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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Guest Blog: Jeanine McAdam: Cowboys and Five Facts About Bull Riding

1) Bull riding is called the ‘most dangerous eight seconds in sports’. A bull rider must remain on the bull for eight seconds to be judged for the ride. During that time the bull bucks, spins and turns trying to dismount the rider.

2) It’s not if a bull rider is going to get hurt but when. An International Federation of Sports Medicine study found that riding a bull is more dangerous than boxing, hockey or football. It is estimated that every 15 rides end in injury.

3) Bulls are scored and ranked just like the cowboys and they are considered athletes like the riders too. So they are cared for very well and there are rules governing bull welfare. For example, a bull can only travel for ten hours at a time and is given an equal amount of time for rest. A championship bull can be worth as much as $500,000.

4) Bull riders are not required to wear helmets. Fifty percent do, however some feel the sport is only pure unless they are wearing a big rimmed cowboy hat. Head injuries are a serious problem in bull riding.

6) The riders don’t get paid unless they ride. And if they do ride but are bucked off, they don’t get paid. If they get hurt, they don’t get paid. The best riders make about five million dollars their entire career while lower ranked riders can make as little as five thousand. Bull riders are free lancers, no benefits, retirement or health insurance in bull riding.

Hope you enjoyed these facts about bull riding. My ‘Skirts and Spurs’ trilogy is about a family of bull riders and includes THE BULL RIDER AND THE BARE BOYCOTTER, THE BULL RIDER AND THE BABY (Goodreads ranking of 4.5) & THE BULL RIDER WEARS PINK. Find my books at

Animal right activist Rachel Fox is a woman with a mission. The plan is to step into bull rider Logan Cooper’s ring wearing nothing but a poster calling the rodeo a ‘blood sport’. While rescuing this passionate protester from a nineteen hundred pound charging bull Logan decides he likes what he sees. Only problem, he’s got to direct Rachel’s love away from the livestock and onto him. With the press hot on their heels, because who isn’t interested in a story about a bull rider and a naked protester, Logan brings the dark haired, curvy figured Brooklynite to his Montana ranch.

Except, now that he’s got Rachel in his bed he’s nervous his annoying, problematic brothers and surly preteen nephew will scare her off. But when Rachel meets Logan’s deeply flawed family she realizes the bulls aren’t the only ones who need saving, the Cooper brothers need her help too. The only problem is Rachel has a secret, after believing she was infertile, it turns out that this sexy bull rider may have changed her childless fate forever.

Jeanine McAdam is a writer of twenty-five romantic short stories, a few spicy anthologies and three cowboy books. Telling stories about imperfect people finding perfect love is her thing. Even though she lives in New York City she’s fascinated with the American west. She’s currently writing about bull riders and the spunky urban women who adore them in her Skirts and Spurs Trilogy. When she’s not writing she spends time with her teenage sons, ultra marathon running husband and two rescue Labrador retrievers named Desdemona (Desi) and Aaron.


Sandy said...

Very interesting facts about bull riding, Jeanine. I have been to many rodeos in my younger days, and I've seen a lot of bull riders get hurt.

Your story sounds great.

Jeanine said...

Thank you Sandy for stopping by! The rodeos are wonderful -- aren't they?

Lynda Bailey said...

Interesting post, Jeanine. I personally am not a fan of rodeos because, like your Rachel, I thought the animals weren't cared for--particularly the bulls. So glad I was wrong!
Love your blurb, BTW - best of luck with your endeavors!

Sandy said...

Jeanine, rodeos are so much fun. They are vibrant and full of excitement.

Polly McCrillis said...

To have a career, or attempt to have a career as a bullrider must require more than a strong backbone...every bone in the body has to be strong! The motivation behind wanting to do such a thing I can't even imagine. Going to "work" everyday knowing there's a good chance that you're going to hit the dirt and potentially go home with an empty pocket? Not what I call a good time!

Great blurb, Jeanine. Happy writing!

Melissa Keir said...

Wonderful facts. I worry about the injuries and didn't realize that they didn't get paid unless they road. What a tough way to make a living!

jean hart stewart said...

had no idea it was such a poorly paid sport. You gotta wish every one who attempts the sport comes away uninsured and paid!

Fran Lee said...

Love the post! It's been a long time since I went to a rodeo, but I grew up in an area where wild horses and cowboys were plenty. So when I did get to go to a rodeo, it was to watch my friends ride those big back-breakers. You just took me back to my younger years, girl!

Jeanine said...

Thanks so much everyone for stopping by yesterday and commenting about my 'five facts'. Yes - money and insurance is a big issue for these guys.

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