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PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS
Head to Hailey for Annual Sun Valley Classic
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) cowboys are back in Hailey, Idaho, this summer to test their skills in the Sun Valley PBR Classic. The O’Gara family and Rocky Mountain Bull Bash Production have come together to put on this don’t-miss event, Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds. A rockin’ two-hour concert by Texas country music great Luke Kaufman will follow.Thirty-five bull riders from around the world will test their skills against bulls that weigh up to 2,500 lbs! The object is to stay on the bull for a full eight seconds without getting bucked off. The bulls are not ordinary by any means. Bulls in this competition are born to buck much like racehorses are bred to run fast. They are experienced and are usually between three and seven years old. Silver Springs ranch in Bellevue, Idaho, is supplying the bulls for the event.
The cowboys use sticky tree sap to prep the bull rope and this helps them get a better grasp. The bulls are loaded into the pen and the riders mount. Helmets and thick Kevlar-like vests protect the riders’ heads and chests. The flank strap, which is tied around the back end of the bull, tickles him just enough to make him buck harder—and the harder the bull bucks—the more possible points can be earned.
Points are accumulated separately for the rider and the bull. Two judges will score the rider and the bull, awarding up to 50 points each. The combined total (up to 100 points) is the final score.
The Sun Valley PBR Classic is considered a qualifying event for the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the top 40 bull riders in the world will come together to compete for their chance at $1,000,000.
Tickets for the PBR Classic areavailable at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, Atkinsons’ Markets and at www.sunvalleypbr.com. Get yours now before they sell out!