1. A Qualified Ride Is Only 8 Seconds
The clock starts when the bull’s shoulder breaks the plane of the gate. The clock stops when the rider’s hand comes out of the rope, the rider touches the ground or his free arm touches the bull. A successful ride will earn a score of 0-100 points, and scores of 90 points or above are considered outstanding.
2. The Bull Always Receives A Score
Even if the rider is bucked off, his score is based on his degree of difficulty. Judges look for drop in the front end, kick in the back, spin, and direction changes.
3. This Is One Of The Most Famous Bulls In PBR History
Little Yellow Jacket is the most famous bull in PBR history. He won the title in 2002, 2003 and again in 2004. He is the only bull in PBR history to win it three times.
4. The PBR World Champion Receives A Coveted Gold Buckle
The ultimate symbol of achievement in bull riding. The custom-made belt buckle is valued at more than $10,000.
5. An Elite Few Are Awarded The PBR Ring Of Honor
The PBR Ring of Honor Award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of professional bull riding, both in and out of the arena.
6. Winning Can Make You Millions
Prize money has exploded from $250,000 in 1994 to over $11 million in 2008.
7. This Is The Current World Champion
23-year-old Silvano Alves, PBR Rookie of the Year a season ago, became the fourth Brazilian in six years to win the world championship.
8. The Biggest Event In PBR Is The World Finals
At the PBR World Finals, 25 bull riders (altogether representing 5 different countries) compete to win the title of best bull riders in the world.
9. Knee, Shoulder And Head Injuries Are Most Common
Other typical injuries include finger amputations during calf roping, sprains to the knee, shoulder or ankle, and chronic problems that develop from such injuries.
10. PBR Isn’t Just For Men
Although the sport is predominantly male, there are a few female riders. Mesa Pate, the female stock contractor is just one of the few female professional bull riders out there.