The Development Of The Bucking Bull Essay

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The sport of bull riding started in 1864 when neighboring ranchers in Deer Trail, Colorado competed to settle a dispute over who was better at general ranch work. This competition was an adaptation of “jaripeo”, a Mexican bull fighting contest in which riders literally rode the bull to death. In 1872 came the first formal rodeo and the first rodeo with monetary prizes followed in 1883. Five years later admission charges came about and rodeo became a popular form of entertainment. The sport has evolved over the years with the formation of organizations in 1929 that created a structure to rodeos, purse awards, and the current point system. Unions for cowboys also appeared years later in 1936 to give cowboys more leverage abilities so that they could receive larger purses, have competent judges, set up uniform rules, and enforce safety regulations for both contestants and animals. As the sport has evolved, the qualities desired in the animals used have evolved as well. Today, bucking bulls are considered athletes just as much as the people who ride them, only theses athletes weigh anywhere from 1,200 to 2,000 pounds. According to Harry Vold, a stock contractor for SandHills Stock Show and Rodeo, “the bulls and broncs are stars, too”. These “animal athletes” are what make bull riding one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. A good bull has speed, power, agility, and the ability to spin and leap in the air. When one athlete improves others need to improve as well in order to be able to compete. Rodeo bulls are no exception to this. Vold states “…every time you get on a…bull you know that it is going to be a strong animal…and some are stronger than others”. Like athletes of any sport these bulls have training and nutrition programs to make them the best performers they can be. Like those for professional athletes, there are nutritional

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