Of all the rodeo photos I took this summer, this one teeters on the edge of being an absolute favorite. Unlike many professional sports, rodeo events are often over in a matter of seconds. Take bull riding for example. The goal of a bull ride is to cling to 2,000 pounds of bucking muscle for eight seconds. Many riders barely make it three. Moments like this one are tucked away between the many milliseconds that pass.
With an inaudible thud, the rider slams into the arena dirt throwing up a cloud of dust. His reprieve from the wild ride is temporary as the bull, with horns lowered, plows 2,000 pounds of muscle into the rider’s abdomen. The bull’s front legs are lifted, dropping the full weight of his body into the ground. The moment the nearby bull fighters see the rider eject into the air, their reaction is instantaneous. The one on the left cuts his constant circular path around the bucking pair tight and begins to raise his hands and yell to help distract the bull away from his current target. His partner is just a split second ahead of him. He has hockey-stopped on dirt, sending up a cloud of dust on his own, and is instantly charging in to put himself between rider and animal. There’s no fear or hesitation in the face, just pure focus on the job at hand.
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