THIS IS THE TEXT OF A MESSAGE POSTED ON FACEBOOK BY ROBSON PALERMO.
During the PBR rider’s meeting at Baltimore this weekend, it was once again discussed about the Brazilian Rope. It was said the Brazilian rope hurts the bulls.We have been hearing bad things about the Brazilian rope for years and I never said anything. But today I decided to talk what I think about it.
I’ve been riding with the Brazilian rope since I started to ride in Brazil over 15 years ago and I never saw or heard about a bull being injured because of it. It was said during the meeting that someone did a research and found evidences of bulls being hurt because of our rope. I completely disagree with that and would like to see proven results of it. I have a bucking arena and practice bulls at my house and would like this person to come over and to prove to myself his findings.
It is very frustrating to hear every weekend bad stuffs about us Brazilian. Some people are always complaining about something, about our rope, how we pull our rope, how long we take in the chutes, etc. we are not not here in the US to hurt anyone’s bull or do anything wrong. We are here to ride bulls at the best championship in the world and to provide a better life to our family.
Every year they change something because of us. This weekend we were notified we have to try a new bull rope pad they developed, assuming the Brazilian ropes are not going to “hurt” the bulls anymore. We are ok with using it even though I don’t think it will change anything since I strongly believe The Brazilian rope does not hurt bulls. It can be American rope, Brazilian rope, it doesn’t matter which one, it will not hurt the bull.
People still say bulls doesn’t buck hard with us. What everyone needs to understand, we Brazilians have a different riding style than most Americans. We use more strength to ride it, on our legs, our arms, everywhere.
I’m open to discuss that subject with anyone at anytime. I’m just trying to change the way people think about the Brazilians.
Sorry if I am offending anyone, I am just giving my opinion on something that we have been judged for years.
Readers: Please let Robson know that millions of bullriding fans agree with him, and that we know Brazilian riders are being mistreated. We also know why: they’ve proven that they’re the best bull riders in the world, and the PBR executives don’t like it. It was brave of him to speak out, and brave of Silvano to talk about the criticism he received all last year. I hope they keep speaking out!
For an excellent analysis of how the new points system affected the results of the PBR’s Baltimore event this weekend, see http://www.facebook.com/bullridingrodeoconnection
You’ll be gob-smacked, as the British say.