Bull riding is a blood-raising event both in and out of the field. Professional bull riders train and invest well in order to have a long and fruitful career in the sport. Here are 3 things you may or may not know about bull riding.
There are required safety equipment
When you watch bull riding events, Cowboy boots and hats seem to be common fashion items. However, these are safety equipment and gears all bull riders are required to wear. The list includes a rodeo vest, leather chaps, a helmet and spurs straps.
Rodeo vests, for instance, protect the riders from broken bones. A survey found that from 1989 to 2009, 16 steer and bull riders died from thoracic compression injuries. These are direct blows to the chest. In February 2011, 16-year-old high school student Brooke Ann Coats died in an amateur rodeo held in Tampa, Florida. After being thrown off but the bull, the animal kicked her in the chest. She died 90 minutes later while in surgery.
Like other athletes, they also do a lot of training
Apart from riding practice bulls, these professional athletes also follow a workout regime that consists mostly of CrossFit. Weightlifting is often practiced in moderation because they don’t want to bulk out. They goal is to work on their reflexes and improving one’s ability to lift his or her own weight.
There’s a professional organization of bull riders
In 1992, 21 professional bull riders met a hotel room in Arizona and founded the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) with each member contributing $1,000. The goal was to make their rodeo event a sport. Today, over 1,200 cowboys all over the world are legitimate members of PBR. Apart from the U.S., other members are from Mexico, Canada, Australia, Brazil and New Zealand.
Bull riding is an exhilarating sport and requires tremendous discipline. If you’ve always wanted to become a professional bull rider, training is a long process and you need to invest in the right equipment and tools to make it to the pros.