Bull Riding is action by the ton
And to think they call those guys on ESPN this week extreme athletes.
Friday night’s Bull Riding competition in Eagle, on the third consecutive night of Professional Cowboy Rodeo Association action, was extreme with a little more kick than a vert skating comp or a BMX big air showdown.Eight surly, two-ton bulls came out of the shoots bucking and eight cowboys went off, all before the eight-second horn, meaning no rides were scored. A couple of hard-nosed cowboys got close, like Joe Smith of Sheridan, Wyo., who rocketed out of the chute on his bull Uno Mas and found a comfortable rhythm on his mount before getting pitched into the dirt.Others weren’t as fluid, like Clayton Williams of Casey, Wyo., who drew himself a doozy of a ride with a hulking, black bull named Ghost Traveler and was on the ground after two quick bucks.
“It’s all a blur, really,” said cowboy Tony Rossi, the first rider out of the chute Friday. “You just have to have faith in God and try to make it.”Rossi flew out into the arena with Queen’s “We Will Rock You” blaring in the background and was spun around two times before being thrown. “It just kind of beat me around in the first part and then I just tried to catch up and my feet were floating and I went down in the well,” he said “I tried to spur out, but I went down too far. That was the first time I’ve been on him. Hopefully I’ll get him again.”One of the nastiest spills taken all night was by Dusty Orchard, who flew forward off his bull, Caged Knighmare, and landed on the back of his head and then neck.
Orchard seemed a little bit disoriented when he stood up, but was fine afterward while talking about his ride. “He jumped out there real hard and I sat good and then he kicked again and jerked me down,” Orchard said. “I stood up and was going to ride him, but he kind of tipped me in the end.”The Eagle County Rodeo finale is tonight staring at 8 p.m.For complete results of all of this week’s action, check back in Tuesday’s paper. Coverage from the Vail Daily, based in Vail, Colorado, also appears on http://www.vaildaily.com.