Ten Little Known Facts About The PBR
The PRB Bossier City Invitational Rodeo is coming to the CenturyLink Center next Friday and Saturday. The PBR reveled some little know facts that will make the PBR even more exciting for you when you go to see these bucking bulls and brave cowboys live! As you'll see, there is a lot riding on the line for just 8 seconds of pure adrenaline.
8 seconds is not a lot of time, but each second can make or break a rider in the PBR. As soon as the bull's shoulder leaves the gate that is when the clock starts. The end of the ride is when the rider's hand leave the rope, the rider touches the ground, or their free arm touches the bull. A rider is scored from 0 - 100 and scores of 90 points or more are amazing.
If a rider is bucked off the bull, his ride is scored on the level of difficulty of the bull he rode. The more a bull spins, kicks, and dips its front and back ends the better score the rider is like to receive from the judges.
Little Yellow Jacket made his PBR debut back in 1999 and even made it to the PBR World Finals that same year! Little Yellow Jacket, who was not even close to being "little" weighing 1800lbs, earned the distinguished title of "Bull of the Year" three times straight in his illustrious career in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
The World Champion rider in the PRB receives the coveted gold buckle. Each gold buckle is custom made and valued at more that $10,000.
Head, shoulder and knee injuries might be the most common, but they are not the worst of the injuries. It is possible, and has happened before, to lose a finger in calf roping.
The PBR World Championship invites only 25 of the best riders from 5 different countries to see who will be named champion of the world.
Last year was Silvano Alves rookie year, and already he has won the title of World Champion. Alves hails from Brazil and is the fourth Brazilian to win the world championship in the past 6 years.
The PBR might be a male dominated sport, but there are female professional bull riders meet Oklahoma resident Maggie Parker,18, and California resident Wendy Persons, 28.
The PBR awards the Ring of Honor to individuals that significantly contribute to the sport of bull riding. Previous Ring of Honor honorees include 2010 Randy Bernard, Jim Sharp 2009 J.W. Hart, Justin McBride, Adriano Moraes 2007 Phil Lyne, Carl Nafzger 2006 Bobby DelVecchio, Cody Snyder 2005 Troy Dunn, Michael Gaffney, Bobby Steiner 2004 David Fournier, Charlie Sampson 2003 Cody Custer, Myrtis Dightman, Aaron Semas 2002 Daryl Mills, Ty Murray, Denny Flynn 2001 Wacey Cathey 2000 Clint Branger 1999 Tuff Hedeman, Lane Frost, Jerome Robinson 1998 Larry Mahan, Jerome Davis 1997 Donnie Gay 1996 Cody Lambert, Ted Nuce, Jim Shoulders, Harry Tompkins
Back in 1994 prize money for the PBR was a mere $250,000. Back in 2008 prize money jumped to $11 million dollars.