Riding a bull for eight seconds can seem like an eternity.

Considered to be the most exciting event in rodeo, bull riding is impressive and dangerous. The reason is obvious. It’s usually thrilling enough just to remain seated for eight seconds on an animal that weighs over a ton. But, if a bull rider manages to spur during his ride he will receive a higher score.

The bull rider holds a flat-braided rope during his eight second ride. In preparation for the ride, he pulls the tail of the rope through a loop, then wraps the rope through his fingers to secure his grip. He nods his head as a signal for the chute gate to open and the ride to begin.


The bull rider scores points by maintaining body control and his position regardless of any moves the bull makes, and will receive a higher score if the bull is spurred.