We were looking around late Saturday afternoon for something to do that evening when we came across Championship Bull Riding at Mesquites Resistol Arena.
If you've never seen professional bull riding, its pretty exciting. While eight seconds might not seem long, to a cowboy sitting on top of an 1,800 pound bull that wants to throw and then stomp him, eight seconds must seem like an eternity. Even if a rider makes it the full eight seconds, which doesn't happen often, theres still the dismount. And it really does seem as if there is only one way for the ride to end, thats via air express.
The event in Mesquite was presented by Championship Bull Riding (CBR), an organization that was founded in 2002. They put on a good show. We sat in the cheap seats ($15 apiece) at the far end of the arena, but because we were right on the rail, we had a good view. And with the exception of a few short breaks, the competition didn't stop for about 2 1/2 hours.
I took my camera to capture the non-stop action. My son enjoyed taking over camera duties about half-way through the event and did a great job.
Cowboy hats off to first place winner Tyler Adrian with a rider score of 177.00; second place winner Dane Canditto with 174.00; and third place winner Kyle Zigler with 87.50.
Be sure to check the slideshow above for all the action.
And mark your calendar for a couple more bull riding events coming up: the PBR Built Ford Tough Series at Cowboy Stadium on March 2, and the CBR comes to Fort Worth on April 6, location TBA.