EVERY SPORT has its premier division, the discipline with the most risk, esteem, and glory. Such is the case with bull riding, as young men attempt to hold themselves onto massive beasts with the aim of scoring points, staying on, and winning the title.
Bull riding also lays claim to the highest injury rate of any rodeo sport, a trail of broken limbs, twisted wrists, shattered knees. It’s the event that courts the most controversy, a “bulls-eye” for animal rights activists to aim their criticism. All this is on my mind as I climb nervously onto the bull, my legs straddling its sides.