In bull riding, a cowboy is challenged to last 8 seconds on a bucking bull. Professional riders have less than a 50% chance of lasting a full ride. This week, we highlight bull riding through the perspectives of those who live it.
Episode 1: Gary Leffew is the 1970 bull riding world champion He’s also a stuntman, actor, and a 40 year bull riding instructor of a school boasting 13 world champion students.
Episode 2: David Danton of Yelm, Washington is a rodeo event producer and raises bucking bulls on the side.
Episodes 3 & 5: Rowdy Barry is a bull fighter, rancher and artist out of Kennewick Washington.
Episode 4: Jinichiro Shibahara is the first Japanese national to have competed in U.S. professional rodeo. Shawn Stephens is a bull riding and team roping coach and Helldorado Days Rodeo champion bull rider out of Payson, Utah
Photo – Bull riders and cowboys at an amateur bull riding event held at Lazy HK Bar Ranch in Mossyrock, WA
Video – Bull rider, Scott Bartell successfully rides a bull for 8 seconds at an amateur bull riding event held at Lazy HK Bar Ranch.
Music: Rushus – “29”
Producer: Yuko Kodama