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Bull Riding News

Below are current news stories gathered from Google News containing the words “bull riding.” Most of the news stories are actually about bull riding, but occasionally you will find news stories about something else that happens to have similar words in it. Please scroll down to see a brief article on bull riding, including a description of differences between men's and women's bull riding.

Bull Riding

Bull riding is a competitive event in which a rider tries to ride a bucking bull for eight seconds. If the rider makes the eight second time, he will receive a score for his riding skills and the bull will receive a score for its bucking skills. The two scores are added together with the highest total score being the winner. While bull riding is competed in by men far more commonly than women, there are women bull riders. A brief overview of some of the differences in the rules for men's and women's bull riding can be found at the end of this article.

Bull Riding Ropes

In bull riding competition the contestant rides the bull bareback. He is allowed the use of a "bull rope," a flat, braided rope that circles the bull around the chest, just behind the front legs. The rope has a handle braided into it that the rider holds on to. After the rope is wrapped around the bull one end of the bull rope (the "tail") is threaded through a loop on the other end. The rider then wraps the tail around their hand, sometimes weaving it through their fingers. The idea is that when the rider opens their hand at the end of the ride or when they are bucked off, the bull rope will fall off on its own. A bell is attached to the bottom of the bull rope to act as extra weight to help ensure it falls off freely.


If a bull rider makes a qualified ride on a bull for eight seconds he and the bull are eligible to receive a score from the judges. There are two judges, and at the end of a qualified ride their scores are added together to arrive at the total score. Each judge can score the bull from 1–25 points (for a total of 50 points possible for the bull) and the rider from 1–25 points (for a total of 50 points possible for the rider). Therefore, the total number of points possible that can be awarded is 100.

Bull Riding - The Difference Between Men And Women

The rules for bull riding for men and women are different. Below is a brief overview of some of the differences.

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