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Cowboy Church Fence Fund


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I'd been looking for a way to make the site look nicer, and I decided to use a background image across the header of the page.

After a lot of looking, I ended up using slices out of a couple of cool old photographs I got from Jerry Gustafson at Gustafson Rodeo Photography. Jerry has a book featuring his rodeo photography for sale on his site, and I highly recommend you check it out.

The header image rotates between pieces of two photographs, and since you can't see the entire photo above, here they are for those interested.


Kent Young - Cheyenne - 1974


Douglas Shipe - Cheyenne - 1984


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I totally overhauled the whole site. The old site was laid out in tables, which was OK twenty years ago, but not now. The new layout should work well on any screen size. Some of the changes:

Embedded video and images should scale to the size of your screen, making it easier to view videos on phones.

The site layout should collapse and stack when viewed on smaller screens, or expand when viewed on a full size computer.

Many links have changed, the pages that render bull, event and rider profiles all changed, but the shortcut links should still work. If you need to link to a bull, use probullstats/bulls/pbs ID#. Same with events - probullstats.com/rodeo/rodeo ID#.

Message Board is gone. It's outdated, in need of a serious overhaul, and is too much work for the amount of use it got. This blog will allow comments via facebook for your input, so use it.

Event search, rider search and bull search...

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It's here: Selected Bulls - 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo


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Here's the 2014 World Finals bull roster - including ABBI classic bulls: http://probullstats.com/bulls/2014_World_Finals_bulls.php


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In this edition of Bull Riding School, we'll take a look at what you can learn from Silvano Alves. It's very easy to explain: Keep calm and stay on top.

Alves has extremely good balance, and watching him ride is a lesson in what to do when you lose your seat or get out of shape. He does not panic, but makes the right adjustment and lands back in the middle. What is strange about Alves is that he seems befuddled in the chute. He has the worst and most awkward chute procedure of anyone, but once he's in the arena he is loose, relaxed and adjusts to whatever the bull throws at him instantly.

This bull eventually gets him unseated to the outside, but Alves answers perfectly:

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Here is another bull into his hand he stays loose enough to keep up with. MANY guys have a lot of trouble with Palm Springs because he has a tremendous amount of whip. If you try to screw down and keep a seat he will throw you:---------> more


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Coming off a couple of recent judging outings, the thing that stuck with me is that there seems to be a lot of young riders making fundamental mistakes.

At the TP level events I've been to, the rider quality has been lacking to say the least. I've seen guys just bailing off after a couple of jumps. It goes without saying that you need try, but you also need to practice good mechanics.

There is no shortage of bull riding advice to be had, and judging from the predicament we are in with regards to young riders, a lot of that advice is bad. With that in mind I'd like to introduce a series of study articles based on useful things you can by watching the top riders.

Giving anyone bull riding advice makes me feel pretentious. I wasn't a world champ. I was just an average rider in my day. But, being a tall guy, mechanics were more important to me, because without good mechanics I couldn't stay on anything. I've been around bull riding for 30+...

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Here's a new way of looking at event stats. From each event's main page, look at the event details box on the right side, and click on event tracker. This will show you in depth stats for every event held in that location - all sanctions.

For example, Oklahoma City


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I fixed it where videos can be viewed by riders. From the rider's profile page, all the video we have on them can be found at the bottom - just as it is with bulls. Here's an example.


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Here's the list of bulls selected for the 2013 National Finals Rodeo:

2013 NFR Bulls


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