Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) January 22, 2014
It’s a tough way to make a living, but gosh darn it, somebody’s gotta do it. The lean, lithe 150-pound cowpoke’s challenge is to stay aboard a bucking 1,500-plus pound bull’s back for at least eight seconds using only one hand.
Good luck with that. Bulls are bred to buck, kick, dive, dip, spin, twist and turn with almost a ton of terrifying torque. Most can easily throw a rider spinning into the dirt in two or three seconds flat.
On top of that, the annoyed beast may attempt to add insult to injury with a little snorting and stomping. That's where the Durabull Fighters (similar to daredevil rodeo clowns) jump into action to deflect the bulls’ attention as soon as the riders are ejected.
Riders are rated by how long they can stay aboard, while bulls are also scored on how quickly and how often they can buck their cowboy off. Some bulls, like this year’s reigning world champion named Bushwacker, can go for years without ever being ridden for eight seconds or longer.
This year’s 39-city tour, and the race to the 2014 World Finals, kicked off in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The tour is performing at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado through January 26. Next stops include the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and Sleeptrain Arena in Sacramento, California.
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The bull riders will face one bull each during three rounds of competition. Following that, the top 15 riders with the highest cumulative scores advance to the championship round that day. The rider with the highest combined score wins the event.
Rides are judged based on both the rider's and the bull's performance, with two judges scoring the rider and two scoring the bull. The season culminates with The Ford Tough World Finals, which are scheduled at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas from October 22-26, 2014.
The bull rider with the most points for the 2014 season will receive the World title and a $1,000,000 bonus. A finals champion will also emerge from the five-day event.
Professional Bull Riders or PBR is an international professional bull riding organization based in Pueblo, Colorado. It was founded in 1992 by 21 professional bull riders who gathered in a hotel room in Scottsdale, Arizona and each contributed $1,000 to begin operations.
Since then, the organization has grown into two tours and over 100 events in the United States each year. Annual prize money has also shot from $330,000 in 1994 to over $11 million since 2008.
The reigning PBR World Champion Bull is named Bushwacker. Born in 2005 and tipping the scales at over 1,500 pounds, Bushwacker scored a remarkable 100 percent buck off rate in 2010, 2011 and 2012. His stats for 2013 were a 96 percent buck off rate and an average buck off time of 3.31 seconds. The 2011 champ reclaimed his title by throwing Eduardo Aparecido in 4.57 seconds at last year’s finals.
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