It’s not easy to stay mounted on a bucking, leaping, snorting bull that typically weighs in at around 2,000 pounds. During a Professional Championship Bullriders tour event, the cowboys’ goal is to remain on the bull for eight seconds.
That’s what’s required in order for the cowboy to receive points from the panel of judges. Points are granted for style and control, while the bulls themselves are also scored on criteria like difficulty to ride.
When a ride is completed and the rider is thrown or jumps off the bull, it’s the job of the rodeo clowns to distract the temperamental animals while the riders move away to safety.