PBR Velocity Tour Returned to Knoxville in Thompson-Boling

By: Madison Clabough


Professional Bull Riders is nicknamed PBR, which correlates with Rodeos. The PBR Velocity Tour announced the organization was coming to Knoxville on their tour. So here is bull-riding broken down- Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bucking bull, and attempting to stay mounted while the animal tries to buck off the rider. American bull riding has been called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports." To receive a score, the rider must stay atop the bull for eight seconds with the use of one hand gripped on a bull rope. Touching the bull or themselves with the free hand, or failing to reach the eight-second mark, results in a no-score ride. Depending on the bull riding organization and the contest, up to four judges might judge the rider and four judge the bull on their performance. For most organizations, a perfect score is 100 points. In general, most professional riders score in the neighborhood of the mid-70s to the high 80s. Up to 50 points are scored for the rider, and 50 points for the bull. Each bull has a unique name and number used to identify it. Each bull is judged to be of good strength, health, agility, and age. The rider and bull are matched randomly before the competition, although starting in 2008, some ranked riders are allowed to choose their own bulls from a bull draft for selected rounds in PBR events. Throughout the ride, bullfighters, also popularly known as rodeo clowns, stay near the bull to aid the rider if necessary. When the ride ends, either intentionally or not, the bullfighters distract the bull while the rider gets to safety.