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Bull riding is a rodeo sport, which is extremely popular in places like North America and Australia. The premise of the sport is to stay mounted on a bull as he tries to buck you off his back. Needless to say, this is a very dangerous activity and you should not try it out on the bulls in your local tabela! It take professional cowboys who live and breathe on farms to wrangle and ride bulls even if it's only for a few seconds.
This sport became popular in the 1800s in the United States--during the days of the 'Wild West.' With time, the sport grew in stature and popularity and became a staple at rodeos. Today, Professional Bull Riders (PBR) stages and governs some of the most important events in the sport.
In most professional competitions there are suaully two judges who guage a rodeo clown's performance based on a scale of 0 to 50. They also judge the bull on a similar scale. At the end of every attempt they tally the two scores and the rider with the highest scores wins the contest.
Many novice riders end up with a big fat '0' because they fall off the bull almost immediately after it's released from its enclosure. However, professional riders tend to stick on for a few seconds longer and can end up with as many as 90 points.
Even eight seconds on a raging bull is considered a great feat, which is why it's called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports!"
As one can imagine, this sport causes a lot of serious injuries--most of them pertaining to the back and of course, the groin! The sport also draws a lot criticism from animal rights activists, who claim that the flank straps used to incite bulls by binding their genitals are simply cruel.
Either way, this sport is not for the weak of heart. And again, it should not be attempted unless you happen to be a world-class rodeo clown!
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If you're still not convinced about the raw, dangerous appeal of the sport, take a look at this:
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