If you're looking for some heart-pounding action during the fair, look no further than the bull riding, taking place at the grandstand at 7 p.m., Wednesday of fair. The grandstand general admission price will be $5.00
. Watch professional athletes compete in bull riding and barrel racing.
Try hard to not blink when you're in the stands watching the bull riding. Eight seconds. Not a lot of time. Until you're sitting on a massive animal that is spinning and fading, turning back and taking the rider down in the well, all while trying to dislodge him.
“You can see all the action, same as you've seen on TV, but this is live,”said Christina Rice, of Bulls-N-Barrels. There are two things that the fans want to see at a bull riding … one is eight second rides … and the other is high scores.
Both the rider and the bull accumulate points. To earn any points, the rider must stay on the bull for a full eight seconds. The ride ends when the rider's hand comes out of the rope, touches the ground or touches the bull with his free arm. A ride can earn a score of 0 to 100 points -- anything above 90 points is outstanding.
Judges look for the rider's ability to successfully counter the moves of the bull. Spurring (only dulled spurs are used) adds to the appearance of control and may add points to the rider's score. The more difficult the bull is to ride, the higher the potential score for the rider.
The Pro Elite World Challenge barrel racing competition is part of the Bulls-N-Barrels event. Watch as cowgirls ride their athletic horses through a course as they race around the barrels. Professional riders will compete against sanctioned local riders.
An NBHA barrel race is a timed event using three identical barrels set in a cloverleaf pattern. Three 55?gallon barrels with closed ends are set up -- no weights can be used, which makes them less likely to tip over. A tipped barrel adds five seconds to the time. Riders attempt to make the tightest turn possible around the barrel. Lowest time around the course wins.
Horse and rider must work in perfect harmony to complete the course. Barrel racing requires split second decisions, so the experience level of both horse and rider need to be matched in temperament and experience.