Bull Riders Are the New Rock Stars

Bull riding is the fastest growing sport in the country, spreading internationally, with Olympic potential.

Professional bull riders are the new rock stars of sports— yet The New York Times hasn’t covered bull riding. Why?

Have your say, PBR fans: tell the Sports Editor to catch up to us!


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15 Responses to Bull Riders Are the New Rock Stars

  1. BullT says:

    You are definitely right on the money when you compare it to rock and roll, though. The problem I think they face is that they need to make celebrities of their stars, like they did with McBride, but they get injured out of the game or get enough sense to quit pre-death too soon to build the celebrity pool and get good name recognition. A bit like drugs thinning the herd in rock, perhaps.

    OK. They are the new rock stars – as opposed to the old ones, who you get to see when the Rolling Stones come to town. One problem with the comparison is that rock stars, thanks to rehab and religious revisval, survive for lots of years. Roger McGwyin still plays local gigs and Peter Noone does bad infomercials. But bullriders simply cannot experience that type of longevity. instead of suffering the penalties of hallucanogenics or cocaine derivatives, they get their scalps removed and their legs broken and their necks snapped by they bulls the ride. Surfing the crowd in front of the stage is tame compared to getting on Chicken on A Chain!

    I sat right next to the Wives and Girlfriends at the Finals a few years ago. They were filming what becamse a short-lived Reality show about bullriding (how many remember that one?). Yep – the female followers surely reminded me of the days in the late 60’s and early 70’s when groupies trailed the musicians. Cookie cutter time! Except they were all blonde a tthe PBR. One of them was showing a ring to the other girls, with “xxx bought this for me. He said it was 5 carats but I think it’s only 4”. While xxx was getting stomped on as she spoke!


    • Kris D says:

      Actually, compared to rock stars, in spite of horrendous injuries, the death and disability rate among bull riders is miniscule compared to the O.D., car crash, hanging, electrocution, stabbing, and other types of rock star deaths! Bull riders are real survivors.

      And they are already celebrities, now entering the mainstream: Ty Murray on “Dancing with the Stars,” the McCoy brothers on “The Amazing Race,” J.B. Mauney and Kody Lostroh on TV and radio shows such as “The Jimmy Fallon Show,” “Imus,” and Fox Business News. More appearances are scheduled even as I write this. Tell their PR boss, Jack Carnefix, your opinion.


    • Kris D says:

      Re the wives/girlfriends/diamond thing– don’t think it’s unique to the PBR. I’ve seen some pretty greedy, disgusting behavior in various offices and at miscellaneous parties when a woman shows off a rock on her finger, tells everyone how many carats it is, where it came from, when the wedding is– everything but whether she loves the guy!! If men heard this crap, there would be a lot of broken engagements. Unless of course they’re masochists who want to spend their lives in financial slavery to some selfish beyotch.
      There are lots of ways to get stomped in life, not just by a bull.


  2. Tom says:

    PETA has some of the most blatant misinformation on the web when it comes to bullriding. The same folks picketed when my dog was enterd into Obedience Field Trials. The dog had a ball and got so excited when we pulled into an event that her hi9ndquarters wagged wildly. Now, if we coujld ahve put another 1800 lbs on her, she might have scored high under a Brazilian superstar!


    • Kris D says:

      The PBR has an Animal Welfare statement which says, in part:
      One of the most common misconceptions about bull riding is that the flank strap is tied to the animal’s testicles; this is far from the truth. This is a soft rope that is loosely tied around the bull’s midsection in the flank area and slipped onto the bull when it enters the alley to the chute. The slack is taken out of it before the ride, but not tied too tight, and the strap is removed immediately after the ride.
      (Todd Dewey, Las Vegas Review Journal)

      It has nothing to do with the genitals as some uneducated detractors would attest. In fact care is taken to ensure that the genitals are not involved as that would adversely affect the performance of the bulls. The flank rope is more of an annoyance than anything else, and the bulls will kick their hind legs out at the height of their bucking action in an effort to dislodge it, resulting in a more uniform and less erratic performance.

      Tell everyone you know!


  3. Rosie G. says:

    Yes! Bull riders ARE the new rock stars! Can’t wait to get back east to see some real riding. All I can find here in Hollywood is the mechanical kind… 🙂


    • I’m not surprised there aren’t real bull riders in LaLa Land. But there are bull riding events in California. Check out http://www.PBRnow.com and look at the tour schedules.

      Sadly, the only two upcoming events in the East (the Northeast, that is) are on the 4th of July in Pennsylvania and the first weekend in October, at the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut.


  4. Liz Klein says:

    Do woman ride bulls? It sounds like a pretty good workout.


    • Did you ever hear Harry Belafonte’s song, “Man Smart, Woman Smarter”? No woman in her right mind would climb on an 1800-pound monster. It’s much safer to work out in the gym. 🙂
      Having said that, the riders are probably in better shape than any other kind of athlete. Except for the broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions, and all that stuff.

      If you want to try it, find a mechanical bull. At least it won’t come after you once you’re on the ground.


  5. april feld says:

    okay — I’m a “closet” bull riding fan as well. My husband and I watch it and are always amazed at the skills of the riders. Thanks. And – yes – bull riders have always been rock stars in my book


    • I think there are a lot of “closet” bull riding fans, especially because a lot of people think the bulls get hurt by the riders’ ropes and spurs, yet the sport is exciting and they want to watch it. In case that’s on your mind, rest assured that these bulls are high-priced livestock and are not harmed. (The rowels on the spurs are blunt, and the rope just annoys them because of the clanging bell.)

      If you don’t mind my asking, why are you and your husband “closet” cases? Actually, I should know the answer to that: I live in New York, and people think I’m crazy when they find out I watch bull riding. I suppose if I lived in Texas it would be no big deal.


  6. Carrie says:

    My kids are starting to get interested in Bull Riding and I would love to see more info.


    • That’s very cool! You can watch the major events on the Versus cable channel, on weekends. To see an event in person, check the touring schedules on the Professional Bull Riders web site: http://www.PBRnow.com

      Now, if your kids want to BE bull riders, that’s a whole different matter! but you can find out about how, and get information about junior and high school rodeo associations, etc. on that same web site. There are also videos about bull riding. Rider Wiley Petersen put one out recently.

      How old are your kids?


  7. Vicki Mooney says:

    Do you know about a Cherokee bullrider named Dirteater? He’s a great kid, lots of heart and courage and keeps getting back on the bulls after every injury. I’d like to read a story about him! As a native Oklahoman, I really miss rodeo and bullriding especially. Thanks for reporting on bullriding. More, more, more! V. Mooney


    • Sure–Ryan won 5 events in 2008 and 2009, then had three terrible wrecks: torn ligaments, a broken femur, and a broken jaw. Unfortunately I saw all three of them on TV. He’s missed months of competition and recently returned to bull riding, in a local event, but doesn’t seem to be totally healed yet (he was bucked off). He’ll probably be back on the circuit in July. He has an official fan site: http://www.ryandirteater.net/fanclub.cfm
      By the way, if you happen to be in Oklahoma this summer, the Tulsa Invitational event is being held on July 16-18.

      As long as the cowboys keep riding, I’ll keep writing!


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