8 Seconds

Motor Man and I had a new experience Saturday evening: we went to our first ever bull-riding competition: The PBR (Professional Bull Riding) tour at Hampton Coliseum.

Before that, the only thing I knew about bull riding was that, in order to earn any points, the rider needs to stay on the bull for 8 seconds.

And, after Saturday night….. that’s still about the only thing I know about bull-riding.

But, it was fun, and I thought I’d share some highlights of the evening.

Our friend, Bev, and her family were there, too. How cute is her little grandson, Tanner, all decked out in his cowboy hat? (Thanks to Tanner’s mom, Lacey, for the pic.)

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Before the show began,  a dee-jay from the sponsoring radio station  encouraged everyone to text photos taken at the event for a chance to win a Visa gift card. Lacey texted this next photo of Tanner, and they won! The deejay shared the picture on the station’s web-site with this comment: “How could I not pick this cute little dude?”.

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Perhaps my favorite part of the evening occurred during the opening ceremonies. Following the invocation, the audience was invited to sing along with a recorded rendition of the National Anthem.  I don’t know how many other folks felt as I did, but I thought it was special to be a part of that. Why doesn’t that happen more often?

Then, the excitement began. Just before all the riders were introduced, the lights dimmed and we noticed a couple of guys pouring a liquid along a chalk line in the dirt. Although we assumed what would happen before the fire was actually lit, it was a rather spectacular sight.

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I texted a photo of Tanner to my friend, Donna, and she replied that she’d like to see a picture of Motor Man in his cowboy hat. Since he doesn’t have one, Tanner allowed us to borrow his.

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According to the Coliseum’s web-site, no detachable lens cameras are allowed at events, so I relied on a small, older digital camera. That made photos somewhat challenging.  Surprisingly enough, though, it took acceptable videos. This rider was one of the few who “hung on” for the required 8 seconds.

Bev and I were discussing the experience yesterday, and she made a good point: seeing it in person makes you realize that 8 seconds is a l-o-n-g time for someone to stay on a bucking bull.

~These Days Of Mine~

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16 responses to “8 Seconds

  1. Glad you had a good time at the event!

    Pam

  2. I can imagine the lights going down and seeing the fire. Really great!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

  3. Fun times, Dianna. And little Tanner is a cute little Buckaroo, for sure! When we lived in Texas we’d go to the Houston Rodeo sometimes – big doings, but even more fun were the local rodeos leading up to that big event. There’s no shortage of great people watching 🙂 MJ

  4. Tanner is definitely a cute little cowboy decked out in his cowboy hat and boots. But I think JR is my favorite dude in his borrowed hat!!!

  5. I was able to watch PBR in St. Louis once. Fun time! Tanner is a doll.

  6. What a fun night that was for you guys! Love the picture of the little buckeroo. That definitely was a winner. I think Motor Man’s hat needs to be just a bit bigger. 🙂 But he still looks great just like you.

  7. adorable little tanner. 🙂

  8. A very looooong time to stay up there ……
    great pics… looks like you had a couple of characters with you, too ; )

  9. I’m glad you got to experience something new. I had a friend who did the Bronco riding in Oregon and I went to a couple Rodeo’s with him. They are a special breed of men. (Crazy) Looks like JR needs a bigger hat!

  10. What a fun event! Love MM in his new hat!

  11. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Tanner deserved to win, so cute. I am sure JR came in second! lol

  12. It looks like it’s a lot of fun! Ellie

  13. Gosh! you did a great job on the video! I LOVE bull riding! Its one of the events at the Calgary Stampede and I’ve grown up watching the riders!

  14. Great fun for all of you and what a challenge for the bull riders – WHEW!!! Love the pics, and of course, how could Tanner not win?

  15. Tanner looks about to be swallowed up by his 10-gallon hat! How cool her photo won! I imagine that would seem a long eight seconds to the rider, too!

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