awarded.

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THINGS YOU MIGHT HEAR

Chute

A bull ride begins inside a steel box known as the “chute.” The number of chutes can vary depending on the arena. Rider and bull stay in the chute until the rider is ready and gives the signal to open the chute.

Down in the well

Riders use this to describe when the force of the bull spinning pulls them down to the animal’s side.

First go

Typically the initial round of a PCB competition.

Free hand

This is the hand the rider does not use to hold the bull rope. The rider’s free hand has to remain in the air for the duration of the ride.

Into his hand

This phrase describes when the bull spins in the same direction of the rider’s grip hand.

The judges

PCB judges issue a rider’s score based on performance. Judges also give scores for the bull’s performance too.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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LINGO CONTINUED

Muley – A muley is simply a bull without horns.

Qualified ride – Successfully riding the bull for eight seconds results in a qualified ride, which earns a score from the judges.

Second go – typically the second round of a PCB competition.

Short go – usually the championship round of a PCB competition.

Turn back – a bucking pattern in which the bull moves in one direction but makes a sudden move to the opposite direction.

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