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  • Writer's pictureDavid Connolly

Tunnel Vision | The Story of an American Bull Rider

Updated: May 29, 2021

There’s a reason it’s called the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports.

The insanity of professional bull riding is hard to comprehend: one man versus an animal up to ten times his weight, bucking wildly in an unpredictable array of direction and inertia. The only tools a rider has to combat his four-legged foe are two spurs, a saddle, rope, and a gloved hand.

If this sounds like an ill-advised match, it is.

For those who subject themselves to the elusive quest of those 8 seconds, the goal is not fame or fortune, but for the love of the sport and the display of toughness it takes to be an American bull rider.

In this original film, we took a look inside minor league bull riding by following cowboys from two generations: veteran Strawberry Pruitt and rookie Rowdy Rice, at the Double Creek Pro Rodeo in Chesney, South Carolina.

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