"FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE" is
an axiom that applies to bull riding more than any other sport in
the world. There are other dangerous sports, but none that match
a human competitor with an animal possessing superior physical strength
and a spirit to match that of his human rival.
From the stands, bull riding looks like a contest matching brute
strength with finesse, but down in the arena, it is more a battle
of will and spirit between the bull and rider. Great bulls must
have great spirit, and the bull rider must rise to this or be destined
to lose. Talent is part of what makes a great bull rider, but he
must have mental strength and courage to go with it.
A bull rider's equipment is simple: A rope, and a pair of spurs
are the basic necessities. Most bull riders also wear leather chaps,
which serve to protect the rider minor scrapes, and also add a little
flash to the ride. The vest that most bull riders wear is filled
with high density padding to protect the body from hooves and horns.
Some riders wear a helmet to guard against head injuries, which
are common in the sport.
The bulls are born with most of what they need - a pair of horns,
an attitude, a thick hide, and uncommon strength and agility. A
flank strap - a length of padded rope - is wrapped around the bull
just in front of his flanks. The flank strap is often misunderstood.
Its purpose is to entice the bull to kick more. Without it, most
bulls would have greater tendency to run or fall. The flank strap
serves to regulate their bucking somewhat and cuts down the risk
of injury to a bull. If you are familiar with a dog's ticklish spot,
then you have an understanding of how a flank strap works. Bulls
and horses are notoriously ticklish around the flank area.
Great bulls love to buck. They have personalities just like people.
Some are always ornery. Some are friendly and like to be scratched
behind the ears. There have been a number of bulls that were tame
enough for children to ride around on in the back pens, but when
loaded into the chute, seemed to know it was game time and relished
the chance to try and throw a cowboy. A great bucking bull could
be worth upwards of $50,000, and as such, they live a life of bovine
royalty. They receive the best veterinary care, the best feed, the
feistiest girlfriends, and for the most part, work a maximum of
16 seconds a week - and that's only if they are feeling well!
Here at Probullstats.com, we keep up with the performance records
of tens of thousands of these amazing animals - professional bucking
bulls. We also track the careers of rodeo's professional bull riders.
We are proud to be able to contribute to the original extreme sport
- made in America, and enjoyed all over the world. Enjoy your visit
here, and for more information about rodeo and bull riding, visit
pbrnow.com or prorodeo.com. To experience our sport first hand,
go out and see a Pro Rodeo or Professional Bull Riders event in
*Photo courtesy of Dudley