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No Bull About It by Leslie van de Ligt

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Canon Rebel XSI, Canon 100mm – 400mm
Bruce, Alberta Canada

We were at our favorite rodeo at the beginning of August last year and watched the bull riding event. They are always amazing to watch. I have added information underneath for everyone to read if they wish. This Big Bull was just ferocious!

Bull riding
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bull Riding in Del Rio, Texas

Bull riding refers to rodeo sports that involve a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck off the rider.

In the American tradition the rider must stay atop the bucking bull for eight seconds. The rider tightly fastens one hand to the bull with a long braided rope. It is a risky sport and has been called “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.”1

Outside of the USA, bull riding traditions with varying rules and histories also exist in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia, with the majority of them following similar rules, especially with the Professional Bull Riders organization.

Each bull has a unique name and number used to identify the bull. A sufficient number of bulls, each judged to be of good strength, health, agility, and age, are selected to perform. The rider and bull are matched randomly before the competition, although starting in 2008, some ranked riders are allowed to choose their own bulls from a bull draft for selected rounds in PBR events.

A rider mounts a bull and grips a flat braided rope. After he secures a good grip on the rope, the rider nods to signal he is ready. The bucking chute (a small enclosure which opens from the side) is opened and the bull storms out into the arena. The rider must attempt to stay on the bull for at least eight seconds, while only touching the bull with his riding hand. His other hand must remain free for the duration of the ride.

The bull bucks, rears, kicks, spins, and twists in an effort to throw the rider off. This continues for a number of seconds until the rider bucks off or dismounts after completing his ride. A loud buzzer or whistle announces the completion of an eight second ride.

Throughout the ride, bullfighters, also popularly known as rodeo clowns, stay near the bull in order to aid the rider if necessary. When the ride ends, either intentionally or not, the bullfighters distract the bull to protect the rider from harm.

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 3 years ago

    What a wonderful action shot sis.
    I would NOT want to be in the ring with that guy!!

  • I just wish I could add in the sound effects Sis. Talk about snortin mad////// Thanks :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Leslie,…..
    I would not try that for anything,…..

  • Thanks so much John and I’ll stick to pictures from the stands too :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithalmost 3 years ago

    Awesome action capture :)))

  • He was really movin and snorting Keith. Quite daunting Thanks so much :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 3 years ago

    “The bull bucks, rears, kicks, spins, and twists in an effort to throw the rider off. This continues for a number of seconds until the rider bucks off or dismounts after completing his ride.” Substitute number of seconds with number of years and it sort of sounds the same as raising twins. lol!
    Great capture and info. Leslie!! :o))

  • LOL< LOL my daughter said something similar about raising 4 girls …… Thanks for stopping in Deb really appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 3 years ago

    Like we are today sis, over some certain people ???
    Snortin’ mad that is

  • CanyonWind
  • I love this banner Pops, Thanks so very much for it and the feature. Sorry for the delay but we were home for medicals and such. Take care :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaalmost 3 years ago

    Oh wow, great action shot, love how the sand is kicked up,excellent capture, Leslie !

  • Thank you ever so much Elfie! He was really moving in the 80 degree heat! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • nastruck
    nastruckalmost 3 years ago

    Wow now that’s an action shop! Good job Leslie!!!!

  • You’d have loved to have been there there Harold. Wish you had been :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Dale Lockwood
    Dale Lockwoodalmost 3 years ago

    Oh I love it Leslie! I used to go to the rodeo when I was a kid and I still love it. Great capture!

  • Thanks Dale. We try to hit this one every year. It’s fun although a little dusty as you could see. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • MuscularTeeth
    MuscularTeethalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so very much! Appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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