Bull Riding is a sport which will trace its roots back to past with contests to tame bulls going back to the classical age with the Minoans being fans of these activities. However, the modern version of the sport has its direct roots from Mexican contests of ranching and horse skills that began to be developed in the 16th and 17th centuries.
These activities, given the collective name of charreada, became popular in Texas and California during the 19th Century and grew into the favoured sport that exists today.
The popularity of bull riding in today’s era is often traced back particularly to the establishment of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1936, which now has the PRCA Pro Rodeo and Extreme Bulls brands that are extremely popular. Bull riding may be a popular TV sport within the USA and in countries and round the world and more and more nations are starting to host their own competitions.
That means, as well as the traditional bull riding countries such as the USA and Mexico, you can find competition in countries, such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica , and Panama, all competing under the principles of the Professional Bull Riders organisation.
The object of bull riding is for a rider to mount the bull then once the bull is let loose into stage , to remain on the bull for at least eight seconds because the bull spins, kicks and twists attempting to throw them off. The rider is only allowed to hold on with their riding hand, which makes it very difficult for the rider and very exciting for the viewers
Riders usually compete over many rounds, and these may last several nights, each rider has one ride per night. Experienced riders can regularly score over 75 points and some may have the occasional ride over 80, and there may even the odd exceptional rider that scores a 90 or above.
On the final night, the scores are all added up and the top 20 riders are all given one more ride. This final round is understood in rodeos because the ‘short-go’ and therefore the rider who has the foremost points following this is often declared the general winner.
By: Saksham Gupta