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Bull riders shine at the 94th annual Tucson Rodeo

Posted at 5:48 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 01:42:49-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Bull riders put in hours of preparation and training for a chance to be atop a bull for 8 seconds.

To the thousands in attendance, crowds must think bull riders tend to live like they were dying.

But each of the athletes have their own ritual to physically and mentally prepare for the challenge.

One rider told KGUN9, the number one rule is to never underestimate the bull.

“There is respect for them,” said Bull Rider Ethan Lemmons. He adds, “These animals have a mind of their own, they’re either going to out there and buck or they’re going to stand still.

You can catch more of the action at the Rodeo Fairground all weekend, with the championships on Sunday.