All eyes are on you for the longest 8 seconds of your life until you’re whipped off to the ground and the ride is over. Bull riding is a rodeo event, with one hand holding the rope that is tied around the bull’s chest. The rider attempts to stay on while the animal attempts to buck the rider off.
Senior Tucker Griffin is a member of Elizabeth High School Bull Riding Club. He has been bull riding for a year and a half, and “the adrenaline still hits [him] every ride,” he shared. Drinking a Monster energy drink before his ride always helps him stay pumped and focused until the moment he is off the bull. Jeans tucked into boots, a vest and a helmet is the typical outfit for all of the riders. For the crowd, the excitement of watching the rider can cause fear for them. “There’s always the pre-butterflies, but as soon as I get on [the bull] all of it goes away,” said Griffin.
Elizabeth High School’s Bull Riding Club starts in the month of April and goes through May, when the State Competition takes place. Griffin practices at an arena in Jefferson County and the state competition in is Lamar, Colorado this year. Training for the most important 8 seconds of your life takes a lot of practice and skills, and Griffin will be training endlessly to battle through those 8 seconds.
By Naomi Martin