The Desert Muses blog is thrilled to announce our April guest blogger. Please help me welcome contemporary romance novelist Jeanine McAdam.
Although I call New York City home I’ve always been fascinated by the American west. Let me share with you five facts about bull riding you may not know about:
Bull riding is called the ‘most dangerous eight seconds in sports’. A bull rider must remain on the bull for eight seconds to be judged for the ride. During that time the bull bucks, spins and turns trying to dismount the rider.
An International Federation of Sports Medicine study found that riding a bull is more dangerous than boxing, hockey or football. It is estimated that one in every fifteen bull rides results in injury.
Bulls are scored and ranked. Bulls are considered athletes just like their riders and there are governing rules for bull welfare. For example, a bull can only travel for ten hours at a time and is given an equal amount of time for rest. A championship bull can be worth as much as $500,000.
Bull riders are not required to wear helmets, but fifty percent do. However, some riders feel the sport is only pure when they’re wearing a big rimmed cowboy hat. Consequently, head injuries are a serious problem in bull riding.
Bull riders don’t get paid unless they ride. If riders get bucked off, they don’t get paid. If riders get hurt, they don’t get paid. The best riders make about five million dollars during an entire career while lower ranked riders make as little as five thousand dollars. Bull riders are freelancers, so no benefits, no retirement and/or health insurance.
Hope you enjoyed these facts about bull riding!
My ‘Skirts and Spurs’ trilogy is about a family of bull riders and includes THE BULL RIDER AND THE BARE BOYCOTTER, THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY (Goodreads ranking of 4.5) & THE BULL RIDER WEARS PINK.
Jeanine McAdam is a writer of twenty-five romantic short stories, a few spicy anthologies and three cowboy books. Telling stories about imperfect people finding perfect love is her thing. Even though she lives in New York City she’s fascinated with the American west. She’s currently writing about bull riders and the spunky urban women who adore them in her Skirts and Spurs Trilogy. When she’s not writing she spends time with her teenage sons, ultra marathon running husband and two rescue Labrador retrievers named Desdemona (Desi) and Aaron.