The bull rider uses his balance and leg strength to remain seated. Watch how close to the rope riders sit and how they turn their toes outward. Riders are judged for style, holding into account the animal’s kicking abilities.


  • Flat braided rope with handle
  • Spurs (event specific)
  • Seat strap (cotton rope covering the bull’s flanks)
  • Helmet and protective facemask (optional)


  • 50% to the bull (jump strength, changes of direction, pivots)
  • 50% to the rider (style and abilities)

Regulation time:

  • 8 seconds