Bull Riding

bull riding

Although many may think that outrageous sports constitute only ridiculous, far-off and unimaginable sports that most people have never heard of, in reality awareness or popularity of a particular sport by no means reduces its outrageousness. One such example of a completely ridiculous yet well-known past-time is bull riding.

Just think about it. Men jumping straddling a wild, angry beast and attempting to hold on with a single piece of rope while the bull bucks, twists, rears, kicks and does almost everything in its power to knock the rider off. After sitting atop the bull and holding on for dear life for at least eight seconds, the rider bucks off  or dismounts the animal (although that sounds a little too elegant).  They then must hope that the bullfighter or rodeo clown can successfully distract the bull, to prevent it from stomping himself to death. Sound a tad outrageous? Yeah we thought so.

History

The activity of taming the bull has roots as far back as Minoan culture, yet bull riding has history in Mexican culture in traditional contests of equestrian and ranching, now known as charreada. In the 16th century a bull riding practice called jaripeo developed. Originally considered a form of bull fighting, this practice involved attempting to ride the bull to death. This then evolved into riding the bull until it stopped bucking, and eventually the forms become tamer until bull riding was born. The sport branched out to American states such as Texas and California as well as Canada. The founding of a bull riding association, today known as Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), in 1936 was a turning point for the sport, bringing it into mainstream  culture. Today, bull riding is popular in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.

Becoming A Bull Rider

If you’re looking to join in on the fun of the wacky yet exciting sport of bull riding, it’s actually not as hard as you think. You must be at least 18 years of age to sign up and purchase a Professional Bull Rider membership in Australia. This will allow you to enter touring pro and sanctioned events. After you earn over $2,380.73 (and maintain it) you will then upgrade from permit to cardholder status, which enables you to take part in Cup Series and eventually even the Built Ford Tough Series. There is also a variety of schools that you can visit to improve your skills and assist you in working your way towards higher tournaments.

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