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A rider practices his skills last week at the Meech Bucking Bulls ranch outside of Nimrod. Riders and bulls put their abilities to the test, hanging on for eight seconds. Bulls practice what they do best. (Photos by Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Bull riders hang on for dear life in thrilling show

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Eight seconds. To a crowd of spectators it's an adrenalin thrill that's over too soon. To a bull rider, it's a lifetime.

Professional bull riding is, besides NASCAR events, the hottest growing sport in the country.


It has become a lucrative volition for promoters, riders and stock producers.

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